The Forum on October 20, 9:30-10:20 a.m. at The Grand: Christian Cliches that Do Not Hold Up Under Scrutiny
I want to personally invite you to be part of an important conversation at The Forum this Sunday when we will consider, as a group, various cliches that are often repeated, and that may not be helpful in every circumstance. I have been reading a wonderful book by United Methodist pastor Adam Hamilton called “Half Truths: God helps those who help themselves and other things the Bible doesn’t say.” This Sunday, our group will reflect together on statements like: Everything happens for a reason. God helps those who help themselves. God won’t give you more than you can handle. Join us at The Forum for what will be a rich conversation. See you there!—The Rev. Mary Luck Stanley
Good News: On kick off Sunday, September 15th, our Christian formation programs hosted 92 participants, including 57 children and youth, and 35 adults.
On Sunday mornings, we have programs for the youth and children in our congregation. For Sunday School and Youth Group, children are invited to arrive no later than 9:25 a.m. in the undercroft for the Opening Ritual. Then youth and children will transition into their rooms until 10:20 a.m. when parents should pick them up. The first seven weeks of the program year we will be focusing on the six pillars in the Character Counts Program: fairness, caring, citizenship, trustworthiness, respect, and responsiblity. Children’s Worship, from 10:35-11:00 a.m. in the undercroft, gathers young children and their parents for songs led by Joe Smith and good news shared by the clergy. At 11:00 the whole group goes back upstairs to join the rest of the congregation for communion.