There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

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a clean, well-lighted, coffee house

may we make a recommendation on a brand-spanking new independent coffee house in the Uptown area? It’s owned by two ladies, Sara and Kristin (sp?), and it’s called The Crooked Tree.  It’s a warm, inviting, and relaxed area with coffee (of course), pastries, and sandwiches, too, if you’re hungry for a little more than caffeine.

There’s live music on most weekends.

So when a few extra moments avail themselves, stop in and have a cup.  The place says “welcome, sit a spell.”

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one last thing before we transition

For the next two Sundays we’ll set up the retreat by dwelling on the notion of Calling. Before we do, there’s at least onesiimage002.jpg loose end from our series on Tripp’s book I have to tie up here in these pages.

We’ve discussed for a couple months now about what’s within our realm of responsibility for pursuing change and for involving ourselves in one another’s pursuit of change. One thing I’ve intended to include each week but didn’t leave myself time for is how one moves into a community in such a way that 1) you come to benefit from the kind of loving involvement that leads to change and 2) that you come to contribute to that pursuit of change in others thusly involved. In other words, if we were to write a story of how someone came to benefit from (1) and contribute to (2) this community of change and maturity, the basic plot line, roughly outlined, might go something like this: Read the rest of this entry »

Come together

Hey, three things, all mentioned last Sunday in class, but which might’ve eluded your memory due to the high volume of announcements:

why retreat later this month?

104.jpgThomas Merton, when asked what the greatest spiritual disease we face today was, replied,

“Efficiency: From the monastery to the Pentagon the plant has to run…and there’s little time or energy left over after that to do anything else.”

Would you be so bold as to enter into a weekend, not without purpose, but one that entirely disregards efficiency? Be with us and Him. We’ll linger in the Psalter.

Rest isn’t merely the absence of activity; it’s the engagement with what’s most needed. Hope you’ll come for a little time to give to the one thing needed (Lk 10:42).

Joy in the Dance

Thanks to all who helped us host the Inaugural PCPC Ceili Saturday evening.  Here’s a few shots from our lively time together.  Even those with two left feet (myself included in that choreographically-challenged demographic) found their footing with a little help from the Band and the Ceili Caller.

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The really interested may click here for even more photos.

a little help?

05_ceili.jpgas we mentioned yesterday, we could stand to have several more helpers with the ceili this Saturday (5-8pm) in the way of 30 minute shifts in any one of the following:

  • supervising the food line,
  • running the kids’ table (face-painting, coloring), h
  • ospitality for the band,
  • and maybe helping direct traffic to the back of Oak Lawn West (to conserve parking-space for the people attending the wedding in the sanctuary parking-lot).

Stephen Kilbourn has graciously agreed to coordinate all “the help.”  Please email him if you’d be willing and able to help for even a short time this weekend.  Go raibh maith agaibh! (a gaelic thanks)