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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 PAGE pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'SADVOCATE bers have made five trips to there=: "come and: go, :co~zmion::/: on medicine, Bi- Good Friday; bles and school supplieS, "We :want to connect With pea pie who are unchurched;?' Smith with the:church: :said. "We want to reconnect peo- ,: : 16go adorning the team jersey. The pie with Jesus" vest Pointe Community Church,go Do we really understand Christianity? For Christians, Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter, is the most sacred of times. During this week, Christians commemorate the sufferings, death and resurrection of Jesus. How they enter into this commemoration var- ies a bit from denomination to de- nomination, but primarily it is ritu- al to recall what Jesus did. Pastors usually lead their congregations through these rituals, encouraging members to realize what Jesus did for each of them. On Saturday, during a day of retreat I lis- tened to a Franciscan speak about the gospel in a profoundly chal- lenging voice. In the presentation, "How Do We Help: The Goal of Christian Ministry," Richard Rohr said that most of us are led to an insignificant brand of Christianity. He claimed that we always re- main on the first step of conversion because we are 'not given the real challenge of the gospel. We are not called to anything more than ritual, language, and charitable giving. As an educator, and a practicing Catholic with a doctorate in minis- try, I have tried to move myself and my students into a deeper participa- tion into Christianity. Somehow, I know that a daily dying and rising is the essence of Christianity, but I never understood why we fall short. For what it's worth I offer my newly gained in- sights. Jesus' mission was not about rib ual. In fact, he referred to Pharisees as hypocrites because their empha- sis on externals came up short in their interaction with others. Was Jesus about nsing certain words like so many are want to do,claim- ing to be saved, or calling out oth- ers who don't use those words? Actually, "The Lord's prayer," considered by biblical scholars to be authentically Jesus', doesn't depend on personal claims at all, but moves us to think aboutGod's ideas of human life and how we participate in that life. Lastly, we are constantly taught to give to others out of our pockets. And Christians do! Gener- ous giving is often the hallmark of Christian living. The point of Rohr's talk was to move us up the lad- der to a higher realm of Christianity. He pro- posed that to understand our reli- gion as ritual, words, and charita- ble giving, is a limited view that might easily make us become modern persecutors of Jesus. Why '? Because those three things will never satisfy us nor those who suffer. What he did encourage is for each of us to embrace Christianity as a commitment to each other. In his understanding of Jesus' dying and rising, his followers will chal- lenge and change any system that enslaves, impoverishes, and dimin- ishes the lives of others. -- Virginia Graf writes from Jeffer- son County. Bulletin Bulletin :::;; " Bulletin B llte i Bulletin Bulletin hand with a by-donation array of cakes. Spring fling: Gerrardstown United Meth- cole slaw. baked beans or rice. Ih'oceeds time with coffee and snacks. pies and other desserts, odist Church, 1781 Gen'ardstown Road. will benefit the pastoral care mizfistry. For holds its fourth ammal "Spring Fling Craft more mtbrmation, cal| 304-725-3530. Feeding saldents: The Caring Cupboard, B~ Revival: Revival continues through Sun- Show" t?om 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. A ~~~" begun in August to provide needy Jef- day at Samples Manor Church of God, pancmke breakfast costs $5 for adults and Special service: A Palm Sunday ser- ferson County schoolchildren with shelf- 2128 Harpers Ferry Road