Newsletter 8-5-2016

Hi Lights,

2013-RAL-Dove-300x248We will be taking a Sabbatical from our Sabbath services for the entire month of August.  Instead of spending our Sabbaths in the usual Quaker room, we will be spending it finding wonder in our New York City playground and beyond.  Our first wonder trip this upcoming Saturday is the magical Governor’s Island.  For those who have not been there, I urged you to come and make a day trip.  If you leave before 11:30am the ferry fare is free, otherwise it’s $2 bucks per person. The ferry leaves every half hour starting 10:00am from the Battery Maritime Building and starting at 11:00am from Pier 6 Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Click here for ferry schedule and maps.

12governors.spanImagine no cars on the island.  Just people walking, biking, or sleeping.  Bike rental and Citibike are available. You can even bring your own,  There are art installations, music and dance events, and the new Slide Hill that just opened this past month.  And when you want down time take a snooze in the Hammocks Grove, lounging around and eating yummy ice cream. So bring a water bottle and sack lunch, or you can buy all sorts of good eats from the food trucks.  Also, bring comfortable shoes to hike up The Scramble in The Hills.  We will have a picnic lunch on the grassy area.  Hope to see you there!

Governor’s Island (click here for movie of The Hills)

govisland.com

When: August 6

Time: 11:00am

Where: Meet at the 10 South Battery Maritime Ferry in Manhattan

Cost: $2 per person after 11:30am otherwise it’s free.  Ferry leaves every half hour after 10am.

RSVP: Let me know if you’re planning to come at mccashsarah@gmail.com or text me at 909.238.5419

Announcements:

Aug. 6- Governor’s Island-Hosted by Sarah and Sam

Aug. 7 (Sunday)- Get together at 3pm in the Popescu’s home in Westchester, NY.

Aug. 13 – Lake Harriman- Hosted by Carmen

Aug. 20- Staten Island and beach getaway- Hosted by Kurt and Peter

Aug. 27- Visit Hoboken on the water front-Hosted by Carmen

Donations:

DONATIONSAll monetary donations and checks can be written to:

Citylights Community and mailed to:

P.O. BOX 239 New York, NY 10026

Blessings,

Sarah McCash, Citylights Community Coordinator

Newsletter 7.1.16

Hi Lights,

Something has been different about Khloe lately.  She has actually been asking for hugs and even kisses. I hold her tenderly in my arms, and we cuddle in a fetal like position together in my bed, laying there quietly.  I hold my breath, because I dare not ruin the moment.  I’m afraid the distraction of my breathing might break our cuddling.  This moment is golden, a slice of heaven.  I take everything in as if it’s my first time cradling my newborn child.  Even at bedtime she’s different.  When I put her down to sleep and lay down with her for a couple of minutes, I feel a warmth of energy upon me, and I look at her smile so big that it appears almost fake, as well as the biggest twinkle in her eye.  I smile back, and caress her cheeks; and little do I know that we’re having a smile contest.  Who can smile the most and the longest.  She whispers, “Momma, B3juj6bCIAAFW5oI love you so much” with a big smile on her face.  I break into pieces because I am reminded of how cross I was with her today.  She doesn’t remember me losing it, she is living in the now, in the present.  And I am reminded how I, too, should let go of the past and live in the present.  Sometimes, I am reminded about how hurt and angry I was when my mother was unable to come to my aid when I was in the hospital with a serious pregnancy complication with Hunter being delivered about seven weeks early.  I needed my mom so bad to hold my hand and hold the fort in my home.  I was scared.  I thought I might die, and forebodingly envisioned a future of Sam raising the kids without me.  My own mother responded to text that she just couldn’t come.  I was devastated and heart broken.  And then after my heartbreak, I was angry with rage.   I didn’t realize how angry I was until I attended an anger management group workshop with a dear friend.  There I broke down and cried due to these feelings I had about my mother.  It had been a year after the event, and this was the first time that I had expressed these feelings. My relationship has changed with my mom.  I found myself calling her less and being more distant.  But like Khloe I must, too, live in the present. Forgive the situation and myself, and move on.  I realize moms are not perfect, and I know I have failed on a daily basis as a mother. Maybe my mother needs me to hold her hand and cuddle with her.

