Ashes To Go

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Here at NACC, we realize that life is busy and you might not be able to make it to church to worship with us, so we decided to come worship with YOU!

Throughout the day on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, Rev. Jenn and Rev. Kevin will be around the community offering “Ashes To Go”.

Come join us to partake in liturgy and receive your ashes. If your schedule allows, you can even stay and enjoy some time to be in communion with one another!

Locations:
8-9am: Starbucks on Campbell
12-1:30pm: Big Momma’s on C-Street
3-4pm: Park Central Square
6-6:30pm: NACC Chapel

Looking Ahead: Worship & Activities for Sunday, February 26th

We are so excited to welcome Dr. Teresa Hornsby to worship at National Avenue on February 26th. Dr. Teresa J. Hornsby is in her 17th year as a Professor of Religion at Drury University. Dr. Hornsby holds an MTS degree from Harvard Divinity School, and an MA and Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Vanderbilt University. Her most recent book, Transgender, Intersex, and Biblical Interpretation, co-authored with Deryn Guest, was published in July 2016. She is a co-editor (with Ken Stone) of Bible Trouble: Queer Reading at the Boundaries of Biblical Scholarship, and author of Sex Texts from the Bible, as well as numerous essays, chapters, and encyclopedia entries. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Dr. Hornsby plays drums, restores old drum kits, and brews beer.

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That evening, all are welcome to join us for pizza and a viewing of the National Geographic documentary, Gender Revolution at 6pm. If you are able, please bring a small donation to contribute to the cost of pizza. You may view the film’s trailer by clicking on this link: http://ew.com/tv/2017/01/12/gender-revolution-trailer-katie-couric/

White Privilege: Let’s Talk

white-privilege-februaryOur next “book study” will be using material from a study called “White Privilege: Let’s Talk” by the United Church of Christ. Our first meeting will consist of talking about an overview of the curriculum presented via webinar video. Follow the links below to check out the video, the curriculum, and many more of the UCC’s resources on White Privilege. The first study will be at Etta Madden & Neil Guion’s home on Tuesday, February 28th at 7pm. Call the church office if you have any questions.

Please watch the curriculum overview before we meet. It is approximately 50 minutes long.
Video link: https://vimeopro.com/progressrenew/white-privilege-lets-talk

Link to UCC White Privilege resources: http://privilege.uccpages.org/

All Weddings Are Welcome Here!

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Now booking weddings for this Summer and next! Our church is a warm, welcoming, and safe place for all people who are committing their lives to each other, regardless of race, creed, religion, or cultural background. Large or small, National Avenue Christian Church welcomes weddings for all individuals, whether or not they are members of our congregation.

Visit https://nationalavenuecc.com/weddings-at-nacc/
Call 417.869.9176
Stop by 1515 S. National Ave., Springfield, MO

Spiritual Migration

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From their origins, the stories, teachings and messages of Jesus have resonated deeply with millions of people throughout history. The Christian story has provided hope, joy, love, and peace in many situations and contexts.  This story of people on the move has brought people to new conversations, new insights, new dreams, and new visions of the very best of who we can be as people of God.

History teaches us that stories and teachings are at their best when they live and move deeply within their contexts.  Some of our religious systems are broken, some tired, and some lack room for vivid and creative imaginings.  As people who are willing to go out on the move, we join with theologian and author Brian McLaren, a leading voice in contemporary religion, that argues, “notwithstanding the dire headlines about the demise of faith and drop in church attendance—Christian faith is not dying. Rather, it is embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift. For millions, the journey has already begun.”

We look forward to being a people on the move during this season of Epiphany, migrating and bringing out light and wisdom as we encounter the depth of God’s love in and through the teachings of Jesus in this new day.