Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter Reflections....and Connections from Christ Lutheran Church in Valparaiso, IN

Henry Reed once said " All human beings are interconnected, one with all other elements in creation" ......brings to mind a story about the Palms children used last Sunday in worship ...where did they come from ?....perhaps the connection maybe closer than you think:)

Tuesday evening Bible Study of "Women of The Bible" is one of many fellowship groups at Christ Lutheran Church in Valparaiso, IN.

When the group formed, just last summer, one of our members had a friend in Singapore named Sue that really wanted to join in on our study. Thankfully, we live in times with technology available to say YES....So we hooked up a laptop with a video camera to SKPE internet service and voila...Singapore Sue joined us for the summer Bible Study sessions!

Recently, I was excited to get an email from Sue allowing me to re-post photos and some of her experiences in harvesting PALMS which were then blessed and shipped to various churches for Palm Sunday worship.

Below is a re-cap of some of her experience.

As we prepare for the hustle & bustle of the Easter Holiday weekend and we reflect on
the most important message of all time, let us remember.... we are all somehow connected.... children of a loving God.
John 11:25-26
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

Have a Blessed Easter!
Grace Safrin

Here are some photos of a recent trip I was able to take.
I had the opportunity
to travel in a 3 hour car caravan to Malacca Malaysia with my church group for 2 nights and we visited a Palm Plantation Kampong Home.
There we trimmed, washed,
and bundled 3,000+ palm branches to bring back to Singapore for blessing and distribution.
The group goes every
year and I felt very lucky to go with them this year.
We were treated by the Nonya
of the home to her delicious home cooked Malay dishes for a dinner and a lunch.
It was also a reflective time for me as we approach Holy Week and Easter.
Palm branches
have take on an expanded meaning now.
Love, Sue

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