With our church year in full swing, I am looking forward to some exciting upcoming events!
Our first Spiritual Practice Saturday session of the church year will be from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 15th. We'll gather together in RE Room 3 (the large classroom upstairs) to explore the different reasons and methods that people pray. If your first reaction to the word prayer is a vision of hands pressed together, never fear! There's SO much more than that. Childcare will not be provided as this event is open to everyone who is interested in participating. Discussion and activities presented will be accessible to all ages. The sign-up sheet and informational flyer is available in the social hall so please RSVP if you’re coming so I can be sure to have enough supplies for everyone. (Online RSVP can be made here. )
On Sunday, October 30th, there will be a multigenerational service called “Gabby & Gámez – Día de Los Muertos,” which will have youth participants and invite us to more closely examine the “masks” we choose to wear each day. There will be NO regular RE classes on October 30th as this is a service designed for all ages.
There will be a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. again this year, and we’ll be doing something I’m calling the “No Rehearsal Christmas Pageant.” All members and friends, young and old, are invited to come and participate to the extent that they are comfortable in a night full of your favorite Christmas carols and the traditional Christmas story. As the story is told, we will be asking the congregation for help in acting out the various parts. If you’d prefer to simply sing along and watch, that’s just fine but, if you’ve always longed to be an angel, shepherd, or wise person, now is your chance! This will be especially fun for our children and youth, so I hope to see many families there.
We’ve been having a great time with our Seuss based curriculum and some deeper conversations have grown out of the stories on several occasions. We’re blessed with some highly inquisitive and imaginative children and youth, and it’s been a joy to watch them unpack the deeper meanings in Seuss’s work. There are only a few opportunities left to lead a lesson or read the story before the end of 2016, so be sure to get your name on the sign-up sheet in the social hall, or upstairs outside the RE office, before you’re stuck waiting for the new year! (Online sign-up is available here.)