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October Neighborhood Meals Sign Up: Chili Needs

Please buy this type of chili only.

Women’s Ministry is sponsoring  . . . Winter Coat Drive and Help for OCTOBER Neighborhood Meals . . . . . . Friday, October 27th, 5pm

We need . . .

  • 12 Cans Total #10  Cans of Hormel Chili with Beans
  • or $ to purchase = $13.00 each can

You can drop it off at the church during the week, on Sundays, or on Friday, Oct 27th by 3:30pm.

We need 5 more cans or money for 5 more cans. The following have donated.

Susan Wright – already dropped off can
Wilma Roberts – already dropped off can
Bobbi Robbins
Cheryl St Charles – already dropped off can
Janelle Castillo Lockhart
Mary Kelley
Jeanette Muller
Glenda Caldwell
We also need  . . . homemade cornbread muffins . . . . coats . . .  and helpers for that evening. . . . See other sign up sheets.

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13 Things I Love About Senior Adult Ministry

Our seniors model “NOT Giving Up” on life. They stay as involved as they can. That is the model I want to emulate.

Everyone thinks their ministry is the most exciting, worthwhile, and life-changing ministry. I remember that feeling with each ministry I’ve been part of (teaching 2’s and 3’s, writing /editing a church newsletter, leading a women’s Bible study group, mentoring a younger woman, etc). I ENJOYED my time in each area.

And now I have the privilege of enjoying and overseeing our senior adult ministry, PEP 55+ (People Encouraging People 55 years of age and older). And I’m enjoying this one, too.

Read on for 13 things I love about this ministry. This listing is not arranged in any purposeful order.

ONE. Events. Together we get to have fun, learn, and build closer relationships (with each other  and with God) .So far this year we’ve:

  • Been to 6 different restaurants and had 2 potlucks with book/puzzle swaps.
  • Watched 2 in-house movies – all of them are favourites of Pastor Mike: Groundhog Day and Chariots of Fire. We’ll watch Inside Out next week.
  • Gotten to know this year’s missionaries (Gil & Kim Blanco) at our PEP Breakfast with a Missionary.
  • Learned about local history at the Old Sacramento Underground Tour.
  • Enjoyed Live Theatre in Old Town Fair Oaks.
  • Read and discussed themes and impressions at a monthly Book Club.
  • Eaten Breakfast together each week.
  • Attended a monthly Aging Related talk and Luncheon at Cordova Lutheran Church.
  •  Grown in our relationship with God and others through a Senior Bible Study.

TWO. Childhood stories. The world the seniors 55+ have grown up in is no longer here or vastly different. Think technology, customs, expectations, and entertainment. If we ask questions, they will tell us their experience of history. We can learn from this story-telling as a nation and as individuals.

THREE. Frankness and honesty. As we age our verbal filters become less rigid or maybe they just don’t care what other’s think. I enjoy this frankness because then I don’t have to guess what a senior is thinking/feeling. It is easier and quicker to come to an understanding. Plus I see that relationships can flourish better because of this example of open communication. I want to model more of this.

FOUR. Not too late. No matter where one is on the senior age spectrum (from 55-105), it isn’t too late to change, grow, heal. This thought can soothe us with the idea that there is time. We can be patient because we haven’t missed out.

  • It isn’t too late to make amends.
  • It isn’t too late to heal (emotionally).
  • It isn’t too late to start over in a relationship with God.
  • It isn’t too late to learn a new hobby.
  • It isn’t too late to enter into a new ministry.
  • It isn’t too late to add friends to your life.
  • It isn’t too late to leave a legacy or make a difference now.

FIVE. It is possible to be overwhelmed by adversity and still come out okay. Have you listened to the backgrounds our seniors have come from? Talk about adversity. And then talk about what awesome folks they are today. Many told me they wouldn’t be who they are TODAY if it wasn’t for the adversity they went through YESTERDAY.

SIX. Grit.  The dictionary defines grit as “courage and resolve; strength of character.”  That is such an awesome role model of how to respond to life’s overwhelming challenges. I’ve learned that this grit has a twin foundation: a relationship with God and a determination to keep on keeping on. So many of the seniors I know MODEL this trait. I want to keep this as a way I handle life.

SEVEN. Privilege and Joy. It is my honour to be part of a senior’s life. One of the things I get to do with some folks, is to help them finish unfinished business (forgiveness, amends, restore a relationship with God). And I get to be friends with them. I learn so much from their stories and life lessons.

