In 2009 our nation-wide Episcopal General Convention adopted the Five Marks of Mission. They are:
1) To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom.
2) To teach, nurture and baptize new believers,
3) To respond to human need with loving service,
4)To seek to transform unjust structures of society,
challenge violence of every kind, and to pursue
peace and reconciliation, and
5) To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
Our Creation Care Ministry is our response to our National Church’s call and more important, to God’s call to be good stewards.
This week the focus of the series Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith focuses on “Evolving Christianity”. Join us at 9:30 a.m. in the Conference Room.
We are now taking orders for the Women at the Well’s Annual Soup Sale. We are selling our favorites – Chicken Noodle, Italian Wedding and Vegetarian Chili – for $8 per quart. All of the money raised goes to support the Nancy Waslinak Scholarship Fund. The soup will be available February 8th and 9th. We are taking pre-orders, but there will also be a few extra quarts available on the 8th and 9th. So grab the order form from the service leaflet for the next two weeks and see Jenniffer Harrington or Diane Wall after church on Sunday. There will also be someone collecting orders after the Saturday services.
Due to Mel’s accidental fall, we were unable to resume last week, but we’re back on schedule for tomorrow! Join us at 9:30 a.m. in the Conference Room as we pick up with Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith. This week’s focus will be on our Evolving Faith lives. Each session in this series can stand alone, so if you haven’t participated before, please feel free to ‘drop in’.
The Contemplative Group will meet this Wednesday, January 15 at 10 am. Begin the New Year with adding time for peaceful meditation.
The Thursday Study Group will resume this week, January 9, at 9:30 a.m. in the Conference Room. We continue with Session Four of “Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith.” At our last session we took a closer look at the Creation Stories. In this session we will take a closer look at An Evolving Faith. Faith isn’t stagnant. We’re not meant to carry the faith of our childhood, but rather allow that faith to mature in it’s depth and understanding as we moved into and beyond adulthood. My faith isn’t the same now as it was even five years ago and I don’t expect it to be the same in the next five years! I’d be disappointed if it was as it would mean I haven’t been growing spiritually. Come and join us for this video presentation by scientists, physicists, theologians and biblical scholars and a discussion by the group.
The Adult Forum will continue their study of Marcus Borg’s “Embracing an Adult Faith “ on Sunday, January 5, following the 10 am service in the Conference Room. Please join us!