Mar
19
2010
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Food drive for QFP 3/27-28

Labor3Kairos will collect food and donations for the Quakertown Food Pantry on Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28, from 9 am to 1 pm, outside Boyer’s Market on Broad Street in Quakertown.  Anyone is welcome to help out.  For info contact Bob at 267.702.4262.

Written by Bob Fisher in: announcements,service |
Mar
19
2010
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Holy Week and Easter with Kairos

The cross at EasterSaturday, March 27 and Palm Sunday, March 28 — Food drive at Boyer’s Market, Broad Street between 3rd and 4th Streets, 9 am to 1 pm both days. Collection of in-date canned and non-perishable food items, grocery store gift cards or cash to benefit the Quakertown Food Pantry, which provides emergency food to our neighbors experiencing food insecurity.

Palm Sunday — March 28 — 11 am. Meet at Boyer’s to process (with palms) to our outdoor service. Afterwards, help deliver collected food to the Pantry nearby.

Holy Thursday — April 1 — 7 pm — Home service with footwashing. For info/directions, call Bob at 267.702.4262.

Good Friday — April 2 — 7 pm — Home service / adoration of the cross. For info/directions, call Bob at 267.702.4262.

The Vigil of Easter — Saturday, April 3 — 7 pm — Our contemporary adaptation of this ancient service tells the story of God’s love for us and carries us from the cross to the empty tomb. Location TBA.

Written by Bob Fisher in: announcements,Easter,gatherings,service |
Feb
18
2010
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Gotta tend the earth if you want a rose

This Sunday, Feb. 21, we’ll meet at Karthaus’ at 4 pm. Our worship/discussion will be on Tokbox at approx. 5:30 pm. We hope you’ll join us! Read on to see what we’ll be discussing to prepare for the conversation, and if you can’t be with us on Sunday leave your thoughts and comments on the blog so we can include them. Here’s a taste:

Penance as guilt is just what our monkey minds want.  The part of our brain stem that focuses on survival and preservation of the status quo often gets its way by imposing anxiety and fear, and guilt just piles on to its agenda.  But repentance — the ultimate aim of “doing penance” — is about taking action. The word literally means to “turn around,” to “head in a new (right) direction.”  Guilt, though, feeds on our insecurities and need to blame and, left unchecked, leads us to despair.  It is the root of thinking that we’re not good enough, that we can’t do anything to solve a larger problem that causes the guilt, and so leads to inaction — the exact opposite of repentance. 

Read on for more reflections and discussion questions. (more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: gatherings,lent,service,spirituality |
Feb
04
2010
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Kairos Winter Retreat Feb. 28

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Join Kairos Community for a day of connecting with the Source.

Where: Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church Parish House 1426 Bridgeton Hill Road, Upper Black Eddy (Lat/long for GPS 40.561731, -75.114597)

When: Sunday, February 28 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Chronos, not Kairos time). Please plan on arriving early so we can get our coffee*, etc.  We would like to start promptly at 9 a.m.

Who: Interested adults and teens. Feel free to invite others or bring a friend.  This is an adult event. No child care will be provided.

Leader: Pat Herbst has been a spiritual director for many years and formerly was a pastoral assistant and educator at Assumption B.V.M. parish in Colesville, outside Bethlehem. She’s excellent!

Cost: Asking for donation of $25 per person to cover costs.

For more information contact Bob via email.

Jan
21
2010
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On Haiti

Our kids have directed their Advent collections, a little shy of $50, to Haiti relief through Lutheran World Relief. You can text LWR to 40579 to donate $10 to their efforts. LWR is a great organization that puts all relief donations to work to help people in need.

In the face of such destruction, many people are moved to ask how a loving God can let something like this happen — again and again — to Haiti.  Aside from the theories of Pat Robertson, this is a question that theologians and regular believers struggle with.

Check out this article in Newsweek which asks “If God is good and intervenes in the world, then why does he make innocents suffer? Why, as Job might have said, would God “crush an impoverished people with a tempest and multiply their wounds without cause? He will not let them get their breath.””

