Westminster Weekly 4/21/2020

Sunday, April 26th, 2020
New Adult Sunday School Class on Dietrich Bonhoeffer

This Sunday, April 26, will be the second week of a three-week series on DietrichBonhoeffer led by Amy Pauw. Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran theologian who was imprisoned and executed by the Nazis at the end of WWII. We will be focusing on the letters he wrote from prison. No prior knowledge of Bonhoeffer is required for this class.All are welcome! Please join us, even if you missed the first session.This link will take you to the readings from last Sunday as well as the ones for thisSunday. There are also suggestions for more things to read by and about Bonhoeffer.

Please click here for the reading materials needed for this class.

Topic: Bonhoeffer Sunday School
Class Time: Apr 26, 2020 09:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sunday Worship Service April 26, 2020

Topic: CHPC Zoom Sunday April 26th 11am
Time: Apr 26, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Join us for Taize service Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Topic: CHPC Taize
Wednesday April 22nd 7pm
Time: Apr 22, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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*Choir will be having a Zoom meeting Tuesday, April 30th at 7:30pm.
*Debbie Dierks will soon have videos available teaching new hymns.
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An Article by Connie Foss

Watching Out of Africa in Talamanca, Costa Rica
Last night I was alone in the house when someone called out at the gate, “Buenas!”
My housemate wasn’t at home, so I was left to deal with a personal crisis that shook me to the core. A young Bribri couple needed to go to the emergency room at the clinic, five kilometers away. The young woman was in premature labor, in a lot of pain. They had no telephone to call a private taxi, and no neighbors have cars of their own. And, of course, they had no money to pay a taxi. It was Sunday night, and because of the weekend travel curfew, all the taxi services were closed. They came to El Puente because they didn’t know what to do.

With the help of Nanci, the retired director who still lives in town, a taxi arrived and I paid the driver to take Isaac and Griselda to the clinic. Then I went to bed, hoping it was just a false alarm. But around midnight, I was awakened by the same voice at the gate, “Buenas!”

Isaac and Griselda were back. I didn’t ask how they had gotten here; whether they had walked from the clinic back to El Puente or had been able to take a taxi. But they were back to the starting point; no phone, no money. The emergency medic had told the couple that Griselda needed to go to the hospital in Limon, 60 kilometers away – but first she had to return to her home to retrieve an official document or the hospital would not admit her.

This Bribri couple lives in an area of Talamanca reserved for their indigenous tribe. Where they live there is no road, no electricity, and no organized social services. For some mysterious reason, families do not help each other, and there is no mid-wife to assist women in child birth. So, the people continue to rely on El Puente to help them connect their needs with the available services.

Needless to say, it wasn’t easy to find a taxi at midnight and when one finally arrived, he charged $100 for a one-way trip. Isaac settled Griselda into the taxi and came back to thank me. But first, he asked if he could borrow my flip-flops; his were worn out. Then he looked into my eyes and the next thing I knew he had grabbed me in a desperate embrace as sobs wracked his body. I don’t know how old Isaac is, but he is not old enough to be facing something so terrifying without any support.
It took me a while to get back to sleep. What I had just experienced ripped open the dividing curtain between “us” and “them.” How can people exist as neighbors with so many stark contrasts – while we have everything, they have nothing? I also began to wonder: WHY has El Puente been operating for 17 years and things like this still happen? Who or what is to blame?

The following description of the Bribri people of Talamanca is taken from “Costa Rica: Bribri Culture Under Threat,” an article published in 2015 by The Pulitzer Center:

The Bribri are an indigenous group in Costa Rica, with an estimated population of 11,500. They are called Costa Rica’s “hidden people”—their isolation from society allows them to retain Bribri culture, ethnicity and religion. But Bribri culture is under threat. The older generation attributes this to the influx of technology, which is slowly infiltrating most homes in the community. Many people say the younger generation is more interested in discovering the outside world they can find on their phone rather than learning about their own culture that now faces an uncertain future.

But many of the Bribri do not have the money to buy or maintain a phone; and neither do they remember their people’s ancient skills of survival. They live in a no man’s land between two cultures in their own native country.For more information, contact El Puente: https://www.elpuente-thebridge.org/(To read the rest of the article, please click here)

Woosley-Leake Scholarship Info
CHPC youth and young adults! It’s time to apply for the Woosley-Leake Scholarship for the 2020-2021 school year! If you are planning on going to college, trade school, or any sort of continuing education after high school, this is a way that the church can help you. Thanks to the generosity of previous generations in the faith, there are funds available to help support you in working toward your goals. You will need to fill out the application and return it to the church office by June 1.

A Celebration of Earth Day
In an arresting new documentary environmental photographer James Balog, of Chasing Ice fame, captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change. With rare compassion and heart, The Human Element relays captivating stories from coast-to-coast, inspiring us to reevaluate our relationship with the natural world.

Preview the film, download the screening kit, and sign up to receive the link to view.

Deacon of the Month: April

Perry Chang is our Deacon of the Month for April. If you or someone you know is in need of a kind gesture, please reach out to Perry at (502)457-7833 or email him here.