The text for Sunday is Luke 15:1-10 as we begin our focus on children in the five-weeks leading up to the Interfaith Children’s Sabbath on October 20. The sermon title is “Streets of the Lost”. Join us at 10:30 for worship.
The Annual Meeting of our Central Pacific Conference of the UCC will be in Pendleton September 27-29. A paper copy of the program is available in the narthex. It is also available online at http://www.cpcucc.org/newsite2010/newsite2010/CPCAnnualMeeting2013.html
The meeting is so close to us this year, let’s be the little congregation that took Annual Meeting by storm, maybe even in our new red t-shirts! Register now.
Bible Fridays Begins September 20
Tim Graves will lead a Bible Study Friday mornings at 10 beginning September 20. (The start was delayed by the school schedule.) This study is designed for children in grades 1 through 6. Marva Crim has agreed to assist. This will be the first opportunity for the children who received Bibles in July to use them in a formal study.
SSV Bible Study
Tim Graves will lead a Bible Study Thursday afternoons at 3 at Summit Springs Village. It began September 5 and meets each week. (It will not meet, however, on September 26.) This study is open to residents as well as other community adults.
We may also begin another online study in the near future. Please let Tim know if you’re interested.
The adult Bible study being held at Summit Springs Village meets again at 3:00 tomorrow afternoon. The focus is on Luke 15:1-10.
Condon United Church of Christ will participate in the Light a Candle for Children Prayer Vigil beginning Sunday, September 15. Light a Candle for Children is an advocacy & prayer vigil project that invites congregations to join in Days of Prayer for Children. It is a project of the Family & Children’s Ministries Partnership of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
The Light a Candle for Children Prayer Vigil begins five weeks before the National Observance of Children’s Sabbath sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund, Washington, DC. Thousands of congregations from multiple faith groups unite during Children’s Sabbath weekend to simultaneously witness for children through prayer, education, and worship.
The 2013 theme for National Observance of Children’s Sabbath is set each year by the Children’s Defense Fund. The theme this year is Beating Swords Into Plowshares: Ending the Violence of Guns and Child Poverty. A variety of materials to help you with your observance of Children’s Sabbath — including a downloadable manual — is available at http://www.childrensdefense.org/programs-campaigns/faith-based-action/
The theme for Light a Candle is broader than the Children’s Sabbath theme. Swords Into Plowshares: Creating Peace with Children recognizes the impact of gun violence and poverty on children while also recognizing that children themselves have something to contribute to the discussion. The broader theme also recognizes that violence against children manifests not only in guns and poverty but suicide, child abuse, hunger anxiety, inadequate education, and in many other ways.