 

Tonight, a dear friend of my mine is flying to see her mom dying from cancer in the hospital.  They didn’t have the greatest relationship.  Drugs had taken over her mother’s life, through her entire childhood and adult life, leaving her to be raised by her grandparents.  But in their brokenness, they still needed each other.  She will hold her dying mother’s hand for the last time and with the biggest smile on her face with her mother breathing her kisses. This moment is golden. A slice of heaven.

Blessings,

Sarah McCash, Citylights Community Coordinator

 

This upcoming Sabbath (breakfast starts 11am and service begins at 11:30am)birthday-2

This Sabbath we will wrap up our series on spirituality and food with a discussion of what we learned over the last few weeks. We will also celebrate Citylight’s birthday! Come prepared to think, share, sing and dance!!!

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Donations:

All monetary donations and checks can be written to:

Citylights Community and mailed to:

P.O. BOX 239 New York, NY 10026

 

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast!

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email to mccashsarah@gmail.com

Newsletter 6.24.16

Please forward this email to anyone interested. To subscribe or unsubscribe to this email, please send a request to mccashsarah@gmail.com. Thank you. Please visit our website at citylightscommunity.org

This upcoming Sabbath (breakfast starts 11am and service begins at 11:30am)

fnblogoWe continue our series, “And it Was Good; Eating in the Kingdom of God,” with a special guest speaker, Clare Hyre who will speak on food justice. 

Clare was born and raised in Lexington, VA. Raised both Quaker and Jewish, Clare has always had an interest in spirituality and social change. She graduated from Guilford College  in 2008 with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and Religious Studies and from New York University in 2016 with a Masters degree in Food Studies. Clare’s passions lie in creating sustainable food systems and has worked as a farmer, farm educator, and currently works at GreenThumb, NYC Parks department for community gardens. Clare lives in Astoria, Queens with her husband. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Yoga Practice is back! Save the date on June 25.

yoga-silhouettes-pack_62147515391Suggested donation is $10 to cover room expenses.  Bring a mat, water and invite a friend. Peter Steen will be our amazing Yoga instructor, who will be leading us into meaningful practice. We will strive to stretch, balance, and breathe together.  For those who missed out on his class at the retreat, it was amazing! Please rsvp at mccashsarah@gmail.com.  We will begin at 9:30am for 50 min at our regular service room 1.

 Donations:

All monetary donations and checks can be written to:

Citylights Community and mailed to:

P.O. BOX 239 New York, NY 10026

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast!

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email to mccashsarah@gmail.com

Newsletter 6.18.16

Dear Lights,

iOS-7-battery-empty-001Lately, I’ve been making myself take a number of mini breaks.  I sensed my body telling me, “Red Alert! Red Alert! We’re running low! Actually, we’re running on negative!” It was so bad that one day I headed out to Costco in the early morning, not remembering that I had just ordered a mother load of household items the night before. As I was heading home from what I thought was a productive Costco trip, my doorman calls to let me know that very large delivery from Costco waiting for me in the lobby.  I thought to myself, I did not make that order.  So with already annoyed and cranky attitude I called customer service demanding to fix the error, but as I was talking, I paused and gasped.  For some reason, my memory came back.  I remembered the late wee zombie hours, I wanted to get ahead of the game and ordered all the goods at Costco.  In an embarrassed tone, I told the customer representative that I made an error and hung up. So now, I’m stuck with double items of Costco bulk products in my living room.

At that moment, I knew that I was losing it.  And began to take as many breaks as I could that week.  Thank God my husband was supportive about it, well, most of the time anyways.  Lately, I would say “I need a break now”, and quickly grab keys and slip on my worn-out faded-grey Toms shoes with three little holes on the side.  As a joke, I tell Sam that it represents the three girls, and we both laugh and sigh at the same time.  Because that was the truth.  Lately, the girls have been wearing us out.  So as I’m leaving for the 3rd break in the last two days, Sam is holding down the fort at home.  I leave like a ninja silently closing the door without the girls hearing me leave.  I quickly apply bright red lipstick in the elevator.  Wearing lipstick is my attempt of looking more alive and awake. It’s a way for me to blend into the normal crowd.  It’s a false allusion that I look put together while my household looks like we’ve been robbed several times over.

