Centerport United Methodist Church
            The Pastors' messages comes from the July issue of our monthly church newsletter - The Focus.

GARDENING NEWS

 

Ah! Summer. My favorite season. After several months, inside during a cool and rainy spring, summer came so suddenly. Time to enjoy the warmth, to get in the water, to get into nature. After talking to many of you these past seven years, I realize that there are a lot of gardeners out there. In fact, several of our church members are part of the Centerport Garden Club.

 

If you have ever heard me talk about the beautiful flowers on our altar each week, you know that I am not much of a gardener. But I am amazed that when you plant some little tiny seeds in a garden bed, they can grow into beautiful plants producing fruits and vegetables. I know it takes a lot to care for a garden. Fertilizing the soil, watering, plenty of sunlight, planting at the right time so the buds don’t die off, keeping the weeds out, and keeping away our animal friends that would like to munch on every little thing you plant!!! It’s a lot of hard work.

 

And it’s not always easy is it? I remember my parents planting a big garden when we lived in Illinois. After the first couple of months, we wondered why the lettuce was so torn up. One morning, we learned why. We saw a family of rabbits having a feast together. After we fenced them out, we noticed other plants were struggling. That’s when we noticed the moles were burrowing under the ground under our garden. Finally, a terrible storm ruined the crop for the year. It was already late July, so it was too late to replant.

 

So we tried again the next year with the knowledge we had gained to better care for our garden. And it worked. We had fresh squash, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, and many other vegetables. Our persistence, patience, and determination worked together to produce a bountiful harvest.

 

All of this effort reminds me of the importance of our spiritual lives. Our souls are like a garden. They need “Son-Light” and Living Water. They need fresh soil (Scripture) and nurturing (Prayer). Our souls long for God and for love. Our souls long for peace in our hearts and peace with all. And we know that it is not always easy when storms are blowing all around us.

 

This summer, I pray you take time to stop, to take time to listen, and time to garden your soul. Make time for God every morning, every afternoon, and every evening. You can do this for a few minutes on a boat, on the beach, on a trail, or on your back deck. Find a place to tend to your soul. Keep watching our worship services, read scripture, join one of our small groups or start another one. Read, listen to music, watch the waves at the shoreline, go for long walks. By the end of the summer, the garden of your soul will produce a rich harvest of blessing and gratitude. You will deepen your relationship with God and be even more ready to serve those who need you. Happy Gardening!



Faithfully,


Pastor Roy

SOCIAL JUSTICE - SO, WHAT CAN I DO?

 

 

Continue the dialogue. For now, one thing you can do is share your thoughts and feelings about what is happening. Talk to your family, your neighbors, fellow church members, and friends about what is going on in our society. What does Scripture say? What is our call?

 

 

You can learn more. A few resources are listed here: http://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/ERASE_Racism-long-island-district-facts.pdf.

 

 

https://msw.usc.edu/mswusc-blog/diversity-workshop-guide-to-discussing-identity-power-and-privilege/.

 

 

McIntosh, Peggy. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” Independent School 49, no. 2 (1990): 31-35. https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf

 

 

3 ½ Minutes 10 Bullets, Marc Silver, dir. (2015). http://www.takepart.com/three-and-a-half -minutes-ten-bullets.

 

 

http://www.indigenouspeople.net/blackwht.htm.

 

 

Glaude Jr., Eddie J. Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul. New York: Crown Publishing Group, 2016.

 

 

O’Neil, Cathy, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. New York: Crown Publishers, 2016.

 

 

Wilson-Hartgrove, Jonathon. Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion. Westmont, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 2018.

 

 

Join our efforts to eradicate racism. Our church is working to join groups and find more resources in our community to continue the efforts to listen, learn, connect, and take action. Stay tuned for more information to come.

 



Continue the dialogue. For now, one thing you can do is share your thoughts and feelings about what is
happening. Talk to your family, your neighbors, fellow church members, and friends about what is going on in
our society. What does Scripture say? What is our call?
You can learn more. A few resources are listed here:
http://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/ERASE_Racism-long-island-district-facts.pdf.
https://msw.usc.edu/mswusc-blog/diversity-workshop-guide-to-discussing-identity-power-and-
privilege/.
McIntosh, Peggy. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” Independent
School 49, no. 2 (1990): 31-35.
https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf
3 1⁄2 Minutes 10 Bullets, Marc Silver, dir. (2015). http://www.takepart.com/three-and-a-half-minutes-
ten-bullets.
http://www.indigenouspeople.net/blackwht.htm.
Glaude Jr., Eddie J. Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul. New York: Crown
Publishing Group, 2016.
O’Neil, Cathy, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality
and Threatens Democracy. New York: Crown Publishers, 2016.
Wilson-Hartgrove, Jonathon. Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion.
Westmont, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 2018.
Join our efforts to eradicate racism. Our church is working to join groups and find more resources in our
SO, WHAT CAN I DO?
Continue the dialogue. For now, one thing you can do is share your thoughts and feelings about what is
happening. Talk to your family, your neighbors, fellow church members, and friends about what is going on in
our society. What does Scripture say? What is our call?
You can learn more. A few resources are listed here:
http://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/ERASE_Racism-long-island-district-facts.pdf.
https://msw.usc.edu/mswusc-blog/diversity-workshop-guide-to-discussing-identity-power-and-
privilege/.
McIntosh, Peggy. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” Independent
School 49, no. 2 (1990): 31-35.
https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf
3 1⁄2 Minutes 10 Bullets, Marc Silver, dir. (2015). http://www.takepart.com/three-and-a-half-minutes-
ten-bullets.
http://www.indigenouspeople.net/blackwht.htm.
Glaude Jr., Eddie J. Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul. New York: Crown
Publishing Group, 2016.
O’Neil, Cathy, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality
and Threatens Democracy. New York: Crown Publishers, 2016.
Wilson-Hartgrove, Jonathon. Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion.
Westmont, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 2018.
Join our efforts to eradicate racism. Our church is working to join groups and find more resources in our
community to continue the efforts to listen, learn, connect, and take action. Stay tuned for more information
to come