Recommended Reading: Gregg Louis Taylor

Meet Gregg Louis Taylor, author of Here, Now, with You, subtitled ‘Six Movements of Compassion for Life and Leadership.

Taylor’s book is described by the publisher, Abingdon Press.

Grounded in the real-life context of experience and the encouragement of relatable stories, plus providing an interactive process for meaningful conversations, reflection, and application, two questions shape the book’s content:

1. What every day experiences open the door to compassion’s movement in our lives?

2. How do we recognize and embrace such encounters to cultivate rich expressions of “compassionating” lives and leadership?

By learning to be compassionate just as God is, we become more authentically connected to one another and expand our awareness of the God who is always here.

 

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Recommended Reading: ‘Mr. Tiger Goes Wild’

Meet Peter Brown, author and illustrator of Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, read by Pastor Jenny on July 5, 2020 during Children’s Time.

Here is the story as presented by Storybook Theater.

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Music Appreciation: “Come Home”

During the farewell service for Pastor Ginny Samuel​ Cetuk, Hyosang Park led the Chancel Choir (virtually) in “Come Home” by Craig Courtney, engineered by Stephen Offer.

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Kevin Carroll: Belong to Yourself!

Meet Kevin Carroll,

At a TEDx event, he preaches how play is important. 

Pastors Jenny and Ginny read his book, A Kid’s Book About Belonging, on June 28 during Children’s Time.

Here, Kevin reads the book. 

His message: Belong to yourself! Find the people, places, and groups that you can belong to, just by being you!

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Virtual Celebration for Ginny Cetuk

Last year we were able to celebrate IN-PERSON with Norm and Ginny Cetuk. This year —  on Zoom!

On Sunday, June 28, following the worship service, PUMC will host a virtual celebration on Zoom for the retirement of Rev. Ginny Cetuk and her husband Norm. Pastor Ginny will preach that morning. 

  1. Plan on being with us for the virtual Zoom celebration.    The event will officially begin at 11:45.  Please plan on joining by 11:30 so that we can make sure everyone is connected and can see and hear before we begin the actual event at 11:45.  The Zoom link will be active by 11:15, so you can log in any time after that.  Here is the Zoom information:

If you are joining by video, click on this link to join the Virtual Celebration

If you are joining just by phone, dial the following phone number and enter the Meeting ID and Password when prompted:  1-929-436-2866, Meeting ID: 853 667 0465, Password: 7862.

If you have never used Zoom before, please click on these pointers for more information on how to use Zoom.

We will end our celebration with a virtual toast to Ginny and Norm, so make sure you have a drink of your choice handy for the toast.  We’ll unmute everyone at that point so that we can all speak our combined blessings together.

If you have any questions, please contact LaVerna Albury at Lalbury8@gmail.com, 609-658-3830 or Iona Harding at ifkharding@gmail.com, 973-479-2783.

Thank you so much for participating in this celebration.  Ginny and Norm will be missed!

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Relocation Report: Pat H.

Pat H. reports that she moved to North Carolina in 2013, following her family. “I don’t miss the snow at all!” She prefers to be represented, visually, by one of her beautiful quilts.

PAST What persons/activities/tasks/committees helped you grow in your faith at PrincetonUMC?
I was greatly influenced and grew in my faith by Bill Jacobsen and Peggy Fullman who led multiple systematic Bible studies.  Jim Harris, Ruth Woodward, and Beverly Burdwood encouraged my creative endeavors.  For the Princeton UMC, I used photographic skills for the new member slide shows, made artwork for posters and capital campaign publicity, and served on Outreach and Membership committees at various times.  I was the second church webmaster during the years that we were part of the Web Empowered Church (that organization no longer exists) and was a circuit rider for the NJ Annual Conference to help other churches set up websites. Trey Gillette set up the website that followed the Web Empowered Church site and I was the webmaster for that until I moved away in 2013.  Abu Ibrahim is now doing a wonderful job with that website.
PRESENT: What is your current job, family, or retirement situation? What milestones did you or family members experience since you moved?
I am currently retired. I do a lot of photography and quilting.  I mostly make baby quilts for my family and for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at our Hospital. I make port pillows for cancer patients and an occasional Habitat for Humanity home dedication ceremony quilt. I love to read, swim, bike, walk on our gorgeous NC beaches, and visit family.
HOW are you and your /your church/workplace congregation trying to build community despite social distancing? Or how are you coping with stress? 
I currently belong to a large Southern Baptist church which does a lot of local disaster recovery work (meals and construction) following hurricanes and this Corona Virus period.  I am involved in a Bible study and Sunday school Class.  Our worship services will resume this Sunday, May 31. We have not had as many Corona Virus cases and deaths as you have had in NJ and surrounding states. I have had plenty to do at home during the Stay at Home period here but things are now beginning to return to normal.
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END RACISM RESOURCES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In its response to white supremacy, racism — and the police brutality that has resulted in nationwide protests — the United Methodist Church has this to say:

