Community News Two weeks ago, as I sat here on Sunday morning at the 10:30 service, after being away most of the summer recovering from two surgeries, I glanced ahead to the collect for today, the prayer we use near the beginning of the service. One phrase jumped out at me: “running to obtain your promises.” What grabbed me was simply the contrast to how I’d been feeling: I wasn’t running to obtain anything! My last several months have been a slow motion approach to life. Stumbling to obtain your promises? Sitting around to obtain your promises? Napping to obtain your promises?…maybe!I didn’t linger there, though, because I started thinking about the second half of that phrase, about God’s promises. One way or another, I realize I’ve spent a lot of time doing that lately. There’s the version of them that we see in today’s Psalm 91. It’s so reassuring in its statement of God’s promises: everything’s gonna be alright. God will deliver us, rescue us from danger, answer us, be with us in trouble, satisfy us with long life. Our reading only uses part of the psalm, skipping some verses in the middle, and I looked those up (p. 719 in the BCP); they’re just as great: God will clear away our enemies, defend us from all illness and injury, guard us even from lions and snakes, surround us with angels to protect our every step. Wow!However, much as I’d like an ironclad guarantee of good health, happiness & contentment, and security in its many forms, I don’t actually believe God promises those sorts of things. I’m pretty sure the committee that designed the lectionary didn’t either, and that’s why they omitted those middle verses. The psalmist probably suggests them because they’re poetic and beautiful as a metaphor. But many Christians make statements that suggest they believe, or want to believe, that every bit of this is literally true; simply commit yourself to the Lord and all will be well, now, sort of like Lake Wobegon where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.It’s easy, then, to fall into the trap of blaming God if and when we get up one morning, or one year, and realize that we’re coming up short on one count or another, maybe several. “Wait just a minute, God! I’ve prayed, I’ve given, I’ve served, I’ve loved, at the very least I’ve tried to be a good person. Why do I have cancer? Why have I lost my job or my house or my savings or my status? Why did my beloved die or a relationship fall apart? Why aren’t I happier? Why is my life so hard? Why, God?” Once again, the issue is thinking that God has promised us health or good luck or wealth or happiness or ease of life or protection from danger. Wish as we might, that’s just not how God works.So then what does God promise us? Look back at those verses we did include in the psalm:+ To deliver us. Not deliver us from all problems and annoyances, but to deliver us, period. Jesus took care of that one. Because we are bound to God in love, Jesus, in his death and resurrection once and forever delivered us from the power of the sin and death that might separate us from God. That pretty much covers being protected, rescued, and given refuge as well, which are a few of the other promises.+ To answer us when we call. We talk, God listens. Maybe God’s answer will be clear and fast, or it might be indirect, indecipherable, or slow in coming. Might be in silence. Might be on our own or through the wisdom and insight of others. But God will answer us if we talk, and then stop talking to listen.+ To be with us in trouble. Right now, this is my favorite. This one, I’m coming to understand, often occurs in the form of community. This is a promise from God that’s aided by help from us, on both sides of the equation. A community of people who care can’t be there for us if we don’t let them know we need them, if we aren’t willing to be vulnerable in that way. I’ll tell you, though, as I sat there that morning two weeks ago, and last week, and stand here today, it’s worth risking, because the feeling of love and care that comes to us through community in times of trouble is awesome and is intimately connected to a sense of God’s promised presence.There’s another side to this. We’re called to be that community, the presence of Christ in the world in times of trouble, not just for the folks we know and like, for friends and family, but for all sorts and conditions of people. For the worn and weary woman standing at the intersection with her sign. For the friend of a friend whose Facebook posts drive us nuts. For the quirky and the cranky, the one who can’t remember us from one moment to the next and the one who can’t forget a wrong we committed years ago. How we do that is another sermon, but that God uses us to fulfill that promise is pretty clear to me.These promises aren’t half of a contract God signs with us when we’re baptized; they’re the gifts God gives us so that we may be, in more words from the collect, “partakers of your heavenly treasure,” so that we may be living the life of God’s kingdom and extending God’s reign in all the world, to all the world, now and forevermore. Through the fullness of God’s grace, each of us is doing the best we can–running or walking or sitting still or dreaming–with the gift of God’s promises. Thanks be to God!St. Marks Episcopal Church, 1014 East Altadena Dr., Altadena, (626) 798-6747 or visit www.saintmarksaltadena.org. Business News More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Susan G. Komen Florida announced their 2020 Warriors in Pink on October 15, 2019 at the organization’s “Pink Flamingo Party” at the Palm Beach Zoo. The festive atmosphere reflected the spirit of the nine chosen survivors and their passion for defeating breast cancer as ambassadors for Komen and the 2020 South Florida Race for the Cure on January 25, 2020 in Downtown West Palm Beach.The 2020 Warriors in Pink demonstrate the disease can strike anyone, regardless of family history, age, ethnicity, race