Sundays at 10:45 am
Children’s Church starts at the beginning of the 10:45 service and there is no Children’s Message. The children will still return at the Peace. This will give them more time for their lesson and worship. Please take your children ages 5-12 to the Children’s Sunday School room.
Fit 4 God
Thursdays at 5:30 pm
Fit 4 God is a healthy lifestyle men’s group, based on “The Daniel Plan” by Rick Warren, working together to set and achieve life goals in the areas of: Faith, Food, Fitness and Focus. The group gathers at Deacon Guidry’s home at 5:30 PM each Thursday for approximately 30 to 45 minutes to share progress, study the principles of “The Daniel Plan”, and pray together. All men are welcome to join.
Sundays May 6 - June 10 - 9:15 am
Kathy Wright will be Facilitator. This is a Living the Question series production. John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg present a course about the time Jesus lived. The course covers daily living, economics, literacy, the politics of Rome, and much more. Borg and Crossan are internationally renown Jesus scholars with a wonderful ability to speak to us clearly of these times and issues. The class consists of a short video and discussion each week. Study materials will be provided.
The entire program is 12 weeks. We will be doing the first six weeks now and balance of sessions in September after our summer break. There will be a sign-up sheet in the Hallway so we know how many copies of course materials to print.
THE JESUS FATWAH
Mondays, April 2 thru 30 - 5:30 pm
Dr. Robert Schneider will be in the Library facilitating a video/ discussion course. The program is written and produced by Living the Questions. This 5 week program explores the Muslim faith and pairs the conversation with the Christian faith. Dr. Schneider has lived and worked in 2 mostly Muslim countries and has personal knowledge of the subject matter. Classes will last about 1 hour. Sign up in the Hallway so enough copies of written materials are printed
Rector’s Brown Bag Book Read
Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber on Tuesday, April 17 at noon
Heavily tattooed and loud-mouthed, Nadia, a former standup comic, sure as hell didn’t consider herself to be religious leader material—until the day she ended up leading a friend’s funeral in a smoky downtown comedy club. Surrounded by fellow alcoholics, depressives, and cynics, she realized: These were her people. Maybe she was meant to be their pastor.
Using life stories—from living in a hopeful-but-haggard commune of slackers of surviving the wobbly chairs and war stories of a group of recovering alcoholics, from her unusual but undeniable spiritual calling to pastoring a notorious con artist— Nadia uses stunning narrative and poignant honesty to portray a woman who is both deeply faithful and deeply flawed, giving hope to the rest of us along the way. Wildly entertaining and deeply resonant, this is the book for people who hunger for a bit of hope that doesn’t come from vapid consumerism or navel-gazing; for women who talk too loud, and guys who love chick flicks; for the gay man who loves Jesus, and won’t allow himself to be shunned by the church. In short, this book is for every thinking misfit suspicious of institutionalized religion, but who is still seeking transcendence and mystery.
The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis on Tuesday, June 19 at noon.
C. S. Lewis' The Great Divorce is a classic Christian allegorical tale about a bus ride from hell to heaven. An extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment, Lewis's revolutionary idea in the The Great Divorce is that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. Using his extraordinary descriptive powers, Lewis' The Great Divorce will change the way we think about good and evil.
God Forbid: End of Life Planning
Saturdays, June 9—June 30 at 11:00 am in the Undercroft
Christian Stewardship requires that we look forward to and prepare for the end of our days. For some, that end will come unexpectedly. God forbid that should happen but taking time to prepare now will be a great gift to those who survive the loss of a spouse, parent, or other loved one. All are welcome to join the conversation as we explore some dimensions of end of life planning. June 9—Getting Your Information Together June 16—Hospice Care and Your Five Wishes June 23—Planned Giving June 30—Writing Your Burial Plan Please sign up in the hallway if you plan to participate.