October 25, Scripture Seekers Bible Study, Ross Blue Room, 5:30 p.m. So What Did We Decide? Parables of Decision. Tonight, we continue our conversation about Jesus' parables by looking at making decisions. Every day of our lives we have to make decisions. Some of those decisions are minor and some are major with long-term implications. Jesus is especially interested in how our decisions affect our relationship with God and with the Kingdom of God. We will be exploring the "Parable of the Weeds and Wheat." (Matthew 13: 24-30), "The Parable of the Two Sons." (Matthew 21: 28-32), and the "Parable of the Friend at Midnight." (Luke 11: 5-8). Join us for a great conversation that will hopefully "tease" us all into going deeper into our processes of decision making. See you there!
The UCH Healing Circle is a group people who gather together in our sanctuary one evening a month January through November to direct God’s healing energy (Love) to those whose names are entered into the Circle. A breath centered meditation is used to calm, relax, and center ourselves in preparation for this directed healing practice. The Healing Circle is open to anyone; the only requirement is being open to the possibilities that God has available to us.
November 1, Scripture Seekers Bible Study, Ross Blue Room, 5: 30 p.m. Value in the Kingdom of God: Parables of Treasure and Loss. Part 1. Tonight, we will explore some parables about Treasure, and Loss. Questions to consider: What do we value and why? What is valued in the Kingdom of God and why? We will explore "The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl." (Matthew 13: 44-46), the "Parable of the Lost Sheep." (Luke 15: 4-6). and the Parable of the Lost Sons (Luke 15: 11-32). Join us for this exercise in "Collaborative Eschatology" as we give birth to the Kingdom of God together. See you there!
November 8, Scripture Seekers Bible Study, Ross Blue Room, 5: 30 p.m. Continued (Value in the Kingdom of God: Parables of Treasure and Loss Part 2. Tonight, we will continue our conversation about parables of Treasure and Loss with a deep exploration of Luke 15: 11-32 (The Parable of the Prodigal/Lost Sons), We will also be viewing an (Oscar Nominated) movie clip from a modern story about a couple of prodigals. Join us for what will be a fantastic evening!
November 15, No Bible Study (PPRC & Council Meeting Week)
November 22, No Bible Study (Thanksgiving Holiday)
November 29, Scripture Seekers Bible Study, Ross Blue Room, 5:30 p.m. All of the Above: Exploring Complexities and Processing What We Have Learned. Tonight, we will be wrapping up our parable study with a very complex parable that really encompasses all of the things we have looked at this fall (Luke 16: 19-31, The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus). We will also make time to collaborate on any parables members of the group want to bring that we have not studied, and process the wisdom and takeaways God has given us for our lives and the life of UCH. I look forward to reviewing and wrapping up this chapter with you, as we prepare to move into the Season of Advent. (Yes. Really...)
December: Advent. No Bible Study.
This Sunday we will kickoff our 2019 Stewardship Season by exploring Matthew's telling of the "Parable of the Loaves and Fishes." (Matthew 14: 13-21). This is, as John Dominic Crossan suggests, another parable not SPOKEN BY Jesus, but ABOUT Jesus. We will approach it in that way as we collaborate as Beloved Community to find meaning, especially in the context of Stewardship Season. We will focus particularly on the action words/verbs (look, break, bless, break, and give thanks- to name a few). The Choir will have special music, and our Moderator Kristina Burnett will also share the First Draft of the our congregation's new Vision Statement. I look forward to singing, praying, and collaborating with you and our Still Speaking God on this beautiful fall Sunday! - Rev. Jeanne
Sunday, October 7, we will continue our fall exercise in "Collaborative Eschatology" by exploring Jesus' "Parable of Building and Foundations" in Matthew 7: 24-27. This parable brings up a lot of questions for me/us: How can we build firm foundations? When do foundations need to be rebuilt? How can we be prepared foundationally to Encounter/Give Birth to the Kingdom/Kindom of God? (And how will we handle it when we are not prepared?) It is one of those parables that looks simple and straightforward on the outside. But Scripture Seekers spent an hour and a half on these two verses on Thursday night and realized we didn't even scratch the surface. Join us on Sunday as we go deeper with these powerful metaphors, celebrate World Communion Sunday, and hear special music from our (awesome) choir. I look forward to seeing you there! -Rev. Jeanne