connect-4It’s a cover up, I know.  But hey, do whatever works.  That’s been my mantra lately and it’s failing me miserably because it’s short lived.  So now, I’m taking breaks.  It’s an order.  Not an option.  It may be resorting to hanging out at my favorite coffee shop where the barista knows my name and quickly makes my drink without me asking, a hot cortado with an extra shot of espresso. It’s basically 3 shots of espresso diluted with a little bit of milk and no foam.    I’m at the bar, happily sipping my cortado.  Then I talk to God, and after ranting and praising him for the first 10 min or so, I take a deep breath and access space to listen.  Sometimes, I hear God while the barista is dancing while grinding coffee; or when a couple is snuggling, entangled up on the couch while reading a book; or when a family sitting on the couch is playing a half broken game of Connect 4 all the while laughing and giggling.

And then, my sweet break comes to an end.  It is time to head back to the McCash household.  I know what’s waiting for me, but in a weird way, I can’t wait to dive back into the beautiful messy chaos.  Today, take a break and escape into the city’s beautiful chaos, and soak it in.  God is here. God is now.

Blessings,

Sarah McCash, Citylights Community Coordinator

This upcoming Sabbath (breakfast starts 11am and service begins at 11:30am)

We continue our series, “And it was Good; Eating in the Kingdom of God” with our very own Kris Engren! Kris will take us behind the scenes and show us what servers go through at restaurants around the city. Kris brings with her first hand experience and a unique perspective in this interesting aspect of food and spirituality.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Yoga Practice is back! Save the date on June 25. 

Suggested donation is $10 to cover room expenses.  Bring a mat, water and invite a friend. Peter Steen will be our amazing Yoga instructor, who will be leading us into meaningful practice. We will strive to stretch, balance, and breathe together.  For those who missed out on his class at the retreat, it was amazing! Please rsvp at mccashsarah@gmail.com.  We will begin at 9:30am for 50 min at our regular service room.

 Donations:

All monetary donations and checks can be written to:

Citylights Community and mailed to:

P.O. BOX 239 New York, NY 10026

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast!

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email to mccashsarah@gmail.com

Newsletter 5.20.16

Dear Lights,

I have been losing steam lately in this journey we call life.  Sometimes, I am afraid to enjoy life’s moments because I’m deathly scared of experiencing sorrow and pain once it’s gone.  For instance, the other day I was watching all of my three girls giggling at each other endlessly.  My heart wanted to burst at the seams.  Something, however, stopped me from enjoying the moment.  I was stricken with fear of losing what I hold most dear.  What if my girls were taken away from me? What if I lost them tomorrow?  How could I move on?  Would I ever find joy again? I know this moment has been a gift for me to enjoy, but of course it won’t last forever.  Will this be the only gift, or will there be more for me?  Many times, I tell myself, we’ re just screwed.  Life is just not worth striving for.  So many times my spirit has been broken and bruised in just trying to make the human experience a little bit more beautiful.

joy-680x470But somehow every morning, I am reborn.  Literally.  I am woken with a fresh breath on my face. It’s my girls waking me up with so much robust and excitement for life to begin.  They would say, “Momma, there is light outside! The sun is out! Do you know what this means?” They sing out in a perfect harmony, ‘its time for breakfast !”, over and over again while breaking out their morning dance song, “Shake it off! Just shake it off!”  And at this moment, I am faced with a choice.  Do I carry on today living as if it’s my first time being human learning to walk, eat, love, or dance; or just curl up inside my blanket, hopeless, living in my blues? Every day, I am faced with those choices, and each day I make a choice to live life a little bit better than yesterday. So in order for me to experience joy on a daily basis, I have to raise my white flag and surrender.  Sometimes, I’m literally in tears holding on to joy because I am so scared of it.  But I see my three girls experiencing joy to the fullest extend without any hesitation.  So what will it take you to experience joy? And if you are like me, please wave your white flag and surrender to joy.

Blessings,

Sarah McCash, Citylights Community Coordinator

This upcoming Sabbath ( breakfast starts 11am and service begins at 11:30am)

This Sabbath we begin a new series called, “And it Was Good: Eating in the Commonwealth of God.” 

At it’s base, food gives us the nutrients we need to survive. However, nutrients are only a small piece of what we need and receive from food.