EIGHT. Help. Because of frail health, financial difficulties, relationship issues, devastating disappointments, etc., many seniors are in a vulnerable state. I am honoured to be able to help (or get help) for them during such a time. And there are so many people in our church who are part of this helping ministry.

NINE. Priorities. Because of self-awareness and introspection, many seniors are aware of priorities: relationships. Sometimes I get to help them pursue these. Many more times I get to watch their example and am influenced to pursue these same priorities.

TEN. Choose. No matter how many bad things have occurred in our lives (whether by our hand, by others and/or just because) we don’t have to be defined by our past. We don’t have to be defined by . . .

  • Other’s opinions.
  • Missed chances.
  • Who we were.
  • Our past opinions of ourselves.
  • Our misguided priorities.
  • Circumstances and genetics we couldn’t control.

We can choose what defines us. And I have seen that positive and healthy choosing in many seniors I know.

 ELEVEN. In process. Everyone feels in process even when you are in your 90’s (or so I am told). You never feel all grown up or done. This gives me (and you) permission to have patience in the process.

TWELVE. Listen & Pray. A senior’s life can be a disappointment because life didn’t turn out as expected. I get to be part of a church that listens, prays (with and for), educates, supports and believes in this special age group. Our hope and prayer is that as we listen and pray, the senior can come to terms with the disappointment.

THIRTEEN. Belonging. I have seen many people (and not just seniors) come to CNC with deep emotional wounds and griefs. They feel unconnected. And some don’t believe in their worth and/or that God loves them. Time after time, I have seen healing of relationships and healing in their interior world. I’ve seen them embrace a sense a belonging and embrace love from God. This is exciting to witness. And my own faith in God increases.

My goal is to help them (and myself) to finish life well. I am a better person because of hanging out with seniors. Hopefully they are also a better person because of hanging out with me.

Your Turn . . . I didn’t want to end with #13. Help me out! . . .  What would you add to this list? . . .  Even if you aren’t in a ministry to seniors, I bet you’ve been impacted by one (some). Please share in what way.

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This post was influenced by this one: 20 Things I Love About Children’s Ministry. And I wrote it for today because it is #NationalSeniorCitizensDay. So be sure to do something today with your favourite senior citizen.

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How Ice Cream is Like Church

#NationalIceCreamDay – Ice cream and church do go together. … In full disclosure, ice cream was eaten in the making of this advertisement.

“Ice cream brings people together.” ~ Doug Ducey

“Summer would not be summer without Ice-cream. Ice-cream is the favorite currency of love.” ~ Puck

“Ice cream is the perfect buffer, because you can do things in a somewhat lighthearted way. Plus, people have an emotional response to ice cream; it’s more than just food. So I think when you combine caring, and eating wonderful food, it’s a very powerful combination.” ~ Jerry Greenfield

We had all kinds of ice cream: Fudgsicles, Firecrackers, Magnums, ice cream sandwiches, It’s It, cups of vanilla and swirl, and Outshine fruit bars to name a few.

#NationalIceCreamDay is on the calendar once a year. For 2017, July 16th is that day. Since that day is a Sunday, CNC celebrated National Ice Cream Day. Why?

  • It brings people together.
  • It is fun.
  • It is cool. (Pun intended.)
  • It really IS A currency of love. (I grew up in a home where food = love.)

I love that we encouraged people to bring a box of their favourite ice cream TO CHURCH. I like that we encouraged folks to take photos and post them on social media with the appropriate hash tag. And I believe that celebrating ice cream is like celebrating church.

  • Church brings people together.
  • Church is cool.
  • People have an emotional response to church. (Love is just one response.)
  • Church is more than a building or a body of people. It is a place full of God’s presence.

This daddy-daughter duo is cool as they celebrate this National Day.

Church and ice cream have other similarities. Going to church, like eating ice cream, can be a bad experience because . . .

  • The people or ingredients could be rotten.
  • The experience of either/both didn’t meet expectations.
  • There is a bad fit.
  • Someone is just not in the mood for the ice cream or church.

And to that last remark I say a resounding, “Hogwash!” I am always in the mood for ice cream (either Breyer’s Natural Vanilla Ice Cream or Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia). And I am always in the mood for church. Well to be more precise, I am always in the mood to savour God’s Presence.

When we are consistently not in the mood to go to church, let’s PRAY and talk with someone. When our church experience tastes rotten, doesn’t fit our expectations, or isn’t a good fit, let’s PRAY and talk with someone, someone wise. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Although church is filled with people who are imperfect (like me) and who do selfish things (like me), church can still be a positive, uplifting, loving time with God and the people there.

You can eat ice cream in the sanctuary, Rudat Hall, or even in the kitchen.

