Table Rock Talk July 2015

The Newsletter of Lawrencefield Parish Church

Indoor yard sale announced

Volunteers and rummage solicited

August 22nd is the date for the next Lawrencefield Rummage Sale. Hours have yet to be set, but organizers Michelle Beihl and Eleanor White say, “Morning for sure!”  People can either donate items for the church to profit from OR rent a table for  $10 and they can keep their sales receipts. We'll probably have some refreshments too. Start setting aside your used treasures now and save the date! Times for drop-off will be announced soon. Contact Eleanor or Michelle for more information.

Note cards for sale

Variety of designs in packages of four

In the tradition of the late great Liz Neumann, Lawrencefield Parish Church is once more making quality note cards available for sale at a modest price. One package of four contains an assortment of color designs. Buyers may choose from two different collections: photographed and painted views of the Lawrencefield church building by four different artists, or floral designs by resident watercolorist Jody Wharton. Cost is $5 per package and payment is by the honor system. Cards are on display in the Narthex. Proceeds help to support our programs.

Shop and help Lawrencefield

LPC joins Kroger Community Rewards Program

Thanks to a suggestion from the Stewardship Committee, Lawrencefield has enrolled in a program that will produce a small amount of additional income from the Kroger Corporation. Participating is easy for parishioners who already have a Kroger Plus card. Those who don’t already have a card may obtain one at the customer service desk at any Kroger.

Once you have your card, register online at krogercommunityrewards.com. Kroger provides the following simple instructions:

  • Click on Sign In/Register.
  • If you have not already registered onlilne, click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter LPC’s Non-Profit Organization number, which is 96241, or select organization from list and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).
  • Do you use your phone number at the register?  Call 877-576-7587 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.
  • Enrollment will need to be repeated every April in order to remain in the program.

The Rector's Study The Rev. Cynthia Byers Walter

Reflections on completing a sixth decade

When I turned 40, Rich gave me a birthday card with a cute bunny on the front and the heading, “For a sweet girl who’s 4.” Rich had just added a zero next to the four. Somehow this was entirely appropriate.

Now that I am approaching another “biggie,” ruminations on passing another age milestone are suggested. Problem is, I don’t feel terribly wise. I think I know less now than I did formerly, and it’s not just because every glass of wine is supposed to kill 2,000 brains cells (At least I don’t think it … What were we talking about?)

Perhaps it would be more appropriate to say I don’t feel like much of an authority on anything. After sixty years I am no closer to the meaning of life than ever. Sixty seems like an abstract number, with no more particular relevance to me personally than 6,000, or 4. And I have no greater a handle on reality than many people decades younger than I.

I am reading a book called Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life. This is a collection of the diaries and letters of a 28-year-old Dutch woman who died in 1943 during the Holocaust. Her early writings are confused and self-absorbed, while the later ones, as life for European Jews turned to dust and ashes around her, are incredibly wise, loving and, yes, Christ-like. The hardships Etty endured seem to have been a crucible which brought out in her a holy wisdom far beyond her years.

I have not endured major hardships that have honed and refined my spirit. I have led an ordinary life. I have loved, I have grieved, I have prospered, I have survived. I have only one regret, and it’s something I can do nothing about, so I offer it in prayer and set it aside.

I have zero fear of dying. I have faith in God and in forgiveness, and in what Christ says about going ahead to prepare a place for us. My rational mind tells me that even if my faith is misplaced, the worst that can happen is oblivion, and in that case there won’t be anything left of me to care one way or the other. But I do believe in goodness. I do believe in a reality greater than myself, and I do believe that love is the realest thing there is. This and the experience of sitting with people of faith going about the ministry of dying has assured me that there is nothing whatever to fear about that final milestone.

At the same time, I’m not sure I’ve yet got the knack of living, and I have a vague idea that God wants to keep me on earth until I’m better at it! In the meantime, my prayer seems to alternate between my love and my lack. I can’t always identify what it is that I want, but I know that I want, I want something very badly, and that something has to do with love and meaning, and that love and meaning is for me summed up in Christ. That’s all I have to say for now. Maybe more when I’m 70?

Vestry Vibes

Summary of the May 17 Vestry Meeting:

As this issue of Table Rock Talk goes to press, the June 21 meeting has yet to occur. On the agenda are the following matters:

Progress reports on:

  • Audit Committee
  • Undercroft Curtains
  • Rector’s Study Chairs
  • Paving of Driveway
  • Education Committee
    • Lawrencefield Saints interview project for middle school students
  • Stewardship Committee
    • Summer mailing
    • Kroger Community Rewards program
    • Annual campaign plans
  • Fundraisers
    • Notecards
    • Cats Meow keepsakes
  • Cluster Picnic June 28
  • Fireworks Party July 3
  • Soup Kitchen July 12 vacancy

New Business:

  • $4000 donation to Building Fund
  • Undercroft Carpet proposed fundraiser
  • Warwood Fair August 7-8
  • Rummage Sale August 22
  • 5K Race October 24

Reports:

  • Wardens
  • Minutes
  • Treasurer
  • Flower Guild
  • Coffee Hour