Weekly Contact March 14, 2013

Hello there,

You may or may not realize it, but today is pi day.  Not pie day, although any excuse to have a piece of pie and a cup of coffee is a good one.  No, today is pi day, as in the number pi: 3.14159…  Pi is the ratio of a circle’s diameter to its circumference.  If you know a circle’s diameter you can multiply it by pi to find the circumference.  Today is pi day because it is 3/14, and it was the pi minute at 1:59 this afternoon because then it was 3.14.1.59.

These weekly contacts are always scheduled to be sent out at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday s, so this was sent to you just after the pi minute was up.

Now perhaps this is all very silly, and who really cares?  But there is a little lesson here.  Certain relationships are constant.  Whether not we are aware of it, there is a constant relationship between a circle’s diameter and its circumference.  No matter where you go in the entire universe, in all of creation, this ratio will always be the same.  This knowledge is the foundation of portions of geometry and calculus that enable us to study and calculate everything from the orbit of planets to molecular structure.

We believe there are constant relationships in spiritual dimensions.  No matter where we go in the universe, we can count on God’s presence and love for us.  This certain knowledge enables us to do great acts of love, compassion and service.

Spring is coming, and if you are planning any work in your yard or garden, stop by Earl May Gardening center over on Northland Ave on Saturday.  For every dollar you spend 20 cents will go to our Marion Churches Food Pantry.  That is on Saturday only.

Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day, so wear something green, and there will be some Irish elements to our worship service.  The text for my sermon will be Isaiah 43:16-21 and John 12:1-8.  The title is “Do a New Thing.”  The Chancel Bells are playing in the first service.  We are collecting a “noisy offering” at both services for One Great Hour of Sharing.  During the children’s time, the kids will be coming around with tin buckets, and we want you to make a little noise by dropping in all your loose change.  So fill up you pockets and purse with pennies, nickels and quarters so you will be ready when the children come around.

And we will be celebrating the Irish with a potato bar after both services.  Baked potatoes will be provided with all sorts of yummy toppings.  We are asking for donations and proceeds will go to buy mattresses for the family in South Dakota that our mission team worked with last fall.  You will remember this is a family that adopted nine children with fetal alcohol syndrome.  So plan on having some great food and giving generously.

Stay in One Peace,

 

Howard

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