THIS WEEK AT THE CHAPEL - January 08, 2018
SUNDAY AT THE CHAPEL
This week a guest speaker from Asheville will be with us. Rev. Dr. Katherine R. B. Greysen will speak about “All Things: Big and Small.” Katherine comes highly recommended, and we appreciate her making this trip to be with us. Let’s have a big welcoming group for her on Sunday.
Crowe Capps will be playing his guitar for us. Many of his selections are his own compositions. They always set the perfect tone for our service. I often choose to close my eyes and rest in a meditative state as I drift with his inspiring music. I am then relaxed and receptive to the coming message.
Laura Dendy will be on hand to provide the prelude music, as we gather, have a cup of coffee and visit a bit.
Our Wayfarers family has such a diverse array of gifts, all of which they readily share. We thankfully receive these gifts and bless the givers.
POTLUCK SUNDAY REQUEST
Last week we enjoyed lunch together. I brought our family’s favorite Mac ‘n Cheese. Several folks asked for the recipe, and someone said, “Just put it in the newsletter this week.” So here it is:
Auntie Doris’ Macaroni and Cheese
1 – 8oz. package of elbow macaroni, cooked per package directions
1 lb. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 cup mayonnaise
1 – 4oz jar mushrooms, chopped
1 small jar diced pimentos
Combine all ingredients, mixing well.
Place in a prepared baking dish
Top with Ritz Cracker crumbs and dot with butter (optional – I don’t usually do this)
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes
This very popular class, led by Kathleen Rehling, will resume next Monday, January 15, at 5:30 in the Chapel. All are welcome to come and learn about the benefits of this centuries old Chinese health and wellness practice. Qigong’s gentle movements are perfect for all levels of flexibility.
A NEW DIRECTORY OF OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Please send me (email@example.com) current information that I may include in a new Wayfarers Directory. I need the following information:
• Your name (spouse’s name if applicable), name of other family members who share the home with you (if applicable).
• Mailing address and physical address if different
• Phone Number
• Email address
If you are reading this Newsletter, then we need your name added to the directory. The membership of Wayfarers Unity Chapel does not require any commitment other than that of the heart. If you feel this place is a touchstone for your spiritual growth, then in our eyes you are a member. Please help me make this useful addition to our information network a reality.
Thanks to each of you who have already responded to this request!
CONTACT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Remember that the Board always welcomes your input. Our contact information is:
Dee Daley (404-219-8109) firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie Dunkle (770-335-0967) email@example.com
Garnett Nash (706-782-7234) firstname.lastname@example.org
Joyce Oliver (828-200-9160) email@example.com
Crowe Capps call or text 706-490-5398
Here’s a statement that no one can argue with….It’s really been cold…It’s really been cold for a long stretch. Did I read recently that we hadn’t had a day since Christmas that was above the freezing mark of 32 degrees?
It’s winter; no doubt about it. But a friend reminded me yesterday that the sun is not setting now until after 5:30 in the evening, and that’s proof positive that winter is on the downward slope headed toward spring. The winter solstice is in the rearview mirror. The days are adding a few minutes to their length each day.
Many of our mountain neighbors have fled to warmer places to wait out the winter (though surprise, surprise – it’s been cold in Florida too!) Before we were retired and came to live permanently in the place where we feel closest to heaven, Rabun County, we would enjoy traveling here when all the leaves were down and icicles decorated the rocky sides of the mountains. With the foliage off of the deciduous trees and plants, a whole new world opened up. We saw things never noticed before.
This year particularly has provided a bounty of treats for the senses. The rivers and streams have slowed as ice formed and piled up along their banks. The many waterfalls we enjoy seem to be playing a game of “freeze tag.” The snow event of a few weeks ago truly turned our surroundings into a winter wonderland. Who can avoid being awe struck by this natural beauty?
There is a peaceful, quiet quality of winter that is unlike any of the other vibrations expressed in spring, summer and fall. All dance to their own drum beat, but winter is like a lullaby or a slow waltz. I think it is ever so much easier to be in sync with this rhythm here in the mountains. The year round noise of the city drowns out the calm of winter. But here it just wraps its warm cozy blanket around all of creation.
The critters know this, and for many it signals a time of rest – hibernation. All things seem to claim a nap time. I find my primordial instincts coming to the fore, as I cocoon by the fire, read, write, and in many ways take a break from the normal busyness of the world. It is my personal time to meditate, contemplate and revitalize.
Lest you think of me as something of a hopeless Polyanna, let me assure you that I complain plenty when I have to pile on the layers of warm clothing, long coats, hats, scarves and gloves. I’ve been known to whine about my dry, cracked fingers in spite of the multiple coats of creams and lotions I apply. It’s hard for me to get excited about a healthy meal of salad, when my body is calling for heavy soups and stews to keep it warm. But for the most part, my gratitude list of winter gifts is far longer than the negatives thoughts that sneak in occasionally.
My wish for you on this gray, damp and cold January day is that you find beauty and inspiration in this season of winter. May the ever present gift of love warm and comfort you.
Wayfarers Unity Chapel is entirely supported by free-will offerings. We are richly blessed by the people in our fellowship who give, and we are grateful for your gifts. If you would like to contribute financially to support this ministry, please place your love offering in one of the donation baskets at the Chapel entrance.
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Tax deductible donations may also be mailed to Estatoah Wayfarers Chapel, PO Box 474, Dillard, GA 30537. There are self addressed envelopes at the Donation Center which may be used to mail your gift.
“Divine love thru me blesses and multiplies all that I have, all that I give and all that I receive.”