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Wild Flower Presbyterian Church

The Man Who Knew God: Decoding Jeremiah
By Mordecai Schreiber

The Man Who Knew God decodes the complexities of the book of Jeremiah and argues that this prophet is the key figure in shaping Western civilization. Author Mordecai Schreiber posits that Jeremiah is not only the one
who eradicated paganism among the Hebrew people, but he can also be considered the founder of the post-biblical Jewish faith. Offering intriguing insight into Jeremiah’s role in the founding of Western monotheism and the
eradication of paganism among the Hebrew people, this book should be read by all those interested in Biblical
studies, Jewish studies, and religion.

Rabbi Mordecai Schreiber is the author of over 50 books on Judaic and linguistic topics. He is the author of
Ask the Bible and Light to the Nations: From Biblical Promise to World Peace.

Pre-publication praise for the book by leading Bible scholars follows:

“The Book of Jeremiah continues to sound its assurances and its demands in challenging, contemporary ways. Rabbi Schreiber here provides an accessible entry into this remarkable prophetic person, voice and tradition that
live in the extremities of faith. Accenting the key issues in this prophetic articulation, Schreiber shows the bold
way in which Jeremiah moves in revolutionary leaps beyond the closed tribalism of his antecedents. This wise
book merits careful and sustained attention. It will evoke conversation that will continue to vex and nourish
responsible faith, just the vexation and nourishment the prophet himself intended. The move toward an inclusive openness voiced by the prophet continues to be a demanding agenda for his present-day readers.”
Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

“Rabbi Schreiber’s central idea, that Jeremiah was the model upon which the author of the famous Suffering
Servant songs in the book of Isaiah based these poems and which in turn, served as a significant inspiration for
Jesus’ ministry, is both elegantly simple and profoundly important for Jews and Christians. It is high time that we celebrate what we have in common rather than fighting over our differences. Rabbi Schreiber helps us to do that.”
Alice Ogden Bellis, Howard University School of Divinity

This review from Lexington Books was forwarded to us by email from one of our members

Feelings Buried Alive Never Die …
By Karol K. Truman

“When we are single-minded about what we desire in life, life works for us instead of against us. Because, the FEELING, or heart, always wins. What we feel is literally the “prayer of our heart,” and we always receive the “prayer of our heart!” Prov. 23: 7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” Our thinking and feeling need to be in unison. If not, then what we are feeling will be the winner. Consider James 1:8 “A
double minded man is unstable in all his way.”
Fear is negative. Love is positive. If I pray with fear in my heart, I will bring that very fear upon me. When a person thinks God will answer
and feels that God will answer, he has a knowing that God has already answered his prayer.

[This is only a partial glimpse at one of many exciting concepts explained in this book.. It is a good friend that I go back to again and again. I recommend it.]

submitted by Leola Bergeson

The congregation unanimously elected Reverend Doctor David Ullom to serve as the next installed pastor of Wild Flower. Pastor Dave’s first day at the church will be August 2, 2010, with a service of installation at a date and time to be determined.

We are excited to have Reverend Ullum leading us in our worship of, and service to, God. Pastor Dave has been a Presbyterian Minister of Word and Sacrament for over 30 years, and brings many of the gifts we felt Wild Flower needed at this point in our journey.

Memories of God: Theological Reflections on a Life
by Roberta Bondi.

Roberta Bondi, professor of Church History at Candler School
of Theology, reflects on the stories of her life, both painful and joyful,
as she recounts the pilgrimage of her life and faith. She discovers
that what she regarded as her private and unique life events were
really not private or idiosyncratic but common to many people.
Bondi has a way of drawing the reader into her childhood and young adult world. She reviews her family, cultural and religious
experiences and expectations.
She challenges her readers to see their life history through the
lens of faith and wry humor. She concludes, “…if we listen
carefully to their (our family) stories, if we watch them go about
their days, we see our own sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, teachers and strangers, clothed like the mountains with glory, held
in life forever in the memories of God.”

Submitted by Pastor Steve Corum

Wild Flower Church has a variety of activities and worship services planned for the Holy Week.

