The Words of the Goldberg Family
"To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under Heaven....."
October is a month of changes as leaves turn color and Autumn advances amidst the richness of the harvest. Why not take a little time to walk each day to maintain your health? Yellow, orange and red leaves will greet you and refresh your spirit and your mind. In our area I often meet dogs and their humans; sometimes it's hard to tell who is walking who!
I have lovely childhood memories of long Sunday afternoon tramps in the woods around Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Maryland has many outdoor attractions as well so why not take advantage of the opportunity to make a family memory and walk in the woods this weekend?
Today is the 40th anniversary of the 777 couples blessing in Korea in 1970.
Marianne reminded me this morning of the incredible price these early pioneers paid to lay the foundation for our church and to help advance God's Providence in this age of the Second Coming of Christ.
The recent passing of Joe Tulley and Hal McKinsey and Susan Oliver into the spirit world reminds us that our earthly life is not our final destination but it is our opportunity to bear witness to the returning Christ. Please remember these valiant champions of faith in your prayers and let us be grateful for the time we have in this world to reach others with the message of Divine Principle and the breaking news about True Parents.
We continue to receive weekly guidance and love from our National Pastor, Reverend In Jin Moon each Sunday. The Lasting Imprint, an introduction to Divine Principle, is being offered after church every week this month by Milhan Stephens. And our Outreach Team, headed by Jim Boothby and Doug and Keiko Burton, is planning activities and events for the near future.
What a joy it has been to welcome visitors, seekers and extended family members into our midst in recent weeks! The Hospitality Team is looking for a few more cheerful greeters and ushers to take care of guests and regular members each Sunday morning. Please see Pastor Matt or Erika Selle to get connected.
See you this Sunday,
Pastor Matthew and Marianne Goldberg
It's that time of the year. There are two positions open for volunteers wishing to serve our community as NHFC Elders. Gregg Jones and Bob Selle are ending their two-year term this month. Brian Chase, David Phelps and Dinshaw Dadachanji have entered their names in the running. Voting will begin on Sunday, October 17 and end on Sunday, October 24. Here are all of the candidates and their message.
Bio: Brian Chase
Born and raised locally into a secret program for gifted (AKA "blessed") children from parents hand-picked from all around the world, Brian Chase was trained to be the perfect Church board member from an early age. Later recruited to project code named "Cheon Il Guk", Brian has reemerged from hiding with his wife, fellow "blessed child" of Special Task Force division honors---Operative Christine Chase, and has taken the persona of the Renaissance Family Man. With a little one on the way, the comely and too-serene looking couple look for your vote today.
Vision for community:
I think it is important to acknowledge that this community is already a great community home to many precious families who have done great service for the world community. It is also a community of great potential. My vision for the community is for it to be a place of choice to build a family and for it to be a place where we can feel closer to one another. I believe that we should take a sober look at the issues close to our hearts and open our doors to all. Ultimately, I would like to see the community become a showcase of the benefits of living a principled life centered on the precepts of love in action.
Bio: Dinshaw Dadachanji
Having grown up in India, a country whose citizens have a diversity of religious beliefs, I became a seeker of universally applicable spiritual truths, while at the same time pursuing my studies in science. This quest led me to study the Divine Principle and join the Unification movement in New Haven in 1974. I started a CARP chapter at Yale, then attended UTS for about a year, after which True Father directed me to return to Yale and complete my Ph.D. in molecular biology. While a graduate student, I lived at the New Haven church center and assisted with the work of our movement there. I was blessed to my beloved wife Kim on July 1, 1982, and we have two wonderful children. We moved to Maryland in January 1995. By God's grace, I was able to work in DC for the Washington Monument campaign, attend several ICUS conferences, help with various DP workshops (including a summer in the former Soviet Union), study Unification Thought under Dr. Sang Hun Lee, visit churches, and teach Sunday School. As part of my career, I have taught college chemistry and served as a science editor for The World and I and the New World Encyclopedia. I currently spend part of my time as a licensed public adjuster, which involves a service for homeowners.
Vision for community:
One family under God. True Love. Generation of Peace. We've heard these sound bites so often that they seem to have progressed from clichés to mantras. Yet, at the very core of my being, these are the very goals I wish to strive for. The challenge I face is, what am I doing to make these ideals a reality? This challenge underlies my motivation to serve on the Elders' Board of our church at this time. Dear brothers and sisters, whatever our differences, difficulties, or ups and downs, I sincerely believe that we are all in this together. No man is an island; and no family is an island either. It is my hope, therefore, to help develop ways in which we can reach out to support one another, in both spiritual and practical dimensions, and be a blessing to others around us. To extend this blessing, I would also like to be a part of developing our system of education, so that our society can recognize the profound truths and values that our True Parents have been sharing with us.
Bio: David Phelps
David Phelps has worked as a restaurant manager for the last 12 years and the last 5 at Toucan Taco, a family owned restaurant in Laurel. David and Eva Ozaki started a couples' group and a Laurel community group that have both continued for the last 3 years. David and his wife, Vicki, do Hoon Dok Hae most mornings at 5:00 am. They both currently volunteer their time with ACLC. David has worked with ACLC for the last 3 years and with ministers prior to coming to DC.
