Faith Formation Survey
It’s not too late to complete the Faith Formation survey. It will help theFaith Formation Center plan their work and meet its goal. We would like everyone’s feedback.
Walking to Jerusalem
And we’re off! I hope you’re logging your activity. One mile equals 2000 steps, and 20 minutes of any activity equals 2000 steps. And regular old steps equal steps! You can email your weekly total on Saturdays to Annie or Terry Baker. You can also turn them in on Sunday at the door. Thanks to Diane Asyre there’s a really nice chart in the Gathering Space; you’ll find a basket and slips of paper with it. Put your name on the display as a traveler, too. We can do this!
Book Club Book – “Pastrix” by Nadia Bolz-Weber
“Pastrix” is a great book that was recommended to me a couple years ago by Emma Dolley. It’s an easy read (i.e. I read it at the pool), but thoroughly engaging, too. Nadia is a heavily-tattooed, profanity-laden ELCA (Lutheran) pastor in Colorado. She wrote this 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. For people who listen to “This American Life” and have more education than money; for people who know the difference between American cheese and real cheese. In short, this book is for every thinking misfit suspicious of institutionalized religion, but who is still seeking transcendence and mystery.”
The plan is to read the book on our own and then get together to talk about it. Here are some proposed dates for talking about it:
Tuesday, March 1 or Thursday, March 3, in the evening. We can gather at the church or someplace a little more lively.
Saturday morning, March 5, definitely at a place where we can get a good cup of coffee or tea.
Let me know by all the usual ways which date works for you.
Also, this is for all ages and genders, and feel free to invite a friend – especially your cranky and beautiful friends who are both sinners and saints, because that’s how Nadia describes herself!
A Photo-a-Day in Lent
Are you interested in taking on a spiritual discipline this Lent? How about a photo-a-day challenge, where we share with each other how we perceive each given word of the day? (Words provided by www.rethinkchurch.org, a United Methodist organization.) This is about the practice of paying attention and being intentional, not being a great photographer. All you need is your phone or camera, and we share with each other our photos on Instagram or our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1543721165920582/ . Would you like to join me in this spiritual exercise? If so, let me know in all the usual ways. Invite your friends to join you.
Lent Study for Adults
February 17-March 16 6:00-7:15 pm
We’re offering a special Lent study for adults on Wednesdays from 6-7:15 pm. It’s a DVD-based study on spiritual practices. The series is an opportunity for all of us to learn about the rich history of spiritual practices and practice them ourselves. Daily exercises are suggested between sessions. We’ll cover prayer, food, worship, sacraments, money, service, and community. The sessions are designed to raise questions, flip established answers on their heads, and stay with you for months and years to come. During the class time we’ll also practice the practice. The sessions will include a light meal, so let us know you’re coming. We’ll eat and talk and explore spiritual practices together. Sign-up in the Gathering Space or email Annie or Yolanda to let us know you’re coming. Also, let us know if you need childcare. We can provide it. Hope to see you there!