Join us at 7:00pm Thursday evening for Maundy Thursday services.

Saturday at 11:00am we will have a special kids service followed by our annual Easter Egg Hunt.  All children are invited to attend and be sure to bring friends as there is a whole bunch of candy waiting to be found.

Easter Sunday starts out a 7:00am with a traditional Easter worship service.  At 8:00am we will have a delicious breakfast served by our wonderful deacons.  At 9:30 we will have a contemporary Easter worship service.  We hope that you will be able to join with us during this special Easter week.

Hey kids, it’s time for WOW Kids! to start again.

We’ll start meeting every Wednesday night at 6:00pm to 7:30pm starting on February 24th and going until Easter.  This year’s theme is Searching for Clues for a New Life with Jesus.

Each evening will start with a light meal, followed by a childrens worship and story time.  The evening will conclude with a craft and game time.  This is a fun time for children in pre-school to grade 5.

All children are welcome and the event is free to the public.

Let’s Celebrate a New Life in Jesus!

Taste of Italy

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The 4th Annual Taste of Italy Dinner Theater and Talent Show will be on Saturday February 21st at 6:00pm.  Come for an excellent 3 course Italian meal.  Enjoy entertainment from the Wild Flower Players, along with a performing dance group and piano solos from Braden Madison and Megan Holden.

It’s sure to be a great evening for the entire family.  The proceeds from this year’s meal will be going to the rising cost of snow removal.

Mama Mia! That’s a great meal!

Reading the Bible Again for the First Time
By Marcus J. Borg

Have you seen the movie Shrek?  Do you remember when Shrek tells Donkey that ogres are like onions–with lots of layers?  Just when you think you’ve got them figured out, you peel away another layer and discover something
different.

While he doesn’t talk about ogres and onions, in Reading the Bible Again, Marcus Borg helps peel away the layers of what we might think we understand about the Bible, and
introduces a different way to think about it.  Borg encourages us to move from a “literal-factual” way of reading the Bible to a “historical-metaphorical” way of reading.  In this way of reading the Bible, the point of the creation story is not how long each day was when God was creating the earth, but rather that God is the source of all that is.

Borg then helps uncover the themes that run through the Bible about what it is to be human and how our relationship with God affects our experience of life on earth.

Submitted by Ann Smith

The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity
by Elaine Pagels and Karen King

In 2006 the Gospel of Judas, dating to the second century, was discovered in Egypt.  It received lots of attention in the scholarly world.  The authors reflect on this newfound discovery and how it helps us understand the story of the early Christians.  This gospel related how some of Jesus’ followers understood Jesus’ death, why Judas betrayed Jesus and why God allowed it.   For example, the concept of God demanding Jesus’ sacrificial death for our salvation is vehemently challenged in this non-canonical gospel. Reading The Gospel of Judas highlights the assumptions behind Jesus’ supposed teaching to Judas and shows how conflict among Jesus’ earliest followers contained doubt and disagreement.  Thus conflict, argument and lively discussion are essential components of faith, then and now.

Submitted by Pastor Steve

The Art of Listening in a Healing Way
By James E. Miller

The author is a writer, spiritual director, and grief counselor who lectures and presents in many areas of healing.  This is a book of 27 short chapters explaining the difference between hearing and listening.

Various encounters call for different ways of listening.  He mentions six kinds of listening:  “We listen casually, we listen for comprehension, we listen critically, we listen appreciatively, we listen therapeutically and the sixth kind of listening is healing listening.

What was the first time you felt really listened to?  Who did the listening?  What did you speak about?  How did you feel as the experience unfolded and afterward?  Why do you think this experience stays with you?

One chapter title is “Healing Listening is Founded on Wonder.”  Other chapters discuss the following, a healing listener stays in the moment; listens with the heart, listens through the soul and healing listening is an act of love.

It should be a challenge to everyone to do more listening and learning in our lives as we strive to understand and encourage one another to love and lift each other up for the healing that, many times, is necessary.

Submitted by Rev. Eugene DeHoogh