Category Archives: Appreciation

Got Cruciferous

Got Cruciferous Vegetables?
Pastor Cathy Hanus Holistic Health Coach
All Are Welcome at Our Table

This last sunset we saw a hard frost, 26 degrees F., frosting everything exposed in the vegetable garden and some plants that were covered hoping to evade the damage the hard frost brings.

Autumn Frost Prayer

How glorious Your paint box, Lord, and the copper, gold, rust and amber You color Your creation. I listen to the crunch of an apple and hear the music of autumn. O, taste and see. How innumerable the seeds in a pumpkin, as wondrous as Your thoughts. But why do I never notice Your acorns until they fall from the tree? Marching bands, homecoming floats, tail-gating picnics and touchdowns,
we give thanks for these. The last of the corn and the first frost, they come with the harvest moon. But guard us, Lord, from the first cough and the first cold. For your mercies extend farther than any shooting star that drops from the sky. We dig out our woolens and parkas and warm up by the fire. Soon with turkey and stuffing and the sweetest yams, we will give our best Thanksgiving to You. – adapted from Rick Hamlin, Guideposts.

Presentation:
Cruciferous vegetables.
Cruciferous vegetables are among a winter cold crop group withstanding reasonable chill that includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy, arugula, Brussels sprouts, collards, watercress and radishes. Cruciferous is a classification for members of the mustard family, from the Latin cruciferae meaning “cross bearing,” as the four petals resemble a cross.
Cruciferous vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients lower inflammation and reduce the risk of developing cancers. Cruciferous vegetables are rich in fiber and low in calories, this will help you feel satisfied without overeating.

Meal:
For our meal today, we selected fresh Cruciferous vegetables from the garden. They all survived last nights hard frost under a cloth cover.
You will see we are dining on broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy, arugula, Brussels sprouts, collards, watercress and radishes; all steamed in a stainless steel pot for two minutes.
For variety in nutrients and color, we added in fresh sweet potatoes, carrots, asparagus, apples and pears; all picked fresh from the garden.

Fellowship:
Today we discuss initial plans for our annual Free Thanksgiving Day Community Meal.

Exercise:
Today we stretch with Pastor Michael Hanus, practicing yoga on mats.

Autumn
Vivaldi
https://youtu.be/sgh5xjjgS_A

Steamed Cruciferous Vegetable Medley
Steamed Cruciferous Vegetable Medley

Closing Prayer:
Thankfulness.
Dear Jesus, we are thankful for all you have given us. You stood with us in recovery from the spring flooding in March, loved and healed us as we did our best to start plants from seed in weather that suddenly went from frost and wet to hot and dry, watched over us through some violent summer storms, brought us a bountiful harvest of garden fresh fruits and vegetables, and sustain us as we thankfully gather and eat your bountiful harvest. In Your Name we pray. Amen.

Got Daikon

Got Daikon?
Pastor Cathy Hanus Holistic Health Coach
All Are Welcome at Our Table

Autumn Prayer

Comfort Me in Suffering
Loving God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, lend skill to the hands of my healers, and bless the means used for my cure. Give me such confidence in the power of your grace, that even when I am afraid, I may put my whole trust in you; through our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Blessed Assurance
Fanny Crosby (1873).
https://youtu.be/rDeiy9-t2GE

Health Wellness Nutrition Presentation
Daikon Radish
Daikon, (“great root” Jp), Raphanus sativus L. var. longipinnatus Bailey, brassica family, is a mild-flavored winter radish usually characterized by fast-growing leaves and a long, white, napiform root.
This summer, I am turning out an excellent healthy crop of Daikon. It is a large versatile crop used for root and green top harvest; eaten raw or prepared in various ways.
This harvested member of the brassica family is best known for its anti-inflammatory effects after it is eaten raw or prepared in various healthy ways.
Today, We prepare the Daikon we freshly harvest by slicing it into suitable French fry pieces and cooking it in coconut oil; air frying would be another excellent possibility.
It has a taste quite similar to a French fry along with a mild peppery taste for our culinary selected cultivar.
We use the fresh Daikon tops in a tossed salad with fresh garden heirloom tomatoes, carrots, red pepper slices and balsam vinegarette dressing.
We steam red beans, kohlrabi, and ripe black olives to accompany our Daikon.
We prepare a mix of fresh apple, cherry, raspberry and pear sauce for dessert, with mild green tea.

