ORDINARY TIME: Practicing Resurrection

In his poem “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front,” Wendell Berry calls his readers to “Practice resurrection.” That’s how author and priest Tish Harrison Warren thinks of this stretch of ordinary time in our church year. During Easter season, she writes, we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, and in this next season we learn to “practice resurrection” in our everyday lives. We seek those things which bring renewal and repair.

In a time which cries out for so much mending, Warren suggests finding small, ordinary ways to practice repair and resurrection in our ordinary lives.  

How might the Spirit be calling you to practice resurrection?

Scriptures for Sunday:

Mark 4: 1-20
Parable of the Sower

In order to be compliant with our by-laws, this Sunday, June 19, immediately following the worship service, we will have a brief hybrid congregational meeting to vote on the proposal brought forth by the Creation Care Committee to install roof-top solar on our building.

The recent email proposal received an 82% approval, now we want to make it official by voting at a congregational meeting.  All members are encouraged to join in the vote - in person or on zoom.
Mennonite Educational Agency (MEA) and Mennonite Church USA are committed to being anti-racist. This means we stand against white supremacy and racist violence in all its forms. As Anabaptist Christians, we believe Jesus calls us to love our neighbors – ALL of our neighbors – and we believe there is no place in God’s kingdom for violence or acts of racism.
Generational wealth is one way white supremacy continues to exist in Mennonite communities, making higher education more accessible for White students than for students of Color.

James and Rowena Lark were visionaries, believing that the church is a "Spirit-directed community that excludes no one."  James was the first Black man to be ordained in the Mennonite church, their daughter Juanita the first Black graduate from Goshen College. 

Recently, MEA discerned that 2 current scholarships, including the Lark scholarship, should be reshaped into one which encourages Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students from MC USA congregations to attend an MC USA-affiliated higher education institution. To learn more, and to give, click HERE.

Volunteer at Plowshare Produce: Bethany and Micah Spicher Schonberg invite anyone who enjoys weeding to their farm, Thursday mornings, 9:30-12, to help, followed by an outdoor lunch at noon. All are welcome. RSVP by Wednesday evening before by email or phone.

Resettlement needs: As the family from Afghanistan that UMC has helped get established here in State College continues to adapt to life in our community, there are a few more items they are looking for.  Click HERE to see the Sign-Up Genius list.

Ethiopian Food:  Etayehu Zenebe will have her food truck at the UMC parking lot on Fridays from 4:30-6:30.  Come take home some of her amazing creations! 

Advocate for prisoners to have outdoor access!  A group from University Baptist and Brethren are working to make outdoor space available to those at the Centre County Correctional Facility (CCCF).  Want to join them?  For more information, contact Cindy Carpenter HERE.

Zoom links:

Tuesday Sharing and Prayer 
Sunday morning service 
You Tube channel

Learning from "The Sower"

Forever, the farm laborer depicted in oils
strides across the field
throwing seeds in an ostinato sowing.
Forever, the sun behind his back
pulses radiant, glowing golden.
Though the worker is caught mid-step
as he swings back his arm in the blue-ish light,
we know the work is never done.
Forever will there be mouths to feed
and grain to grow and the need
for one who unstintingly sows.
It is said the only thing necessary
for the triumph of evil is for good men
to do nothing. And so the sower keeps sowing.
Though forever there will be floods
and droughts, bugs and mold and blight.
Forever will the crows descend
to follow the sower and eat the seed.
Though loss. Though poverty.
Though depression. Though war.
The sower sows despite. The sower sows because—
The sower sows for that is what a sower does.

-Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

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