As this may likely be my last “official” church newsletter, I want to share a couple of things that will be taking place in the next few weeks.
- This Sunday, June 28, Rev. Marilyn Lewis will present the Sunday topic “The Challenge of Change.” Following the service the Board of Trustees will present a short recap on the church’s current plans and a visioning session at the Learning Center will follow for all who wish to attend. You’ll get to share your thoughts and ideas for the future PCCRS.
- There will be NO meeting for the WOWWW! group on July 6 (Independence Day weekend).
- The Think & Grow Rich Master Mind group has ended as of this past Monday.
- I’ll be back at the Chapel on July 5… to start a new topic series in our Season of Growth and based on the book “The Four Agreements,” starting with Be Impeccable with Your Word. Perfect timing as always. Can’t wait!
- Graduation is on July 12 (during the service) for all those students who have successfully completed classes and specific requirements so far in 2015… including our newest Practitioner Interns. It will be a fine celebration and recognition of all the students. Be sure to attend and help them celebrate!
- July 19 we will welcome Rev. David Goldberg as our guest speaker and workshop presenter that afternoon. You may recognize his name; Rev. David is the Publisher of the Science of Mind magazine. His warm smile, positive energy, and loving enthusiasm bring joy to every encounter. Details are coming soon! Don’t miss this service.
- Then on July 26 we will have a different kind of “sermon” where …
- all / any of you are invited to share a comment or short story about how you came to this church or what you have learned by being part of this spiritual community. I’ll share mine as well. This will be my final talk as Senior Minister of PCCRS.
- We only have 30 minutes in which to hear all of the sharings, so help me keep it brief but brilliant! It’s a connecting way for us to know where we’ve come from as we keep moving forward into the future. Evolution is inevitable!
- Following the service we will gather for a larger feast than usual. Please bring a potluck dish to share as we connect with love and fellowship, celebrate friends, community, and new beginnings.
Other things on the horizon:
The WOWWW! ladies’ group will soon host Irene McKnight, RScP as she presents a topic for discussion about the energy of color. Here’s what Irene will present: “COLOR and its vibrational energy, how to recognize it, and how to use it in our lives. Come be a part of this interactive experiential with lots of color samples to play with.” 6:30 PM on Monday, August 3 at the Learning Center and facilitated by Anne Grove.
Now… I want to say something else. I read a posting on social media this week that included the poster heading, “Fear is Boring.” The essence of the article was that the ego mind will continue to repeat our sad and scary stories over and over again. But if you listen closely enough, you’ll notice that they’re the SAME stories of years gone by. Yuck!
That’s how it keeps us from focusing on healing those fears of victimhood. That’s how it locks us into unhealthy patterns of drama and “less than” thinking. That’s how it controls us from moving out of the muck and mire of insecurity or self-pity or whatever… into and beyond our greater expressions, our more expansive God-Selves. Change of any kind often brings Fear along as a traveling companion… not a good combination.
While the same story repeated ad nauseam may be entertaining to some, for awhile, it actually becomes quite tiresome to the mind that seeks growth and enlightenment. Thus, FEAR is BORING.
Frankly, I’m tired of fear. And the same old, same old story. I removed it from any permanent residence long ago. And while it’s visited my life from time to time, it’s never a welcome guest.
I like to think I can handle any kind of change with grace and ease, but sometimes I freak out – for a short bit. And I notice when I do because fear is not my boring companion any longer. I can now more quickly return to a state of Grace and sanity. I’m more aware of these mental games or habits, and can replace fear with logic and love, with compassion and kindness, with understanding and patience. My life, your life, deserves to experience bliss and happiness, joy and freedom, abundance and prosperity. Allowing fear to dominate our minds takes away all those blessings.
I’m going to remember those words as a reminder to replace fear with Faith, worry with Courage, and disconnect with Love. I encourage you to do the same.
One last thing… as I release my ministerial responsibilities over the next few weeks, it means I might have some time to do blog writing again. If you care to connect or catch up with me through cyber world, you can always find me at www.CarlaRyan.com. Here’s to living a life FILLED with Spirit! Amen.
With Love & Gratitude & Fondest Regards,