The Mission Trip group will be back on Saturday. Sunday is Father’s Day! It’s likely going to be a warm (almost summer) day on Sunday. Worship will be held in the Fellowship Hall. And, as decided by the Church Council, worship services will be held there through August.
We continue to need volunteers for watering our many flowers and trees outside the church. We have a sign-up sheet, if you can help. We,ve become aware that Dan Griffin is in the hospital; the family would appreciate your prayers.
The following is Pastor Jack’s “Musing.”
Pedestaling and Patronizing
One of the things I detest is when someone pedestals me. When another person tells me that I am something and puts me on a pedestal I find I am trapped in a role that I’m forced to live up to. It is very uncomfortable in that place.
Conversely, when someone is patronizing to me, they are saying they are better than I am. At that moment I’m being looked down on. They trap me in a place where they want me to feel that I am inadequate or less than they are in their view.
The point is, there is no way for me to relate to those who behave like that. I have included an attached diagram for you to look at. It was created by Karl Olsson in a book titled, ”Meet Me On the Patio.” Dr. Olsson’s theme in that book is, human beings cannot relate to one another if someone separates themself from you based either on being more or less than you or me. His premise is, we can only discover one another based on our common humanity. It happens when we discover one another’s hopes, dreams, loves, passions, pain and sorrow when we can approach each other where there is no threat related to your or my inadequacy. It takes relationships to equal the playing field.
I will play with this theme on Sunday morning and hope to see you at church. The service will be nothing without you. See you then. Jack
Church of Peace UCC 158 S Military Rd Fond du Lac WI 54935 (920)921-8215