Searching Is Theme for Advent at Condon UCC

The Condon United Church of Christ announced special music, weekly worship, Bible Study, and special services for Advent, the start of the Christian calendar and the season of preparation leading to Christmas. The focus of services and studies will be “Searching”, according to Rev. Tim Graves, pastor of the United Church of Christ.Advent 2014 at Condon UCC flyer

“All of us are on our own spiritual journeys with the Divine One,” explained Rev. Graves. “Our theme of Searching reflects this truth about human existence during this season of preparation for Christmas.”

Advent at the UCC begins Sunday, November 30 with a Hanging of the Greens worship service featuring special music by local artist and musician Dan Robinson. Scripture readings, Advent and Christmas hymns, prayer, and multimedia are interspersed with decorating the sanctuary.

“At the start of a Hanging of the Greens service, the sanctuary is bare. By the end of the service it is decked out in seasonal decorations and liturgical colors,” said Rev. Graves.

Each Sunday morning, as is the practice at the local UCC, begins with Bible study at 9:15 and worship at 10:30. The traditional themes of hope, peace, joy, and love will be incorporated into the searching theme on each of the four Sundays leading to Christmas.

The second Sunday of Advent, December 6, will feature special music by Russell Thompson, grandson of Patti and Dale Thompson.

A Longest Night service will be Sunday evening December 21 at 5:00 p.m. Sometimes called Blue Christmas, many Christian churches now recognize the sadness inherent in the Christmas season for many people.

“The service affirms that not everyone is as happy as our culture tells us we should be at this time of the year,” says Rev. Graves. “The holidays, especially Christmas, are often times when people feel the loss of loved ones, hopes, and dreams. Those searching for work or living in poverty often feel the pressures of spending money they do not have. Even those who appear to have it all, often struggle with depression or blue feelings as the long nights of winter press on.”

The traditional candlelight Christmas Eve service will be at 8:00 p.m. on December 24.

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James: The Sin of Exclusion

James: The Sin of Exclusion

Adult Bible Study resumes this Sunday following the pastor’s surgery and recovery. We meet in the church at 9:15 a.m. We will begin a study of the Letter of James to coincide with the worship and sermon emphases during Eastertide.

On this fifth Sunday of Easter, the focus is on James 2:1-13 (read it here). The sermon is titled The Sin of Exclusion. If you’ve been away for awhile, if you’ve been thinking of coming, or if you are simply curious about the UCC in Condon please join us for Bible Study at 9:15 and/or Worship at 10:30 this week.

If you have questions call Tim at 541-256-0565 or email condonucc@gmail.com

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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!
Carrying One Another’s Burdens: Helpful Presence

Carrying One Another’s Burdens: Helpful Presence

The adult Sunday School class starts this Sunday, Nov. 3 at 9:15. Below is a flyer describing “Carrying One Another’s Burdens: Helpful Presence.”

This three-Sunday class will address the kinds of things that lay folk (you) can do to care for one another. The ideas can be beneficial for anyone who wants to know how to be helpful for others. Folks within any church will find it useful but those in a church served by a part-time pastor like Condon UCC will find it especially so.

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Registration for the Central Pacific Conference Annual Meeting is Open

Registration for the Central Pacific Conference Annual Meeting is Open

The Annual Meeting of our Central Pacific Conference of the UCC will be in Pendleton September 27-29. A paper copy of the program is available in the narthex. It is also available online at http://www.cpcucc.org/newsite2010/newsite2010/CPCAnnualMeeting2013.html 

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The meeting is so close to us this year, let’s be the little congregation that took Annual Meeting by storm, maybe even in our new red t-shirts! Register now.

Bible, Bible, & More Bible: Children & Adults Begin Studies

Bible, Bible, & More Bible: Children & Adults Begin Studies

Bible Fridays Begins September 20

Tim Graves will lead a Bible Study Friday mornings at 10 beginning September 20. (The start was Imagedelayed by the school schedule.) This study is designed for children in grades 1 through 6. Marva Crim has agreed to assist. This will be the first opportunity for the children who received Bibles in July to use them in a formal study.

SSV Bible Study 

Tim Graves will lead a Bible Study Thursday afternoons at 3 at Summit Springs Village. It began September 5 and meets each week. (It will not meet, however, on September 26.) This study is open to residents as well as other community adults.

Other studies

We may also begin another online study in the near future. Please let Tim know if you’re interested.