There are so many GREAT churches in my area. There are a lot of great churches in your area, too. Have you prayed about what to look for in a church? Read 5 Reasons I Love My Church.

And I am adding a 6th reason I love my church. We do silly, fun, connecting things like celebrating National Ice Cream Day.

Next year, come join us! Or better yet, celebrate church with us every Sunday. Join us because it is inclusive, cool, loving and a place FULL of God’s Presence.

Messy is a good look when it come to “ice cream” messy.

Your Turn . . . 

  • How did you celebrate National Ice Cream Day?
  • What is your favourite ice cream flavour?
  • In your opinion, how are ice cream and church alike?
  • What are some favourite things about your church?
  • And if your name is Becky, come to CNC this Sunday.
  • Amanda, thanks for this “messy” photo.

Advice from Jerry Greenfield (co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s  Homemade Holdings, Inc..

“You should not be replacing more than one meal a day with ice cream. We do not consider a pint or a tub of ice cream to be a single serving.”

This is advice I may or may not take.

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National Ice Cream Day is July 16, 2017

Let’s celebrate this fun day together.

The 3rd Sunday in July is National Ice Cream Day. But if you miss that day, don’t worry, this whole month is National Ice Cream Month.

View this brief history of ice cream. Ice cream started as a winter, ice/syrup delight for the wealthy. It is now a worldwide, creamy treat available year round to the masses. Stats indicate that Americans prefer ice cream over other desserts. And that we eat 4-6 gallons of ice cream per year.

 

NINE FUN FACTS ABOUT ICE CREAM

  1. In the summer of 1790, President George Washington splurged and bought $200 worth of ice cream (about $3,000 today). I don’t know if he shared.
  2. Dolley Madison (wife of James Madison, President of the United States from 1809 to 1817) preferred oyster ice cream.
  3. 18th century cookbooks offered, weird to me, recipes like parmesan ice cream and asparagus ice cream.
  4. Grocery stores started selling ice cream in the 1930’s.
  5. Ice cream had become so popular with Americans during WWII that it became an American symbol. Therefore, Mussolini banned it in Italy.
  6. Soft serve ice cream was “developed by a team of chemists in Britain, whose membership included Margaret Thatcher. They found a way to double the amount of air per unit volume in ice cream. This, in turn, made the ice cream cheaper to make (less ingredients, more air), and made it possible to have a relatively simple machine make it to order from a spigot.” (Daven Hiskey)
  7. Ice cream headaches last 10-30 seconds and sometimes up to five minutes.
  8. Hawaiian Punch syrup was developed in 1934 and was first sold as an ice cream topping. In 1946 the company was sold. The new owners began offering it in drink form.
  9. The residents of Portland, Oregon eat more ice cream than residents in any other American city.

HOW TO OBSERVE

  • Come to Cordova Neighborhood Church on Sunday, July 16, 2017.  Share a box of your fave frozen treat. We will splurge between the services and after the 2nd service.
  • Create an ice cream craft. Check out my Ice Cream Pinterest board.
  • Do a taste test. Find out which ice cream is the best tasting. These folks discovered the tastiest store bought vanilla.
  • Listen to songs about ice cream.
  • Make some ice cream.  Do so with a machine or in a bag.
  • Share an ice cream memory. Tell us in the comments or at your own social media space.
  • Take a selfie or group shot eating ice cream. Post on social media using #NationalIceCreamDay.

Your Turn . . . What ever you do, enjoy some Ice Cream.  . . . Then tell us about it.

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CNC Christmas Year Round – Sewing for OCC Boxes

We had lots of gorgeous material to use for our dresses.

Join us as we sew items for our Operation Christmas Child (OCC) boxes.

  • Our current projects are: Cloth pads with bags, pillowcase dresses, small bags and dolls.
  • We meet once a month at Cordova Neighborhood Church, 6:00pm. The dates are as follows: May 19 … June 29 … July 28 … August 25 … September 29 …. October 20.
  • Have questions? Contact Lucy Baptista. Or leave a comment here.

Don’t sew? Don’t want to come out on a Friday night to put together these items?

  • There is a way for you to be involved.
  • We are collecting items for OCC boxes.

THANKS so much to those of you who donated during April.

During May we are collecting assorted items. Drop off at the Church.

  • Marbles, jacks or Legos to fill the small bags we’ve sewed.
  • Brightly coloured cotton material with matching bias tape. 2 yards of material is enough for one pillow case dress and matching doll.
  • Shoe boxes: either empty card board shoe boxes or quality plastic boxes (the size of a shoe box).

