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Sermon: Around A Table We Gather
Our Minister, Rev. Karen Mooney
The smells of spice and turkey fill the air these days. The American feast of Thanksgiving is in the air. Every culture in the world has rituals arind food and sharing. Whether it is a glass of water and fruit set before the Buddha, hallah shared after Shabbat or the breaking of the fast after Ramadan, food is central to many communal traditions. What does it mean to gather intentionally, to remember, recreate and reconnect?
Saturday, November 15th ~ 7 PM
Fun spirited and lively, our trivia MC, Nikki Isleb, never disappoints. Her fun and challenging questions make this a night of head scratching and laughter for the whole family. You can bring your own team of up to six people or come on your own and join others. Six heads are usually better than one... unless you think you are a real smarty!
$10 Donation at the door & "Let Us Entertain You" Gift Certificate Raffle
BYOBeverages ~ Light snacks provided
First Place, Second Place and Booby Prizes!!!
On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11th. the Religious Education group did a fine job of showing their support for the walkers in the 15th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk. Trees were decorated with pink bows and pompoms and the children provided jovial cheers and cold water! We used 1,200 paper cups and could have used more because there were more than 12,000 participants!
Last year, $540,000 was raised via the 3-mile walk. The proceeds help the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park. Since its inception, the event has raised $3.4 million, which has built the suburban hospital's cancer center and its Comprehensive Breast Health Center as well as paid for upgrades to the mammography department.
This year, funds raised from the walk will be directed toward clinical services. This includes a designated breast nurse navigator, who will offer individualized assistance to patients and families facing the disease as well as provide survivorship plans. The money raised in 2014 will also be used to hire a research coordinator who will identify patients eligible to participate in clinical trials at the hospital.
It was great to see our children working hard to support such a worthwhile endeavor. We can be very proud of our kids and the grown-ups who participated.
Forty-five church volunteers were fine hosts for the friendly crowd who attended Castle Auction 2014. The event was a community building, FUNdraising success! The evening was a whirlwind of activity beginning with the second floor sale that was filled with interesting and eclectic displays of conversation pieces and beautiful collectibles alike. Odella Hampton's savory appetizers kept everyone satisfied as they browsed for their treasures. Later in the evening, on the first floor, Bill Robinson, a charming and most entertaining auctioneer, and his Vanna, Linda Petersen, presented us with an wide array of items that were so interesting, people just could not resist. There was only one item in the live auction that was not sold!
Bidders were lively and most willing to dig deep into their generous pockets, not to mention the generosity of the donors of all the items. An original Comiskey Park chair, beautiful clocks, a vibrant hand stitched quilt, Native American - Santa Clara pottery and a Jack Simmerling signed lithograph of the castle were the items that pleased the most. The event netted nearly $7,000; we are pleased and grateful!
If you were unable to attend the forum experience on April 10th, here is how to have a healthy brain:
- Play games! Social games are the oldest art form. Laughter is good for you!
- Anything that’s good for you is good for your brain (good nutrition, exercise, sleep!)
- For better sleep, stay in dim light the last hour and a half you’re awake – no TV! You can use a light directed on a book to read, but no direct light into your eyes.
- Limit your TV watching
- Eat blueberries, almonds, walnuts, whole grains, sardines and salmon
- Drink half your weight in ounces of filtered water every day (if you weigh 140 pounds, drink 70 ounces)
- For an instant mood lift, put a pen or pencil between your teeth – it will force your mouth into a smile and your brain will know you’re feeling good
- Stay calm and slow down
- Listen to music – Mozart helps focus the brains of kids with ADD
- Meditate (come on Sundays!)
- Do yoga (Come on Tuesdays or Wednesdays!)
Thanks to our presenters: Rev. Karen Hutt, Rev. Dr. Tom Aldworth, Daniel Kynaston, Beth Aldwoth, and Marsha Vihon and our clean-up crew of Betsy Perrine and Fran Sowa.
Childcare and religious education is available during services. Holiday pageant preparation continues. "A Christmas Carol" will be presented on December 21st. All children are welcome!
Youth group for students ages 12-18 will meet from 12-1 PM Sunday, November 23, led by Jennie Cottrill. If you would like to join this group, please contact Jennie, Amy, or Amanda Price.
Adult Religious Education Class
Participate in a Buddhism-based meditation in a group setting. Join us Sundays at 7:30pm in the church sanctuary. Newcomers welcome.
Buddhist Meditation Retreat
Opening the Mind... Opening the Heart
In the Insight Tradition
Led by Marcia F. Curtis
February 20 - 22, 2015
Portiuncula Center for Prayer
Appropriate for all levels of mediation experience.
South Side Sangha
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