or gender. They will carry their message of breast cancer awareness to their own communities and take action collectively to create a groundswell of support in South Florida to help Komen reach its Bold Goal to reduce U.S. breast cancer deaths by 50% by 2026. The 2020 Komen Florida Warriors in Pink are:Kay Alvarez, age 43, West Palm BeachKay is a one-year survivor. Despite undergoing seven surgeries, Kay remained filled with determination, perseverance and persistence due to her family. Kay is determined to do her absolute best to raise awareness about early detection because that is what saved her. Tanya Burke, age 52, West Palm BeachTanya is a two-year survivor. She found her breast cancer early thanks to a self-exam that detected a lump that was later diagnosed as Stage 1A triple negative breast cancer. As a single African American woman, she wants to set an example of looking within for inspiration and helping more women of color become visible in the fight. Heidi Kirk Garcia, age 50, JupiterHeidi is a four-year survivor. She believes that early detection saved her life and stresses the importance of annual mammograms. Heidi shares that breast cancer is a “family” diagnosis, crediting her loved ones for getting her through treatment, and also recognizes her fellow employees at NextEra Energy/FPL who share their breast cancer experiences and support each other daily. Denise Kaslow, age 57, Palm Beach GardensDenise is a 20-year survivor. She has been involved with the Race for Cure for the past 21 years, serving as a Race team captain and repeatedly recognized as a top ten individual fundraiser. She has also participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk four times in cities across the U.S. She hopes that her support of Komen will be an inspiration to others so that one day there will be a world without breast cancer. Sabine Millien-Felix, age 58, West Palm BeachSabine is a survivor of less than one year. She has vowed to assist other women going through breast cancer personally by reaching out to those paralyzed with fear who don’t know what to do—especially those in her Haitian community—as well as professionally by lending her guidance for working with insurance companies to get much needed treatments. Kim Brisky, age 57, Hobe SoundKim is a one-year+ survivor. She was diagnosed on April Fool’s Day 2018. The timing may have foreshadowed one of the important things Kim leaned on to get her through her journey: a sense of humor. She hopes to pay forward the love and support she has been given by her family and co-workers by helping other patients through their journeys. About Susan G. Komen®Susan G. Komen® is the world’s leading nonprofit breast cancer organization, working to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Komen has an unmatched, comprehensive 360-degree approach to fighting this disease across all fronts and supporting millions of people in the U.S. and in countries worldwide. We advocate for patients, drive research breakthroughs, improve access to high-quality care, offer direct patient support and empower people with trustworthy information. Born out of a promise between two sisters, Susan G. Komen remains committed to supporting those affected by breast cancer today, while tirelessly searching for tomorrow’s cures. Betsy Burden, age 59, Palm Beach GardensBetsy is a 13-year survivor. As one of the founding members of the Christ Fellowship Cancer Support Group, Betsy comforts other cancer patients, and as the president of the Lighthouse Dragons Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team, she offers survivors and their supporters the many benefits of healthy exercise and sisterhood camaraderie. Brie Pestano, age 34, Boynton BeachBrie is a two-year breast cancer survivor. She wants to help other young breast cancer patients stay strong mentally as much as possible, believing a positive attitude is essential to overcoming the battle. Brie is also determined to find a way to help create a network where women can share information that may help physicians and scientists determine the cause for the disease.The 2020 Warriors in Pink will share their experiences with the community throughout the year and have a special role at the Komen South Florida Race for the Cure on January 25th in Downtown West Palm Beach. They will lead hundreds of survivors to the Meyer Amphitheatre stage during the Survivor Recognition Ceremony, where all will be recognized for their fight against breast cancer. Following the ceremony, the Warriors will lead all survivors on the 5K walk along Flagler Drive. They will follow a Ford pace car, the national supporter of the Warriors in Pink program devoted to recognizing women who live by the credo of taking charge, living out loud, harnessing power and standing together.“Our Warriors are an inspiration to all that we will not let breast cancer defeat us,” said Kate Watt, executive director of Komen Florida. “They are helping us take the fight to every corner of our community to drive awareness and save lives because they know if it can happen to them, it can happen to anyone.”To learn more about the Race for the Cure and Warriors in Pink, visit https://komenflorida.org/2020-warriors-in-pink/.About Susan G. Komen® and Komen Florida: Komen Florida is helping fuel research, advocate for patients and support people facing breast cancer locally through a variety of direct patient-centered services and by collaborating with area providers to remove barriers and connect people to needed care across the state of Florida. For more information, call (561) 514-3020 or visit www.komenflorida.org. James Keegan, age 71, Palm CityJames is a six-year breast cancer survivor. His mission is to raise awareness that men can also get breast cancer, encourage them to examine themselves and ask their physicians to examine their breasts during their annual physicals, and take action at the first sign of an issue.
