On May 3rd following the worship service, we will gather to celebrate our favorite Ghanian, Faustina Appiah. Tina will be traveling back home to Ghana the following week so will gather to remember and celebrate her time with us. Join us!
Beginning Wednesday evening, May 13th at 7:00 PM, we will gather together to discuss Father Richard Rohr’s book, Breathing Underwater.
In Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps, Rohr describes how the Twelve Steps of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) program is America’s most significant and authentic contribution to the history of spirituality.
In this exploration, Richard draws parallels between Christian principles and AA’s Twelve Steps, connecting AA’s Big Book with the Gospel. This material draws on talks he has given for over twenty years to people in recovery and those close to them, as well as to those who counsel people recovering from or living with an addiction.
Richard offers encouragement and inspiration to survive the tidal wave of compulsive behavior and addiction by learning to “breathe under water.”
We will discuss the book and how to put it’s concepts into practice as well as watching videos of Father Richard’s teaching on the subject.
You can read a review of the book here.
On Friday and Saturday, April 3rd and 4th, many of the women of our church spent the weekend at Duncan Conference Center for a retreat on prayer. They watched a movie, “The Letter Writer,” talked about prayer, walked the labyrinth, and spent time getting to know one another. Special thanks to Janet Lisle who organized and facilitated the retreat.
On Saturday morning April 11, 2015, you are invited to join us in our second group gleaning day of the year with C.R.O.S. Ministries. Gleaning is the ancient, biblical practice of picking produce from a field that has already been harvested. Less than grocery-store-perfect peppers, cucumbers, and corn are picked, boxed and distributed to the hungry in Palm Beach County. We will not know until the week before where we will be gleaning. If you are interested in participating, contact Ginny Somerville, Janet Lisle, or email us to let us know you will be participating.
Monday night our justice ministry team attended the PEACE Justice Ministry Rally at St. Juliana Catholic Church. We gathered with over 420 other Justice Ministry Network members from all over Palm Beach County. We heard updates on the issues being raised at the Nehemiah Action Assembly and committed to bring 40 people to the assembly, being held Monday, March 23rd 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
On Saturday morning, March 28th, we are going to hit the beach for Sea Angels‘ monthly beach cleanup. The cleanup begins at 8:00 AM and goes until 10:30 AM at Ocean Inlet Park – 6990 N. Ocean Blvd. Boynton Beach, FL 33435. See Janet Lisle for more information.
We are now accepting applications for the 2015 College scholarship. The scholarship is for members of First Congregational Church of Lake Worth who are beginning or continuing college or vocational education. You can find the guidelines and application here or pick up a copy at the church campus.
In May, our own Faustina Appiah is returning home to Ghana. We want her to return home in style, so we are collecting items that she can use for housekeeping AND which she can use to stock a small shop she will be running to support herself. You can also donate toward Faustina’s trip on our Giving page. Through April 12th, we will be collecting:
Personal hygiene products (mouthwash, toothpaste, tooth brush, hand sanitizers)
Canned meats – Sardine/Mackerel/Corned Beef/Tuna
Soft Drinks – Caprisuns, Juice Boxes. Etc.
Stationery (envelopes, pens, pencils, erasers, totes, glue, rulers
Paper Products (toilet roll, paper napkins, Kleenex)