Join us on Sunday for Spiritual Nurture opportunities before and during worship, and sing with the choir on Thursday evenings. See below for special opportunities during Lent.
Pastor Manda is leading the adults (and older teens) in a study of the Gospel of Matthew. "Gospel," in Greek, is the word Evangel (root of Evangelism), and it simply means Good News. The title of the gospel is "The Good News according to Matthew." As we go through the gospel these next several months, we'll be looking at how this first gospel in our Bibles (though not the earliest written - Mark has that honor) understands "Good News." Just what is the good news according to Matthew?
To understand the Gospels, we have to understand that Rome occupied, abused, and oppressed the Jewish people. Even though Rome isn't explicitly talked about in the Gospels, everything has to be interpreted through the lens of occupied people. There's no getting around that. So, we'll also be looking at how Roman power shows up in Matthew, and how that, in addition to Jewish faith and identity, shaped their understanding of Jesus.
The lectionary, a 3-year cycle of readings used in the majority of Christian churches including our own (except when we have a sermon series or something special), focuses on one Gospel each year - this year, which began in Advent and goes until the end of November (Reign of Christ Sunday), is Matthew's year. Manda will be preaching from Matthew a lot this year, and if you want to learn background and also engage contemplatively with Matthew, or just gain more insight into the sermons, this is the study for you!
(Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash)
In our Sunday School for children of all ages, participants
- learn the language of faith while growing in the love of God and Jesus.
- practice faith formation with children of various ages.
- work through the biblical message using their learning style to do activities for their age level.
- experience God's love through prayer, activity, and worship each week.
Do you love to sing? Our intergenerational choir sings a variety of music, from classical to modern, from Gospel to Taize. Jordan Jones leads our choir and soloists, and he will work with singers of all ages and experience levels. Come and have fun making music together!
Contact Jordan with questions.
Do you love to paint, color, crochet, knit, or do something else creative? Come join with other creative souls to make art together. Bring your own supplies or engage in a shared activity. We will have mandalas available to color and Pastor Manda will teach us how to make and use prayer beads.
(Photo: "Make Art, Not War" mural by Randy Tarampi on Unsplash)
Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday," was traditionally a day to use up all the rich foods like sugar and butter before the season of Lent, when many Christians fast from certain foods. Join us for an evening of sweet treats and board games before we begin Lent on Ash Wednesday.
Join us for a contemplative service of scripture, communion, and candlelight as we remember Jesus' Last Supper before his crucifixion and go with Christ into the shadows before Easter dawns.