Fish fry continues through April 3

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s fish fry begins Friday, Feb. 20 and continues every Friday through April 3, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., in our undercroft (church basement). Park in our parking lot and enter through the side door, off of Eighth Avenue.

Dinners include entree, coleslaw or applesauce, french fries or browned whole potatoes, pie or cake, and a beverage.

To see the full menu, click here.

Meals can be eaten in or taken out. To place a take-out order, call 412-664-9379.

And don’t forget about our big gift card raffle—hundreds of dollars in gift cards to local restaurants and specialty stores.

Love incarnate

George Kilcourse wrote, “Christ was not an afterthought of God but God’s first thought, the paradigm of creation, revealing the innate capacity of the human person to be fulfilled in love.”

If we were created out of love (and I believe we are), God allowed us to nearly forget this in order to bring us to that place of vulnerability—crucifixion/resurrection to find our way back to our source … love!

He allowed us to seek to erase that deepest expression of love that we might come back home … as repentant children.

We do not rise up, ascend, as much as we journey within to our inner, true self.

—Rev. Dave Else

Let go and let God

We, too often, seem to be obsessed with “being in control.” Carried to an extreme we are thus seeking to be “as God.” Yet God’s world is constantly growing. “Behold, I make all things new,” the God of Revelation tells us.

I like to be under control—God’s control or grace. I like, for example, to body surf. I see where the big waves are breaking, lie down facing the shore and simply let the surf carry me to the shore. To me it is a sacrament of life, surrendering to the dynamic of God’s control, to grace, to love.

God recognizes the generations yet to be born and their needs and calls us to create that world to be, to be instruments not only of God’s peace but of His love and His vision of an ever-evolving creation. I love what past generations created to enrich our life. Now I am called to do the same, growing, evolving into a vision of God’s love and perfection.

To “be in control” is a delusion, perhaps a delusion of divinity. “That’s the way we always did it!” may be a regret, not an obsession for playing God. We can never really be God.

—Rev. Dave Else