Archive for February, 2010

Dr. Mae C. Jemison

Mae Carol Jemison (October 17, 1956 – ) was the first African-American woman in space. Dr. Jemison is a medical doctor and a surgeon, with engineering experience. She was accepted into NASA’s astronaut program in 1987. She flew on the space shuttle Endeavor (STS-47, Spacelab-J) as the Mission Specialist; the mission lifted off on September 12, 1992, and landed on September 20, 1992.

Jemison was the youngest of three children; she was born in Decatur, Alabama, but was brought up in Chicago, Illinois. In 1977, she graduated from Stanford University with degrees in chemical engineering and Afro-American studies. She received a medical degree in 1981 from Cornell University. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) selected Jemison for astronaut training in 1982.

In addition to her native English, Dr. Jemison speaks fluent Russian, Japanese, and Swahili. Jemison appeared on an episode of the TV show “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in 1993.

Dr. Jemison founded the International Science Camp in Chicago in 1994; it is a program designed to interest children in science and space. Jemison has practiced medicine in Western Africa and founded the Jemison Group to research an develop technology and the Jemison Institute for Advanced Technology in Developing Countries at Dartmouth College.

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Have you noticed the purple in the header?  The purple was added to symbolize the liturgical season that we are in.  Be on the look out for this in the future.

Traditionally purple, representing both royalty and penitence, is used during Advent and Lent.

Here is more on the colors, liturgical.
The colors symbolizing the days and seasons of the Christian year, used for stoles and other vestments, altar cloths and other paraments, and church decorations. The liturgical colors are as follows: Advent, purple; Christmas, white; Season after Epiphany, white for the first and last Sundays and green at other times; Lent, purple; Easter, white until the day of Pentecost and red on that day; Season after Pentecost, white for the first and last Sundays and for All Saints Day and green at other times.

Source: A Dictionary for United Methodists, Alan K. Waltz, Copyright 1991, Abingdon Press.

Prayer Board – February 23rd

Here is the prayer board from February 23rd.  Please feel free to add joys, concerns, celebrations, and prayer requests (as a comment on this post) to the board.  We hope you will be in prayer with us as we have lifted up things we would love you to pray with us on.

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Come and join us next Tuesday at Awaken — and bring a friend!

Awaken: February 23rd

An awesome worship last night!  We began our worship with the band leading us in several songs.  It was nice to have the full band back last night (and playing some favorites)!  After some singing we continued our “Open Source” sermon series on the Spiritual Disciplines.  To find out more about the Open Source format you can click here.  This week we looked at Fasting (a subject many of us learned we knew more than we thought we did about).  We talked in our open source format about what fasting is, what it involves, how we do it, struggles we have and share, and we even talked about how little we know about it.  We looked at people from the bible and how they fasted and why.  We dove into the thoughts of John Wesley on fasting and prayer.  Together we learned more about what fasting is and gave it some meaning that we could understand.  Above all we talked about when we fast, how we must keep God at the center, and the ways we can do that.  Just as we talked about prayer being something we learn and discover through practice, fasting is similar.  Next week, March 2nd, we will be talking about the Spiritual Discipline of Simplicity.  I want to encourage you to learn something about Simplicity and think about simplicity in your life this week and we will talk on Tuesday!  Invite a friend to come and join us and we will see you soon!

Open Source – Fasting

Tonight we will be continuing our Lenten series on Spiritual Disciplines — Open Source style.  We will be looking at Fasting tonight.  What is fasting, how do I do it, why do I do it, when  do I do it, what does it involve, biblical background, etc… Know something about fasting?  Let us know!  Don’t know anything about fasting? Come and join us as we find out together.  The Open Source format is an exciting way to look at what fasting means to you, to me, and to others.  Bring a friend with you and we will see you soon!  Worship starts at 800pm, but you can come on out as early as 7:00pm.

Matthew Alexander Henson

Matthew Alexander Henson (Aug. 8, 1866 – March 9, 1955) was an African-American explorer and one of the first people to visit the North Pole. He was on most of Robert E. Peary’s expeditions, including the 1909 trip to the North Pole.

Henson’s parents died when he was a young boy. He went to sea when he was 12 years old, working as a cabin boy on the three-masted sailing ship “Katie Hines” (under Captain Childs). He became a clerk in Washington, D.C. after Captain Childs died. There, Henson met the Arctic explorer Robert E. Peary; in 1888, Peary hired Henson as a personal assistant for his expedition to Nicaragua, Central America. Because of Henson’s skills (Henson was an accomplished mechanic, navigator and carpenter), resourcefulness and strength, Peary chose Henson to accompany him on his next 7 expeditions to the Arctic. These exploratory trips took place in the years 1891-92, 1893-95, 1896, 1897, 1898-1902, 1905-06, and 1908-09. Peary, Henson, and four inuit people were the first people to reach the North Pole (in 1909).

Henson wrote “A Negro Explorer at the North Pole,” which was published in 1912. US President William Howard Taft appointed Henson a clerk in the U.S. Customs House in New York City in 1913; he held the post until 1936, when he retired. Henson was awarded a Congressional medal in 1944 for his work on the Peary expedition.

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What is Fasting???

Open Source Sermon Series – Spiritual Disciplines
Fasting – February 23rd
Simplicity – March 2nd
Solitude – March 9th
Service – March 16th
Worship – March 23rd
Celebration – March 30th