Food can connect us to the earth, to each other and to the divine. We can all remember an experience of a great meal where the food was so real, so fresh,

that we could almost taste Heaven and Earth. Inversely, we can all remember meals that were processed and removed from nature, prohibiting any sense of connection.

This week we participate in an exercise that will help us connect with the food that God gives us. 

onion-half-knife-aceo-painting-oil.jpg.htmlFor this exercise please bring –

  1. A knife (Or we can share knives)
  2. A cutting board
  3. A large or medium yellow onion 

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Donations:

All monetary donations and checks can be written to: Citylights Community and mailed to:

P.O. BOX 239 New York, NY 10026

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast!

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email to mccashsarah@gmail.com

CHANGE OF VENUE FOR SERVICE 5/14/16


keep-calm-just-a-venue-change.jpgThis upcoming Sabbath (No breakfast instead we will be having potluck Program starts at 11:30am) 
Please note:  We will meet at the Selmanovic’s apt for the service!!! Please see address below. Following the service, we will be having potluck lunch.  Bring any healthy entrees, side dishes or desserts!

This week we will share some thoughts about the retreat, and continue our new found practice of improv spirituality!

Selmanovic’s Address: Please don’t forget we’re having potluck!potluck

2110 Frederick Douglass Blvd., Apt. 3C, New York, NY 10026

HI LIGHTS,
Sometimes I pause in order to take an out of body experience, sort of watching myself being a mother of three little humans.  It’s a way that I capture those special moments with my children.  I do this because there will be one day when my three little babies will no longer all fit in the bathtub together, soaking the floor, and splashing the walls (which of course me which drives me nuts).  Right now in our household we’ve been momentrooting for Hunter who has been potty training, talking more gibberish, and showing more individuality in what she wants to wear.  I’ll put on an outfit for her and the next minute she goes into her dresser and picks out an entire mismatched outfit.  I capture this moment. Khloe continues wearing her worn out superhero tee shirts, and Summer dances in her mismatched princess attire wearing 3 or 4 headbands and two tutu skirts, one over the other, hipster East Village style.  I capture these moments and savor them. I look at my three little humans and just want to take them to a ranch and raise them there to protect them from harm and the craziness.  But I know, I can’t avoid it.  These life experiences are all part of the human journey.

WMYH_AlbumLately in our household we have been talking a lot about each other’s favorite part of the day and what makes you happy.  Summer especially tends to ask these questions when I’m waking up.  “Hey mommy, what is your favorite part of the day?” I look at my clock and it’s 6:01am.  Some days I just want to hide under my blanket, but for the most part I am able to answer her question feeling blessed.  “Well my favorite part of the day is seeing you in the morning”, I say.  She is pleased and lies on my chest for a couple of minutes.  Sometimes when I try to get up she begs to cuddle for 60 minutes. I tell her 5 more minutes of cuddle time. She agrees, so we cuddle for the next 5 minutes. Our breathing becomes in sync and I can feel her tiny warm body next to mine.  I capture this moment hoping I will never ever lose this memory.  I know someday she will stop coming into my bed for cuddle time, and it will be me coming into her room for cuddle time.

What moments are you going to capture today? As you go throughout your day find moments that you can capture, and when you do, take a pause and be still.  There are beautiful moments everywhere even when our spirit is tired, weary, and feeling defeated.  Find those damn moments and capture them.

Blessings,

Sarah McCash

Donations:

All monetary donations and checks can be written to: Citylights Community and mailed to our treasurer.

Sabin Popescu

6 Wayne Ct.

Ardsley, NY 10502.

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast!

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email to mccashsarah@gmail.com

Citylights Newsletter 4.29.16

Hi Lights,

sunshine-through-blindsRecently, my oldest daughter Khloe has been waking me up in the morning.  Sam is in charge of the morning duties making breakfast and dressing the girls while I catch some sleep to recover from another late night doing work. While, I’m sleeping I hear Khloe whispering in my ear, “Mommy, how many more minutes do you need?”.  “Just a minute”, I reply.  So, while I’m waking up, she pulls the shades up so the sun can come through my window.  By now, I’m half awake stretching my legs and arms in opposite directions. Then I lean over to the window to catch some glorious sunshine that my body badly needs.  As Khloe climbs into my bed, she tells me to get up when I’m ready.