Of course you can still drop off non-liquid personal care items: comb, hair brushes, toothbrush with holder, soap with holder, flash light with extra batteries, etc. NO TOOTHPASTE.

Our Facebook group address is as follows: https://www.facebook.com/groups/402694376774970/

Your Turn . . .

  1. Do you participate in OCC?
  2. If you make items for your box(es), what do you make?

Related Resources . . .

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Making Origami Christmas Trees at CNC

FullSizeRender (81)Hello CNC Ladies, 

Did any of you see this Tree that was by the sign-up sheet last Sunday? BEAUTIFUL!

Our 2 hour class is this Friday in Rudat Hall;                   5:30-7:30pm.

You’ll want to be on time so you can devote all 120 minutes to this project, snacking, and visiting.

Things to Bring –                                                       NOT MANDATORY – just helpful

  1. glue gun
  2. wrapping paper scraps – to make your ornaments
  3. snack
  4. scissors
  5. ruler

Lina Washabaugh is our teacher.                                                                                     I am looking forward to seeing y’all and making my own beautiful creation.

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Friday’s Fave Five – December 4, 2015

leaf FFFIn light of the shootings in SO CAL this week, this is an appropriate gratitude quote: “Counting blessings is the quickest way to restore balance in the face of disaster and tragedy” (Margaret Brownlwy). 

ONE. I spent the last weekend with my daughter. And one of those days was spent in Yosemite. My daughter moved into a one bedroom last week (in Yosemite National Park) and asked me to bring down a couple of things. I am grateful that I got to eat a turkey dinner with her even if it was on Saturday and in the food mart. I am also grateful that she is soooooo happy.

TWO. Celebrated a friend’s 50th birthday at Starbucks. Theresa set up her own party. What a good example that is for me to see others ask for what they want/need. I got to have a Peppermint Mocha, celebrate Theresa and also chat with Lori. I am blessed by their perseverance in life, their walk with God, and they way they love/like me.

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This is the 3rd snowman ornament I’ve made this season already. I am getting out of control!

THREE. Made a snowman ornament. I used this tutorial for an owl ornament and substituted snowman stickers. I LOVE my ornament. Crafting is always a great stress reliever for me and also is way I can think without pressure. Does that make sense?

FOUR. 71 sign ups for my church Senior Christmas party. This year my team and I switched things up and instead of a potluck, we are having it catered. And we also changed the venue. Because of these changes, I was hoping for 50 folks. I am thrilled that 71 people trust us with this updated event.

FIVE. A new sweater. A woman from church sometimes brings me things that she finds on sale. I wish I had that knack at the thrift store. This time it is a sweater and it is PURPLE. I’ve been looking for purple tops because I want to wear purple on the 4 Sundays of Advent. The only person who knew that was God. I am doubly BLESSED.

Up for sharing some of your blessings? Leave a comment or go to Susanne’s Friday’s Fave Fave at Living to Tell the Story to link up your post.

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Friday’s Fave Five – November 20, 2015

 

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My grand-daughter is good medicine

I’ve been remiss these past weeks and haven’t written a Friday’s Fave Five. Here is this week’s offering.

ONE. I’ve been coping with a cold for 3 weeks now. I spent several days last week with my son’s family getting loved on. And after an impromptu visit with friends (Shula & John), I came home with tea, vitamins and some fresh eggs from their hens. I am feeling better  – just a lingering cough.

TWO. I attended a Tea, fashion show and fundraiser sponsored by The CLUB. It is a respite program (adult day care for folks with memory issues) that meets at our church. The food and company were delicious. And the models (regular women) did a great job and I have some new wardrobe pieces in mind to purchase.

THREE. Celebrated a friend’s birthday. Marsha and I took Gillian to lunch at Plates Cafe & Catering. We all ordered the special of the day, meatloaf sandwiches and sweet potato fries. YUMMM. This restaurant is run by St John’s Shelter for Women and Children. They help homeless women find a footing in life by offering them training and work so they can increase their job skills and employability.

My version of a prayer pumpkin

My version of a prayer pumpkin

FOUR. Prayer pumpkin helps with a new way of praying. Have you ever prayed according to topic each day? If yes, what were your categories?

I haven’t until recently. I am quite liking this method. I don’t know where to stop without feeling guilty. I believe in the power of prayer and I know that when I do stop there is still so much more to pray for. This new way of prayer (for me) is giving me some doable boundaries. Does that sound silly or shallow?

