2022 December Stewards Minutes

Seekers Church

Stewards minutes

December 4, 2022

Present: Peter Bankson, Marjory Bankson, Ken Burton (recording), Joan Dodge (moderating), Elizabeth Gelfeld, Judy Lantz, David Lloyd, Sandra Miller (meditation), John Morris, Trish Nemore, Brenda Seat, Keith Seat, Vince Shepherd, Deborah Sokolove,  Jacqie Wallen, Glen Yakushiji.

Absent: Cynthia Dahlin, Margreta Silverstone

Guests:  Anita Jackson, Liz Gould-Ledger

Meditation: This meeting’s meditation was led by Sandra. She read St. Francis’ Canticle of the Sun.

Housekeeping: Stewards will meet on Sunday, January 8, 2023, at 5 pm using zoom as the meeting format.  There will be a dinner break from approx..6:30 – 7:00.

Moderator: Peter
Meditation: SLT
Recorder: Marjory

2023 Budget – Marjory for FOG (attached)

 It was approved as presented.…

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2023 Epiphany Lectionary: Showing the Way

Maybe you will not be called
With the coal held to your lips,
The rush of wings of
Ambitious angels
Covering you. …
But maybe you will be called by
Fallen mustard seeds and
Open-eyed dreams.
Maybe you will be called by
The ordinary and the striking,
The places where your heart catches
More than once. …
Maybe you will know that
Your call is no less real
Because it comes with
Seeds in your hand
And the taste of fruit in your mouth,
With a sound so soft
It could have just been the breeze,
But wasn’t.

–- Laura Martin
Associate Pastor
Rock Spring Congregational UCC, Arlington, VA

Showing the Way

Readings are available on the internet at https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu//

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“Immanuel” by Margreta Silverstone

Advent 4

December 18, 2022

Good morning. I want to start with a poem which I heard on a recent Poetry Unbound podcast, written by Naomi Shihab Nye. .. [the full text of this poem may be found at https://onbeing.org/programs/naomi-shihab-nye-i-feel-sorry-for-jesus/]

I Feel Sorry for Jesus

People won’t leave Him alone.
I know He said, wherever two or more
are gathered in my name…
but I’ll bet some days He regrets it….


….And that makes me feel like being silent
for Him, you know? A secret pouch
of listening. You won’t hear me
mention this again

And, like the poem, I find standing here and trying to speak for or of Jesus daunting.…

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“Waking Up to Life” by Peter Bankson

Advent 3

December 11, 2022

Christ climbed down
from His bare Tree
this year
and softly stole away into
some anonymous Mary’s womb again
where in the darkest night
of everybody’s anonymous soul
He awaits again
an unimaginable
and impossibly
Immaculate Reconception
the very craziest
of Second Comings

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, “Christ Climbed Down” from A Coney Island of the Mind

This Advent season, we’ve been invited to focus on waiting for the birth of Jesus from a slightly different perspective: “Waking Up.” That perspective, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s reference to “an unimaginable and impossibly Immaculate Re-conception” have led me to look at the narrative of Jesus’ arrival, in each of us, as some unimaginable re-conception.  If…

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“Judgment and Hope” by Elizabeth Gelfeld

Advent 2

December 4, 2022

Here we are, in Advent, again. We were in Advent a year ago, and the year before that, and on and on through all the years past. Advent begins a new year in the Christian calendar, but to me it feels different from the new year on January 1st, or the start of the school year, or even the Jewish new year, celebrated on Rosh Hashanah in the fall. Those new years to me feel like the turning of a page, the end of something old and the start of something new and unknown. But Advent seems not so much a turning toward something new as a returning to something very old.

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