Monday, September 30, 2019

Love Offering

Sharing love and blessings with our Community!

On September 22, the children and teens of our Center gathered in the social hall after each service to mingle with and offer the adults of our community a blessing card. Each youth classroom and our teen group prepared the cards as part of our creative activity leading up to this Sunday. Knowing that the theme for the day would be Community and Connection, we thought it was a perfect time to share this special Love Offering with our beloved Center community. The children were very excited to choose and hand out the blessing cards and the smiles were endless on both sides of the tables.

While we did not count exactly how many cards we made, we estimate it was between 500 & 600! Thank you to everyone who stopped by the table to say hello and receive your blessing. Extra thanks to all the volunteers and parents who adjusted our morning routine to support this offering. If you weren't able to join us and would like one of the cards, we do have several left. They will be at the Facilities table in the Social Hall for the next few Sundays.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Love of Life - Love of Nature

It's September! The month the children come back from summer vacations and adventures with family, friends and fun. Over the last few weeks we've heard stories of their adventures, camping, swimming, visiting National Parks, or visiting family in exciting destinations such as Japan, Hawaii and road trips through the United States.

It seems fitting that our topic of conversation and spiritual enrichment this month follows the value of Love and Stewardship of our Planet. There are so many variations on how we express our Love. We started the month with a recognition of Divine Love and Self Love and the unity and fluid flow of life that exists within the Oneness of our very being.

We are also spending some time looking at our "Carbon Footprint" and how the activities we enjoy, like playing video games or leaving the lights on or keeping water running when we brush our teeth, impact our natural resources. In addition, we are exploring the interconnected ways Nature takes care of itself. Like the Aspen grove (pictured above) that appears to be full of hundreds of individual trees, yet is connected by one root system and how the strong healthy trees send their energy and resources to those in the grove needing extra assistance through an invisible field of Love and connection.
Families can get in on the fun too by creating a "family night" at home where you research the various ways your normal daily activities impact the environment, then come up with new agreements to work together to preserve our natural resources. Or, get outside and watch a sunset together, gaze at the stars, take a walk in one of our local parks, or take a short drive to Armstrong Redwoods and marvel at the beauty of the tall trees and the nature that exists in the forest habitat.

We only have this One planet to call home and she has given us everything we need to survive and thrive. It's up to us to find ways to give back and take care of her. It is the natural way of things, the reciprocal nature of Life ~ a continuous flow of LOVE. 

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