““Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come. Henri Nouwen
Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability-and that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually—let them grow, let them shape themselves, without undue haste. Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete. - Teillard de Chardin
The Safe Haven Times April 2017
Safe Haven United Church of Christ where the doors of the church swing open on the hinges of love and peace
Safe Haven Emerges: Bringing the love of God to the community outside the walls of the church.We are grateful to the National UCC for a grant to expand our ministry outside the walls of the church. Safe Haven Emerges has five new areas of ministry that will minister to the needs of Pastoral leaders, address social justice and white privilege issues, minister to our youth and our elderly and host international intercessory prayer through Social Media and teleconference. Learn more about how you can get involved by contacting Rev. Kris Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org
God’s Embrace Village
Do you know an elderly person in need of companionship, prayer or help with daily living?
If so, please notify Deacon Judith Jones who is leading our GEV ministry to help the elderly age in place with power and dignity. You can e mail her at email@example.com
EASTER SUNDAY IS FIRST FRUIT OFFERING!
ALL SAFE HAVEN MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO GIVE ONE AND ONE HALF WEEKS SALARY OR EARNINGS ABOVE THE TITHE AND OFFERING TO OUR PLEDGE DRIVE!
SHOW YOUR FAITHFULNESS TO GOD BY BRINGING YOUR FIRST AND BEST OFFERING TO GOD’S HOUSE FOR THE BUILDING OF THE BELOVED COMMUNITY