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?

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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)

Screen Shot 2014-01-13 at 9.11.30 AMMonday 1/20

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.”