The Monday morning meditation group will hold it’s next Day of Silent Meditation on Monday, December 7th, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Bring lunch, drinks and a jacket. Requested donation is $20. Call Nancy Lydon at 632-5040 if you have questions.
On Sunday, March 22nd following the worship service we will be hosting a picnic/playdate for our SpiritKidz Sunday School students and their parents. We’ll provide the food. This will be a great opportunity for the kids to play together and for parents to discuss how First Congregational United Church of Christ can best help them in the spiritual nurture of their children. We hope to see you there!
During the season of Lent this year, we will “open the Bible” and learn and experience ways that we are able to encounter scripture. We will learn some basic Biblical history and background, learn and practice ways scripture is engaged besides just studying it and talking about it, and ponder the ways the Bible impacts our individual and corporate lives. Curated and facilitated by Pastor Jason, this time together will include teaching, conversation, and practice. It is suitable for those who are very familiar with the Bible as well as for those who have never or rarely opened it. So invite your friends that are curious about the Bible and join us Wednesday evenings February 25th – March 25th at 7:00 in the church parlor.
Join us Wednesday evening, February 18th, at 7:00 PM as we gather to mark the beginning of the season of Lent. We will engage in scripture reading, music, prayer, and silence together. For those who wish, there will also be the offering of communion and the imposition of ashes. As we enter this season of spiritual attention, we will take the opportunity to be present to God and to one another.
The more quiet and reflective Season of Advent that Christians observe each year coincides – and contrasts in many ways – with the generally frenzied and consumption-focused season of holiday preparation for a secular Christmas. This, itself, makes Christians countercultural in the face of generally prevailing commercial values and pressures. This year, we are invited to look at the coming Christ Child as a clear call to engage in doing justice and, in the process, opposing the very Empire that drives the large commercial and secular celebration around us. In these seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, we will ponder the many “isms” of Empire, and are encouraged to place ourselves in a very different position – squarely beside God and others among God’s people who yearn for justice and peace to be alive and evident in all relationships between God, people, and creation. The yearning for justice, as well as for peace and love, caused God to act and provide a voice and model for God’s desired realm in Jesus of Nazareth.
This is an approach that challenges our usual December perspective, traditions, and activities. It changes our preparation (Advent), our celebration (Christmas), and our perspective on all the days that follow (Season after the Epiphany). We do these things in the belief that they will contribute to a more meaningful Christmas celebration, and a life to follow that is more open to being the beloved community, Body of Christ, and redeemed creation, all under God’s – rather than any empire’s – rule.
Consider engaging with our daily devotional to create some quiet space throughout Advent. You are invited to join our Monday Morning Meditation Group for their December silent meditation day. Take a Saturday morning to serve by gleaning.
So let us enter Advent – the season of expectation and preparation to meet the Holy One and participate in turning empire on its head.