in Sharpsburg, $3 for children 6 to 12. Children under vice happens at St. Bartholomew's stable foods on weekends, operates from Lenten Fish fry: The Friday fish fry at Md. Pastor Kenny Johnson, who lost use 5 eat for free. Lunch will include a vari- Episcopal Church in Leetown at 11 the back entryway of Shepherdstown Lu- St. James Catholic Church in Charles of one arm to polio as a youngster but plays ety of Soups and sandwiches and carryout a.m. Sunday. The congregation will theran Church's parish house. The church Town wraps up this week. Members of the guitar as "The One-Armed Guitarist" will be available. For more intbrmation, meet at the outside altar and process, is seeking food and monetary donations, the church's Knights of Columbus vol- will provide special music each night, call 304-229-3532. with palms, into the church at 11978 which may be dropped off at the Par- unteer to serve fried fish, fries, green Guest ministers speak Thursday~ Saturday Leetown Road. The Rev. Georgia Du- ish House, 110 N. King St 9 aan. to 1 beans and rolls from 5 to 8 pan. The and Sunday. For directions or more infer- Fish dinner: Zion Baptist Church. 819 bose will celebrate Holy Communion. pan. Monday to Thursday or mailed church is at 49 Crosswinds Drive. The mation, call 304-616-1437. Stmday's ser- Marlin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Charles The congregation will read the Passion to P.O. Box 2008 Shepherdstown, WV meals provide operating ftmds for the vice starts at 7 p.m.; other services begin Town. Saturday holds a fish dhmer/bazaar according to St. Mark. After the ser- 25443. To volunteer, call Karra Cubellis Knights. Local Boy Scouts will be on at 7:30 p.m. frorn 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The meal includes vice. the church will host a fellowship at 304-870-7266. Let us advertise your special service, event, or hours of worship for Easter. Submit your ad or information to The Spirit of Jefferson. We will be placing all Easter related ads on the church page March 28 and April 4 CALL 304-725-2046 to Advertise HAYWARD Parts &Accessories Pools Fr Hot Tubs ADENBOUSCH Bob & danle's "-:. POOl Supplies South George Street Charles Town, WV (3o4) s 5.s855 1471W. Washington SL Harpers Ferry, WV (304) 725-7081 Small Engine. Lawn Mower Repair Full Line Snapper Dealer -- Flowing Spnngs Rd. Charles Town, WV 304 -725 -2908 Jefferson County Monument Sales Malble-Plaques-Vases Cometary Engraving Service (304) 535-2278 PO Box 216 Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 Halltown Pool & Spa INSTALLATION & REPAIRS ipdng Drive Charles Town, WV 13041 725-9534 ASPHALT 1119 S George SL Charles Town, WV Providing Insurance & F/nanc/al Services Lana M, Shultz, Agent 728-7416 725-7556 Used Auto Pads Light & H~W Du~ Towing POLK STREET HARPERS FERRY C.T. CARPET ONE FLOOR & HOME Our Service Priceless 304-725-1461 Charles Town C.T. Paint Center 304-728-6656 Rt. 340 & Halltown Rd. Shepherdstown,WV "Old World Dining & 'Lodging At Its Best" 876-2551 D&D Meats Inwood East Shopping Center 737 Middleway Pike, Inwood, WV 304-229-5164 sm leffen c0 y Residential Restoration Additions Ught Commercial Licensed & Insured (304) Jesse Mauck 725-5215 wvoo 4o 105 W. 7th Ave Ranson, WV ~a~e ~)iaiay ~7~oom Cooked & Baked fiora Scratch Old Route 61, Inwood, WV Across from Kqouss Foods (304) 229-7510 You can advertise in this space for just $5 a week! Family Owned & Operated Rt. 340 at Halltown Rd Charles Town/Harpers Ferry 304-724-6500 WV036228 Healing & Cooling 800-725-2524 Dr/re ThinJ, ,Scott Boyd Free Del/very Pharmacist 1'304] 725-6533 201 S. Pm~n St Ranaen, ~ Edgar A. Bohrer Complete,'l noer Sales & 2858 Giles Mill Rd Bunker Hill, WV Phone: 304-2~ Fax: 304- 229-S98B New & Used Farm Machinery Bought & Sold WE TREAT YOU RIGHT RANSON, WV Phone: 725- 7417 JHaaaha Inc. "wm EI.EOTRICAL CONTRACTING AND SUPPLIES 305 S. 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