Monthly archives: February, 2018

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Premiered on this date on PBS!

It was February 19, 1968 when Fred Rogers debuted on PBS via the first public television station WQED in Pittsburgh.

The mission was to reach out to children and their families because between the TV set and the viewer is holy ground where care and love often took place. A paraphrase of what Fred said to us in one of our visits to his office at WQED over the years. Fred was helping us to see how producing was really about being empathetic to what the viewer/listener was experiencing in his or her life.

He enjoyed listening to Passages shows we shared with him. Fred listened to Passages while on the treadmill and stationary bike each day. He felt that there was holy ground between the listener to Passages and the person sharing their story. He loved the conversational interview techniques that Dennis Benson Executive Producer of Passages forged as the style for drawing listeners into the stories people so graciously provided to help others.

Fred reflecting on Passages about the purpose of the mission of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood …

Looking to March the Post Office will be issuing a stamp honoring Fred for sell on March 23, Fred’s birthday!
A biography and movie will be out this year and next on Fred too.

Here is a classic Passages produced interview featuring Fred Rogers and ” Speedy Delivery” Mr. McFeely, as a special delivery on Passages for you.

One of the most powerful experiences is Fred at the Television Hall of Fame.

 

There was always more to learn about life each time you experienced Fred Rogers!

May God bless you on your journey in life.


“Our attitude towards immigration reflects our faith in the American ideal.” Robert Kennedy

“Our attitude towards immigration reflects our faith in the American ideal. We have always believed it possible for men and women who start at the bottom to rise as far as the talent and energy allow. Neither race nor place of birth should affect their chances.”
Robert F. Kennedy

“We came to America, either ourselves or in the persons of our ancestors, to better the ideals of men, to make them see finer things than they had seen before, to get rid of the things that divide and to make sure of the things that unite.”
Woodrow Wilson

“Mr. Speaker, our Nation depends on immigrants’ labor, and I hope we can create an immigration system as dependable as they are.”
Luis Gutierrez

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges…”
George Washington

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“Nearly all Americans have ancestors who braved the oceans – loving risk takers in search of an ideal – the largest voluntary migrations in recorded history… Immigration is not just a link to America’s past; it’s also a bridge to America’s future.”
George W. Bush

 

 

 

Some Christian Leaders Say Deportations Would Jeopardize Their Churches

Both the challenges and opportunities of U.S. Christianity are evident at Fairmeadows Baptist Church in Duncanville, Texas, just south of Dallas. On some Sundays, services at the church draw as few as a dozen worshippers, most of them white.

We pray as our leaders consider a pathway to citizenship for dreamers and work on a fair and responsible immigration policy.

 


Lenten Journey with Godspell

Today is Transfiguration Sunday on the Christian Calendar.  We begin the Lenten season Wednesday leading to the celebration of Holy week and culminating in Easter with resurrection.

Godspell the Broadway play where Jesus as a theological clown helps us to grasp the celebration of living into the hope and love given by God.

Article from Presbyterian Outlook on Transfiguration Sunday with questions to reflect on …
http://pres-outlook.org/2018/02/transfiguration-sunday-february-11-2018/

Preparing the way of the Lord!

 

A Classic Passages produced by Dennis Benson with interviews from the original Broadway cast of Godspell.

SYNOPSIS: The Gospel According to St. Matthew is presented in a series of skits and songs, with Jesus and his disciples presented as loving clowns, in this musical featuring songs by Stephen Schwartz, conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak.

Dennis interviews Lamar Alfred and Stephen Nathan of the Godspell cast.
Click on the audio below ….

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godspell

Walking through the Lenten season with you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKxAbbeD-NU

Enjoy the journey!


Reflective Thoughts on Football and Life

It is my personal privilege to share this reflection on a life long Steelers’ fan … my father Howdy Hartung.

It was Thanksgiving when we got the call that our dad was close to death. So many thoughts run through your mind at the time. Lets go jump on a plane to Arizona now! Call the airlines so we can leave first thing in the AM, hospice care folk say that he has 2-3 days. The call comes before we board the plane that your dad passed away.

A flood of emotions and memories rush all through your mind and body. We said our last goodbyes in person on Father’s Day in June. Little did we know that would be the last time with him in the same space even though we talked with him a number of times by phone up until the weekend before Thanksgiving.

I missed a call on November 19 from him. He almost always ended the call with I love you when he talked with my sister Melanie, Jeff, family members, his friends, and me. It was part of his good nature to care for people. Here is a message he left on my phone that day.

My brother Jeff who works with NFL and college football teams for the helmet company Riddell had a story that comfirmed for him and our family that dad is in a good place now. The suffering with the disease Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disease — a disease that occurs when the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues. In MG, that attack interrupts the connection between nerve and muscle https://www.mda.org/disease/myasthenia-gravis is what eventually ended his life.
The story Jeff shares in his own words by clicking on the link below.

On this Super Bowl Weekend be super caring for those you love and other  people who you encounter in making this world a better place than you found it, my dad did!

Here is Mel Blount another Steelers’ great that both my brother and I got to work with in being born and raised in western PA.

Have a wonderful Super Bowl weekend!  Support the Souper Bowl of Caring in your church community to help end hunger.

https://souperbowl.org/welcome