FIVE. I repotted a plant. Trudy (volunteer receptionist at work) brought everything I needed to repot my philodendron plant, months ago. Finally this week I did the dirty deed – mainly because it wouldn’t stand up anymore. I am grateful it has recovered quite nicely and adds lovely life to my office.

leaf FFFYour Turn . . . Write your own FFF and link up at Living to Tell the Story. Or leave a comment sharing your own blessings from this past week.

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 CNC Women’s Small Group to Start Monday, November 16th

Naomi and Ruth StudyCNC women are good at loving on one other. We honor each other with parties, listen well to each other, and we go out on Sundays after church. We want to connect better with one another and this is shown by things like our involvement in small groups, Secret Sister, and the mentoring program we had a couple of years ago.

But is there a better way for us to connect? Can we connect with more intention? I say the answer is, “Yes.”

On Monday, November 16th, there will be a new study for women. The book is Face-to-Face with Naomi and Ruth: Together for the Journey.

“Through the story of Naomi and Ruth, women will discover the power of committing to one another for the journey of faith in a relationship based on mutual caring and sharing.

  • 2 small groups will begin on Monday, November 16th. One will be from 1:30-3pm. The other study will be from 7-8:30pm.
  • We’ll discuss chapter 1 (in class) on that date. It is a five-week study.
  •  The price for a book is $9.75 (through Amazon). It is $4.99 (plus tax) on Kindle.
  • I’ve ordered 8 books; so let me know today, if you’d like one. At present there is a back order on books.
  • Of course you can go to a local book store to pick up your copy.

If this goes well and there is interest, we will have a one-on-one mentoring program in 2016.

Contact me today, if you have any questions and to RSVP “YES.” JOIN us in this small group, it will be time well spent.

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Can You Count? Then We Need You!

Photo by Joshua Tan

Photo by Joshua Tan

What: Robin Mitchum’s school, Rancho Cordova Elementary, is having a Jog-a-Thon.

 When: Friday, October 9th; the time is still being determined – sometime between 8:30am-1pm. There will be shifts;  you won’t have to stay the whole time.

Your Job: Make tally marks on the back of the student’s pledge cards to keep track of the laps run.

Please let me, Pastor Susan, know if you are interested

in hearing more details and possibly volunteering.

Thanks. My contact information is as follows: 635-5992, x14 or susan@cnchurch.org

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Benefits of Tea Drinking Seep Into Annual Missions Tea

I like cookies with tea. Both the cookies and the tea are Earl Grey based. I love the cookies layered with orange frosting. What is your favourite item to pair with tea?

I like cookies with tea. Both the cookies and the tea are Earl Grey based. I love the cookies layered with orange frosting. What is your favourite item to pair with tea?

There is no disputing that teas provide wonderful, even miraculous, health benefits. What are  some of the health benefits, you ask?

The white, green and herbal teas are said to help with the following . . .  Aging . . .  Nervous tension and stress . . .  Skin irritations like acne, eczema, and wrinkles, and . . .  Weight loss.

You certainly can drink tea all on your own and reap the above benefits. But, how much more fun to drink with a table full of friends (or soon to become friends).

On Saturday, March 14th, 11am-1pm, Cordova Neighborhood Church will have 12 tables full of ladies and tea for our annual missions tea. We will start with the worship portion of the tea. This includes music, prayer, and time with our speaker, Marcia Braum.

Then we will move into Rudat Hall and have tea and appetizers (provided by each guest for their own table).

At the end of our TEA we won’t be . . . 

  • looking younger
  • have nicer skin
  • skinnier

But I bet we can say we feel . . .

  • more connected to one another
  • excited about what God is doing in Missions
  • this was a satisfying and fun way to spend the afternoon

YOUR TURN . . . Sign up TODAY by leaving a comment below or call the church office: 635-5992. . . . Which one is your favourite health benefit?

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Monkey’s Morning Tea and CNC’s Annual Tea Are Rituals to NOT Miss

Come to this Tea and get pampered by your table hostess. You'll also learn about how Missions impacts our world.

Come to this Tea and get pampered by your table hostess. You’ll also learn about how Missions impacts our world.

Does your morning include a unique ritual? For some, like the monkey in the video below, tea is a necessary part of the morning.

And for some ladies, CNC’s Annual Missionary Tea is a necessary part of the Spring. Like this monkey, we will be offered a delicious brew, many choice foods, and even affection. However, there will be no grooming or jumping on rickshaws.

Take action today.

  • Sign up today as a guest  for the tea on Saturday, March 14th. Reply to this post or call me at the church office (635-5992).
  • Think about what tea-food item you’ll bring for your table of ladies. Your table hostess will co-ordinate this.
  • Watch this video for grins.

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