Praying for Transformation

Praying for Transformation

Condon UCC is actively praying for and talking about transformation this year. This meme reminds us that with all growth, with any change, we will face loss and grief for the past. In all this, however, we know that our God is a God of resurrections and hope.

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Do we want to be a part of the unfolding realm of God enough to give up being caterpillars?

This Week @ Condon UCC (Jan. 27-Feb 1)

This Week @ Condon UCC (Jan. 27-Feb 1)

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9-11 Tim’s Office Hours
10-4 Basement Boutique
Noon Senior Meal
8:00 AA

Friday
10:00 Bible Fridays! (for children in grades 1-6)
1:00 Bible Study @ SSV We move on to John 4:1-42.

Sunday (Communion)
9:00 Bible Study We move on to John 4:1-42.
10:30 Worship
11:45 Refreshments

Member Heading to Guatemala on Surgical Team Mission Trip

Member Heading to Guatemala on Surgical Team Mission Trip

Condon United Church of Christ warmly invites the community to its 10:30 a.m. service on January 26 where Rev. Maggie Sebastian will be preaching about her upcoming mission trip to Guatemala.  Sebastian, who works as a Clinical Chaplain, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, will be the chaplain for a surgical mission trip to Hospital Hilario Galindo in Retalhuelu, Guatemala February 28-March 8 this year.

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 5.35.50 PM“I am very excited by this opportunity.  I feel lucky to work for a faith-based organization that encourages and supports its employees to participate in events such as this trip,” said Sebastian.   “The mission of Providence is to ‘reveal God’s love to all, especially the poor and vulnerable through compassionate service.’ We strive to do that on a daily basis, and will get to do that on a global scale through this trip.”

The trip is organized by Providence Health International working with their partner in Guatemala, Faith in Practice.  The team will consist of about 30 Providence employees including surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, translators, chaplain, and support personnel. Working with staff at Hilario Galindo, the team will perform about 50-60 general surgeries in five days.

Rev. Sebastian, who is the wife of Condon UCC’s pastor, Rev. Tim Graves, has worked for Providence for about two years.  Prior to the surgical mission trip, she will be in

Guatemala for about three weeks at Spanish language school to improve her language skills for the trip as well as her ministry in Hood River.

For more information, contact the church at 541-384- 3681.  To find out more about Providence Health International or Faith in Practice, please follow the links at the Condon UCC website www.condonucc.org.

Keep Calm & Transform

Keep Calm & Transform

As we begin the God-guided, Spirit-led process of re-inventing and transforming our church, the following video is worth viewing. Phyllis Tickle provides a broad historical overview of where we find ourselves in 2014.

You may also want to listen to Tim’s sermon from Sunday if you missed it.

From the sermon:

“Consider that we live in a era when the church is floundering and is increasingly viewed as irrelevant. We all know that the church must find a way to change that. Some want to keep doing the same thing we’ve always done and hope that people will miraculously come back and start filling pews again. But just as the Temple wasn’t coming back for the Jewish people, that is not going to happen for us.” Read the entire sermon at Tim’s personal blog.

This Week @ Condon UCC (Jan. 20-27)

This Week @ Condon UCC (Jan. 20-27)

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8:00
AA

Thursday 1/23

9
Worship & Spiritual Life (tentative)

9-11
Tim’s Office Hours

10-4
Basement Boutique Thrift Store open

Noon
Senior Meal

8
AA

Friday 1/24

10
Bible Fridays! (study for grades 1 to 6)
at the church

1
Bible Study for Adults
John 3:1-21 Nicodemus
Summit Springs Village

2
Clean Out Task Force

Saturday 1/25

7
AA

Sunday 1/26

9
Bible Study for Adults
John 3:1-21 Nicodemus
at the church

10:30
Worship
Guest Preacher: Magdalyn Sebastian
Maggie will talk about her upcoming mission trip to Guatemala
Sermon: They Keep Coming
Scripture: Luke 5:17-20

Beginning to Explore the Gospel of John

As we begin our exploration of the Gospel of John (in Bible studies and in worship), we will be talking about ways in which it has been misused for hatred — specifically anti-semitism and anti-Judaism. We will also look for ways in which the original writer may have been biased in writing the gospel.

I recommend folks watch this short video from the Living the Questions study series. The video features Amy-Jill Levine, Jewish New Testament scholar and author of “The Misunderstood Jew.”

 

Scripture Readings for Jan. 13-19

Scripture Readings for Jan. 13-19

Untitled_9393921303_lJohn 2:13-25 NRSV
13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15 Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!”
17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18 The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken. 23 When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. 24 But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people 25 and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone.
Psalm 127:1-2 NRSV
1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
    those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord guards the city,
    the guard keeps watch in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early
    and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
    for he gives sleep to his beloved.
Adult Bible Studies are Friday @ 1 p.m. at Summit Springs Village or Sunday @ 9 a.m. at the church. Join us!
This Week at Condon UCC (Jan. 13-19, 2014)

This Week at Condon UCC (Jan. 13-19, 2014)

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Wednesday @ 10 a.m.
Women’s Fellowship

Thursday 10-4
Basement Boutique Thrift Store open

Thursday @ Noon
Seniors Meal

Thursday @ 6:30
Church Council

Thursday 9-11
Pastor’s Office Hours
Other times? Call or text 541-256-0565 or email rev.timgraves@gmail.com

Friday @ 10
Bible Fridays! (Bible study for grades 1-6)
Round Up Grill, Main Street

Friday @ 1
Bible Study for adults
Summit Springs Village
All are welcome.

Sunday @ 9
Bible Study for adults
at the church

Sunday @ 10:30
Worship

Sunday @ 11:45
Lunch (Baked Potato Bar) followed by Annual Meeting

Sunday @ 2:30
Worship at Summit Springs led by Pastor