“The denomination’s Council of Bishops called for every United Methodist “to name the egregious sin of racism and white supremacy and join together to take a stand against the oppression and injustice that is killing persons of color.” It added: “The United Methodist Church has created an advertising campaign, #EndRacism, in an effort to actively engage in the ministry of dismantling racism and promoting racial justice. Logo courtesy of resourceumc.org.”

It also issued a statement saying, “The United Methodist Church has mounted a denomination-wide campaign, “United Against Racism,” that urges its members not only to pray, but to educate themselves and have conversations about the subject, and to work actively for civil and human rights.”

We at PUMC have compiled “End Racism” resources to help us better understand the Black Lives Matter Movement, systemic racism in the criminal justice system, social repercussions of slavery, and inequality in America.

At this moment in history, white people have become allies of black people fighting for racial justice. These resources addressing racism and anti-racism include lists for all ages as well as for both white and black families.

This extensive collection of books, articles, podcasts, films, videos, songs, poems is curated to include resources sourced from other lists. It will hopefully help us learn and have conversations about racism as it affects every aspect of our society. We invite you to navigate through the resources you like and select what to read or watch and be informed.

If you find something to add, please email it to communications@PrincetonUMC.org and tag it with #praywithusPUMC on your social media page.

—- Isabella Dougan

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#praywithusPUMC to End Racism Prayer Guide 5

 

DAILY PRAYER TO END RACISM

DAY FIVE

DAY OF MATURITY – HANDS & FEET                                             

  • God’s Word for Today 

John 4:15 

Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

  • Reflection

At the end of the healing process, if we don’t want to get ill again, we need to make the change that we want to see in our life. In this scripture passage, we can see that it is important to ask for what we need. The Samaritan woman is asking Jesus to give her the living water and only once she is asking Him, He can give it to her. In this day of Prayer Vigil, we are focusing on our needs, to understand exactly what we are requesting in our lives and for the world. God is hearing us. God will embrace all our needs and requests. By understanding what we really need in order to end racism and to create the real community of all living creatures together, we will be able to receive the right guidance for our Hands and Feet to make it happen. 

Recall that Jews and Samaritans were two ethnic-cultural groups who did not mingle with one another. And yet here, they come together through service. Jesus asks, “will you give me a drink?” And African-Americans are asking, “will you let me breathe?” It is through compassionate service for each other that the two communities can become family.

Let’s take this day to put the light on what is going on in our country as much as what is going on in ourselves from the action perspective. 

  • Prayer and contemplation

What do you really need and how can you ask for it to benefit all involved?

What do you/we need to do in order to end racism, racial tensions, and racial inequalities?

What new direction can you/we decide to follow and how can we make it happen?

How can you/we make sure to commit to the new resolutions taken?

How do you hold yourself accountable in the long run?

We invite you to light a candle, take a cross or a bible, and go simply in a calm space and start breathing for a few seconds.

Shine the light on the things that you need, on the things that you want to change or to be changed. Shine the light on the action you want to take and sustain.

Ask God to support you in your pain and towards happiness.

Ask the Holy Spirit to heal you and everyone.

Ask the Son, Christ, to be with us and in us so we can not only believe, not only follow but abide.

