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.
Eat, Play, Love is this Sunday! Join us at 8:30 in the Gallery for Breakfast for All. At 9:00, children under age 12 and their families are invited to Stories & Play, where we will explore the meaning and light of Epiphany with some fun activities about stars!
This Sunday, we have the chance to gather on New Year’s Day for worship! Kathryn Boone will lead an experiential worship in the Gallery on Sunday, January 1st, 2017 at 10am. We will spend time reflecting the past year’s growth and look toward the future of our church and our lives together to usher in the new opportunities of the coming year.
*Please note, there will be no Spiritual Formation classes this Sunday.*
To allow our staff to spend time with those they love this Holiday season, our offices will be closed for the rest of the week.
If you have end-of-year gifts, Sarah Cybulski will be in the Finance Office on Tuesday morning from 10am-12pm to receive your donations.
Have a wonderful week! Happy Holidays!
We are busy readying the church for Christmas! Tomorrow evening, we will share a lovely festive service of candlelight, carols, and a No-Stress Christmas Pageant. No rehearsals. No lines. Every child who would like to participate may choose a manger scene costume and join us in telling the story of Jesus’ birth. Our child-friendly Christmas Eve service is at 7pm and we will start assembling our pageant characters at 6:30pm in the Narthex.
On Christmas Day we will gather at 10am in the Gallery for a light breakfast and a simple, short and sweet worship with scriptures and carols. You are welcome to come in your Christmas pj’s! A hot chocolate bar will follow worship!
We look forward to this special opportunity to share Christmas together!