So I lie there being still.  I cherish the minute as my life depends on it because it’s the only minute of the day when my spirit is still and quiet.  This minute is so crucial in setting the tone for the day. Without this extra minute of stillness, I know my day is screwed.  I see Khloe staring at me with her bright eyes with a concerned yet soft look on her face.  She cares about me so much that it actually causes her stress. She worries when I sleep too long, or I have a paper cut fearing that it will land me in the hospital.  She makes sure that we’re in close proximity to each other when we’re walking outside so neither one of us will get left behind.  The elevator is one of her major fears.  She worries that the door will close on one of us.  She makes sure that we’re not doing anything in the elevator and holds the door open until all of us have safely stepped out.  Literally, we cannot be on the phone, fixing our bags, etc.  We must be alert and present in the elevator and be prepared to exit quickly when the door opens. I look at her tiny, yet strong, body, and feel grateful that she reminds me to be still and be present.  Lately, I’ve been a zombie multitasking like a maniac without a present mind.  So I’ve been making dumb mistakes, forgetting things and being short-tempered.  And in this minute, I soak the sunlight heating my face and feel my heart beating.  I thank God, that I am alive today and have the opportunity to serve my family and community today.

So find your quiet minute to set the tone of your day.  Your life will depend on that quiet minute.  May you continue to love and serve your community and family.

Blessings,

Sarah McCash

This upcoming Sabbath (Service begins at 11:00am with breakfast and conversations. Program starts at 11:30am)

Learning to Die Well

The New Testament makes it very clear that we must “die to ourselves”. What does that mean? How do we do it in a healthy way? How can community help us do it?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Great News! We have officially earned our 501c3 non-profit status.  All monetary donations and checks can be written to: Citylights Community and mailed to our treasurer.

Sabin Popescu

6 Wayne Ct.

Ardsley, NY 10502.

Save the date! May 6-8 Citylights Retreat

It’s not too late to sign up! We will have our Citylights Retreat at Camp Jewel located in Connecticut.  Cost is $175 per person, which includes 2 night’s accommodations and all meals. Transportation is additional $30 dollars. Please rsvp at mccashsarah@gmail.com .

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast!

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email to mccashsarah@gmail.com

Newsletter 4.16.16

Please forward this email to anyone interested. To subscribe or unsubscribe to this email, please send a request to mccashsarah@gmail.com. Thank you. Please visit our website at citylightscommunity.org

This upcoming Sabbath (Service begins at 11:00am with breakfast and conversations. Program starts at 11:30am)

Continuing the theme that Samir addressed last week, we will continue to examine and discuss various stages of life in relationship to our spiritual journey. Last week we wondered what Jesus would have been like as an old man. This week we will ask the question what was Jesus like as a young man? 147ec542462c259ffe548c8726aebbecThe Gospels are of very little help when it comes to this question. Why is that? With that question we will examine our human tendency to either suppress or romanticize our early stages of life. As part of the discussion, please BRING A PHOTO OF YOU AT A YOUNGER AGE, preferably teenage or young adult. Looking forward to an engaging time of sharing and discussion.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Great News! We have officially earned our 501c3 non-profit status.  All monetary donations and checks can be written to: Citylights Community and mailed to our treasurer.

Sabin Popescu

6 Wayne Ct.

Ardsley, NY 10502.

Save the date! May 6-8 Citylights Retreat

image-500x345It’s not too late to sign up! We will have our Citylights Retreat at Camp Jewel located in Connecticut.  Cost is $175 per person, which includes 2 night’s accommodations and all meals. Please rsvp at mccashsarah@gmail.com .

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast!

