BREAKING TRADITION……………..Turkish weddings are typically extravagant events.  Relatives and friends will travel from far and wide to make their presence known.  The event itself takes three days as the families gather to share stories, food and dance.  It is the major event that many young men and women look forward to.

It was reported this last week that an engaged couple broke with sacred Turkish wedding tradition.  Instead of throwing a lavish feast for simply themselves, this couple decided to share their food with hundreds of Syrian refugees who were in great need.  The groom was quoted saying, “We started our journey to happiness with making others happy and that’s a great feeling.”

This story has challenged me: Are there things that I do just simply for the sake of tradition?  How could I change my habits and routines so that I intentionally serve others?

Jesus too broke with tradition.  Lets be clear, Jesus broke tradition not simply to be a rebel.  Jesus broke tradition in order to better serve others:

“Again Jesus entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand.  And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him.  And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.  Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?”…………The man stretched out his arm and Jesus healed him.”

Be thankful for Jesus.  For he has chosen to care for you too rather than simply follow tradition for tradition’s sake.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEED………We have a few more days to collect items for the Philomath Schools.  These are the exact items that are in need:  wide tip markers, dry erase markers, fine tip markers, colored pencils, extra fine sharpies, calculators with fraction button, standard calculators, college ruled composition books, bottled school glue, rulers, binder hole punches, 5 tab dividers, pencils.  Thank you for all of your efforts!  You are making a difference!

ON THAT NOTE…………..I shared with the elders the many “thank you’s” I have received for the support Peace has offered other its partner organizations.  I received verbal thank you’s from the Northwest District, Camp Lutherwood, Chamber of Commerce, Zion Lutheran School and Love Inc.  Please check also the bulletin board for their letter of thanks.  Keep up the great support!

WE HAVE BLINDS………..Blinds have been installed in the fellowship hall.  Special thanks to those who helped in getting them in place!