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News for January 23, 2024

This Sunday, Jan 28: In-person service at 10am

Our guest preacher this Sunday will be our own John Latham, talking about Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his approach to questions of freedom. John has spent many years studying Bonhoeffer and his writings, and we are the lucky beneficiaries. Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian, imprisoned by the Nazis for his resistance activities. He was hanged on April 9, 1945, a few months before the end of the war in Europe.

The Giving Sunday offering for January is for Abundant Grace Coastside Worker, helping the homeless on the coast. Their director and visionary, Eric Debode, has been our guest preacher many times. Including last Sunday.

Recent sermons

Check out our YouTube page to see recent sermons. Go to our archive of slides to see bulletins and slides used during recent services.

Starting in Sept 2023, recordings of our Taize services are also on the YouTube page.

Due to a technical glitch, Polly's sermon on "The Hard Work of Peace" didn't get recorded. You can read the text here.

Pepe Doyle's sermon on "My Search for Joy" is posted, though not publicly. Contact the office for the link.

Jim Mathews visit on Jan 28

George and Karen Conklin plan to visit Jim Mathews this coming Sunday, January 28. If you would like to send along any cards, letters, or Valentine’s treats, please give them to Karen after worship. John L. is also going to help install a bulletin board for Jim’s messages and photos.

Valentine Make 'n' Take on Sun, Feb 4

Invite your friends and come make valentines! Sunday, Feb 4 from 12-2. Craft materials will be supplied, as well as expert guidance from long-time valentine makers Jim and Marilyn Garrison. Lunch will be provided but you are encouraged to contribute a Valentine-themed dessert. Questions? Karen Conklin will have the answers!

Upcoming services and events

• Weds discussion group: Jan 24 (7 pm), Zoom

"Basic Bible Stories", meeting the main characters of the Old Testament. We'll continue with the story of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.

• Book Group: Sun, Jan 28 (7 pm), Zoom

Al Hasse is still going to lead the Book Group! The next discussion won't be until after their move and the holidays, which will give you plenty of time to prepare your arguments, pro and con, on Sam Harris' "Free Will".

Taize Service: Fri, Feb 9 (7:30 pm).

Candidating Sunday: Sun, Feb 11 (10 am) We will hear the preaching of a candidate for our next minister, and vote after the service. Voting members of the church are requested to be present.

Links and resources

Free Zoom session on the new SB4 legislation, Jan 24, 11-12:15. Register to get the link.

Westar Institute class on divine violence, "God is All the Rage", Thursdays on Zoom, Feb 1 - Mar 7, 7-8:30.

Second annual "Step Up for the Homeless" from Abundant Grace, Feb 14-Mar 17.

Quote of the week

"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences." -- Audre Lorde

Weekly events

• Meditation group: Wednesdays at 7:30 am

In person at the church building.

• Sunday worship: 10 am

In person at the church building.

Image: Dietrich Bonhoeffer


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