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June 2018

"Encouraging faith and proclaiming God's love by Gathering, Growing and Giving."


Summer Greetings Everyone! FINALLY IS that time of year! Okay, officially summer doesn't begin until June 21st, but with the heat wave we've been experiencing...we'll go ahead and call it summer. This is typically the time of year when:

* We look forward to doing some Summer Reading
* Folks spend time with family and friends...many times over the weekend at campgrounds and vacation destinations

My June message will touch on all of these different aspects of please read on. I've recently started reading (listening on audible), books by Brene' Brown. I've been inspired so much by her messages about the importance of authenticity, vulnerability, and the ability to learn how to be true to who you are. Her message is great for learning how to like, yes, even love yourself. Yet, this isn't the self-centered love we often strive to teach our children to avoid, but a self-love that allows us to follow God's command to love your neighbor as yourself. I've added some quotes from 2 of her books below; but another way you can be introduced to the vast research she had done, is to watch one of her TED Talks: NOTE: It's been watched over 34 million times, and translated into 52 languages. I'm thinking that the lessons we can learn from Brene', and others like her, can help us be more authentic versions of ourselves throughout these summer gatherings with family and friends. She certainly has a message for parents who struggle with feeling like they are failing at bringing up their children, and/or those who want to pass on words of wisdom to them.

I know that many of you will be away on weekends and unable to make it to Sunday worship, so I want to share a few thoughts about this.

* The first is, don't forget that you can worship God, no matter where you are. Look for opportunities to teach your children how God can be recognized, glorified and spoken with wherever you are. I hope to have more tips on our website and Facebook page throughout the summer.
* Also, the financial needs of the ministries at Shepherd of the Hill don't go away over the summer. So your continued giving is especially needed this time of year, even if you can't be present. Don't forget that we have Simply Giving and Online Giving available as options...or mailing in offerings work too.
* Finally, I want to remind you about some highlights for the season. First of all, the Lima Polka Choir is coming on June 10th. They are always fun to have in worship. Also, I'll be doing a sermon series on our favorite Christian hymns and songs. I'm still taking your suggestions, so if you have a favorite traditional or contemporary Christian song, just passed it along to me. And, if you have a story to share about it, or would like to sing/play the song..let me know that too.

God's blessings be upon you,
Pastor Mary

QUOTES FROM-- Brene Brown, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone "True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn't require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are."

"But what we know now is that when we deny our emotion, it owns us. When we own our emotion, we can rebuild and find our way through the pain."

"People often silence themselves, or "agree to disagree" without fully exploring the actual nature of the disagreement, for the sake of protecting a relationship and maintaining connection. But when we avoid certain conversations, and never fully learn how the other person feels about all of the issues, we sometimes end up making assumptions that not only perpetuate but deepen misunderstandings, and that can generate resentment."

QUOTES FROM -- Brene Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead "Daring greatly is not about winning or losing. It's about courage."

"Vulnerability is based on mutuality and requires boundaries and trust. It's not oversharing, it's not purging, it's not indiscriminate disclosure, and it's not celebrity-style social media information dumps. Vulnerability is about sharing our feelings and our experiences with people who have earned the right to hear them. Being vulnerable and open is mutual and an integral part of the trust-building process."

Last updated: May 31st, 2018