It is a challenge to find words that adequately express the depth of my response to what happened this past weekend in Orlando. Even writing that sentence: What did happen? Was it a tragedy? An act of terrorism? A hate crime? Does what we call it matter? Of course, it does.
The name we give the events indicates how we are patterning our thinking - and therefore our active (or not) response. If we talk about the shooting, we need to talk about guns. If we talk about the death toll, we need to talk about support for the families. If we talk about terrorism, we are in the territory of war. What happened was an explosive intersection of several different kinds of pressures that are currently part of the landscape of American life.
If you have been to PPUMC in the last weeks you may have noticed some lovely greenery out in front of the church. Thank you to our resident gardener Jan Ekern for sharing her joy of gardening with the rest of us with such a beautiful display! Here are some of Jan's thoughts on maintaining this garden:
Hymn of Promise is one of my favorite hymns. As a gardener, I am always awed by its first two lines: 'In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree...' It reminds me that only God can create a tree or flower or leaf. Gardeners are always in supporting roles.
What feeds me [spiritually] is finding the right combination of plants to suit the site. Specifically, I look for plants that can survive on rainfall alone and can go years without being divided. That's why we have a lot of hosta!
Gardening is always a work-in-progress. I bring in plants from my home garden and from my garden club plant sale. And of course compost. If something doesn't thrive, I move it or try something else. When the trustees removed some evergreens last year, one of the front beds was opened up to more sun. So I found a tree, some shrubs and some perennials that may have a chance there. The boulevard is a lot more challenging. Tree roots are notorious water-hogs, plus the soil is pretty thin there. That means it's a job for... hosta!"
An update on the Council of the Sky from Cathy Velasquez Eberhart
The All in the Circle Campimplementation team has been working diligently the past few months promoting the camp in the community including distributing flyers at Pratt and Marcy Open Schools. As of June 14, we have 32 campers registered with space for 18 more. We are excited to report that we were granted $1000 from the Prospect Park Legacy Fund for scholarships that will be added to the $3884 that PPUMC has raised. We are hoping to raise at least another $3500 to make sure we can provide scholarships for every child that wants to attend.
The Community Concert Series may be over, but the music doesn't stop there! On June 30 PPUMC will be hosting the Cantabile Chamber Chorale for a night of beautiful choral music composed by the likes of Felix Mendelssohn, Emma Lou Diemer and more.
A free will offering will be taken during the concert for Glendale Food Shelf. To learn more about the food shelf click here.
The PPUMC Poetry Groupmet for the first time this month with the emphasis being on Haiku Poetry. Haiku's meaning is revealed through nature images, so we went outside on a beautiful, June evening to be inspired. Haiku's specific form requires a three line poem with seventeen syllables arranged in three lines: five-seven-five. (Of course, one is always free to use "poetic license" and deviate from the form.) Try your hand at writing Haiku some lovely summer night. -Joy DeHarpporte
alone on a bench,
I see airplane pass one way,
flapping bird, another
Sun on high oak leaves
and bird song on its branches-
Both shimmer in light. -Joy DeHarpporte
This rock could crush me.
It would rather not, but holds
more than i can say now. -Chris Wogaman
The fifth of this month marked the beginning of Ramadan for our Muslim neighbors. This sign will be on display for the next few weeks to show our support and share our blessings with those who celebrate Ramadan. Ramadan Mubarak!