Together we pray.

We believe there is a way to put the human first and not his/her appearance. There is a way to see love, God, and Jesus in each of us and all around us. We pray for not falling into the trap of division, of nurturing separation amongst humans, of playing the game of destruction that darkness wants us to play by forcing us to choose one side of the battlefield whereas Jesus taught us that there is a way out of the battlefield, a third way, a universal solution, which is the one of reconciliation with God and with one another, the one of the Living Church that is the one human family, where the Holy Spirit is always dwelling, nurturing and bringing us out of the division, towards reconciliation and unity, above and beyond all forms. We believe that today is a day when all of humanity will come together, be reconciled, and love each other in one universal community of humans and of all living creatures, under the banner of unconditional love and altruism.

Let’s end racism, once and for all.                                        

One human family, in God.                                      

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#praywithusPUMC to End Racism Prayer Guide 4

 

DAILY PRAYER TO END RACISM

DAY FOUR

DAY OF FORGIVENESS – SOUL.                                    

  • God’s Word for Today

John 4:13-14 

Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

  • Reflection

Jesus shows us clearly that there is a way not to be thirsty again. There is a way to end racism and all sorts of separateness amongst us humans. The way out is to drink the water of eternal life.

Every healing process brings us to a point where we have to reconcile. We reconcile with the energy of life, of God. For that, we need forgiveness; forgiving ourselves and forgiving others, and everyone we still have to ask for forgiveness or that we have to forgive. Loving ourselves and loving others can’t happen without forgiveness. This is the day of the soul, where we can access the living water of eternal life. Let’s take this day to put the light on what is going on in our country as much as what is going on in ourselves through the lens of our Soul.

  • Prayer and Contemplation

How can I reach forgiveness and pardon today?

Is there something I can forgive myself about?

Is there someone I can ask for forgiveness or forgive today?

In which areas can I reconcile with myself – body, emotions, thoughts, spirit? 

With whom and what can I reconcile around me and in my daily life? 

We invite you to light a candle, take a cross or a bible, and go simply in a calm space and start breathing for a few seconds.

Shine the light on a historical wrong regarding racial injustice that causes all of our pain, give it a voice and an ear, and then pray for reconciliation.

Ask God to support you in your pain and towards happiness.

Ask the Holy Spirit to heal you and everyone.

Ask the Son, Christ, to be with us and in us so we can not only believe, not only follow but abide.

Together we pray.                                                                      

Let’s end racism, once and for all.                                      

One human family, in God.

 

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#praywithusPUMC to End Racism Prayer Guide 3

 

 

DAILY PRAYER TO END RACISM  

DAY THREE

 

DAY OF EXPRESSION

  • God’s Word for Today    

John 1:1-18

The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him, not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave the power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I said, “He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” ’) From his fullness, we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

  • Reflection

Every healing process needs us to let the emotions we are feeling to be expressed; to be expressed in a non-violent way, in a constructive way, without judgment on what we feel. Sadness, anger, and all other expressions of frustrations are not bad or good. They are just a vehicle of transformation. They show us there is something to move on from and to go to. They are indicators of change. Let’s embrace our feelings and use them as a power of transformation. How do we feel in our body? How do we feel in our heart? How do we feel in our head, the ideas, the thoughts we are having right now? How do we feel in our connection with our soul, with our highest purposes and ideals in life? Let’s take this day to put the light on what is going on in our country as much as what is going on in ourselves through the lens of our Heart.

  • Prayer and contemplation

How have you experienced Christ’s “moving in” toward you?

How have you come to know Christ as you’ve “moved in” toward others?

Reflect on a time when you were surprised or changed by getting to know more of what life is like for someone else?

We invite you to light a candle, take a cross or a bible, and start breathing for a few seconds.

Shine the light on the distances of all sorts that exist between you and some other person or group.

Ask God to support you in your pain and towards happiness.

Ask the Holy Spirit to heal you and everyone.

Ask the Son, Christ, to be with us and in us so we can not only believe, not only follow but abide.

Together we pray.                                      

Let’s end racism, once and for all.

One human family, in God.

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