The Community United Presbyterian Church


Summer Breeze

                  I was born in 1967. So in 1972, I was just 5 years old. All day long we would run through the fields even though the sun would shine into evening, the days seemed too short. I lived in a large country house, but it had no modern conveniences when I was young - no air conditioning, cordless phones, or microwaves – no computers to draw our  attention. Our windows were open, as we  hoped for a breeze to cool our evening rest. For my birthday, I had been given a small clock radio and I could hear the numbers as they flipped on their individual rolodex’s, marking the time as it passed so slowly on warm summer nights. But it was the radio that I loved so much. And though it is not a passage from scripture, perhaps you will recall this song that first played that summer of 1972 by Seals and Crofts.

Summer Breeze

See the curtains hangin' in the window, in the evenin' on a Friday night
A little light a-shinin' through the window, lets me know everything is alright

Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind

See the paper layin' in the sidewalk, a little music from the house next door
So I walked on up to the doorstep, through the screen and across the floor

Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind

Sweet days of summer, the jasmine's in bloom
July is dressed up and playing her tune
And I come home from a hard day's work
And you're waiting there, not a care in the world
See the smile a-waitin' in the kitchen, food cookin' and the plates for two
Feel the arms that reach out to hold me, in the evening when the day is through

Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind

 

It paints such a simple, yet idealistic, picture. A perfect end to a summer day in all its simplicity.

I think there is more to this than meets the eye - or catches our ear – something that we can all relate to existentially. It is our hope for home – not so much a place, but what truly makes a home – love, belonging, acceptance. Thoughts race through our minds so much, it may be difficult to focus on what is just before our eyes – like the strong scent of jasmine that permeates every nook and recess. It may be hard to move beyond the encompassing scent.

Sometimes smells, like perfume – bring back the most vivid memories from our lives – perhaps memories of others as well. My mother always wore a perfume called Charlie. My father would where Brut or Old Spice. Neither are in vogue today – though the energy in the air was so tangible when they were dressing up to go out for the evening.

Summer is the high season of our lives, just as there is a season for all things – but that is another passage, and another song. Summer is hot, and busy, and energetic – and summer days seem to pass so quickly. Nights are slow.

A cool summer breeze grabs us as we allow it to flow over. It blows away the heaviness of jasmine and allows us to breathe deeply the momentary crisp fresh air. It may carry us with it. Many times, a loved one is like a cool breeze – cutting through our cluttered thoughts, drawing us into the present, and taking us home.

Ruach, Pneuma, Spiritus – The Holy Spirit moved over the waters - as an anthropomorphic breeze upon the water – before the Genesis of creation. We then saw Spirit as breath, when God created humans – a spiritual CPR. Later, we see the Holy Spirit given to us at Pentecost.

Though I may be rambling a bit, I would like to try to draw these various musings together in some way for our lives today.

When I heard this song play last night on the radio, I opened the window of my car and felt the cool air hit me after a summer storm. I was immediately taken back to that room as a small child – and all of the wonder that was part of youth and life. Though there was struggle and worry – I felt a sense of home in that childhood room listening to the radio – because ultimately, there was a foundation of love.

I am now 50 years old. Summer has passed so quickly. I have many things on my mind, but that cool breeze seemed to blow away all of the current worries. I was driving home, to the open arms and joyful shouts of my wife and children – blessings.

We also have a spiritual home with Christ. Even during times of loneliness, struggle or change – we can experience that sense of home, love, and belonging – for the Holy Spirit is always with us.

May God bless you,

Grafton

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     Bible Study will begin September 11 at 10 AM   "Cloud of Witnesses"
The Community of Christ in Hebrews

The Letter to the Hebrews is a significant book of the Bible, and is also significantly different from every other book in the Bible. It consists of thirteen chapters, all of which are packed with theology, metaphor, comparisons, and spirituality. Therefore, I’ve decided to approach the letter thematically, not sequentially. We will explore nine major themes, relate those themes to other parts of our faith tradition, and tie them together with the overarching motif of community. The community for which the letter was written interacts, in a sense, with all the communities of which you are a part, because you bring those groups with you wherever you go—they have helped to form you into the person you are. The community in which you study and worship, your family and friends, social and therapy groups . . . all are part of you.

Our prayer is that the study of community in Hebrews will help us strengthen our own communities.

The Bible Study will begin on September 11 at 10 AM.  See Judy or call the Office, Cost is $8.00


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                                                   Grief and Loss Group 

Though grief and loss is something each of us face in our lives it is never easy.    Sometimes it helps if we are not alone during this difficult time. All are welcome to join our grief and loss support group, regardless of religious affiliation. The Reverend Dr. Grafton Eliason has published extensively on this topic and will be leading this group. The group will start meeting on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 2 PM, at the Community United Presbyterian Church on the Keystone Park Road in New Alexandria. This group will meet for six(6) weeks.

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Congratulation to Christie Sebek  and her husband on the birth of their daughter, Sophia Rose on July 9, 2017

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Our sincere prayers and sympathy to the family and friends of Chalmers Ramaley, who went to be with our Lord this week.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND OUR CHURCH

  • August 19: Watts Truck Show
  • September 4: Labor Day
  • September 6: PW  Fall Gathering @ 7 PM
  • September 10: Sunday School resumes  at 10 AM
  • September 10:  Worship returns to 11 AM, with Communion
  • September 11: Bible Study at 10 AM (9 Weeks)
  • September 11: Grief and Loss at 2 PM (6 Weeks)
  • September 23: Presbytery Meeting at Pine Springs, 10 AM

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Our sponsored counselor this year is Zach Henry. If you would like to send cards to him the  address is:

Zach Henry,

371 Pine Springs Camp Road,   

P O Box 186,

 Jennerstown, PA. 15547.

 

Let him know we are thinking of him and keeping him in our  prayers.

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New Committee

 

   After years of tirelessly working to make the yard sale a Fund Raising success, Judy Koontz is stepping down from it’s leadership. (due to priorities). We thank Judy for the time and Talent she has so freely given to this event.

The “Yard Sale Committee” has been formed.

Co- Chairs: Joan Evans, Margaret Graham, Pete Maricondi, and Maxine Watt

Food: Lee Washlaski

Outreach and Advertising: Heather Pisciotti

Co Treasurers: Jacquie Ray and Lee Washlaski

 

   Please keep us in mind over the next 12 months. We welcome all constructive    advice,, help with storage (an attic, dry basement/ garage etc.) and as you clean; we’ll welcome items for the 2018 Sale. Please call the office and we’ll arrange for pick up.

 

   If you are interested in joining this committee, please call the office or talk to any of the individuals named above.

 

   All help will be greatly appreciated.

 

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