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Written by Bob Fisher in: service,spirituality |
Dec
05
2009
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Advent: sharing our blessings

blue candlesLast week we began our Advent journey by exploring the “good news” that Jesus came to proclaim, the prophecy of Isaiah that he brought to life in front of a hometown crowd:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

We saw that the people of Nazareth found Jesus’ “good news” – God’s favor for the poor, the blind, and the outsiders, not just for them – to be bad news. (Luke 4:14:30, http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=126423915)

We also started a benevolent project, using an Advent Giving Calendar that we distributed. This calendar asks us to look at what we have been blessed with and then respond with a small gift for those who are less fortunate. Together, we’re collecting the coins the calendar asks us to set aside, and after Christmas we will pool the resources and decide on a worthy cause to support.

You can download the calendar here: http://goodrichdesign.net/adventgivingcalendar.htm

Don’t worry if you didn’t start on the first day. Just jump in where you are. You can always catch up if you desire. Whatever you can do is a way to embody Christ’s message and “bring good news to the poor.”

Written by Bob Fisher in: advent,being church,gatherings,lent,service,spirituality |
Apr
11
2009
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Walking for Hunger

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Thanks to the dedicated kairos saints who did the annual Hunger Walk in Philadelphia this Holy Saturday.  The kairos team raised approx. $500 with their efforts.  A great example to all of us as we start this Easter season!

Written by Bob Fisher in: being church,service |
Dec
07
2008
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Thank you!

Thanks to everyone whose generosity and effort helped us to assemble more than 100 gift bags for boys and girls served by local food pantries.  (And also to those who helped serve clients and rake leaves at BCHG.) We had a great time assembling the goodie bags today, followed by caroling and lunch. Thanks to you, a lot of boys and girls will have something under the tree this Christmas! See more photos after the jump or at our Flickr photoset. (more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: being church,service |
Nov
14
2008
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Help needed for Thanksgiving baskets

Maria says: We are still in need of the stuff for about 2-3 Thanksgiving baskets…are their folks out there who are planning to help out with this and just haven’t let me know? If so, you can certainly still participate, but I’d love to know what to expect on Sunday so that I can plan accordingly to make sure we have everything we need to complete the baskets for families in need. (more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: service |
Oct
27
2008
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Scaring away hunger for QFP

Thanks to everyone who marched in the Quakertown Halloween Parade to collect food items for the Pantry.  Parade watchers contributed more than 300 pounds of food! (more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: service |
Oct
05
2008
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Thanks for your service!

QFP October 1

Our folks served in two areas of upper Bucks Sunday. A team collected food and cash donations for the Quakertown Food Pantry. In four hours we collected 526 pounds of food and $95 in cash, and stocked the items on the shelves at the Pantry’s new home at the former Quakertown skating shelter. A team also worked at the Bucks County Housing Group near Doylestown. Click here to see more photos. (more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: service |
Sep
30
2008
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Service Sunday Oct. 5

his Service Sunday we have two opportunities for you. It’s one of the coolest things about our community that we want to go out and offer service rather than just hold services, so come on out and join the fun. We need several folks at each location.

9am-1pm @Boyer’s Market in Quakertown = Contact Suzanne to sign up to help collect food for Quakertown Food Pantry. (kid-friendly)

9:30am-1pm @Bucks County Housing Group in Doylestown = Contact Maria to sign up to assist clients, restock shelves, etc. (teens/adults)

Sunday mornings don’t work for you? How about getting involved in this new opportunity?

Manna on Main Street needs help preparing/serving meals for hungry clients! Can you help us prepare a meal? Could be during the week, on Saturday, or whenever it works for you…as long as it’s ready by Sunday afternoon. Or, come help us serve the needy from 4pm-7pm @Manna on Main Street in Lansdale. Contact Maria and to volunteer for meal preparation, donate $ to offset the cost of the meal, or sign up to serve. (kid-friendly)

Contact Maria ASAP about this so Manna can let clients know if we’ll be there (they’re not usually open on Sundays but will if we can help out.)

