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If you’d like to participate in these circles, we’ll be hosting an informational gathering on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 5:00pm. This will be right before our Grill On the Hill.
What: An inter-generational circle gathering of 10-14 adults and youth who will share their struggles and success, faults and hopes for the future. It’s a mentoring strategy that helps young people navigate seasons of life with the wisdom of their elders.
Why: Studies suggest that children and youth benefit most from the investment of five adults, other than their parents, who will take an interest, encourage and support them as they grow.
How: The Way involves two monthly gatherings. The first will always be on the second Saturday of the month during which adults and youth will share what is capturing their attention, asking for support, and exploring a value that we are called to live out together. During the first gathering of the month the groups will plan an outing as a way to embody the value studied in the first circle gathering.
Year #1 Year #2 Year #3
Life/Story Life/Story Life/Story
Practices Practices Practices
Bodies Time Choices
Creativity Play Worship
Forgiveness Grieving Friends
Prayer Music Truth
Creation Justice Welcome
Stuff Work Food
When: Circles will meet on the second Saturday of the month from 4:00-5:30pm. They will plan another gathering over the course of the month in order to embody the value that they have studied.
This week’s sermon was tied together by the following theme:
“As the story of God unfolds the circle of inclusion expands. It often occurs through the scandal of friendship.”
Listen to The Scandal of Friendship
Everyone knows that lifelong learning has significant benefits for our health and long-term happiness. But, when we learn in our community of faith, we have the added benefits of deepening our relationship with God and growing in our ability to love one another. Here are some upcoming opportunities:
Oct. 20 – What does it mean to be “created in God’s image?”
Oct. 27 – What does it mean to be “created in God’s image?”
Nov. 10 – What is the future of the RCA?
Nov. 17 – What is the future of the RCA?
Nov. 24 – Book discussion: The Plateau by Maggie Paxson
Dec. 8 – What does it mean to “fear the Lord?”
Dec. 15 – What does it mean to “fear the Lord?”
Dec. 22 – Book discussion: The Plateau by Maggie Paxson
Jan. 12 – How do Christians handle conflict?
Jan. 19 – How do Christians handle conflict?
Jan. 26 – Book discussion: The Plateau by Maggie Paxson
This Saturday, October 12, we’ll be gathering for our monthly “grill on the hill.” We’ll have corn hole. We’ll have jumbo connect 4. We’ll have hot food and good conversation. Can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday evening?
We lite the grill at 5:30pm. Bring something to grill or a dish to share. There’s always plenty of food, so the important thing is to come. See you soon!
On Saturday, October 12th, we’ll gather for our next Grill on the Hill. We like to meet monthly just to hang out, play games, and enjoy the view. You’re invited! Bring something to grill or a dish to share. If you’re lucky, we’ll do s’mores!
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.”
“Having an attitude of gratitude changes the molecular structure of the brain, keeps gray matter functioning, and makes us healthier and happier. When you feel happiness, the central nervous system is affected. You are more peaceful, less reactive and less resistant. Now that’s a really cool way of taking care of your well-being.“
The first two quotes above come from the Bible. The last one comes from an article called “Scientists Show How Gratitude Literally Alters the Human Heart & Molecular Structure of the Brain.”
We begun a new practice in worship this year. The Children’s Sermon is simply asking the kids to share something for which they are grateful. So, it may seem like Pastor Peter has run out of ideas, but it’s really about responding to Scripture (& science!) and cultivating practices for peace in our children’s lives and our own.
So, you’re invited to help your kids prepare to share this week and bring an attitdue of gratitude yourself. Thank you!
We’re just over one week away from the return of Jazz Vespers for the 2019-2020 season. You’ll be excited to know that we’ll be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with the musical talents of Romanza. See you on Sunday, October 6, at 5:30pm.
If the wait is just too long, there is another jazz opportunity this Sunday, September 29, at the Caribbean Community Theater.
Do you long to listen to music with lyrics you know, played by really good musicians, in a mellow setting?? Then Pop -Up Jazz ..”Standards… Mostly” is for you and your like-minded friends. Adjoa, Marsvyn David and the VI Rhythm Ensemble – Elvis, Piky, Afra,and Loren- with special guest Kevin Rames, will swing, bossa, and ballad you on Sunday Sept. 29th from 4 – 6pm. You can support CCT by getting a coushe for your touche and visiting the bar. Tickets here $18 (please print it!!). $24 at the door (cash only) . “Be there or be square”!!! Doors open 3:30
The students came out with their backpacks and we blessed the with the song below. We also blessed them with bagtags to help them remember two important lessons. Unfortunately, we ran out, so if you’re interested in a bag tag for your student, let us know!
God of All Learning
BUNESSAN 22.214.171.124 D (“Morning Has Broken”)
God of all learning, God of all knowing,
We bring these backpacks filled with supplies.
Bless all these tools of learning and growing.
Use them, we pray, to change many lives.
Bless all the students, young ones and old ones —
Walking or riding, traveling by bus.
May they remember that you go with them,
And that they all are precious to us.
Some kids are poor and some kids are wealthy;
May we give all the tools that they need.
May we make sure they’re safe, loved and healthy
So that they all may thrive and succeed.
Bless all who learn and bless those who guide them,
Bless those who teach and counsel and care.
May they remember you walk beside them.
Through all their school days, you, Lord, are there.
Just one more reminder that we’ll be blessing backpacks this Sunday, kicking off our fall programming, and then heading to the beach! We’ll meet at the St. Croix Country Club near Frederiksted. Grill some burgers and hot dogs and swim in the cool, calm waters of the West End.
Please bring a dish to share and a beach chair to sit in. We’ll start gathering around 11:15 and fire up the grill around 11:30. See you then!