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SCRC Newsletter – 2/14/20

Two groups, pictured above, gathered to begin a conversation about how to embody community. One group wants to create a greater sense of belonging in the church. The other group wants to build a stronger connection to the surrounding area. You are welcome to join them when they meet next on Monday, March 9, at 5pm.

HAND 2 HAND FUND The St. Croix Reformed Church has a fund designated to help residents who find themselves in immediate financial need to get past a crisis. The Hand 2 Hand fund may also be used in other ways to benefit the community where there are significant struggles. If you know of someone, or of a situation that needs immediate assistance, please speak with either Pastor Peter or any member of the Consistory. Perhaps we can help.

VIRGIN ISLANDS CLERGY PEACE COALITION The VICPC on St. Croix is sponsoring faith-based community organizing because they believe that frustration without action leads to bitterness and empathy without action leads to burnout. They are looking for two representatives from each congregation to attend a workshop on Monday, March 16, at 6pm. It will be held at St. Croix Reformed Church.

LISTENING FOR GOD’S P.U.L.S.E. Frank Rogers, in his book, Compassion In Practice, defines compassion as “simply being moved in our depths by another’s experience and responding in ways that intend either to ease the suffering or to promote the flourishing within that person.” Pastor Peter will be preaching a 6-Lenten series on that topic. You are invited to take a copy of the book from the back of the sanctuary.

VIRTUAL BIBLE STUDY Pastor Peter has started a new Facebook group for a virtual Bible study. Please take some time this week to leave a comment and respond to others.

COMING TO THE TABLE God is working to create “one new humanity” in the church. We have been given the “ministry of reconciliation.” If you’d like to see more peaceful cross-cultural relationships, then come to the table on Sunday, Feb. 16, with a drum circle at 4pm and a discussion at 5pm.

INWARD AND OUTWARD! In response to the survey results, the Consistory has decided to form two teams to meet the needs and fulfill the hopes of the congregation for the year. You are invited to join them in these efforts. One team will focus on a greater sense of belonging in the congregation. The other will focus on a stronger sense of connection with the surrounding area. Mark your calendars for Monday, March 9, at 5pm and speak with one of the Consistory members listed below for more information.

MASSAGE THERAPY You are invited to join Amie Medina and others for a lesson in message. Bring your spouse, your partner, or a friend to learn some basics in massage, stretching, and healing touch. We’ll meet in the sanctuary on Saturday, February 22nd, from 3-5pm. Please bring some towels or floor mats with you.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES Sacred Breath, Wednesdays @ 6pm Yoga for the People, Fridays @ 9am

A Calling to Community

One of the most prevalent needs and hopes that you expressed for 2020 is community. Next week is your first chance to put those desires into action. On Monday, February 10, at 5pm, you can be part of a team that plans events and activities so that the congregation can be “involved” in “outreach” or “support” one another in “peace” and “love.” The goal for this year is “growth.” With God’s help, we can achieve this goal as you play your part in the body of Christ. See you Monday!

Upcoming Events & Activities – Week of Feb. 2nd

GRILL ON THE HILL

Next Saturday, February 8th, we’ll gather for our monthly grill. Bring something to cook or a dish to share. This month is special because it’s one of the last the Tom Calhoon will be able to attend before he takes his next assignment off island. Come thank him and celebrate his time here.

COMING TO THE TABLE

God is working to create “one new humanity” in the church. We have been given the “ministry of reconciliation.” If you’d like to see more peaceful cross-cultural relationships, then come to the table on Sunday, Feb. 16, with a drum circle at 4pm and a discussion at 5pm.

INWARD AND OUTWARD!

In response to the survey results, the Consistory has decided to form two teams to meet the needs and fulfill the hopes of the congregation for the year. You are invited to join them in these efforts. Mark your calendars for Monday, February 10, at 5pm and speak with one of the Consistory members listed below.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Sacred Breath, Wednesdays @ 6pm

Yoga for the People, Fridays @ 9am

A Call to Participate.

A word cloud compiled from survey answers of SCRC members.

