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Moms in Prayer groups meet weekly

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Moms in Prayer groups meet weekly at area schools.

Moms in Prayer (formerly Moms in touch) for parents of Dickerson Middle School meets every Thursday at 1pm. Meeting location available upon request. More info: Movita Stallworth, 770-321-1783 or mo633@comcast.net.

Moms in Prayer for East Side Elementary parents meets every Thursday at 10am. More info: Rachel Bloom, 770-973-4705 or familybloom@gmail.com.

Do you know of another Moms in Prayer group? Email cynthia@eastcobber.com.

 

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An Earth Day Prayer

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An Earth Day Prayer

Let us pray for: trees, plants, crops, and forests.
Let us pray for: water, oceans, rivers, streams and ponds.
Let us pray for: air, wind, climate and weather.
Let us pray for: sun, clean energy and prevention of global warning.
Let us pray for: animals, especially endangered species.
Let us pray for: humankind.
Let us pray for: recycling and moderate personal consumption.
Let us pray for: proper use of chemicals and disposal of toxic waste.
Let us pray for: Earth and unity.

“God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to
do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6: 8

Creator God, we thank you for all of creation. We ask Your forgiveness where we have
failed to be just stewards. And we now ask for Your guidance in restoring the face of the
earth. May we learn to live in harmony, safety and just sharing of resources among all
so that we achieve the kingdom of God.

The Earth is bountiful, but it’s hurting. Have you written a prayer for the Earth that soothes you when all the environmental news is frightening? Or one that helps you remember to be grateful for all the blessings we still have? Please consider sharing it here with others.

 

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Mt. Bethel UMC Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser is Saturday

Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church partnering with Platinum Auto Spa on Johnson Ferry to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. For the past 22 years Mt. Bethel UMC has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to raise money for and build homes for families in need.
The Mt. Bethel UMC/ Platinum Auto Spa fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 18, during normal business hours at Platinum Auto Spa, 1075 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, 30068.
The build for this year’s house will receive a portion of the sales from car washes that day in addition to other funds collected the same day. This is just a small part of the year round effort to raise enough money to build a Habitat home each year. The main fundraiser is sponsorship of the Annual Habitat Road Race 5k, 1mi Fun Run and Tot Trot held at Mt. Bethel UMC each October. For more information about the race and build visit habitatroadrace.com.

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St. Andrews Yard Sale to benefit church

Car Wash and Yard Sale benefiting the missions of St. Andrew United Methodist Church this Saturday, April 18, 8am-3pm. Find household items, furniture, clothes and other treasures at great bargain prices.

St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 3455 Canton Road, Marietta.  For more information call 770-926-3488.

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A Tax Day Prayer

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On this day of internal revenue
some of us are paid up,
some of us owe,
some of us await a refund,
some of us have no income to tax.

But all of us are taxed,
by war,
by violence,
by anxiety,
by deathliness.

And Caesar never gives any deep tax relief.

We render to Caesar . . .
to some it feels like a grab,
to some it is clearly a war tax,
to some – some few –
it is a way to contribute to the common good.

In any case we are haunted
by what we render to Caesar,
by what we might render to you,
by the way we invest our wealth and our lives,
when what you ask is an “easy yoke”:
to do justice
to love mercy
to walk humbly with you.

Give us courage for your easy burden, so to live untaxed lives. Amen.

From Walter Brueggemann’s Prayers for a Privileged People (Abingdon, 2008)

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Alleluia! Christ is risen!: A lesson from Rev. Tom Pumphrey

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.”  Luke 24:5b
The first disciples went to Jesus’ tomb and found it empty. Others were puzzled and still frightened from their experiences and did not understand. Thomas was not with the others when Jesus first came to them all together. Disciples on the road to Emmaus were troubled about the early reports they heard before they left town. And while their hearts burned within them, they still did not recognize Jesus until he broke bread with them.

We live much of our lives without expecting to encounter Jesus. Would you expect to see Jesus at the grocery store? In the cubicle next to yours? At the back of your physics class? In front of you in the traffic jam? Of course, we wouldn’t encounter him in the same way after he ascended to heaven, but he has given us his Holy Spirit to bring the presence of God the Holy Trinity to us. Even in the secular world, our risen Lord is at work ahead of us, inviting us into a new life that is true life. Without embracing that truth, we might miss ways in which God wants to bless us.

What would your life look like if you lived it in the light of Jesus’ resurrection? What if the fact of God’s triumph over sin and suffering and death were the defining lens for how you view your life in the world?

In these great fifty days of Easter Season, I invite you into living a life filled with joy in Jesus-eager to discover the ways God is renewing and restoring you and the world around you. Embrace the victory of Jesus Christ as you grow as his disciple. Pray the prayer of praise, glorifying God in the whole of your life. And bask in the joy that God is eager to lavish upon you!

The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

(Reprinted from the newsletter of Rev. Tom Pumphrey, rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in East Cobb.) 

