Monthly archives: June, 2017

America Love It & Live It – Creation

Caring young voices sharing what makes America great and a Passages reflection by Richard about care for one of the most vital resources America has is our land … creation!

en·vi·ron·ment
inˈvīrənmənt/
noun
  1. synonyms: habitatterritorydomain

    the natural world, as a whole or in a particular geographical area, especially as affected by human activity.
    synonyms: the natural world, nature, the earth, the planet, the ecosystem, the biosphere, Mother Nature

 

We celebrate America this July 4th weekend with young voices of care and concern about our country and a reflective story from Passages.

 

We find people and church families caring about the environment and the rich natural resources of America that need to be preserved for today and for years to come.  Click on the link below to find out more …

Earth Care Congregations: A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches | Presbyterian Mission Agency

Version 3, updated 2013 Earth Care Congregations are congregations that have committed to the “Earth Care Pledge” and accomplished a specific number of actions toward caring for God’s earth in four categories: worship, education, facilities, and outreach. Congregations earning 25 points in each of the four categories will be certified as Earth Care Congregations and…

 


Taking One’s Life?

Suicide has been placed in front of us through various stories in our culture.

Netflix has been accused of dangerous sensationalism with the series “13 Reasons Why.” But how best to tackle the traumatic subject of suicide?

The new Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” adapted from the novel by Jay Asher, is about a teenager called Hannah Baker who takes her own life. She leaves behind a set of cassette tapes, each addressed to a different person in her life, detailing how they hurt her and contributed to her death.

It’s a revenge fantasy, so it portrays suicide as an act that will achieve something. It’s aimed at a young audience. Click here for the webpage https://www.netflix.com/title/80117470

Headlines: Her texts pushed him to commit suicide … Woman goes on trial for allegedly urging boyfriend to kill himself … Teen girl ‘who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself …

Michelle Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter on June 16 for sending her boyfriend text messages encouraging him to commit suicide.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/06/us/texting-suicide-massachusetts-trial/index.html

You may know someone or a family who has struggled through the shock of suicide. How do we help everyone involved to be cared for in this horrific situation? Listen to audio stories from those who have experienced suicide up-close and personal on Passages stories of faith and hope below.

Gail’s life changed forever when she learned her son had taken his life. Listen to her story by clicking on the link …

 

What is the impact on Ben when his twin brother commits suicide? Click on the following link to listen to his story …

 

The problem of suffering in the world has been one of the biggest stumbling blocks to faith for many persons. God is grieved and suffers along with us rather than blaming the absence of God. God is right their with us comforting like the words found in Psalm 46. Scripture http://usccb.org/bible/psalms/46


By the Grace of God – Katy Perry

Katy Perry — born Katheryn Hudson to conservative Christian parents in California — said she struggled to handle the attention to her life more broadly.

“I built up this Katy Perry thing that everybody knows and that’s the reason why they’re tuning in and it’s fantastic, but it’s more of a facade,” she told the therapist Siri Singh.

Perry, who said that therapy has helped her, cried at length as she said she struggled with depression. Click on link below o view some of Perry’s video …

https://www.jacarandafm.com/news/entertainment/katy-perry-opens-about-depression-and-suicide/

Teens and young adults struggle to handle the pressures of growing up and needing support to deal with the pushes and pulls of life.

Listen to Elizabeth tell about having a giving heart and needing faith to deal with her depression. Click below to a link for Liz’s Survivors story ….

Another Survivor’s story from Ann who tells about her encounter with a number with one particular person who committed suicide. Click on the link below to listen to her story ….

We pray for those people feeling depressed and struggling for support. Likewise, those troubled souls who possibly might take their own lives because of what life is presenting to them. May our prayers and care for them help in showing them a path to meaning and purpose for their lives.


Back to Back Cups

Last December at Pittsburgh Presbytery we loss a fellow worker and friend who was an avid Pittsburgh Penguin fan. Lana Dumrauf’s legacy was that she loved gardening, Bingo, Las Vegas and the Penguins, not necessarily in that order either.

Her love for the Penguins was obvious and ran through her body, you could say it was in her blood. So when the Penguins repeated winning the Stanley Cup on Sunday many of us knew that in spirit Lana was in Nashville and then Wednesday when 650,000 Penguin fans turned out for the parade in downtown Pittsburgh she was there too.

Who do you recall in your life experience , at those special times, when things in life happen? I recall my grandparents who were avid Pirate fans getting my younger brother and me out of school to go to a World Series game.

What is it about sports that helps us reflect on and  deal with life?

Listen to Carl a sports consultant and motivational speaker talk about the essence of sports and applying it to life on Passages.
Carl Mays shares about success in life. Click on the link below to listen to him share some thoughts.

 

 

May God be with us as we search for meaning and purpose in life.  May we see God in creation and all those around us who help in our becoming better at who we are to be in this life.

Carl Mays Motivational Speaker 


Instructional or Win at All Cost?

Spring and Summer weather brings about all sorts of opportunities for sports of all types.  The challenge of youth being involved in sports to help with needed physical activity, learning discipline, and instruction vs. winning-at-all-cost with competition being the ultimate goal.  How do we balance the shaping of young lives through sports?  Listen to four different young people tell their stories in dealing with sports in their lives and the importance it plays in who they are on Survivors.

Ursala feels compelled to be both a son and daughter for her dad since her brother died.  She performs in dance and in track and field too.  She can win a gold medal in the state championships but is aware of eating right being key to her preparation for the long jump.  Listen to Ursula tell in her own words about being involved in sports on Survivors by clicking on the link below.

 

 

Gina finds that sports can give connotations of being only for males.  She finds that her lifestyle of growing up on a farm has helped her physically to  be prepared and to compete in sports.  She is impressed with a fellow woman athlete who pushes herself through pain to finish the race.  Listen to Gina share about her experience in being a young athletic woman on Survivors.  Click on the link below to listen.

 

 

Bret sees as a runner that his finishing in the top 10 is important but the competition between the mind and body is really where it is at for him.  Getting into the flow and having your mind help push beyond the physical limits of the body is an interesting way to advance as a runner.  Listen to Bret a college athlete explain on Survivors as we focus on sports.

 

 

EJ finds her involvement in sports and competing is all about doing your best.  Being the best you can be about in performing in sports is important.  She sees being instructed to play the game by your coach is vital.  Listen to EJ a teen athlete connecting her physical ability as being a gift from God.

 

 

We pray for you and all of those engaging in sports and outdoor activities this spring and summer in doing it for good health, fun, and sharing together in life.

 

 


After Watergate

On this day where our attention turns to possible corruption in D.C. we go into the Passages archives to a different time and another President and his administration.  The story of the late Charles Colson who served under President Nixon shares about how his life changed to serve those in prison after Watergate.  Click on the audio link below to give a listen.

 

 

We pray for those who serve prisoners to bring about hope and change through Jesus Christ.

 

Rehabilitation or incarceration?

The challenges and rewards of prison ministry LOUISVILLE Those who choose to go into Christian service will tell you that the call to ministry can be very loud and lead you down a path you never expected. God can take you out of your comfort zone and place you in a situation you have never been exposed to.