As we ramp up to full speed with the church year, I want to invite you to participate in a few new opportunities.
First, you might remember that a Sunday Conversation Series began this summer involving St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Cedarhurst Unitarian Universalists, and Westminster Church of the Brethren. It is a series designed to provide a meaningful forum in support of the progressive church. Over the three summer sessions, we developed good momentum and settled into a model that seemed to work. Sessions are typically organized around and time of food and fellowship over a potluck supper, a brief presentation of material to spark conversation on a designated topic, then free-ranging conversation about that topic. So, back by popular demand, we will continue the series through the church year. Planned sessions, which generally take place, with one exception for Thanksgiving weekend, on fourth Sunday evenings from 5:00-7:00pm are as follows:
October 26 at Westminster Church of the Brethren. Bruce Marshall from Cedarhurst will lead a conversation about “How can we bring change to society?”
November 16 at Cedarhurst Unitarian Universalist Church in Finksburg. I will lead a conversation about “How to be church in a world that doesn’t necessarily want church.”
No Conversation in December
January 25 at St. Paul’s. Glenn McCrickard from Westminster Church of the Brethren will lead a conversation about “Loss.”
February 22 at Westminster Church of the Brethren. I will lead a conversation about “Making sense of various perspectives: Working toward a collective ‘truth.’”
From there, we will decide together on future topics. Please join us for this great opportunity to meet new people and explore important questions!
The 30/30 Challenge has been quite successful at generating new energy and making it possible to reinforce existing ministries and initiate some new ones. Remember that everyone is expected to join in with this effort and know that there is plenty of room for new people and new ideas. You can still sign up each Sunday morning near the Church Mouse Shoppe in the narthex at the bottom of the double Sanctuary stairs.
One of those new opportunities is a forum for publishing writings by church members and friends. For now, it is simply called St. Paul’s Publications but we will be searching for a new name. If you have a poem, a prayer, a promise, a short story or essay, an opinion piece or other writing sample that you would like to have published and distributed to others here, please submit your writing to me (email@example.com) or bring paper copies into the office. Henry and I will be getting together in early November to plan for the first edition of this new publication which will hopefully have two editions per year, Fall and Spring.
Please look at the bulletin announcements, Tidbits, and of course Highlights to see what else is going on and find a way to join in the wonderful activities going on around here.