Blessed To Be a Blessing

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Just about everyone you talk to around our church would agree that we are a “blessed” church. We have dedicated lay leadership, a caring, down-to-earth pastor, great music and worship, and a wonderful congregation that supports our church with their time and finances. In fact, things are so great here that it’s easy for us to get comfortable and enjoy the blessings we have and forget that one of our purposes for gathering together as a church is to bless others.

The church is God’s plan to bless the world. God has gathered us (including you!) to be a part of God’s Kingdom that Jesus proclaimed is here now (Mark 1:13-14). Like our forefather Abraham, God has blessed us to be a blessing to the world (Genesis 12:3).

I invite you to join us in worship on Sundays from October 19th – November 9th as we explore God’s instructions and stories from scripture about being a blessing to others. We will also take the opportunity to explore the many ways that our church is currently blessing our community (I can almost guarantee one or two might be new to you!)

I am looking forward to spending these weeks together, wrapping up on November 9th when we promise our financial gifts to God for the new year and celebrate the many ways God is blessing the world through us.

 

 

PEACE Listening Meeting

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Update 9/29/14: We had a great meeting yesterday with 10 people joining our Justice Ministry Network. We are off to a great start and will be sharing with you how you can be involved to make a big difference in our community.

 

You are invited to join us next Sunday, September 28th, for our PEACE kickoff meeting. This meeting will introduce you to how the People Engaged in Active Community Efforts organization operates, what issues we will be working with this year, and how you can be a vital part of  practical change in Palm Beach County. We hope to see you there!

Evening of Worship and Prayer

The_Art_and_Practice_WIDEYou are invited to join us as we begin a new tradition at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Each month on the third Wednesday we will gather together to worship and pray. We will sing hymns and simple songs, engage a series of teachings on “The Art and Practice of Prayer,” and lift up one another and our world in prayer. Let’s take the opportunity to turn our hearts toward God and practice together living in His presence.

If you play and instrument or would like to assist in leading worship, see Pastor Jason.

CROS Ministries End Hunger Walk

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This year, we will once again be participating in Christian Reaching Out to Society’s End Hunger Walk. The End Hunger Walk is a 5K (3.1 miles) along Flagler Drive. We walk rain or shine. Walkers are encouraged to make banners, posters, and/or tee-shirts to identify themselves. Each walker is encouraged to collect a minimum of $100 in monetary pledges for their participation as well as a can of tuna or jar of peanut butter. All funds raised at the Walk go to support CROS Ministries’ programs. For more information or to sign up, please contact Janet Lisle.

Since 1978, CROS Ministries has provided food and basic needs assistance to people living in food insecure and low-income households in South Florida. Utilizing the talents of more than 3,000 volunteers, our programs help families and individuals from falling into the downward spiral of poverty, food insecurity, and in many cases homelessness. They include: seven community food pantries; The Caring Kitchen, a hot meal and social services program, summer camps, an after-school snack program, a weekend food backpack program, and a gleaning and food recovery program. All services are provided without regard to race, religion, national origin, marital status, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or age.

Children & Family Picnic

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Mark your calendars for Sunday October 5th. After an intergenerational worship service, we will be meeting at the South Olive splash park for a picnic with our families with children. Food and drink will be provided, just bring yourselves and a towel! We look forward to seeing you there.

Another World Is Possible: Mission Night

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20 Years – Responding to Changing Needs with Nicaragua’s Poor

Friday, September 19th at 6:15 PM

Potluck, Presentation, Crafts

Sarah Junkin Woodward comes to us from the Center for Development in Central America (CDCA), the Nicaraguan project of the non-profit, faith-based organization, the Jubilee House Community (JHC). Before moving to Nicaragua in 1994, the JHC operated shelters for the homeless and battered women in Statesville, NC. Working in Nicaragua for the past two decades, the CDCA continues to adapt, seeking to respond to human needs created by poverty in the second poorest nation in the western hemisphere. The CDCA focuses on justice now, working towards freedom from poverty, helping communities become self-sufficient, sustainable, democratic entities, specifically in the areas of sustainable economic development, organic agriculture, appropriate technology, education, and healthcare.

Sarah says, “The CDCA has been called to work with, and speak on behalf of, the poor in our area of Nicaragua, and to share their lives and stories with folks in the U.S., to bridge the gap between us and our neighbors.” Tax-deductible donations and proceeds from craft sales got to the operating expenses of the project.

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Choir Rehearsal Resumes

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In just a few weeks our choir will be resuming for the season. They rehearse at 7:00 PM on Monday nights to share music and help lead our congregation in worship on Sunday mornings. Bruce Linser directs the group, made up of some that can read music, others that follow along, all of whom enjoy making music together. See Bruce Linser or just join us Monday, September 8th at 7:00 PM.

CROS Food Drive

We are collecting food for Christians Reaching Out to Society. C.R.O.S. Ministries collaborates with people of different faiths and organizations to create solutions to the unmet needs of people in our community. We collect food for them twice a year.

This month we are setting a goal of collecting 75 bags of food for CROS.

Boxed Macaroni and Cheese , Rice, Tuna Fish, Pasta, Peanut Butter, Beans

Bring a bag (or three!) with you this Sunday!

SpirtKidz Explore Peace

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Our SpiritKidz elementary Sunday school class just wrapped up a month learning about peacemaking and getting to know some peacemakers of the Bible. From Abraham to Jesus, they experienced the power of making peace.

SpiritKidz is for kindergarten through fifth grade. After the children’s story in the worship service they go to their own class with two trained, caring adults to engage scripture and spiritual concepts at an age-appropriate level.

Family Night Out

sweettomatoesOur monthly Family Nights have been an enjoyable time for those who have participated. It is an opportunity to gather together with church friends and enjoy fellowship together. In August, we are going to Sweet Tomatoes on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard in West Palm Beach. They have great food at a reasonable price and there is enough room for us to sit together. Check the newspaper and mail for coupons, or sign up to receive them by mail at www.souplantation.com. Mark your calendars for Friday, August 29th at 6:15 PM! Come hang out with your church family and invite your friends to join us!

You can RSVP and invite your friends by sharing our Facebook event page for this event.