Reflection from your Co-Pastors Monday June 14, 2021

Servant Leadership and Radical Love

Years ago, while working in a competitive and greedy business, I read an article on Servant Leadership; then I read more articles. It just made sense to me. I began to realize that I was in the wrong business.

Lately, I have been thinking of the many members of our community who live this servant leadership life, quietly. I thought we could talk about servant leadership as a way of telling you how much you are appreciated. And even if you think this isn’t you, believe me…it is you, every one of you. By engaging in the mission of Mary of Magdala, “With the heart and mind of Christ, we transform the world,” we are in the center of servant leadership.

Jesus said “…rather, the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the one who serves” (Lk 22:24-27), and, Jesus washes the feet of the disciples and tells them to do as he had done (John 13:12-15). We follow this example as servant leaders.
A pivotal outgrowth of servant leadership is the personal and communal growth of the those who serve and are served. This growth goes beyond our individual relationships; it infiltrates communities where we share power and put other people’s needs first.

Our actions can encourage personal development and a higher functional ability. Recognizing our ego and putting it aside we become more like Christ, “Jesus emptied himself…”(Phil 2:1-13; John 5:30).

Servant leadership is no more, and no less than this. It sounds like the radical Love of Christianity which we have been hearing so much about (Luke 6:27-35). Let us continue to grow in this Radical Love of Christ. So many thanks to you!
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Invitation and Reminders
Mark your Calendars - On June 20th, we will be celebrating the one year anniversary of Pastor Jane Reina’s ordination, with a cake and ice cream social after the 5:00 pm Mass. 

Please mark your calendars and join us for this celebration!!!
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301 Faith Partners
What are the 301 Faith Partners up to?

The 301 Faith Partners vision team has created a Vision, Mission and Values statement to guide us in our relationships, interactions, and shared projects and ministries.

Read the full document here.
Our Vision – ‘Our guiding Light’
Weaving a tapestry of love, hope and justice for the world. 

Our Mission – ‘What we do’
301 Faith Partners is an inclusive community dedicated to be more, and do more together, while respecting individual gifts and traditions. We welcome all people and offer a spiritual refuge with opportunities for individual and collective growth. We commit to work for social justice and to protect all creation.
Vacation Bible School Starting Next Week
The 301 Faith Partners are joining together to host River of Life VBS Monday, June 21-Thursday, June 24 from 9-11:30 am, children ages 4 through 6th grade are welcome (teens older than that are encouraged to help). $10/child or $20 max per family (scholarships available).
Register HERE.
Prayer Requests and Service Recordings
Praying for peace, health and well-being through challenging times

+Courtney Shook - daughter of Tom and Jean Christin, member
+Dorothea Grimm - Mother of Rosanna Bateman, member
+Sue Harari - friend of Cathy Engel
+Mary Detweiller - member
+Rob Frank - friend of Kerrie Anderson - member

+Jerry Padilla, father and Ryan Cordova nephew of Lisa Jones - member
+Aidan - grandson of Mother Kae.
+Lauren Roob - friend of Rosanna Bateman
+Liz and Ken Zornes and family, whose daughter is struggling with addiction - friends of Sandra and Dick Life

+Michael Keefe, son of member Yvonne Keefe
+Dona Bosse - member
+Rosemary - Fr Michael's mother
+Dani - niece of the Cloyds - members

In gratitude for all who pray for and with our community.

+Ruth Parker, sister of Dori Carroll
+Joanne Gallagher - member, and for her sister, Dr. Barbara Immroth
+Jim and Lucille Bowen friends of Suzanne King, member

+Leo Sixfather of Michael Six
+Mike Gudim
+Suzanne King - member

For the peaceful repose of souls for those who've passed and comfort for the families.
Adrian - Son of Joe & Ann - friends of
members Cindy and David Cloyd
Mary Crosby - member
Clint Wisdom - brother-in-law of Joan Chapman-Smith
Leon - father of Mother Cynthia

Kristin - daughter of ECC priest Scott Jenkins.
Joan Kneeland - sister-in-law of Bill Kneeland
Rita Ortiz, friend of Deacon Rosean
Margie Weitz - member

Chris Bachman, friend of Lisa Jones
Bob, husband of Joyce Dehaven -
friend of Cathy Engel
David Heyman -member
Service Recordings
Here is the recording celebrating the 1t1h Sunday of Ordinary time Sunday June 13. The presider and homilist was Father Michael Nicosia and his homily is available here. The service is also available in a printed document to assist with prayer.
Honoring Agricultural Scientist
George Washington Carver
This Sunday our readings contain references to gardening and arboriculture. It seems appropriate to honor one of America’s greatest agricultural scientists, George Washington Carver.
Carver was born into slavery around 1864. Slavery was abolished while he was young, and his German-immigrant masters, Moses and Susan Carver, raised he and his brother, James, as their own children.
Carver applied to several colleges before being accepted at Highland College in Kansas. However, the Administration sent him away after he arrived when they learned he was Black. He turned to homesteading and raised a variety of crops on a manually-plowed 17-acre farm. He was subsequently encouraged to apply at Iowa State and became the school’s first Black student and eventually earned a Master’s degree.
In 1896, Booker T Washington invited Carver to oversee Tuskegee Institute’s agriculture department where he taught for 47 years. Much of his research and teaching focused on techniques to improve soils depleted by repeated plantings of cotton. He wanted poor farmers to grow other crops as a source of their own food and to improve their quality of life. He developed over 300 food, industrial and commercial products derived from peanuts, sweet potatoes, and soybeans which helped revolutionize the agricultural economy of the South.
George Washington Carver was also a leader in promoting environmentalism. He received numerous honors for his work. In an era of high racial polarization, his fame reached beyond the black community. In 1941, Time magazine dubbed Carver a “Black Leonardo da Vinci”.
Carver was a devout Christian and integrated both God and science into his life. He testified on many occasions that his faith in Jesus was the only mechanism by which he could effectively pursue and perform the art of science.

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