Changing Focus

                 Changing Focus               

No matter how many times it happens, I always marvel at it. Marvel at what you ask? I marvel at the way people are able to put aside their anger and nastiness toward each other and exchange it for compassion and hope when tragedy strikes. Social media was so full of political nastiness (from both sides) and talk of hate for people who are different. Of course, it isnt just on social media, it permeates everything and everywhere you turn. Then, the unthinkable happens – two major hurricanes strike the US within a matter of weeks. Suddenly I see social media and other venues turn to rescue and relief efforts. Now, the nastiness doesnt magically go away, but for many, they change their focus. They change from bashing everything and everybody, to focus on helping those who are struck down, not worrying about who those victims are. Not worrying if they are Republican or Democrat, Christian, Muslim, or Jewish (or other), or if they are straight or gay. I am thankful that this happens, but, wouldnt it be wonderful if we could just keep that focus at all times?

But, I guess God understands. I mean, He sent his Son to die a terrible, tragic death. Jesus didnt die a natural death or a quick and painless death. It was brutal and it was tragic. I know that He did it to atone for our sins so we would have everlasting life with Him, but I wonder – I wonder if He also had to get our attention and change our focus? I dont know the answer to that, but it makes me wonder.

In Gods Service,

CarinKaren

(Pastor Karen)

P.S. Please dont infer that I think God sent the hurricanes, because I do not believe that in any way. God does not create these tragedies, but helps us through them.

 

Green Thumb Bulb Sale -( Deer Resistant )

Our Green Thumb Team is having a  Bulb Sale, while supplies last. Not only are they beautiful but they are “Deer Resistant”, that means the white tails will hopefully be discouraged and choose other vegetation to eat first! The order form with pricing is below. Send an email to www.friedens_bernville@verizon.net or contact the Church office at 610.488-6260 to place an order. Bulbs will be available in mid-October just in time for fall planting, act now for the best selection. All proceeds will go toward our Capital Campaign.

A. Anemone blanda (Grecian Windflower) The plants
are commonly used as groundcover in Holland. Daisy-like flowers with fern leafed foliage. Blooms in April/May. Height- 4”

B. Fritillaria meleagris (Guniea hen flower or Checkered Lily)- Nodding checkered, bell-shaped flowers in shades of purple or white.
Prefer rich, well-drained soil in filtered sunlight. April/May flowering. Height: 8”

C. Hispanica mixture (Spanish Bluebells or Wood hyacinth)- Strong
upright stems with blue, pink or white pendant
   bell shaped flowers. Bloom in May. Prefer a bit of
light shade. Height: 12” – 15”.

D. Ipheion mixture (Spring Starflower)-Fragrant, star-shaped flowers range from white to pale blue to deep periwinkle. Grass-like foliage smells like garlic when crushed. Blooms April/May. Height: 3” – 6”.

E. Camassia quamas (Indian Hyacinth) is a floret studded beauty with lavender blue spires. Best grown in moist, fertile
soil in full sun although Canassia can thrive in dappled sunlight. Blooms May/June. Height: 15h (Indian Hyacinth)-

F. Allium siculum (Sicilian Honey Lily)-has two inch wide umbrels of pendant greenish-white florets, flushed purple and edged in  white. Low, strappy foliage browns out early. Full sun to partial shade. Height: 32” – 36”.

G. Wild Species Tulip Mixture- The mixture contains a number of low-growing species tulips. The mixture is brilliant in naturalized settings .

H. Leucojum (Summer Snowflake)-have umbels of pendant, bell-shaped , milky-white flowers with little green dots at the edges. Grass-like foliage similar to daffodils. Plant in dappled sunlight. Blooms May/June. Height: 12” – 15”

I. Species Tulip Little Beauty-Scented, cherry-red minature with beautiful white-edged blue center. Wonderful for rock gardens or natural settings. Blooms in early May. This species is included in the wild species mixture. Height: 4”

 

     Deer Resistant    

         Bulb  Sale

No. of packs/        variety        /    cost per pack

A. ______Anemone blanda     20  bulbs/ $6.00

Grecian Windflower

 

B._______ Fritillaria melegris   15 bulbs/ $5.00

Guinea Hen Flower

 

C._______ Hispanica mixture   12 bulbs/ $7.50

Wood Hyacinth or Spanish Bluebells

 

D._______Ipheion mixture         20 bulbs/ $4.00

Spring Starflower

 

E._______Camassia quamash   15 bulbs/ $5.00

Indian Hyacinth

 

F._______Allium siculum         10 bulbs/ $7.00

Sicilian Honey Lily

 

G._______Wild Tulip mixture   15 bulbs/ $7.00

Species Tulips

 

H._______Leucojum                 15 bulbs/ $9.00

Summer Snowflake

 

I._______Tulip Little Beauty   15 bulbs/ $7.50

Species Tulip

 

Total due*: ____________

*sales tax is included

order while supplies last

 

Name:_______________________________

 

Phone__________________ Email ______________________

 

Sponsored by the Green Thumb Team.

Proceeds dedicated to Evangelical Friedens Lutheran, Bernville -Capital Campaign.

For information call 610-488-6260

Thank You!