Got Daikon Culinary Experience

  • Art of Mindfulness
    At Fellowship today we discuss the Art of Mindfulness. Mindfulness is described as the state of being aware of something or
    a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, as a therapeutic technique.
    We present mindfulness technique, role play and practice its applications, and visit over the experience and its value in our daily lives.

Autumn Closing Prayer:

When I must go, dear God, please let it be, A golden autumn day; when red leaves fall,
When purple grapes in shining clusters hang, And bittersweet glows bright against the wall,
When o’er the barren fields and russet meads, Their last farewells the crickets cry.
Let me make my silent journey, When the homing birds fly south across the sky.
When I must go, dear God, please let me go, As silently as autumn rain,
As still as lacy shadows ‘neath the willow trees, As calm as is the moon above the hill.
So let me go, and may there be no grief, When life is done and I must say goodbye.
I will take my leave with flowers and falling leaf, And lie in peaceful sleep beneath the sky.

  • Anonymous

Parting Blessing:
May the Peace of God which Surpasses All Understanding, Guard Your Hearts and Minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:7.

Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus. SpiritofPeace.us

Adios Summer! Celebration

Spirit of Peace Missional Community Celebrates the Passing of Summer, Adios Summer!

Adios Summer Celebration!
Adios Summer Celebration

Who: Everyone is Invited! “All Are Welcome!”

What: We are Celebrating the Passing of Summer.

When: Saturday, September 21, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: Spirit on the Valley Mini-Park, 105 N. Spruce St.

Light Activities – Light Food

Volunteers Welcome!

Donations Welcome!

Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus, Spirit of Peace, minister@spiritofpeace.us 402-541-7019

Spirit Enjoys Its Volunteers

Spirit Enjoys Its Volunteers!

This is a very engaging activity! Spirit of Peace Ministers enjoy engaging the Missional Community! Valley Days can be challenging but satisfying. We took on all interested people, numbering well over one hundred, over the afternoon hours. We served a lunch of Crafted Angus and Sirloin quarter pound burgers, Natural Bratwurst sausages, Quarter pound beef hot dogs, homemade cabbage and carrot slaw and Southern style potato salad, Fresh garden mint sun tea; and

Ta-Da! well over one hundred vanilla, chocolate, chocolate chip sundaes with various fresh fruit, nut and other toppings! were served.

There was concurrent Rocket Design, Build and Launch going on. People of all ages chose the color of their pre-rolled rocket fuselage, rolled their own, selected personal creative colors and designs for fins and nose cones. Over one hundred personalized rockets were designed, built and launched; with many great performers flying over the fence!

Fellowship is our strong suit. We enjoy community engagement! Our volunteers are caring and concerned. We appreciate everyone who stopped by to engage or observe! We look forward to visiting again!

Rockets Design Build Launch
Rockets Design Build Launch

Spirit appreciates its volunteers

Spirit of Peace loves its volunteers! The caring spirit and abundant energy that it’s volunteers bring to an activity is priceless!

We Love Our Volunteers
We Love Our Volunteers

This activity brought us many people from the community to offer healthy prepared food and snacks to, engage in activities with, and distribute gifts to.

One Arts and Crafts activity we enjoyed was painting honeybee hive bodies.

Honeybee hive
Honeybee hive

The honeybee pollinators will surely enjoy their brightly colored homes in the hive this year! 

Peace and Joy to the Community! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus, Spirit of Peace

Movie Season Celebration

Another Movie Season Celebration is upon us! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus, along with our Missional Ministry Staff, have the fellowship sharing desire to kick off another Movie Season Celebration! We are blessed to have generous resources to gather dozens of youth and adults every Movie Season from Valley and surrounding communities for a movie and lively fellowship at a meal nearby. If you are new to this Celebration and would like to join us, you are invited. Do not be shy, just contact us for a mutually available time. Spirit.Peace@outlook.com Feel free to call, leave a message and text 402-541-7019

Pastor Michael invites youth and adults to accompany him to movie theaters in the community for movie viewing, light meals, fellowship and lively discussion.

Dinner and a Movie at the Theater

“MMM”s: movie meet-ups, meals and mingling are a great way to enjoy the passing of time, energize our spirits and enjoy life.

If you have an interest in this activity in the missional community, please contact us at: Spirit.Peace@outlook.com