Heart of Cherry Street Podcast – 3/17/2019

This episode was recorded March 17th of 2019 and is the Second Sunday of the Lenten liturgical season.

This Sunday addresses the process of waiting.  There are a lot of things that are up in the air at the moment in the Methodist church as a denomination and along with that, there are a lot questions to which we are waiting to find out the answer.  Reverend Kathy Brown delivers a message that suggests that during this time of waiting, there is work to be done to not only be a welcoming church, but to go beyond welcoming and become and inviting church as well and in that way we can help others who may be looking for a church home during this time of uncertainty.

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Heart of Cherry Street Podcast – 3/10/2019

Hello and welcome to the St. Paul’s Heart of Cherry Street Podcast which was recorded March 10th of 2019 which is the first Sunday of the Lenten liturgical season.

What you are about to listen to is a highlights from a very special Sunday for St Paul’s as it is the anniversary of the Church standing up and declaring intention-ality in welcoming and affirming all LGBTQ  individuals who are looking for a spiritual home.  But St Paul’s actually goes a step further than just welcoming.  They include all you come and become members to join and participate in committees and lead worship and take on roles that any other person might do.

Heartwarming by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100207 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Heart of Cherry Street Podcast – 2/17/2019

Last week, the theme was god’s amazing (and occasionally absurd) grace.  In today’s podcast, you will hear our Senior Minister, Reverend Kathy Brown deliver a powerful message about setting our faith in God and remembering that God is with us even through times of uncertainty.

Fall Meditation – By Bill Crowell

A lot of people love this time of year! Fall with its changing of colors and dropping of leaves is a magical time for us to see beauty in all things. Think back to your younger days – what do you remember about Octobers past? I can see my older brother, Tom, and I raking leaves (in Pittsburgh PA) and pine needles (in Charlotte NC). We’d rake these huge piles and then fall backwards into them. Leaves would scatter in all directions, and then we’d do it again and again. Just for fun.
My natural mother was named Irene. Nobody’s named Irene anymore – only special people in my book. Irene the Village Queen we’d call her in our house. She holds a special place in my heart this time of year. Her birthday was in October. It was my mother who helped me understand the beauty of the arts. She in-troduced the piano to my brother and I, and we took lessons for several years as youngsters. She loved to paint, draw, do macramé, decoupage, and just about anything artistic. You would not believe her signature if I showed it to you! My mother was from Canada. She lived in Alberta in Edmonton and Calgary. She took courses in school like “Elocution” (that’s how to pronounce words and speak well) and “Penmanship.” No-body teaches that today! When she signed her name, the “C” in Crowell took about 4 full seconds to write – I kid you not! It looked like a “C” for the Royal Society of Something REALLY special! It was beautiful, and I know she took great pride in it – never seeing anybody else even close to her penmanship.
The truth is just about everything my mother did had some artistic flair to it. Her meals were masterpieces. Really! She would experiment on two hungry boys with Hungarian Goulash, and Cabbage Rolls, and Stuffed Grape Leaves. She’d always buy Southern Living Cookbooks or pick up some food magazine with all kinds of recipes. It’s no wonder I was obese by the time I was in the 6th grade! Weight Watchers took care of that in the 8th grade. That’s another story. Mom even made butter mints on a marble slab that she kept just for that one recipe! I can recall blueberry torte, lemon pie, Mississipi Mud Cake like it was yesterday. How that woman could cook! I’m gaining weight just writing these words!
I miss my mother – a lot. I feel some tears welling up. My family says I look most like her, and I can honestly say she was my best friend growing up. She died when I was in college – also another story – but just the fact that I’m remembering so many good things about her lets her spirit live on in me. God created a winner when he made Irene Elaine Symons. She passed onto me a love of life that is in my DNA. It’s a love of the arts that has never let me go. Music of all kinds. Thanks mom. I can’t imagine this life without you some-how in the background encouraging me, loving me.
Who in your family is special to you? Is there a time of year that you remember them the most? I feel a cool breeze blowing in my window – maybe that cool air is here to stay now. Yes, that makes me think of recipes, but I’d better not go there. I’ll drink a bottle of water instead.

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