Good News: On kick off Sunday, September 15th, our Christian formation programs hosted 92 participants, including 57 children and youth, and 35 adults.
On Sunday mornings, we have programs for the youth and children in our congregation. For Sunday School and Youth Group, children are invited to arrive no later than 9:25 a.m. in the undercroft for the Opening Ritual. Then youth and children will transition into their rooms until 10:20 a.m. when parents should pick them up. The first seven weeks of the program year we will be focusing on the six pillars in the Character Counts Program: fairness, caring, citizenship, trustworthiness, respect, and responsiblity. Children’s Worship, from 10:35-11:00 a.m. in the undercroft, gathers young children and their parents for songs led by Joe Smith and good news shared by the clergy. At 11:00 the whole group goes back upstairs to join the rest of the congregation for communion.
The Forum (for adults) on Sunday, September 22, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. at The Grand, next door to the church
Seven American Idols (or Cults): While it is misleading to claim that America is a Christian nation, it is arguable that a majority of American citizens and residents are Christian. Where Christianity calls us to worship only God, we Americans often turn our adoration towards other objects, creating, in effect, cults for those objects. This forum will discuss critically seven of those objects: quantification, efficiency, science, literalism, democracy, individualism, and black & white thinking (jumping from one extreme to the other). Led by The Rev. Dr. Chris Dreisbach.