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STEDY, August 8, 2018


A few months ago, Partnership for Awareness hosted a talk by Joshua Becker, a minister turned guru of the minimalist lifestyle. He told his story of spending a beautiful morning cleaning out his garage rather than playing ball with his son. Doing the same thing next door, his neighbor made the comment “do we own our stuff or does our stuff own us?” That question haunted him as he continued to sort through the piles of junk that had collected. Later, while sitting in his living room, he began noticing the more pointless stuff that was just lying around. He grabbed a trash bag and put everything that didn’t have a purpose in the bag which he then put in the basement. When he returned to the couch he realized how much calmer he felt looking at empty, clean spaces. The next morning as he climbed into his car that was filled with trash, water bottles and CDs. He went back into the house, grabbed another bag which he filled until his car of empty. When he climbed back in he again, felt noticeably calmer, the space seemed more peaceful. That was how he and his family began their journey that took them room by room, clearing anything that wasn’t necessary.
Inspired and always looking for ways to decrease stress, I went home and began cleaning – not as heavy-handed as he did- but I tossed the fraying dish towels, donated the shoes I can only wear if I’m not planning to walk and recycled the hundreds of take-out containers I use as Tupperware. Like him I am someone for whom clutter is stressful and being able to open and close drawers without a struggle is a beautiful thing. Since that afternoon talk and while working my way through drawers, cupboards and closets I have thought about expanding this beyond material items to time. Particularly now we are getting ready for the fall and the start of school, it seems like the time of year when calendars quickly become packed with things to do and errands that need to be run in preparation for the things to do. I began to wonder if there was a time version of this minimalist thing. Can I clear out the things that clutter my day like I cleared out my actual, physical junk? Would it be weird or irresponsible to simply eliminate some things? Like seeing only a few items in an uncluttered drawer, if people heard that we had nothing planned on a random afternoon or that our weekends aren’t crammed with back to back birthday parties and tournaments, would they think we were pathetic or would they be envious?
The Minimalists tend to live by a rule which is, “have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” As we brace for the coming school year, I’m going to try to apply that rule to my calendar as well as my closet. I am going to figuratively put some of those “to do’s” in a bag and see if they are things I really miss or not. I suspect that if it is anything like the stuff that is no longer littering my house, they will be things that I don’t even know is gone.

Want a Challenge?
Here is a 7 day guide to eliminating stuff from your life.

~ Scenes from Last Sunday ~
Sunday night we went bowling!
Twelve of us gathered for dinner, bowling and arcades.
Keep your eyes open as we will be doing this again in coming months.



Sunday was brutally hot, so Sunday school
cooled off the best way possible.



Remember:
Whenever the temperature reaches 95 or higher,
we bust out the Slip n’ Slide. Should temps reach 100, we lift the restriction against going in acolyte robes.

~ Upcoming Events ~

Sunday, August 12
Team 2 Acolyting

Children’s Liturgy
10 am | Chapel

Sunday School
10:30 am | Sunday School Classrooms

Blessing of the Backpacks

Please bring your backpack or any other school supplies
to be blessed before the school year begins.

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Sunday, August 19
Team 3 Acolyting

Children’s Liturgy
10 am | Chapel

Sunday School
10:30 am | Sunday School Classrooms

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Sunday, August 26
Team 4 Acolyting

Children’s Liturgy
10 am | Chapel

Sunday School
10:30 am | Sunday School Classrooms

Family Potluck and Welcome to Fr. Bill
5 – 7 pm
The Close

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Sunday, September 2
Team 1 Acolyting

Children’s Liturgy
10 am | Chapel

Sunday School
10:30 am | Sunday School Classrooms

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Sunday, September 9
Welcome Back Sunday
Team 2 Acolyting

Children’s Liturgy
10 am | Chapel

Sunday School
10:30 am | Sunday School Classrooms

Upcoming Events to Put on Your Calendar

Sunday, September 30
Mass on the Grass
The Angeloff’s

Sunday, October 7
Haunted Hayride
LA Zoo

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Sunday, October 28
Nightmare Before Christmas
El Capitan Theater

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Sunday, December 2
Wicked
The Pantages

Please feel free to contact Heather if you have questions.