Why Does God Let Natural Disasters Happen?

Hi, Everyone,
I just heard the TV weather, and there might be snow on Friday morning. If so, please check to see if Shen schools are closed or delayed and if that’s the case, remember that Friday Morning Moms will not meet.
So that’s just another reminder that Nature is not always on our side. Storms come, fires arise, earthquakes cause terror… We may wonder where God is in these storms and calamities. Our study for January and going forward is “Tough Questions.” Last Friday our tough question was about people’s intimate behaviors, specifically sex sins. This Friday, January 18, our tough question will be “Why Does God Let Natural Disasters Happen?”
Date Topic Refreshments
January 18 Tough Questions – Why Does God Let Natural Disasters Happen? /Becky
February 1 Tough Questions – Why Do People Fight and Kill? /Rita
February 8 The Person of Jesus /Donna
February 15 The Work of Christ /Megan
March 1 What Does Salvation Mean? /_______________
March 8 The Work of the Holy Spirit /________________

Book Group has chosen two new books. For discussion on Tuesday, January 22:
Wounds Are Where Light Enters: Stories of God’s Intrusive Grace
by Walter Wangerin
4.5 stars, ~$11
Wounds Are Where Light Enters is a collection of stories that are warm, sometimes funny, sometimes not, but always taking unexpected turns to find the care of God in all the pathways of life. In them we find the grace that enables us to live with the answers we see and the answers we don’t see. In this collection we meet Arthur Bias, the retired black police officer who loves those who hate; Agnes Brill, the shrill piano teacher of patience; Junie Piper, precious of the homeless; Melvin, who honors his aging mother by honoring the little girl she has become; Lucian, the lover of thieves; and Blue Jack, the hammer of God.

For discussion in March, date not chosen:

Moloka’i: A Novel
by Alan Brennert
4.6 stars, ~$5
Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka’i. Here her life is supposed to end—but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.
With a vibrant cast of vividly realized characters, Moloka’i is the true-to-life chronicle of a people who embraced life in the face of death. Such is the warmth, humor, and compassion of this novel that “few readers will remain unchanged by Rachel’s story”
Rise Against Hunger – Sunday, January 27. About 80 volunteers are needed to pack meals. Sign up on the church’s website https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0a44aaaa28a3f49-rise
Community Dinner – Tuesday, January 29. To volunteer, please ask Donna dlrisch@nycap.rr.com

It’s that time of the year… our inclement weather policy is in effect. If Shenendehowa Schools are closed or delayed on a Friday morning, we will not meet.
Patchwork of Love quilting will begin in January. No experience necessary, and no equipment or materials required. Held in the Hearth Room on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 5:00 each day of the schedule. January 17, January 29, February 7, February 12, February 19 , February 28, March 7, March 12 , March 21, March 26.
I hope you are having a good week and I hope to see you all on Friday, January 18 at 9:00 for Friday Morning Moms.
Grace and peace,