What do you need from St. Croix Reformed Church this year?

What do you hope for St. Croix Reformed Church this year?

Over the last two months, members of SCRC have been answering those questions. What you see above is a word cloud. It is a reflection of the key words the members used. The larger the word, the more often it was written as part of an answer. In the dozens of submissions, the word “community” was the most prevalent. It was followed by “growth” and “outreach.” So, now what?

Now, the elders (Jane Coles, Brad Ebersole, and Willette Lewis) are inviting you to participate in planning events that will contribute to our growth as a congregation, focusing on our inward life. And the deacons (Laurie Bohlke, Dan Binoniemi, and Dan Huston) are inviting you to participate in planning events for outreach, focusing on our outward life. They may approach you or you are welcome to approach them. There will be two teams of 8-10 people, meeting monthly, to work out the details.

This is one way to answer God’s call to participate as members in the body of Christ. Or, as many of you expressed in your answers, a way to be INVOLVED. Mark you calendars for Monday, February 10, at 5:00pm.

Upcoming Events – This Week!

Yoga For the People – Claudia will be leading yoga on Fridays beginning this week. Join her and others at 9am in the sanctuary. See you there!

Grill On the Hill – On the second Saturday of each month we gather on the hill for good food and good conversation. You can bring something to grill or a side to share. The grill is lit at 5:30pm. Bring a friend!

Ordination & Installation – Willette Lewis and Dan Huston have been elected by the congregation to serve as an elder and a deacon. This weekend we’ll ordain and install them to their new positions during our worship service. Please come and express your gratitude this Sunday.

Two Surveys – Two Days!

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The Reformed Church in America has established a team called Vision 2020. Like many denominations, the RCA has been wrestling with decisions made regarding sexuality, particularly homosexuality. The Vision 2020 Team has been given the task of offering a way forward for the denomination in the year 2020. They would like the input of SCRC and invite you to take their survey. There are two days left!

In addition, St. Croix Reformed Church would like your feedback as well. For the last few weeks, brief surveys have been available for you asking two questions:

What do you need from SCRC this year?

What do you hope for SCRC this year?

We would like to get at least 30 responses from the congregation. There are hard copies available each week in the sanctuary. You can also reply by email to stxreformed@gmail.com,

Thank you!

Reminders for This Weekend – December 14 & 15

DRUMMING UP JUSTICE is postponed until January. So we will not be meeting this Sunday. However…

Seawalls St. Croix is a 10-day event happening this week and next. Artists are using their talents to draw our attention to the oceans around us, the plastic piling up there, and ways that we might make a difference. Pastor Peter is moderating a discussion on “Organizing For Change” on Sunday, December 15 at 3:45pm. This is a great substitute for Drumming Up Justice.

GRILL ON THE HILL is also postponed until January. So, we will not be meeting this Saturday. However…

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LIVE NATIVITY is taking place this year on Saturday, December 21st, at 4pm. As always, there will be carols and cookies, dramatic readings and donkey rides! This event is open to the public, so please invite people to join you.

Survey Says?

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In order to implement our 2020 goals in the ways that our most relevant and meaningful to you, we’d like to get your input. Please take a few moments to answer these two questions:

What do you need from St. Croix Reformed Church this year?

What do you hope for St. Croix Reformed Church this year?

There are hard copies in the sanctuary that you can fill out on Sundays. Or, you can submit your answers by email to stxreformed@gmail.com.

Thank you!

This Week’s Sunday Worship @ 4pm

Just a reminder that we’ll be worshiping at 4pm this Sunday, December 8, because of road closures during the triathalon. See you Sunday afternoon. Spread the word!

Live Nativity – Save the NEW Date (December 21st)!

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In some places “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” when the blustery breezes blow and the snow starts to pile up. But, on St. Croix, we look forward to fun and festive events like the Live Nativity at St. Croix Reformed Church. There will be costumes and carols, cookies and donkey rides. The program will begin at 4pm.

Come a little early to choose your costume. Bring a some cookies or other sweets to share. Stay after to enjoy the sunset and, yes, ride on the donkeys!