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email to mccashsarah@gmail.com

Citylights Newsletters 4.8.16

pause-while-speaking

Hi Lights,
I have found the practice of taking pause to be essential to my life.  In fact, I believe my life depends on being able to take pause, as well as my family, my community, and the strangers around me.  You see, without the daily pause, I begin to lose sense of myself.  I slowly become this robot that continues the daily grind without feeling, tasting, and/or connecting.  I become detached with people at home and around me.  In other words, I am a monster without my daily pause. Ask my kids.  They know when mommy doesn’t have her quiet time.  I am distant at the grocery checkout, forgetting to look, make eye contact, or say “hello” to the cashier.  I am also more forgetful.  I forget my keys. I forget to take the laundry out.  I burn water.  There was even a time I accidently put a roll of toilet paper in the fridge.  Sometimes my kids will tease me and put the toilet paper in the fridge to get a laugh. Without a pause, I forget what’s important to me and I cannot see the beauty around me because I’m busy hustling, chasing chores, phone calls, emails, etc.  Without pause I eventually lose it, and those around me pay for it.  My husband pays for it.  My community pays for it.  My family and friends pay for it. And most importantly, I pay for it.

life-is-messy
So when I open my eyes in the morning, I turn over to the window and lean to the light, and allow the light to bring healing and renewal to my spirit.  Once I am fully alert, I begin to make my bed.  There is something healing and peaceful when making my bed.  It reminds me that each day I have a fresh start and it allows me to pause and express my gratitude as I’m straightening the sheets and fluffing the pillows. I know that in 10` minutes or so, it will be wrinkled again and my fluffy puffy pillow will be deflated because my kids will come into my room and jump on my bed.  I don’t mind because that’s what life is.  I have embraced messiness by learning to let go, forgive, love over and over again.  So dear friends, take a pause. Your being depends on it.

camp-fire-with-peopleAs part of taking a pause, Citylights Community will take a pause on May 6-8 and have a retreat at Camp Jewel, CT. It’s a beautiful private lodge overlooking the lake.  We will have hikes, canoeing, campfires, talks, and even yoga! I encouraged you take a pause with us.  See more additional information below.

Blesings,

Sarah McCash, Citylights Community Coordinator

This upcoming Sabbath (Service begins at 11:00am with breakfast and conversations. Program starts at 11:30am)

support_end_of2Aging: How to Befriend Oneself and Face the Final Act of Disappearance

Here is a popular religious question. What’s coming, end or eternity? We want to ask a far more meaningful questions than that. Join us for a discussion that is as important for the young and middle-aged as it is for the old.  Samir will lead us in the reflection on Biblical texts, poetry, and our experiences, then we will all touch our own visions of this beautiful season of life.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Citykids is this Sabbath! 

Earth Day Party,  April 9 from 12-1:15pm! RSVP to Facebook.com/citykidsny

citykidsearthday

Great News! We have officially earned our 501c3 non-profit status.  All monetary donations and checks can be written to: Citylights Community and mailed to our treasurer.

Sabin Popescu

6 Wayne Ct.

Ardsley, NY 10502.

 

Save the date! May 6-8 Citylights Retreat

image-500x345We will have our Citylights Retreat at Camp Jewel located in Connecticut.  Cost is $175 per person, which includes 2 night’s accommodations and all meals. Transportation is $30. We will be renting a van.  Please rsvp at mccashsarah@gmail.com . Please make payment to Citylights Community and under memo: Retreat.  If mailing, please mail payment to Sabin Popescu.

 

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast!

We have updated our Facebook Group! (http://www.facebook.com/groups/CitylightsCommunity/). Feel free to post information, pictures, events, and use it to work out organizational logistics. It is a closed group, so information is not public. Also, feel free to invite others who have attended Citylights in the past (an administrator of this group will have to approve their membership). Weekly updates will still arrive to your email inbox directly from Sarah You can subscribe or unsubscribe to the weekly updates by sending an email to mccashsarah@gmail.com

Newsletter 4.1.16

HI LIGHTS,

I met Amy about 15 months ago when Hunter was 2 months old, although it feels like years ago now that Hunter is running and causing so much mischief.  I was sitting at church holding Hunter in my arms and feeling utterly tired, emotionally and physically.  While I was holding Hunter, Summer and Khloe held their arms up to be held as well. They wanted their usual spot on my lap, both of them resting their heads on my chest while I held them both each in one arm.  But now the 3rd child had arrived, and I required both of my arms to hold her.  My girls had been through a lot in the past four months around the time when Hunter was born.  I had been in and out of the hospital over a month period, placed on strict bed rest, waiting for Hunter to come. And since Hunter’s birth all of my attention had been on her since she’d been discharged from the NICU.  I remember thinking my heart was broken.

