Remembering the Saints

Remembering the Saints

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 1.06.04 PMWe remember the strengths and faults,
of the saints of our lives on this All Saints Sunday.
We learned from them in easy ways and hard ways.

We remember the One who journeyed with each of them.
We focus now on the One who journeys with us still.
(from the Call to Worship at Condon UCC on November 2, 2014)

Watch Remembering the Saints video at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fonqtyveai9lzme/Remembering%20the%20Saints%202014m.mp4?dl=0

Members & Pastor Head to Pendleton as #CPCUCCMeets

Members & Pastor Head to Pendleton as #CPCUCCMeets

Dale and Patti Thompson, Maggie Sebastian, and Tim Graves are in Pendleton this weekend for the Annual Meeting of the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ. You can be a part of your Conference — even if you’re not able to be physically present. Visit this link as the #CPCUCCMeets in Pendleton. https://twitter.com/hashtag/cpcuccmeets?f=realtime&src=hash

Social Media at CPCUCC Annual

Installation of Pastor Sunday

Installation of Pastor Sunday

The Condon United Church of Christ invites the community near and far to join in a Service of Installation for their pastor the Rev. Tim Graves on Sunday, June 22 at 4:00 p.m. Refreshments will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

Ordained by the UCC’s ecumenical partner the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the UCC recognizes his credentials. Though he has been serving the Condon UCC for nearly 1-1/2 years, Tim chose to pursue and has now received ministerial standing with the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ. This ritual of the UCC, confirms and celebrates the covenant between a local church and a newly called pastor and teacher and reaffirms the covenantal relationship of all the churches in the association.

Representatives of the Central Pacific Conference UCC will join us in celebrating our ministry together.

You can read the pastors bio here: https://condonucc.wordpress.com/pastor/

 

Bible Study & Worship are a Go

hopeinwinter-001.jpgThe building is warm though the roads are a bit wintry. Join us this morning at 9:00 for Bible Study. (We’re looking at two healing stories in the gospel of John.) Then, join us for worship at 10:30. We will Skype with Maggie Sebastian who will share observations and answer our questions about her ongoing month-long trip to Guatemala.

As much as we’d like you to join us this morning, if you do not feel safe walking or driving to the church, please stay safe at home. Your safety is more important than your presence today.

Live From Guatemala

Live From Guatemala

Screen Shot 2014-02-25 at 8.27.19 PMIn lieu of a formal sermon on Sunday, Maggie Sebastian will Skype with us. She will make a few opening remarks (about 5 minutes) and then we can ask her questions in real time about her experience in Guatemala so far.
The focus scripture for worship on Sunday will be Micah 3:5-12. You can find it below.
(This is NOT the same as the scripture we will be discussing in Bible Study. For Bible study we will begin looking at John 4:46-54 and John 5:1-18.)
Here is the focus scripture for worship:
Micah 3:5-12
5 The Lord proclaims concerning the prophets,
        those who lead my people astray,
        those who chew with their teeth
            and then proclaim “Peace!”
            but stir up war against the one who puts nothing in their mouths:
6 Therefore, it will become night for you,
        without vision, only darkness
        without divination!
The sun will set on the prophets;
        the day will be dark upon them.
7 Those seeing visions will be ashamed,
        and the diviners disgraced;
    they will all cover their upper lips,[a]
        for there will be no answer from God.
8 But me! I am filled with power,
            with the spirit of the Lord,
            with justice and might,
        to declare to Jacob his wrongdoing and to Israel his sin!
9 Hear this, leaders of the house of Jacob,
        rulers of the house of Israel,
    you who reject justice and make crooked all that is straight,
10         who build Zion with bloodshed and Jerusalem with injustice!
11 Her officials give justice for a bribe,
        and her priests teach for hire.
Her prophets offer divination for silver,
        yet they rely on the Lord, saying,
            “Isn’t the Lord in our midst?
                Evil won’t come upon us!”
12 Therefore, because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field,
        Jerusalem will become piles of rubble,
            and the temple mount will become an overgrown mound.
Footnotes:
Micah 3:7 Or mustache or beard
From Guatemala: Wednesday Night Church

From Guatemala: Wednesday Night Church

Writes Maggie from Guatemala:

I went from feeling confused, left out, and generally uncomfortable to being in the moment.  I was drawn into the speaker’s words and indeed felt el Espíritu en esa lugar ( the Spirit in that place).  I don’t know what I expected the night to look like.  I do know that I was glad to worship among these followers of Christ.  Praise be to God. Alabaré (I will praise).

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 Maggie’s full post here.