The Words of the Goldberg Family
September marks the season of harvest with its ripe fruits and vegetables reminding us of God's many blessings. Crisp, tart MacIntosh apples are high on my list of personal favorite fruits. I have good memories of growing up as part of a Jewish community in Williamsport, PA. It was our custom that the Sabbath school teachers would serve the students apples and honey on our first day of lessons to remind us that learning is sweet.
The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, began last Wednesday. Observant Jews mark a 10 day period of reflection and renewal between the New Year and Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement. During that time we are to make amends for any wrongs committed during the previous year. It is said that a sincere repentance will ensure that your name will be inscribed in the Book of Life for the next year.
Our True Father once stated that apples are a symbol of repentance and new beginning. I find the parallel with Jewish custom to be fascinating.
The autumn season always puts me in an introspective mood and this year is no exception. If I am sincere about spiritual growth, I must review my thoughts and actions of the past year and ask forgiveness for my shortcomings and mistakes.
Marianne and I recently began a new cycle of reading and study of the Exposition of the Divine Principle. We want to share with you a wonderful secret which we learned from Reverend Angelika Selle last year. Here is how it works: Buy a new spiral notebook and before reading Hoon Dok Hae each morning, write the date at the top of one page in the notebook. Then make a space to write the Key Point of the reading (just a sentence or two), then another space for a Reflection (about that point) , next a space for an Action we will take (can be related to the above two) and finally a space for a Prayer point (or two or three). We have discovered that by reading two or three pages in a section of DP and using this method to focus our study, sharing what we wrote afterward and then praying, we can strengthen our minds to good purpose. I encourage you to try this, even on your own if you wish.
One of our themes this year is "Back to Basics". What could be more basic that revisiting our relationship with the Divine Principle?
We are entering an exciting new era in our movement and I hope you were inspired to hear from Reverend In Jin Moon's daughter, Arianna, last Sunday. If you missed it you can tune in to the message by going to www.familyfed.org.
In Austria they say, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." Isn't it amazing how our children reflect many of the elements of their parents? We delight in their energy and their vitality. Enjoy the many glories of the coming harvest and take time for a walk in the outdoors with your family this week.
See you on Sunday,
Pastor Matthew Goldberg and Marianne
Mr. Luke Higuchi, the leader of SAFE, the survivors of deprogrammings, will report next Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010 to all members about progress made to defeat kidnapping and deprogramming in Japan. The meeting will be from 12:00 p.m. to 1 pm in the Founders' Room at New Hope Academy. He will speak again from 4 to 5 pm at the Columbia Road Church, 1610 Columbia Rd, in Washington, D.C. to inform members in Washington and Northern Virginia. If questions, call Keiko Burton.
Friday, Sept. 17th, 6:30 -- 10:00 pm A Ministry of Lovin' Life DC At the Washington Family Church, 1610 Columbia Rd. NW Music, Food and Dance with a message of Peace Through Bridging Cultures. Bring your friends and family and enjoy the Latin Spirit!
September 19, 26 12:00 -- 1:30 pm
Call/email us if you have any questions: Rex and Emiko Butler.
New Hope Academy Alumni Reunion: New Hope Academy is having its First Alumni Reunion on Saturday, September 25. It will be held at the Navy Yard Catering and Conference Center. Semi-formal attire, dinner and dancing from 8:00 pm -- 12:00 am. $25 per person, or $45 per couple. This event is for all former New Hope students who have graduated high school in 2010 or before (even if you graduated from another high school). So reunite for a night of food, dancing and fun; current and former staff are also welcome. Tell your friends! Advance registration required. Contact Dolores Muhammad to register,
Richard Lewko will be undergoing surgery this Friday, 9/17/10, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, MD to remove a mass from the tail of his pancreas. The mass is believed to be either benign, or a low-grade cancer that has not spread. Your prayers are greatly appreciated. You may contact the family.
WFWP, Maryland Chapter, Brainstorming Session: Sat. Sep. 18, 1 to 3 pm, at the home of Kim Dadachanji, 3100 Stonybrook Drive, Bowie, MD 20715. Women of all ages are encouraged to come and share your ideas. Please bring a snack or drink if you wish.
Chuseok Celebration: This year's Chuseok celebration to honor our ancestors and ascended loved ones will be held at the National Won Jeon at Ft. Lincoln Cemetery on Sept 26, Sunday, 2 pm. Contact Rev. Young Jang for further information.
Kids' Club is restarting for BC boys and girls ages 7 -11. This is a very fun and interactive group that wants to learn more about developing an intimate and true relationship with God, loving all people as God does, mind and body unity through learning to control our actions and living for the sake of others by doing good deeds and service projects. We sing songs, have a prayer, and I teach a lesson on applying Divine Principle. We do a craft or play a game and then have a snack. Each child should bring a $2 donation to cover our activities. (The $2 should be earned by doing some chores for the parents). We will meet Saturday, September 25th from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Youth Center, 12204 Lisborough Road, Bowie, MD 20720. Please let me know if your child will attend. Mary Holden or Concha Marchitelli
National 18th Anniversary Assembly on Human Rights: Awakening the Dignity of Women. Keynote Speaker: Rev. In Jin Moon
Friday, Sept. 24 -- Sunday, Sept. 26, at the New Yorker Hotel. Register now!
International Blessing Ceremony on October 10, 2010 in Korea for Blessed Children and First Generation as part of the World Culture and Sports Festival (WCSF) Oct. 9 to 14, 2010 and the Wongu Peace Cup Cain-Abel Cosmic Harmony Tournament 2010.
New Hope Academy is grateful and pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from Rev. In Jin Nim that is ear marked to cover 25% of a BC child's tuition at the school. In addition, a member of the New Hope Board of Directors has matched this grant, so 50% of an eligible family's tuition will be covered. Qualified students in grades K-12th who can demonstrate need are eligible to apply. Students who are academically strong may also qualify for further academic scholarship. Contact Joy Morrow at New Hope Academy. "Committed to academic excellence, and supporting parents to raise moral children."
A farewell party will be held for our dear sister Jonatha Johnson to wish her well as she returns to her hometown. Bring something to share on Sunday evening, September 19th at 5:00 PM at the home of Yoshimi and Eva Ozaki. Please RSVP.
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