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.”

 

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!
The Prophet Speaks

The Prophet Speaks

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Our journey to Bethlehem begins today with a word from the prophets. Speaking to another people in another place and time, the prophet Isaiah speaks anew to those who follow Jesus. Just as the prophet gives voice to the hope of God to the Israelites of the past, he gives hope to us in a new era filled with new challenges and fears. Hear the words anew! Hear the still speaking God’s through our holy scriptures.

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. On those living in a pitch-dark land, light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2 CEB

Second Sunday Food Collection

Second Sunday Food Collection

temp_file_15699056_BG12_381_297_c1Imagine a brother or sister who is naked and never has enough food to eat. What if one of you said, “Go in peace! Stay warm! Have a nice meal!”? What good is it if you don’t actually give them what their body needs? In the same way, faith is dead when it doesn’t result in faithful activity. (James 2:15-17 CEB)

Friends:

With SNAP benefits (food stamps) cut as of today (see http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/01/eviscerating-the-food-stamps-program/?emc=edit_tnt_20131102&tntemail0=y&_r=1 for more information), we need to be aware of how this effects real people in our own community and respond as Jesus would respond. As we know, our local pantry is already serving a very large number of folks.

My suggestion is that we dedicate the second Sunday of each month as a time to collect food and non-food items for our Food Pantry. Beginning next week, I will have a basket available in the narthex. Please place your items in it as you arrive or drop them off earlier in the week. We will carry the basket of food up with offering and bless it before taking it to the Pantry.

If you open your heart to the hungry, and provide abundantly for those who are afflicted, your light will shine in the darkness, and your gloom will be like the noon. (Isaiah 58:10 CEB)

Tim