Monthly archives: March, 2019

Explore Where God’s Power Can Take You …

Mars & Beyond – Vacation Bible School 2019

I had the joy in doing a greeting as the Mayor of Mars, PA on Saturday, March 23, which was New Year’s Day on the planet Mars, to kick-off unveiling at Unity Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh the new Mars & Beyond Vacation School Bible School materials 2019 to 85 people in attendance and at least 20 churches from the greater Pittsburgh area.

My welcome to the group was to share the medallion I received from NASA’s Chief Scientist Dr. Jim Green on Thursday, evening March 21 at the Mars, PA Blast-Off Dinner to begin the planet Mars new year celebration on earth. NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover medallion was minted using metal from this engineering test unit tee duct from the Mars Science Laboratory’s lower environmental control system.

Though primarily minted for NASA’s use, Winco (creator) has made some of the Mars Curiosity Rover medallions available to the public through select distributors. All to say that it was a real honor to receive this from NASA’s Chief Scientist as a gift Thursday.

It was great fun to work with the Cokesbury VBS staff and Rev. Dennis Molnar on presenting the opportunity of a creative VBS that allows for the sky as the limit for children to learn about faith and life.

https://www.concordiasupply.com/Vacation-Bible-School/VBS-2019-Themes/To-Mars-And-Beyond-VBS-2019-Cokesbury?gclid=CjwKCAjw-OHkBRBkEiwAoOZql4zXZc7RJU1mupRrn7zqeqwN2fRtZlUYRnxSvFxixOF01pfmOZv7CBoCIIIQAvD_BwE

Mars Exploration Celebration Days will be May 31 – June 2 in downtown Mars, PA, with a STEAM education event with NASA exhibits, drones, robots, and rockets to just name a few fun activities for children and youth.
http://marsnewyear.com/exhibits/

Mars New Year and VBS providing a gravity assist to inspire young people to explore Mars and the universe.

Stories from Presbyterian Media Mission about imagining our future as humans …

Ed Lindemann Director of Planning for Rockwell International and putting a man on the moon via Apollo Space Program audio clips about planning for the future ….

Planning for putting man on the moon …

The issue of hope is big regarding human history …

How do you hold on to hope when the future look bleak …

Here is hoping to a successful summer in space with VBS!

Mars Exploration Celebration Days May 31-June 2.

Apollo 11 – 50 Year Anniversary July 20th

 

Spaceship Square in Mars, PA 

 


Was it racism in the verdict of police officer shooting?

The wife of former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld burst into tears, shaking uncontrollably, when a jury announced Friday it had acquitted her husband of homicide. Meanwhile, the mother of Antwon Rose, who the officer fatally shot last summer, did not cry in the courtroom. Michelle Kenney later said she was disappointed in the verdict but not surprised.

Racism continues as a built-in part of the fabric of living in the U.S. today!

Pittsburgh’s Public Radio Station WESA has the story covered in the top four stories on their website this weekend. To read and listen click here https://www.wesa.fm/news

Let’s reflect on racism as it seems to be around every corner and swept just under the surface in every community.

Here are some voices expressing the various subtle and dynamic points of racism in the U.S.

Ashley asks that you walk in the shoes of a young black woman … listen to what she experiences as a college student. Listen to her story on Survivors …

Lafayette shares about racism and prejudice … the object of hatred because of color is just sheer ignorance. I confront that everyday as a black man. Listen to his story on Passages …

Children learn racism from adults. Lora helps to unpack racism from her life experience in being one of the elder’s of the community. Listen to her story on Passages …

Turning the other cheek is really tough to do when you are treated different because of your skin or race. Manuel explains what he did when confronting a racist situation. Listen his story on Survivors …

A little music to help us all to get to a better place! Click on the audio button below …

God’s love is big enough for us all!


Looking to the Future for Ireland …

What is going to happen in the near future for Ireland?

