All CPC Worship Sept 24th

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On the 24th, Pastor David will be attending the Annual Meeting of the UCC Central Pacific Conference in Pendleton, but we’ll still be worshiping together—sort of. The Conference has sent out ‘Worship in a Box’: an order of worship complete with prayers, hymns, scripture and a message. Condon UCC, along with other UCC churches around Oregon, Idaho, and Washington will join the people at the Annual Meeting in using the same resources that Sunday. Pretty cool idea.

The worship will include a simple song that’s probably new to most of us. You can get a head start learning it by listening to YouTube linked below:

 

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One small getting to know me item

Greetings new friends—both all of you I have and haven’t yet met. It’s a delight to be in ministry here with the good people of Condon United Church of Christ. I’m getting settled into the parsonage and out into the community. I look forward to getting to know you.

Here’s a piece of getting to know me: I write poetry. I follow the practice of one of Oregon’s great poets, William Stafford, and write something every day first thing in the morning. Quite a bit of it’s not much good, but showing up for the writing is the important thing. (Stafford’s word on ‘writers’ block’: “Lower your standards and keep writing.” More on this in another post. Hint—it applies to prayer.) Here’s a piece from earlier this week. Rereading it now I think maybe it shows part of me is still in the big cities I’ve been in for the last 15 years, but I suspect even here the call to quiet centering with God is still important.

Night Windows

In this overheated time—
outrage on every screen,
work pursuing us through our phones,
literal heat waves portending worse to come
and small leadership for change—
in this overheated day

open the night windows of your soul

Let the dark mystery of grace
enter and cool your true self.

Give it time to work:
Rest, pray, retreat.

Water your garden in the evening;
stand under a tree at first light.

In each overheated moment
guard that cool sustaining presence:

Sometimes turn off the news,
Sometimes turn off your phone,
yes, you really can.

Cherish that cool renewing place within,
an offering every time you open
the door of your heart,

a cooling center for
the cares of our community.

 

David Zaworski August 2017

Interim Pastor David Zaworski begins ministering with Condon UCC

Greetings! This will be a very short post, just to say I’m here and jumping into Condon life and the work of the church.

I’m still very much in the midst of unpacking into the parsonage and just beginning to find my way into the workings of the church. I have my Gilliam County Library card.  I’ve introduced myself to a number of folks around town. My first worship service here as interim pastor will begin in just over an hour.

Over the next couple weeks I’ll plan to do a bit of updating of this website and have a few more thoughts to post in this blog space.

I’m delighted to be here as interim pastor of Condon United Church of Christ. I look forward to being in touch with you!

Blessings always,
Pastor David Zaworski

Nevertheless, She Persisted

screenshot-2017-02-14-06-38-05She’d heard about a healer, a teacher, traveling around the countryside. Maybe, this one, could heal her young daughter. When she asked him, he balked. He told her she was an outsider, not one of the chosen, she was a dog begging at the table. She wasn’t absolutely sure whether he meant it or that he was testing her. Maybe, she thought, he was using the encounter to teach the crowds about who is deserving and who is not? No matter, she had a daughter she loved. Nevertheless, she persisted. She told him that even the dogs get scraps from the table! (Mark 7:24-30)

Join us Sunday at 10:30 at the Condon United Church of Christ as we encounter the Syrophoenician woman and Jesus. 

What a Deal!

Bring in a box of clean donations to the UCC Thrift Shop on Thursday, Jan. 26 and receive a $5.00 off of your in store purchases. We need kids toys, adult clothing and youth sizes. Household items ranging from used coffee pots to dish sets, and pots and pans.Lamps and other household goods. All shirts are .50 cents this Thursday.

The UCC Thrift Shop  is located at 110 S.Church Street, Condon Oregon. We will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 26.

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