Hen and Chick Plants are available in the lobby after church for EVERYONE who has not received one, or has received one and would like a second! 😊 Why a Hen and Chicks plant vs. another kind of succulent? Because Jesus once compared himself to a mother hen who wanted to gather up and protect her chicks: “How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings...” (Mat. 23:37b)
Whenever you look on your wee creation of God, know that you are deeply loved.
Hen and Chick Plants are available in the lobby after church for EVERYONE who has not received one. The story behind this is that your Community Chaplain intended to provide a birthday plant to everyone who had a birthday in that particular month. Well, there is what you plan and there is what happens. Turns out that Laur and I were away in November and April, and the plant nursery where I bought these plants was closed for January, February, and March.
So … for the month of May I’ll have FREE Hen and Chick Plants available to EVERYONE in our congregation who did not get one yet. And from here on, I’ll make sure that gifts are not seasonal. / jan 😊
The four loves come from the Greek who use four words to describe what we use one for.
1. Storge: Affection Love / 2. Phileo: Friendship Love / 3. Eros: Romantic Love / 4. Agape: Divine Love
1. Storge Love: [The frosting on the cake] Affection is the most humble of the loves. It is the love of enjoying someone or something. It is love of the family and of the familiar.
2. Phileo Love: [The punch on the side] Friendship arises out of mere companionship when two or more of the companions discover that they have in common some interest which the others do not share.
3. Eros Love: [My cake!] This is also the love that creates the hottest of fires in our emotions. Romantic or erotic love: Lewis calls this “being in love.” It is the love that is least thought about but most felt.
4. Agape Love [You may take my cake]: This is the highest and most unselfish of the loves, the love the Apostle Paul talks about in 1 Corinthians 13. It is also called Charity. It is not natural, it goes against our very natures. It loves the unlovable, undeserving, the ugly. It gives all and asks for nothing in return. It is the one that takes the greatest chance. And is hit with the most loss.
Although she never preached a sermon or published a book or founded a church, she is known as the Mother of Methodism. Why? Because two of her sons, John Wesley and Charles Wesley, as children consciously or unconsciously will, applied the example and teachings and circumstances of their home life. Susanna Wesley, was the 25th of 25 children. Susanna and Samuel Wesley had 19 children. Nine of her children died as infants.
Jan Steven is the Pastoral Care Chaplain at Grace Mennonite Church. She is also the webservant.