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"The Seven Of Pentacles"
by Marge Piercy

Under a sky the color of pea soup
she is looking at her work growing away there
actively, thickly like grapevines or pole beans
as things grow in the real world, slowly enough.
If you tend them properly, if you mulch, if you water,
if you provide birds that eat insects a home and winter food,
if the sun shines and you pick off caterpillars,
if the praying mantis comes and the ladybugs and the bees,
then the plants flourish, but at their own internal clock.

Connections are made slowly, sometimes they grow underground.
You cannot tell always by looking what is happening.
More than half the tree is spread out in the soil under your feet.
Penetrate quietly as the earthworm that blows no trumpet.
Fight persistently as the creeper that brings down the tree.
Spread like the squash plant that overruns the garden.
Gnaw in the dark and use the sun to make sugar.

Weave real connections, create real nodes, build real houses.
Live a life you can endure: Make love that is loving.
Keep tangling and interweaving and taking more in,
a thicket and bramble wilderness to the outside but to us
interconnected with rabbit runs and burrows and lairs.

Live as if you liked yourself, and it may happen:
reach out, keep reaching out, keep bringing in.
This is how we are going to live for a long time: not always,
for every gardener knows that after the digging, after the planting,
after the long season of tending and growth, the harvest comes.

Pastor Manda

Special thanks to Jordan Jones, who has been our musician this month. We have really enjoyed getting to know Jordan and Thomas! Plan to stay after worship on Sunday for cake and to bless Jordan as he begins at an ELCA church on the 31st.

March 31, we will welcome a new music director, Lamar Smith. Watch for more information about Lamar next week!
Mayoral Forum on Homelessness - April 11

The Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA) will hold a mayoral forum on homelessness, on Thursday, April 11, 10-11:30 a.m., at Communities Foundation of Texas, 5500 Caruth Haven Road in Dallas.

Six candidates, Mike Ablon, Albert Black, Scott Griggs, Alyson Kennedy, Lynn McBee and Regina Montoya have confirmed their participation. Jason Villalba, personally, extended his regrets, due to a prior commitment. The Eric Johnson and Miguel Solis campaigns may attend.

Saturday, March 23
6:30pm - Game Night and Bread Baking

Sunday, March 24
  9:30am - Spiritual Formation
10:15am - Choir Rehearsal
10:30am - Coffee, Coloring, & Conversation
11:00am - Worship
12:15pm - Cake and Connection

Tuesday, March 26
10:00am - 1:00pm - Student Pastor Terri's drop-in office hours
  7:00pm - Justice and Outreach Team online meeting

Wednesday, March 27
12:00pm - 5:00pm - Pastor Manda's drop-in office hours
  6:00pm - Choir Rehearsal
  7:30pm - Handbell Choir Rehearsal

The church office is open 9:00am - 3:00pm Tuesday - Thursday.

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