But why would you want to? Simple – interesting topics to discuss and
breakfast snacks and beverages to enjoy. Attendance is totally optional!
Each gathering begins at 9:30am and runs about an hour.
We'll meet in the church basement.
November 2nd - A Primer for Children ages 3-12 years
about the Sacraments.
We'll explain what they mean, why we do them, and how they nourish our spirits. In our church, children are always welcome to partake of communion and this conversation is meant to help them get the most out of that experience.
December 7th - A Closer Look at the Christmas Story
and what it means for us today. This is a presentation geared toward all ages as we journey through the nativity story together.
January 4th (snowdate Jan. 11th) - Consistory Retreat!
This session is for Consistory members only – those retiring, those continuing, and those who are new to the team. It's a time for feedback, instruction, and visioning for the work of leadership in the church.
February 8th - Bible Blessings
Bring your Bible (or borrow one from the Pews) and let's explore together what we can find in that really old book that gives meaning to our modern lives today.
March 7th - Spiritual Spring Cleaning
“How To” Instructions on conducting a House Blessing and even tips on how to get rid of “cobwebs” in your own spiritual self.
April 4th - Journey Through Holy Week
This session is geared toward the children to help them get a sense of what happened in the life of Jesus from Palm Sunday through Easter morning.
May 2nd - Christian Reiki?
What is it and how can it help us get closer to God. Come find out!
Hope to see you!
If I had a hundred years in which to write down everything that I am thankful for in my life, it still wouldn't be enough time. God's love has proven to me that his desire to please us, to protect us, to shower us with blessings is just as infinite as he is. That's why we are called to love him as he has loved us – to desire to please him, to reflect his ways, to shower others with blessings in the same way that he has blessed us. That shouldn't feel like a chore or a duty – it isn't even a request. It should be - pure and simply – the most natural reaction we can have to his love, the easiest thing for us to do every day, the greatest joy of our lives in doing so.
We've all been through difficult times when we ask ourselves “Why is this happening to me?” “What did I do wrong to deserve this?” And I've noticed God never answers those questions. It's because they're the wrong ones to ask. God loves us – period. There are no conditions to that love. Yet, because he loves us – he wants us to become all that we can possibly be so that we will be good citizens for heaven and better citizens of the earth.
Maybe the question to ask in the midst of difficult times is “What is this experience trying to teach me and make me a better person?” “What am I supposed to learn about myself and those around me from this situation?” See - God doesn't need to punish us – we do that enough ourselves – but he does want to challenge us, nudge us, urge us, to move us in a direction in which, together, we can make our lives better.
We are all “saints in training”. That means we need to learn, to experience, to stretch ourselves and our imaginations so that we will grow wiser, stronger, more saintly through the experiences of life. It is “Spiritual Growth” that we are talking about – spiritual growth. And that's what we focus on in the midst of worship every Sunday. When we meet Jesus within the church community, it gives us the opportunity to learn and improve our spiritual skills in a way that makes us wiser, stronger, braver, and more saint-like than we were before.
Church certainly has its place in my life for that reason. I meet Jesus in a meaningful way every week – sometimes in adult bible study class discussions; sometimes with the children during the children's message; sometimes in the beautiful music and choir anthem; sometimes in hearing the scriptures read out loud; sometimes in delivering the sermon; sometimes in the midst of farewells at the door. I honestly don't know how my week would go without the spiritual nourishment of all that and being with all of you to help me through it. And for that – I am truly thankful!
With Love, Pastor Susan