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.

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.

Lessons From a “Chicken Bus”

Lessons From a “Chicken Bus”

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.

A view from the bus of homes in Guatemala.

The Need Continues

The Need Continues

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The need continues…

Because we did not worship last week, we will take up our regular second Sunday offering of non-food (and food) items for our local pantry this coming Sunday. The list of needed items is at the bottom of this email.
List of Needed Items:
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paper towels
napkins
Kleenex
laundry soap
dish soap
body soap
shampoo
conditioner
comb/brushes
toothpaste
toothbrushes
floss
household cleaners
deodorant
lotion
First Day of School

First Day of School

Condon UCCer, Maggie Sebastian is blogging from Guatemala this month. She begins her month in an immersion Spanish language program. Later this month she will connect up with the Providence Surgical Mission Team as their chaplain. Writes Maggie:  “Rosario operates a small eating establishment next door.  For breakfast, I was the only customer at that hour.  There was evidence of previous customer, however.  I was served an egg, fried plantains, and tortillas – a typical Guatemalan breakfast. Once consumed,  I skittered off for the school with one tortilla in my bag.” Read the whole post here: http://www.revmother.org/2014/02/phone-frustrations-and-street-shopping.html

Member Heading to Guatemala on Surgical Team Mission Trip

Member Heading to Guatemala on Surgical Team Mission Trip

Condon United Church of Christ warmly invites the community to its 10:30 a.m. service on January 26 where Rev. Maggie Sebastian will be preaching about her upcoming mission trip to Guatemala.  Sebastian, who works as a Clinical Chaplain, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, will be the chaplain for a surgical mission trip to Hospital Hilario Galindo in Retalhuelu, Guatemala February 28-March 8 this year.

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 5.35.50 PM“I am very excited by this opportunity.  I feel lucky to work for a faith-based organization that encourages and supports its employees to participate in events such as this trip,” said Sebastian.   “The mission of Providence is to ‘reveal God’s love to all, especially the poor and vulnerable through compassionate service.’ We strive to do that on a daily basis, and will get to do that on a global scale through this trip.”

The trip is organized by Providence Health International working with their partner in Guatemala, Faith in Practice.  The team will consist of about 30 Providence employees including surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, translators, chaplain, and support personnel. Working with staff at Hilario Galindo, the team will perform about 50-60 general surgeries in five days.

Rev. Sebastian, who is the wife of Condon UCC’s pastor, Rev. Tim Graves, has worked for Providence for about two years.  Prior to the surgical mission trip, she will be in

Guatemala for about three weeks at Spanish language school to improve her language skills for the trip as well as her ministry in Hood River.

For more information, contact the church at 541-384- 3681.  To find out more about Providence Health International or Faith in Practice, please follow the links at the Condon UCC website www.condonucc.org.

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