Brothers and sisters, don’t get discouraged in doing what is right.
2 Thessalonians 3:13
Hope begins in the dark,
the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing,
the dawn will come.
~ Anne Lamott from Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing & Life
I hope this finds you doing well as you begin week #3 of the term. Although 3 is in no way the middle between 1 and 10, it seems that this is the week that professors begin to give “mid’term” exams. As you face a growing number of papers, tests, presentations and other assessments about what it is you are learning I hope you will also take a minute to remember that while doing your best is important, it is also important to remember WHY you do your best. You are a gifted child of God, discerning where it is you are called to use those gifts. Your classes may not always feel like they are a part of that process, but they ARE!!! Everything you learn, everything you are trying, all of it is preparing you for the next part of your journey. It might feel overwhelming as the “to do” list gets longer, it might feel frustrating as you take more difficult classes that challenge you, it might feel exhausting as you try to balance school work, friendships and family relationships (not to mention your faith!) – but know that you aren’t ever left alone on this journey – and don’t forget to BREATHE. Breathe in the Spirit of God that is always with you. And don’t neglect relationships totally as life gets busy – God calls us to community so that we can support, encourage, and sometimes challenge one another. Know that you are in my prayers as things ramp up in the classroom. Remember that God will equip you for the work to which you are called. Join us when you can for a meal, a prayer, some laughter, a little break to recharge!
Below are some opportunities to join us at the K-Center or at one of the local presby churches. I don’t have specific Buzz hours this week – but if you want to chat, gimme a call or text me and let’s find time for a cuppa!! My info is at the bottom of this message . . .
Activities for the week of Oct 8-14, 2012
5:30 pm – Supper with Substance – we’ll gather at the Koinonia Center to enjoy a yummy meal cooked by a member of the church! Following dinner we’ll have a chat about “acts of God” – bring your thoughts, questions and opinions about whether or not, or how God might be involved in catastrophes.
6:00pm -7ish- Worship on Wednesdays @ Westminster – located at the corner of Coburg & Harlow Roads. This is a short mid-week contemplative worship service. If you wish, there is also a light meal before the service which you are welcome to attend – college students eat free. Meal at 6, worship starts around 7.
6:30pm – Adult Education @ Central Presbyterian – located at the corner of 15th & Patterson, Central is hosting a weekly conversation about Faith & Politics this fall. This week there will be a conversation about “Redistribution of Wealth” led by KCenter alum Trevor Whitbread.
10pm -??? – Presby Pub Night – all students 21+ join us for Bible Study and conversation at the 19th Street McMenamin’s – happy hour is dutch treat!
8:30am -Worship at Westminster Presbyterian(Corner of Coburg & Harlow Roads)
10am – Worship at Central Presbyterian (15th & Patterson) – Potluck following worship – free lunch for students. Church will provide soup and members will bring salads and bread.
10am – Worship at Peace Presbyterian (3060 River Road)
11am -Worship at Westminster Presbyterian (Corner of Coburg & Harlow Roads)
3 -5 pm @ Unitarian Universalist Church, 1685 W. 13th. If you are interested in going, and hampered by needing a ride or some funds, let me know.
Leaps and Bounds, a one woman show produced and performed by Tevyn East, the daughter of two Presbyterian (USA) ministers, is touring faith communities and institutions of higher learning across the United States. Written in collaboration with Ched Myers, renowned biblical scholar and teacher, this show is about the interconnection of faith, ecology, and the global economy. With foot stomping songs, playful humor, daring dance sequences and vulnerable honesty, this show will draw the audience along a compelling journey, and ultimately articulate a hope that we can all share. Rev Dennis J. Parker, the Campus Minister at Portland State University, suggests “see this magical performance and find yourself laughing, humming and crying; and wanting to understand more about how our faith can inform our vision of the Judeo- Christian story that will move us to action.”
While she appears on the stage alone, Leaps and Bounds is the result of a collaboration among many talented individuals. A full list of collaborators, themes and project resources can be found at www.affordinghopeproject.org. Sponsored by the Eugene Interfaith Earthkeepers. Cosponsored by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns and the Eco-Justice Team of Cascades Presbytery. Suggested donation at the door of $7-15.
Message sent by
Rev. Jennifer Martin
Campus Pastor & Executive Director
THE KOINONIA CENTER
Presbyterian Campus Ministry at the University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97401