Blue Christmas

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The varied and randomly placed collection of candles offers an image of our varied and un-pigeon-holed lives—all of which bear the light of Christ within.

For those unable or who chose not to join us, here’s a link to the complete service. You are in our thoughts and prayers:

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Blue Christmas – Longest Night Service

Thursday December 21st 7:00P.M.

Not able to feel the “Holly-jolly Christmas” mood?
The Blue Christmas service recognizes that for many the holidays are a particularly hard time—perhaps because of a death or other loss, because of family tensions, or just the weight of expectation to be joyful when for whatever reason life is sad. 
In this service, together, we can recognize this truth, support one another, and begin to taste God’s care in all the reality of our lives.

All are Welcome.

Advent

Advent is the season of anticipation, waiting, preparation. Interim ministry resonates strongly with this time. Part of preparing for new possibilities is both claiming and releasing present realities. There’s a tension here (isn’t there almost always?) This congregation is in an in-between, both-and place of deeply engaging with our shared ministry right now while also looking ahead toward a possible search and call process and settled, sustainable leadership. Yup, this is Advent stuff—the time in the church year when we particularly recall that God’s reign is both already present and not yet fully realized.
One of the Advent traditions is assigning themes—hope, peace, joy, love—to these four Sundays leading up to Christmas. One way we can try to dwell faithfully in in-between, both-and times is to back off a bit from struggling to figure things out, trying to nail down a meaning for these themes. Instead, we can rest a bit with non-verbal modes of presence. To that end, I’d like to offer to your imagination some images for Advent. I’m giving you words to call up images, because the best pictures are often in your own memory and imagination. So, as part of your Advent preparation, I invite you to take a few moments with these now, and dwell with each further on these Sundays and throughout the season.
Hope—a bit of green sprouting out of a dung ball.
Peace—a baby fallen asleep at its mother’s breast.
Love—the whole chocolate chip cookie, of which we are the bits.
Joy—a spring-snowmelt-rushing stream dappled in sunlight.
Blessings!
Pastor David

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

Report from Food Pantry

Report from Food Pantry

Our emphasis in helping the Condon Food Pantry has been to collect non-food items onScreen Shot 2013-09-14 at 10.03.14 AM the second Sunday of the month. Not only were we blessed with non-food items this month but our baskets were overflowing with a special assortment of 64 canned and box food items. We also collected Kleenex (5 boxes), paper towels (8 rolls), toilet tissue (14 rolls), soaps (5), and deodorant (1).

Donations can be dropped off at the church at anytime. Please place them in the baskets in the Narthex. We will bless collected items on the second Sunday of each month before delivering them to the Pantry.

Many thanks to all. SM

Focused Prayer, Outreach, & Education: Light a Candle for Children Begins September 14

Focused Prayer, Outreach, & Education: Light a Candle for Children Begins September 14

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 5.20.44 PMThe Condon United Church of Christ will focus prayer on the needs of children in our community and world for five weeks as part of the Light a Candle for Children Prayer Vigil. The church will also be collecting items for twenty-five school kits for Church World Service, an ecumenical relief agency. Additionally, an educational workshop on raising moral children will be announced within a few weeks.

Believing that all children are, “Precious in God’s Sight,” the church invites the community to join in guided prayer. Free devotional books with daily scripture readings, reflections, and prayers are available at the church and other community locations. The daily meditations are also available by email at http://lightacandle.blogspot.com/, by Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Pray4Children, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LightaCandleforChildren .

Light a Candle for Children is an advocacy & prayer vigil project that invites congregations to join in Days of Prayer for Children. The 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 Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other faith groups unite during Children’s Sabbath weekend to simultaneously witness for children through prayer, education, and worship.

Light a Candle for Children, a project of the Family & Children’s Ministries Partnership of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a part of this witness for children. Pastor Tim Graves of Condon is the editor and project coordinator for this national emphasis within the two cooperating denominations.

Like the disaster relief kits the UCC made last year, the school kits for Church World Service are used by the ecumenical relief agency to respond quickly to disasters in the United States and around the world. According to CWS, “School Kits give children in impoverished schools, refugee camps, or other difficult settings some of the basic tools for learning.” Thirty-seven Christian denominations including the United Church of Christ are members of Church World Service.

Visit http:///www.CondonUCC.org or http://www.Facebook.com/CondonUCC for more information. Call Rev. Tim Graves at 541-256-0565 or email CondonUCC@gmail.com if you have questions.