President Donald Trump is expected to arrive in South Florida on Friday to spend the holidays at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Palm Beach.The Town of Palm Beach and the Federal Aviation Administration said road closures and flight restrictions will start Friday morning all the way through Sunday, January 5th.It is unclear what time exactly Trump will fly into Palm Beach. This visit follows his impeachment.BREAKING: House Passes Vote to Impeach President Trump
Orange County Sheriff’s responded to a scene at a club in a shopping plaza north of Orlando after a shooting occurred that left two men dead.According to reports, over 250 people fled the scene after the shots were fired.Security was at the event but appeared to be outside when the shooting broke out.“We are told some security guards were outside at the time of the shooting, but investigators say they don’t believe they screened or searched any of the party-goers before entering,” Jamie Hoffman of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.Officials say they are still looking for a suspect.
According to the report, the suspect, thirty-year-old Hannah Roemhild, was seen dancing on top of the rented Jeep in the parking lot of The Breakers. When Roemhild noticed that a Florida Highway Patrol vehicle was approaching her she then jumped into the jeep and put the vehicle in gear.The trooper then smashed the driver’s side window in an attempt to control the steering wheel but Roemhild was still able to drive away.She continued driving down A1A on the wrong side of the road where she eventually blew through two checkpoints leading up to Mar-a-Lago.Secret Service then fired their weapons in an attempt to stop the vehicle that was believed to be traveling at over 70 miles per hour. Roemhild was not injured but Secret Service did manage to shatter the back window of the Jeep.Authorities then pursued Roemhild down Southern Blvd but lost her when she crossed over into West Palm Beach.During that time, Roemhild is believed to have picked up another person.A trooper then located Roemhild some time later and began to pursue her. The trooper followed Roemhild to a Motel 6 off Australian Ave where Roemhild parked the vehicle and attempted to run. The trooper was, however, able to tackle her and take her into custody.During a press conference Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw says he believes that Roemhild may have been impaired and lost but that he does not think she had any intention of going to Mar-a-lago.She is expected to be charged with assault on a federal Officer, deadly assault on sheriff’s deputies, and other traffic charges. Authorities are now reporting that the woman who was arrested for driving through several checkpoints at Mar-a-Lago early Friday, was seen moments before dancing on top of the vehicle she was driving.Shots fired at SUV that breached security checkpoints near Mar-a-Lago
A Riviera Beach funeral home is facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit, after a family claims the business failed to preserve an 11-year-old girl’s body.The family of Re’Asia Washington claims they noticed her body was decomposed and nearly unrecognizable leading up to her memorial service.“My daughter was deteriorated beyond recognition, her skin has come off her body,” says Ebony Morgan, Re’Asia’s mother.The fifth-grader died on Jan. 22 after suffering an asthma attack while in Georgia.Morgan hired Shawn Johnson Funeral and Cremation Services to handle the arrangements.However, “When I saw her face, it looked like someone had threw acid on her face, or she was pushed into a fire and just left to burn,” Morgan explains. She adds that her daughter’s scalp appeared to be coming off the girl’s head.In the lawsuit, which was filed by Tayson Gaines with the Palm Beach County-based Gaines Firm, the family alleges a breach of contract with the funeral home, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, deceptive and unfair trade practices, and conspiracy.The family has also filed a complaint with the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services, according to Pierre Ifill, Re’Asia’s uncle and an attorney who is helping Gaines with the lawsuit.