December 2023 Ministerial Miscellany by Rev. Annie Kopko

Ministerial Miscellany Dec. 2023  

Love your life, every little bit.

Ever since the onset of the pandemic, when my few in-person contacts with people included the necessity of going to the grocery store.  I have been considering the opportunity to go grocery shopping as a “therapeutic” event, one that I will consciously use to give myself a sense of joy and wonder. You know what? That’s what usually happens!  I continue to make each mundane task a special event for awareness. 

Last week at the grocery store, I walked in with 6 bottles to recycle. I noticed a line of trash bins, one of which had a large white bag with red Coke cans in it. I thought, “Surely this store takes Coke cans”.  I started having trouble feeding the cans into the machine, evidently I was not the only one, considering I had just found them all in the trash. Another woman was also having trouble and I was able to help her. Eventually all the cans went in, mine and hers.  I made a surprise $5 on that trip. It just takes an uplifting attitude, a desire to have fun wherever we are, whomever we are with, and to remember that Life is truly a gift in so many ways!

Showing up for events at Interfaith offers everyone a gift. Check out these many wonderful opportunities in December. More information at:

  • Saturday, Dec. 9th, 7 PM Cafe 704 with Peter Madcat Ruth, Emmy winning harmonica player, John Churchville, Tabla percussionist & special guest Ki5, vocalist, writer and producer. Tickets (In Person & on Zoom): $10.  
  • ALSO: Artisan 704 presents a special Holiday Gift Sale of crafts, jewelry, chocolate truffles and more. The sale will begin at 6 PM prior to the Cafe 704 and continue on Sunday Dec. 10th following the Sunday Celebration Service at 12:15 PM.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 13th, 7 PM, Community Sing with Matt Watroba.  We circle up and sing  all our favorite old songs together! Donations most welcome!
  • Saturday, Dec. 16th, 7 PM, Drummunity! Drum circle with Lori Fithian. Donations welcome!
  • Thursday, Dec. 21st, 7 PM, Solstice Sing Along led by Jean Chorazyczewski, Lori Fithian, Eric & Mary Fithian, Linda Teaman, Tom Voiles & Friends. FREE 
  • Sunday, Dec. 24th, 5:30 PM Finger Foods Potluck followed by 7 PM Christmas Eve Candle Lighting service led by Rev. David Bell. 
  • Sunday, Dec. 31, 7 AM World Peace Meditation led by Janet Somalinog & Craig Harvey, followed by Breakfast at Mark’s Midtown Coney Island, then back to the Center for our Annual Burning Bowl Ceremony led by Rev. Lyriel Claire.

                     Many Blessings and Merry Christmas,      Annie

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