The Words of the Goldberg Family
Sun Myung Moon and Hak Ja Han January 23, 2012
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
When we pass through challenging times, it is good to look into the holy writings of the great faith traditions.
True Father teaches, "We should respect the tradition established by the forefathers of faith. Where is the spirit of Noah who was loyal to Heaven for 120 years? Where is the spirit of Abraham, who left the land of Ur of the Chaldeans to wander in a foreign land? Where is the spirit of Jacob, who left the land of Canaan and entered Egypt, and the spirit of the Israelites, who fled Egypt, the land of their enemy, and searched across the wilderness to find the land of Canaan? Where is the spirit of Jesus, who after coming to the earth, wanted to bring all Israel into a new blessed Canaan, the new Eden? You should inherit their spirit through keeping their tradition."
How often during any day with its many activities and tasks do we think about bringing others in to the blessed land of Canaan? How about us? Are we living the blessed life of joy and happiness in the presence of God?
If we think about it, it is just common sense that "in order to give it, we have to live it?"
Last evening at an interfaith gathering a Buddhist teacher shared the core of his faith tradition. One thing he said struck me powerfully. It was this, " The highest aim is to convert a bad person into a good one."
Our True Parents teach a beautiful tradition of service to others and faithfulness to God. We, the students of True Parents can inherit that tradition for ourselves and our children. However, to do so, we must take responsibility.
Let's reach out to someone this week, even if it is just one person, and make a difference in that person's life. Many years ago someone reached out to me and introduced me to the Unification Church. It made a big difference in my life and I want to pass along the blessing as much as I can as long as I am able.
The Jewish tradition of "tsadaka" is a combination of the words "charity" and "justice". The idea is that God is the owner of all things and those who have more ought to share with those who have less. If God has blessed us with abundance, then it is good to return something to God and care for others. Even if we have little, we can still give of our love and kindness and that sometimes makes all the difference in the world.
See you on Sunday.
Pastor Matthew and Marianne Goldberg
Mrs. Debbie Taylor -- healing
Debra Gohr -- Recovery and healing
Walter Haynes -- Successful surgery and healing
Please send any prayer requests to Administrative Assistant: Gay Grow
New Hope Chung Pa Korean School will begin on March 4th, 2012. Classes for all ages and levels will be offered. Please come to the information session on Feb. 19th in the Founder's room to learn more about it. Do you already know Korean? You can volunteer as a Korean teacher! Stipends will be paid. For any questions or concerns, please contact Lee.
If you want to praise and honor God through dance, join the Praise Dance Ministry small group. We will be rehearsing Saturday afternoons at New Hope Academy from 4-6 pm in the Dance Studio downstairs. These sessions will culminate in a dance offering during Sunday Worship Service once a month. All ages are welcome and no dancing experience is required -- just a heart to inherit the true love of God. For more info, contact Teresa Ferrete
Foreign Service Consular Adjudicator (China) Vacancy Announcement Foreign Service Consular Adjudicator (China) A vacancy announcement recruiting a limited number of Foreign Service Consular Adjudicators will open on January 30, 2012 and will close on February 29, 2012. The Area of Consideration is "All Sources." Applications may only be submitted electronically through the "Gateway to State" system. To access the system please go to www.careers.state.gov
Mental Health Program (Free) for Prince George's families: The National Alliance on Mental Illness is holding its free 12-week "Family to Family" Education Course, starting Tuesday March 6, 2012. Meets once a week at 7 pm, and is very helpful to families with a loved one with a problem like depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, panic or anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, personality disorders, etc. Please call Dorie at NAMI-PG to register. More information at www.namipgcmd.org.
From the Blessed Family Ministry (soon to be called Blessed Life): Blessing news: The next Blessing Ceremony will be held March 22, 2012. More details are coming about this event, and about Level III pre-Blessing workshops for matched couples.
All matching candidates who need help preparing materials for Websites (1st Gen or 2nd Gen), please feel free to contact District 1 Matching Advisers, Doug and Cheryl Wetzstein, Virginia Scazzero, Wendy Herstein or Annemarie Weinmann.
The next one is on the West Coast: Jan. 13-16, 2012 in Los Angeles. The next East Coast workshop is May 31 -- June 3 in New York.
(All ads placed in Mid-Week Announcements are $20 per month; checks payable to HSA) (Also 10% of all profits from products sold after church are donated to Maryland Church via Gay Grow)
Looking for a part-time position? Like People? Like to demonstrate interesting products? White Marsh Mall location needs people to take shifts during the new year! (Best if you have your own transportation; prefer over 21-year olds.) Call today!!!