Vision for community:
Father developed the Little Angels to show the beauty of Korea to the world. I would like to develop a dance troupe that would showcase the beauty and purity of our church to the DC area and beyond. If we can develop an excellent choir, drama troupe, Sunday school and dance troupe, then we could attract others to us and naturally expand. I would work toward that end.
Hi, my name is Matt Holden, and I'm with Boy Scout Troop 1212. I'm striving for the rank of Eagle Scout. Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouts. I am planning a Food Drive to Help the Hungry, and I need your help. This is a great chance to help struggling families in the Bowie Community. All you need to do is bring in a few non-perishable canned food items to church next Sunday, October 31. I will have a table set up near the entrance of New Hope. Any amount of food is greatly appreciated. Thanks and God bless! For more info or questions call Matt.
WFWP-MD Chapter will be sharing True Mother's heart and vision together on 10/24.
For anyone who is interested, I would like to have an initial meeting to read part of the speech True Mother gave for the tenth anniversary of WFWP. Please come and share your insights and inspirations. Friends and contacts are welcome. We will meet at my home, 3100 Stonybrook Dr., Bowie, MD on Sunday, October 24 from 3-5 pm. Please bring a drink or snack to share.
Please send me your thoughts, inspirations, feelings and hopes about what we can do together as well.
I look forward to hearing from you and working together at this significant time in history.
October lessons: Waltz and Rumba
October 24th 12:00 -- 1:30 pm
October 31st 12:00 -- 1:30 pm
$15/person, $20/couple for a month
Call/email us if you have any questions
Rex and Emiko Butler
Please mark your calendar for our dance gathering at
8024 Max Blobs Park Road,
Jessup, MD 20794
on October 23. They are having Octoberfest. $12/person to get in.
Now with energy deregulation in Maryland, you can choose your own supplier and still enjoy the same services from Pepco or BGE. Viridian Energy offers an opportunity to use green renewable energy with an average monthly savings of 10%. To sign up go to: www.viridian.com/tonys. For more info contact Tony Scazzero.
New Hope Academy has the added blessing this year of having Mr. Hux (Parthenon Huxley, former lead guitarist of the Electric Light Orchestra) teaching our High School Music Elective. However, we are in need of some equipment. You can receive a tax deduction if you are able to donate any of the items on the WISH LIST. If you haven't used it in years, donate it to New Hope! Ask Friends! Call Joy Morrow or email Mr. Hux if you have something to donate.
WISH LIST: a bass guitar, a bass amp, an electric guitar, a guitar amp, a recording device, microphones, a hi-hat stand and a kick drum pedal.
Room or rooms for rent or whole house for rent in Laurel, Howard County. Three different options.
1) Basement, huge light filled room, 16 X 19 feet with private bath. Great for artist or couple.
2) Single sunny bedroom. Good for one person.
OR 3) rent our whole house.
Howard County has the best schools in the state. Driving distance to colleges.
Close to JHAPL, NSA, right off I 95.
Pay part of utilities. Please call David or Kathy.
Bible study each 2nd and 4th Sunday at the Fefferman's.
We start with a video lecture from various professors at 8:00 pm (optional), followed by refreshments and reading/study together, with plenty of discussion as we go. We are working our way through the entire Bible. This year we are focusing on the historical books (Judges/Samuel/Kings.). Call Dan for more information. Dan also hosts a Sunday night study dealing with near eastern mythology, biblical apocrypha, early Christian texts, the Dead Sea scrolls, etc. To get on the reminder list for both of these, send your email address to Dan.
Calling all girls and young women and parents! Girl Scout Troop 4506 is currently looking for girls ages 9 and up who are seeking adventure and comradeship. Our troop recently went camping in Pennsylvania, and is currently working on the Photography Badge. We are also looking for adult volunteers to attend our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 7 PM at New Hope Academy. Parents are always welcome to join in with their daughters as the girls appreciate their support. Also, young women, 18 and older, who are looking to give to the community and be an "older sister", are more than welcome to join us. There are also opportunities to invest your time during our adventure days; e.g. camping, visiting museums, and hiking. If you are interested in any way, please contact Debbie Robbins, Vanessa Scott or Caroline Hampton.
Make your donation check out to HSA-UWC or New Hope Family Church, and then mail it, addressed to:
New Hope Family Church
P.O. Box 244
Riverdale, MD 20738-0244
Please keep the following people and their families in your prayers:
Catherine Henseler and family
Bob Randolph is at home, recovering thru Val's regiment of rest, medicine, chicken soup, back rubs and sunshine. The body is still weak, but his determination is strong for a complete return to the fun life. Visitors are welcome at our home anytime in the next few weeks of Bob's surprise recoopery vacation. We welcome your presence!
Cheryl Wetztein and family
Prayer requests should be sent to Gay Grow.