This Sunday we will be kicking off our Stewardship Season. And we are going to begin at the beginning this Sunday with Stewardship 101- Our call to be Stewards of Prayer. In coming weeks, we are going to be talking a lot about prayer, discernment, interior movements, and exterior movements. And at first glance, this might seem like it has little to do with gifts of time, talent, and treasure. But I promise by the time we gather for our Congregational Visioning Retreats in November, you will see it differently. During the next few Sundays. we will be learning more about our call to be Stewards of Prayer and interior movement (ie: what prayer is, what it is not, how we pray, and what we struggle with). And we will also be hearing (heartfelt, tearful, sometimes funny) stories from members of the congregation about what UCH means to you and why you are here.. I hope you will join us for this rich time of worship, singing, reflection, and (yes) prayer. I look
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.
Our Scripture Seekers/Thursday evening group is embarking on a new adventure. And you are invited to join us at 5:30 in the Ross Blue Room! As "Seekers Embracing the Journey" we are more exploring our growing faith practice of asking deeper and better questions- by immersing ourselves in a study of "Living the Questions, 2.0." Each Thursday evening, we will explore a scripture related to the theme, and view a 20 minute video that features a diverse group of progressive Christian theological voices that will help us discover how to make sense of the complexities we find ourselves in as a nation, and what might be next for us as progressive Christians. After unpacking the scripture and hearing the thoughts of our theological guides - We will share and discuss what is coming up for us. (This is the really fun and transformative part with this group). I invite you to bring your whole self and your questions because I promise you - it will be a lively conversation. - Rev. Jeanne
Here are some are our upcoming themes and meeting dates. I will post the scriptures we will be exploring in each session in advance so you can read them before we meet if you would like. We also have a "home version" of the videos we will be using each week in my office library. So if you miss a week and would like to check it out (and return it quickly so others can use it) that resource is available:
- September 14: Invitation to the Journey. Scripture: Matthew 14: 22-33
- September 21: No Living the Questions Study- PPRC and Church Council Meeting
- September 28: Taking the Bible Seriously. Scriptures: Genesis 11:1-9 and John 3: 1-8.
- October 5: Thinking Theologically
- October 12: Stories of Creation
- October 19: No Living the Questions Study- PPRC and Church Council Meeting
- October 26: Lives of Jesus
- November 2: A Passion for Christ (Paul)
- November 9: Out into the World (Challenges we face as Progressive Christians)
- November 16: PPRC and Church Council Meetings
- November 23: ThanksgivingDay
Please join us each month in taking time to step away from the chaos of every day and just be in an atmosphere of light music and quiet time. This is a non directed service where each participant prays, reflects, listens, breathes and rests in the presence of that which is holy for them. All are invited, be you Christian, Jew, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, unaffiliated, and non-believer to pray or just be in your own way. You may come and go as you please. We begin with music and end when the music stops. All are welcome.
This Sunday, September 17, we will be joining our sister church Satauro O'le Ola for their UCC covenant service at 11:00 a.m. in our shared sanctuary. We will not be having our regular worship, but are all invited to share in this multicultural service of celebration and covenant. A traditional Samoan luau will also follow in the afternoon. Everyone is invited to attend all or any part of this day-long celebration and welcoming of Satauro O'le Ola into full standing in the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ. I will see you in morning worship next week, September 24, at 10:30.
- Rev. Jeanne