FROM THE EDITOR
Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven." Matthew 18:21-22
Forgiving Self, Cultivating Transformation
About four decades ago, Los Angeles Bishop Jon Bruno shot and killed a man, something he still remembers daily. Before he was ordained a priest and a bishop, he was an undercover police officer in Burbank, California, and had to make a split-second decision to save his partner's life. A suspect had opened fire on them, Bruno told ENS recently. "He took one shot, and it landed in the pole next to me" he recalled. "My partner stood up with a flashlight in his hand and shined it on him, which you're not supposed to do. The man turned and raised his arm to fire, so I shot him."
The suspect was someone he had come to know during his undercover investigation, Bruno said. "He had invited me into his home. I had bounced his kids on my knees" he said. "I shot him with a double-barreled shotgun, and he died there at the scene. For a long time I woke up every night dreaming about what had happened. It was very painful to relive that every night of my life." An investigation and coroner's inquest cleared Bruno of any wrongdoing, but it wasn't until he sought counsel with an Episcopal priest that he was able to begin a process of forgiveness that ultimately led to transformation.
"He gave me absolution after I'd done the Reconciliation of a Penitent in the prayer book" Bruno recalled. "I had believed we had to suffer the reasonable consequences of our actions. I was convinced that I had committed a sin against God. At the time, I thought, what is this, that's going to take these things away? But I went home that night and slept peacefully." It led to transformation. "It changed my attitude about what forgiveness was. It comes from the heart and mind as well as the presence of the holy, all in parallel at the same time, and I've been open to forgiving people ever since." Now, "every time I hear about a police-involved shooting, I pray for those people" Bruno said.
"For years, I've been a chaplain for the police department here in Los Angeles, and I work with guys who've killed people. And what I tell them is, you need to forgive that person, so you can forgive yourself because the sin of anger is just as bad as the taking of a life." It tears you away from your center. It doesn't allow you to be fully human.
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Treasurer’s report for Feb:
Check book balance of $16,697.39
minus pass-through and memorial fund =$14,344.98.
*Vestry approved the Treasurer’s report and minutes.
*New Business: Greg Camp met with vestry and presented estimate for repairs to the columbarium which would fix water damage that is occurring over time. Thoroughbred Contractors could do work for $8285. We will need to raise some money for repairs. Becky will seek donations from families who have loved ones in columbarium.
*Work day schedules for May 17. Julia will do list of "to do" items. Byram donating some mulch and in addition, we will ask for monetary donations for mulch. We began discussion on fund raisers for columbarium, fans, and flooring.
*Julia and April are going on Diocesan mission trip to Guatemala June 6-13, 2015, and they are asking for financial assistance for the needed supplies.
*Old Business: New prayer commitments.
*Sallie and Cindy are working on directory of members.
*We are sending quilt for auction on St. George's Day.
*Cindy+ will on vacation week after Easter. Sallie volunteered to do Morning Prayer.
*Sr.Warden: Advertisement put in Advocate.
*Jr. Warden: Julia will talk to Bill Skidmore about fixing gutters. *Fin/Steward/Hosp: We will discuss fund raising next month. W*orship/Fellowship: Easter: Sallie will decorate sanctuary, Greg will help with Easter egg hunt, and we ask Judy B. to help with brunch, and
*Outreach: Gateway teens to be here for Easter.
*Christian Formation: Byram is teaching OT.
*Next meeting: Sunday, April 19 after church.
DAUGHTERS OF THE KING
DotK will hold their regular meeting on April 19 after church. All Daughters and anyone interested in finding out more about the order are welcome to attend.
The annual Derby party will be held at Darren and Martha Payne's on May 2. Bring whatever food you choose; everyone starts to gather at 3:00PM, and eats after the race.
TRIPLE BLESSING PROGRAM
Thanks to everyone who brought items for the month of March. For April, we are asking people to bring in Kleenex and light bulbs. Please don't forget to sign up your Kroger card for Ascension Church.
This is an advance notice for the annual ECW retreat. It will be held at the Domain from May 15-17. Keep tuned for more details.