Written by Bob Fisher in: announcements,gatherings,service |
Sep
11
2008
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Live. Serve. Grow.

The URL of our website — liveservegrow.info — may not exactly roll of the tips of your typing fingers. You might wonder why we use this address, since it doesn’t point anyone to Christians @ Large directly. Over time, it has become clear to me that this website name describes our approach to the life of faith in a simple trajectory: Live. Serve. Grow. (more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: announcements,being church,service,spirituality |
Nov
10
2007
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service: Food drive @ Boyer’s

We’ll be collecting food for the Quakertown Food Pantry on Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 to 1, at Boyer’s Market on Broad Street. And we need an hour of your time. Please sign up for an hour (or more) by calling 267.377.7192.

Update: The Quakertown Free Press has a nice promo for the event titled “Thanks and some giving” along with a group picture of our September event on page 2 of the Nov. 8 issue. Read the article here.

Written by Bob Fisher in: announcements,service |
Oct
03
2007
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Service opportunity

The Quakertown Food Pantry needs some folks to help clean up after the Quakertown Alive! festival on Saturday, Oct. 6.  A few folks are needed to help take down chairs and otherwise cleanup from 5 to about 6 p.m.  Report to the band shell in the triangle parking lot on Broad between 3rd and 4th streets at 5.  If you can help please contact Tom at 215.529.7714.

Written by Bob Fisher in: service |
Sep
04
2007
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Thanks to our “Laborers”

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Labor for the Lord was a success again this year. (As you may know, we took on significant service projects the last three Labor Day weekends at St. James Lutheran Church.) We had 16 volunteers all or part of the day, and we transported about 20 boxes of food over to the Quakertown Food Pantry. Here’s Suzanne’s update on our service efforts:

Hello All,

Two bits of good news.

First our offering to the Liberty Center for Victims
of Torture was $121. I sent It off last week.

Second our food drive at Boyers grocery store for the
Quakertown Food Pantry on Saturday was a big success.
We took three car loads of food and some cash
donations to the pantry. The shelves are a lot less
empty. The group’s president Donna Berger and manager
Mary Mack were thrilled and send thanks to you all.
Hopefully we will have a picture or two up soon.

Again thank you to all who participated both of these
efforts. God’s love got spread just a little bit
farther!
Suzanne

OK, here are more pictures:

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And from our previous Food Pantry work day at Giant:

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Written by Bob Fisher in: being church,service |
Aug
17
2007
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Labor for the Lord lives!

One of our fun ideas from St. James was Labor for the Lord. We shortened our worship on Sunday of Labor Day weekend so that we could go out and do service in various areas of the community. [C*A*L] is continuing that tradition this year, collecting food for the Quakertown Food Pantry on Saturday, Sept. 1.

Here’s the info Suzanne sent out. If you can help out, we’d love to have you!

Hey everyone,

Labor for the Lord, one of the best brain storms we
ever had will continue!!

Sat. Sept 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Boyer’s Food
Market Quakertown. We will be collecting food stuff
for the Quakertown Food Pantry. And YES WE WILL BE
RIGHT BY THE DOOR AND IN THE SHADE! We will also be
able to interact with people.

For all of you who helped with last Saturday’s event,
Mary Mack sends a big thank you. She was sorry it was
such a non-event. However the collection at Boyer’s
should be better if nothing else because be will be
right by the doors of the store. (She was also happy
to see so many kids with us)

This will be our event with basically just US doing
running the event.

We will have two-hour shifts: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11
a.m. to 1  and noon to 1 p.m. the over lapping shift
can help transport food to the pantry and stock
shelves — a never ending job.

I have a table, bring chairs. The Pantry will supply
hand outs. We will need signs and collecting boxes.

Anyone interest in making either of these?

Please let me know if you are interested in helping
and what shift works for you.

Because we have not found a location for the Friday
night gathering on Aug. 31. The act of service may
take the place of it.

Written by Bob Fisher in: announcements,service |
Mar
04
2007
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