Summer who was two at that time, and she begins to whimper loudly with her big brown eyes.  Khloe was only three years old, and was begging, “Mommy, hold me please”.  I told them, that I couldn’t hold them right now.  They will have to wait.  Summer cries, and her cries begin to get louder.  Khloe begins to climb into my arms pushing Hunter out of the way.  And at that moment this perfect stranger comes out of nowhere and gracefully walks towards me and asks if she can hold Hunter.  Without a beat, I handed my precious baby to this lady, Amy whom I have never met.  She had saved me that morning. Once I handed my baby to her, I grabbed both of my girls and lifted them to my lap and held them in my arms. As they sunk in my arms, I began to cry happy tears because at that moment I felt so loved and special. My cup was overflowing with blessings.

Thank you, Amy.  Here is a poem that Amy had written about that day.

 

A Child’s View

 

I see you squirming in your dad’s arms,

But I hear you even before I see you – screaming, crying!

I can tell without knowing you this is not a cry of hurt or abuse,

Just a cry of wanting, maybe without knowing what you want.

Nothing else to do

Dad says as he tucks your toddler body under his arm

Trying to contain your flailing arms and legs to keep you

From hurting

Yourself.

Hand off to mom as she approaches

And the wailing subsides a bit.

Was it no nap

Or an uncooperative toy

Or an adult saying no

That set you off?

You, little one, squirm in my arms as your mom hands you off to me.

No, I don’t

Feel

Sound

Smell

Like your mom or dad.

You’ve never been in my arms before.

Grasping with your tiny months-old hands

You struggle to find out what is happening

And I hear you starting the smallest of cries

Preemptively I stand and do the mama-rock-and-pat.

I’ve soothed babies before,

And I keep you happy for a while

But eventually, only mom will do.

On the packed airplane

I hear your preschool voice behind me

But I didn’t mean to make my photos go away

Where-are-they-I-want-them-back!

With kindness and gentle words your mom

Tries to explain that they are gone,

You hit delete

But its ok, we can share our photos with you.

You want your photos back,

But they are gone

The crying and fussing fades away,

Slowly,

Until you cry yourself to sleep.

What we can learn from the smallest humans?

Sometimes it’s ok to make noise

And speak up when things aren’t right

Even when we don’t understand what is not right

We just know it isn’t right.

Let me scream like a toddler missing a nap when the world

Is wrong

And people are without food

Without shelter

Without protection

Without peace.

Let my screaming only subside

When the noise I make helps change begin to happen.

Let me squirm uncomfortably when things don’t

Feel

Sound

Smell

Right and I am needed to struggle to understand

That something is not right with the world

And I need to bring them back to the way

Things should be.

Let me cry and fuss and try

To understand

Why the world works the way it does

Even if it means I go down fighting

To restore order

Dignity

Creativity

Peace

Love

And a way of living that lifts up.

May the child in all of us

Speak

Squirm

Scream

And work with all our being,

Defiant as a toddler

NO!

As a preschooler’s

Insistent whine,

As a baby’s

Restless struggle,

May we not rest

Peacefully

Until we

Begin the change

We need to see

To restore

The world

Around us.

 

Amy Vaughan, October 14, 2014

 

 

This upcoming Sabbath (Service begins at 11:00am with breakfast and conversations. Program starts at 11:30am)

Traditionally, the Sabbath after Easter Sunday, focuses on the story of “Doubting Thomas.” We will spend this Sabbath discussions questions of doubt and faith. While the Resurrection still lingers in our hearts and minds we will look to Thomas as our guide in this sacred moment.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Great News! We have officially earned our 501c3 non-profit status.  All monetary donations and checks can be written to: Citylights Community and mailed to our treasurer.

Sabin Popescu

6 Wayne Ct.

Ardsley, NY 10502.

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Earth Day Party meets next Sabbath, April 9 from 12-1:00pm! RSVP to Facebook.com/citykidsny

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Save the date! May 6-8 Citylights Retreat

We will have our Citylights Retreat at Camp Jewel located in Connecticut.  Cost is $175 per person, which includes 2 night’s accommodations and all meals. Please rsvp at mccashsarah@gmail.com .

 

INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Service begins at 11:00am with light breakfast!

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