Jim's Reflection
May 2017

"I choose to identify with the underprivileged. I choose to identify with the poor. I choose to give my life for the hungry. I choose to give my life for those who have been left out of the sunlight of opportunity. I choose to live for those who find themselves seeing life as a long and desolate corridor with no exit sign.

This is the way I'm going. If it means suffering a little bit, I'm going that way. If it means sacrificing, I'm going that way. If it means dying for them, I'm going that way, because I heard a voice saying, `Do something for others.'"

 These words from Martin Luther King, Jr. remind us of what Jesus called the early disciples to be about - and what we are called to be about today. We are called to care for people when they are hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, sick, or in prison. We are called to trust that living for others is what truly brings full life.

 This is not easy task. And we can't do it on our own. But it is a task that we must step into.
So we come together as a church, and we partner with agencies both near and far - hoping that our energies and resources can make a difference.

 And here are a few ways we can continue the work:

-Last week we were joined by the Resource Coordinator at Shelter, Inc., and learned of ways we can support their mission. We need one or two liaisons to keep opportunities on the church radar.

Stay Connected

Please speak to me if you would be interested. -We have named "Welcoming the mmigrant" as one of our church priorities, and we now need several people to step up and help us lead this effort, as we put action to our words. Please consider being a part of this exciting ministry (you can learn more further down in the Neighbor).

-We will be sending a team of people from our church to work with Common Hope in Guatemala, and you can support the poor of Guatemala by attending the fundraising dinner/party, and by donating supplies for the group to bring down (again, more info is in the Neighbor) There is much good happening at Orinda Community Church (as you'll see by reading through this month's Neighbor) and there is also much more for us to do.

Glad to be serving with you,


Busy Person's Retreat:
Day 1

"I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders." Henry David Thoreau

 For Today:

What are the parts of your life that are filled with possibility?  What are some of your dreams that need attention?  Seek to take a first step or two this week on watering these pieces of yourself.

 Day 2

“Be the change you wish to see in the world…” - Gandhi

For Today:

What is a something you would like to see changed (in yourself, the world, etc.)?  Do one thing to move toward change.

Day 3

“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try” – John F. Kennedy

For Today:

Keep on trying!  Do one more thing today that helps make a difference in yourself, or in the world.


Day 4

"Everyone has inside of [them] a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!"Anne Frank


For Today:

Make a list of one to three things you would like to accomplish in the next several months.  Make some time to visualize yourself accomplishing these objectives.  See yourself at the end goal, and look back at the things you did to get there.


Day 5

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens: but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us” – Helen Keller


For Today:

Think back on times when it felt like a door closed for you.  What good things came out of this?  How long did it take for you to see the new opening?  Are there doors closing now that may lead to new opportunities?


Day 6

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”  Christopher Robin to Pooh.  AA Milne


For Today:

What possibilities are in front of you that will require bravery and strength?  Remember that the effort is often worth it.


Day 7

“Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions.  Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.” Mark Twain


For Today:

Who are the mentors in your life that have helped you do things you didn’t think possible?  Take a moment to be grateful.  Then think of ways you might encourage others to do great things.  Remember that serving and helping others brings great joy.