“What we got was a mummified body that was not presentable for a service. What we got was excuses,” Ifill says. “That’s not acceptable.”On Jan. 24, an employee of the funeral home transported Re’Asia’s body to Florida from Georgia without embalming or refrigerating it.The funeral home also lacked the disposition permit that is required by Georgia law to move a body across state lines.On Jan. 31, Shawn Johnson allegedly refused to allow Ebony Morgan to see her daughter’s body. Johnson refused again on Feb. 5 and 6.However, Morgan paid Johnson $3,055 on Feb 4.After Johnson refused to allow Morgan to see the body on Feb. 6, Morgan contacted state officials to inquire about her rights to see her daughter’s body at the funeral home, and was told she could.Later that day, Morgan visited the funeral home with a police escort. A few hours later, Johnson returned to the funeral home and rolled Re’Asia’s body into the office. She allowed Morgan and her sister to only see the girl’s face and hand.When Morgan’s sister began taking photos of the body, Johnson reportedly threatened to sue if she showed them to other people.On Feb. 7, Morgan informed Johnson that she was planning to pick up the body. Johnson claimed that it was in a Fort Lauderdale morgue. However, the morgue claims that it does not have a contract with the funeral home.“We have not heard one apology” from the funeral home or anyone associated with the business, Ifill states.The family says it had to cancel Re’Asia’s viewing due to what happened.Morgan and Re’Asia’s father, Reginald Washington, are now seeking $10 million in damages from the funeral home, its three managers — Shandelrio “Shawn” Johnson, Ronald Warnecke and Alterraon Phillips — and the funeral home’s embalmer, Adrienne Leger.
Kolkata: The health condition of former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has improved on Sunday, with his chest X-ray showing signs of stability. It also showed the improvement of pneumonitis which Bhattacharjee had been suffering from. The press statement issued by the hospital on Sunday said that his hemoglobin level has risen to 10 gm/dl and the carbon dioxide levels have come down, giving a sense of relief to the doctors.A medical board of eight doctors was formed for the treatment of the former chief minister on Sunday morning. The press statement also stated that Bhattacharjee has been maintaining stability in all the vital parameters. He also took food, ice cream and tea orally on Sunday morning. BiPAP (non-invasive ventilation) was conducted on the patient for nearly six hours on Saturday night and the oxygen level has now increased in his body. He was fully conscious on Sunday and talked to the doctors and his family members. However, he will continue to need oxygen. Bhattacharjee, a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patient, was admitted to a private hospital in the city with multiple cardiac ailments on Friday.
MOUNT PEARL, N.L. – A Newfoundland woman who was suffering from an advanced form of cancer when she won a $1.5-million lottery jackpot in November has died.Diane Elaine Bishop of Mount Pearl had Stage 4 breast cancer.An online obituary says the 51-year-old convenience store operator, who had two sons in their 20s, died Tuesday surrounded by her family.In October, Bishop told CBC she couldn’t afford to stop working at the store in Mount Pearl despite her diagnosis and a daily battle with joint pain, nausea and headaches.Strangers soon started to come forward to offer her financial support.When she won the lottery a month later, she said was responding to chemotherapy treatment.“This money wasn’t about going out and buying a new house or taking trips,” she said at the time. “This was about survival. I can survive now, and my kids can survive.”There was a growing list of online tributes to Bishop on Wednesday.“Her continuing public struggle to fight for government medical funding for all terminal patients everywhere, has been incredibly moving,” said one message on a funeral home site.“Being a single mother, running a business, fighting the good fight, keeping a beacon of positive light lit for all around her, and all the while dealing with a terminal illness … literally left me speechless and in awe.”Lynda Trelegan also expressed her condolences online, saying: “Diane was the most kind, thoughtful and courageous person that I had have ever met. She fought long and hard, and I pray that she is now at peace.”A funeral service is planned for Saturday at Barrett’s Funeral Home Chapel in St. John’s.