 

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Scholar in Residence weekend at Chabad of Cobb

Don’t miss the Scholar in Residence weekend with Rabbi Shmuel Lew at Chabad of Cobb. All events will take place at Chabad of Cobb, 4450 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068.


Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday Evening Gourmet Shabbat Dinner – 7.30 p.m. “A Rabbi’s Adventure in Greenland.”
A heartwarming story and life lessons on love and the Jewish soul.
Adults $24, Children ages 3-6 $8; ages 7-12 $14; $5.00 additional per adult and child for reservations after April 27th.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Shabbat Lunch – “Realizing our Potential” 12.30 p.m.
Rabbi Lew was privileged to receive a treasure trove of personal guidance and practical life insights from the Rebbe.  This is a rare opportunity to hear Rabbi Lew share this profound wisdom on navigating life’s challenges and personal growth, and will be followed by an open “Ask The Rabbi” session.  No charge.

 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

“From Oy to Joy” 10.00 a.m.  Rabbi Lew offers an inside look at unique Chabad teachings on unleashing the happier you.  Fee: $12

For more information and to RSVP FOR ANY OR ALL EVENTS visit WWW.COBBJEWISHACADEMY.ORG/SCHOLAR or call 770.565.4412.

 

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An Easter Prayer

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God our Father,
by raising Christ your Son
you conquered the power of death
and opened for us the way to eternal life.
Let our celebration today raise us up
and renew our lives by the Spirit that is within us.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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How much do you know about Passover?

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Passover this year is Friday, April 3 – Saturday, April 11, 2015. The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. And, by following the rituals of Passover, believers have the ability to relive and experience the true freedom that their ancestors gained.

The Story in a Nutshell

After many decades of slavery to the Egyptian pharaohs, during which time the Israelites were subjected to backbreaking labor and unbearable horrors, God saw the people’s distress and sent Moses to Pharaoh with a message: “Send forth My people, so that they may serve Me.” But despite numerous warnings, Pharaoh refused to heed God’s command. God then sent upon Egypt ten devastating plagues, afflicting them and destroying everything from their livestock to their crops.

At the stroke of midnight of 15 Nissan in the year 2448 from creation (1313 BCE), God visited the last of the ten plagues on the Egyptians, killing all their firstborn. While doing so, God spared the Children of Israel, “passing over” their homes-hence the name of the holiday. Pharaoh’s resistance was broken, and he virtually chased his former slaves out of the land. The Israelites left in such a hurry, in fact, that the bread they baked as provisions for the way did not have time to rise. Six hundred thousand adult males, plus many more women and children, left Egypt on that day, and began the trek to Mount Sinai and their birth as God’s chosen people.

Click here for the full Passover story.

Passover Observances

Passover is divided into two parts:

The first two days and last two days (the latter commemorating the splitting of the Red Sea) are full-fledged holidays. Holiday candles are lit at night, and kiddush and sumptuous holiday meals are enjoyed on both nights and days. Jews don’t go to work, drive, write or switch on or off electric devices. They are permitted to cook and to carry outdoors (click here for the details).

The middle four days are called chol hamoed, semi-festive “intermediate days,” when most forms of work are permitted.

NO CHAMETZ

To commemorate the unleavened bread that the Israelites ate when they left Egypt, Jews don’t eat-or even retain in their possession-any chametz from midday of the day before Passover until the conclusion of the holiday. Chametz means leavened grain-any food or drink that contains even a trace of wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt or their derivatives, and which wasn’t guarded from leavening or fermentation. This includes bread, cake, cookies, cereal, pasta and most alcoholic beverages. Moreover, almost any processed food or drink can be assumed to be chametz unless certified otherwise.

Ridding their homes of chametz is an intensive process. It involves a full-out spring-cleaning search-and-destroy mission during the weeks before Passover, and culminates with a ceremonial search for chametz on the night before Passover, and then a burning of the chametz ceremony on the morning before the holiday. Chametz that cannot be disposed of can be sold to a non-Jew for the duration of the holiday.

For more on this topic, see Operation Zero Chametz.

MATZAH

Instead of chametz, matzah-flat unleavened bread is eaten. It is a mitzvah to partake of matzah on the two Seder nights (see below for more on this), and during the rest of the holiday it is optional.

Click here for more on matzah.

THE SEDERS

The highlight of Passover is the Seder, observed on each of the first two nights of the holiday. The Seder is a fifteen-step family-oriented tradition and ritual-packed feast.

The focal points of the Seder are:

  • Eating matzah.
  • Eating bitter herbs-to commemorate the bitter slavery endured by the Israelites.
  • Drinking four cups of wine or grape juice-a royal drink to celebrate our newfound freedom.
  • The recitation of the Haggadah, a liturgy that describes in detail the story of the Exodus from Egypt. The Haggadah is the fulfillment of the biblical obligation to recount to our children the story of the Exodus on the night of Passover.

Visit the Seder Section for guides, insights, tip, and a Global Seder Directory.

Click here to visit www.Passover.org for everything Passover!

(Source: Chabad.org)

 

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