Good morning!  Happy Birthday this week to:  Carol K(14th) Sharon Pantely (15th) Karthik K(16th) and Erica G(17th).

++Have you weeded and nurtured everything possible in you gardens at home?! If you need more to do, Spirit of Grace’s roadside garden beds are in desperate need of weeding. I have found great peace and comfort for myself in weeding the garden beds closest to the church building. My son Ethan did a great job of getting the nasty weeds that were growing from between the pavement at our front entrance. I normally weed on Tuesdays and some afternoons Mon, Wed, or Thurs; we can social distance easily or come at your own leisure. Just bring your own tools and gloves. Any weed piles can be left and I will wheel them to the pile behind the back shed (there is a wheel barrel in our shed).

Weekly Reflection  1 Peter 2:10What part does God’s grace and mercy take in forming our identity as a Christian community?

Readings for Sunday May 17th  Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 17:22-31

Psalm 66:8-20

1 Peter 13:13-22

John 14:15-21

++FISH Food Bank. If you wish to support FISH monetarily, mail your check to FISH at 1267 Twelfth Street # 147, Hood River, OR 97031. (You can also include a donation for FISH in your offering to the church but this money is only mailed out once a month). Monetary donations allow FISH to purchase what is needed. If you prefer to donate food, you can drop it off at FISH.

++Never Give Up! The film by Holly Yasui about her father, Hood River native Min Yasui and his fight for justice during the time of the Japanese internment, will air on OPB this week.

The history of the Yasui family is told in Lauren Kessler’s “Stubborn Twig.” Minoru Yasui died in Denver, Colorado on November 12, 1986 and is buried in Hood River, Oregon. An endowed chair at the University of Oregon was named in his honor in 2002, the first in the nation for a Japanese American. Yasui posthomously received the Presidential Medal of Honor, the highest civilian award in the country, from President Barack Obama in 2015. The next year the Oregon Legislature designated March 28 of each year as Minoru Yasui Day.

Either link below will bring you to the OPB Schedule.

Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice episode

++EcoFaith Recovery is a faith-based leadership development effort grounded near the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers and reaching out to other parts of the Pacific Northwest for the purpose of revitalizing congregational ministries to participate in the healing of creation. EcoFaith has a page dedicated to composting. Follow the link for articles on why compost, many how-to tips (some more complex and some simple), and what to do with your compost after you have made it!

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