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:
blue christmas 2017
Our goal is to raise enough funds for at least twenty-five blankets by Mothers’ Day. Will you help? Each blanket costs $10 and is shared with refugees, those in disaster areas, or in other areas of need.
Our emphasis in helping the Condon Food Pantry has been to collect non-food items on 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
Set those clocks back an hour and soak up that extra hour of sleep. Then, join us for Bible Study at 9:15 and Worship at 10:30 on Sunday, November 2. Our focus will be on Love, Conflict, & Wisdom. Take a moment to read 1 Kings 3:3-28, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, and Matthew 18:15-17 before worship if you have the opportunity.
Writes Maggie today,
“I witnessed such poverty. Not in a neighborhood or particular area as I am used to seeing. Everywhere. Poverty. Houses made with corrugated tin, scraps of wood, concrete blocks or some sort of combination. Dogs roamed, bones poking through their mangy coats. Cows grazing on any spot of grassiness, some healthy, some severely underfed.”
Maggie Sebastian, a member of Condon UCC, continues to write about her experiences in Guatemala. She is currently in an immersion language program at a school in Xela (Quetzaltenango). Later this month she will join the Providence Hospital Surgical Mission Team as their chaplain. Read the rest of her offering here.
A view from the bus of homes in Guatemala.
The Condon UCC will take a special offering for One Great Hour of Sharing on Sunday, December 1. The money will be earmarked for relief work in the Philippines following the typhoon. One Great Hour of Sharing is the refugee, relief and development offering of the United Church of Christ, which transforms lives through health, education, agricultural, and emergency relief initiatives in 138 countries. For more information visit http://www.ucc.org/oghs/ and http://www.ucc.org/disaster/typhoon-haiyan/
Pastor Tim Graves is eating differently this week. He’s eating on the equivalent of the food stamp benefit. He wrote about the decision in the November newsletter following the cut in SNAP benefits that went into effect on November 1. (Read “Opening Our Hearts to the Hungry.“) He is also blogging about the experience on his personal blog.
For information about the ramifications of the food cut on rural communities, listen to Food Stamp Cuts Leave Rural Areas, And Their Grocers, Reeling. For information about the cuts, read Slashing the Food Stamp Program.
Recent posts about the experience:
Opening Our Hearts to the Hungry, Condon United Church of Christ website
SNAP Challenge, um, Maybe Not Today 11-19-13
SNAP: Getting Serious, Getting Anxious 11-20-13
SNAP: The Veggie-Noodle Balance 11-21-13
Imagine 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)
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)