What is worrying the Irish in Britain about Brexit?
https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/abroad/what-is-worrying-the-irish-in-britain-about-brexit-1.3800293

With the UK possibly pulling out of the European union via Brexit there are a number of different possibilities for the isle.  Simon Coveney, Republic of Ireland minister for foreign affairs and trade, speaks with Jason Naselli about his government’s approach to the border, the Conservative/DUP deal and the ‘Brexit bill’.
https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/facing-brexit-ireland-northern-ireland-and-eu?gclid=CjwKCAjwvbLkBRBbEiwAChbckdui8gWo5D8PyZNGLxpWG4GegsqTL0wHZliPK6-Wv5DNiAQXO6rkRRoCOmAQAvD_BwE

Some stories of struggle and peace from the historic Catholic and Protestant communities viewpoints in regards to the socio-economic dynamics in the country.

Stories from Rev. Wilford and Father Tom …
Father Tom explains what it is like for some of the Catholic working class in Ireland …

Rev. Wilford Orr a Protestant leader shares about the insecurities felt in that community …

 

Brexit, what is the Irish backstop and why does it matter?

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/11/brexit-what-is-the-irish-backstop-and-why-does-it-matter.html
We pray for peace resolve in moving into the future for Ireland!


Johnnie Cash and the song “Hurt”

Reflections and thoughts on the song Hurt performed by Johnnie Cash …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg8xYSWOFR8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6klx6ViCYsw

Last interview with Johnnie Cash …  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1zRFnw4jOU

Nine Inch Nail “Hurt”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0bZtf5MCzY

Johnnie Cash “Hurt”

Music insight and reflections from you tube …


Celebrating Stories from Women

International Women’s Day

Here is a link for a special day of recognition and awareness …
https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

Now some stories from 3-4 special women of various generations …

Looking back 91 years with Mavis an international labor leader, give a listen to her legacy … she is special. Click on the audio button below.

She is someone who found her way to an Olympic Gold Medal as part of the USA Women’s Basketball team. Click on the audio button below to hear Suzie’s story …

Thea looks to what she wants to do with her life on Survivors! Reflect on how Thea works through discerning her future with help from a teacher. Click on the audio below to listen to her story.

A woman who gives finds satisfaction in being a generous listener as she works with the poor in Harlan, KY. Click on the button below to hear Valerie’s story.

Celebrating women from all walks of life today!

Passages and Survivors Production Teams pray that all women are able to embrace a story of hope today that makes a difference for them the rest of their lives.


The Struggle for Victims of MS – Actress Selma Blair

March is MS Awareness Month
Find out more about this awareness month at https://mymsaa.org/ms-information/symptoms/?gclid=CjwKCAiA8OjjBRB4EiwAMZe6y-UNizNaFv2yqwAYGEqN6ql_iE_V64oiqsD89MqD3Zg2SYkCFOfiJBoCPN0QAvD_BwE

What is MS? https://www.nationalmssociety.org/What-is-MS

Stories of MS

Actress Selma Blair interview with Robin Roberts on her fight against MS …
https://www.boston.com/news/celebs/2019/02/26/video-selma-blair-ms-diagnosis-gma-good-morning-america-interview

Audio Stories from PMM’s Passages from those living with MS …

Carol is a nurse and wonders what is wrong? Listen her story on discovering her having MS.

Carol knows that nothing can take the place of family and friends when dealing with MS. Listen to Carol’s reflection on her husband helping care for her …

The struggle with MS in a family can cause all kinds of hardships. To get help is the first step in healing relationships and to get to a better place. Listen to Randy who is recovering from drugs tell his family story.

Dorothy tells of her wondering, if her husband Dick, has a serious illness. Dick is finally diagnosed with MS.

Dick tells about his wife helping him deal with MS. Dorothy talks about staying married in the midst of struggling with Dick having MS.

We pray for all those people who are victims of MS!

“The members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.”  1 Corinthians 12:22 (NRSV)