Message from Bill & the Presiding Bishop
Ascensiontide by Liza Anderson:
Reflection on Communion:
Reflection on Rest as a Spiritual Survival Tool during Coronavirus:
Reflection on Earth Day:
Reflection on Wilderness:
Welcome to the wilderness. Churches didn’t ask to be here. Our navigational devices don’t work. Trends and disruptions we thought were decades off are now on the doorstep. And despite all the talk of reopening church buildings, we aren’t going back to “normal” any time soon. What is God up to here, and what are the holy possibilities, adaptations and challenges we could embrace together? Join Stephanie Spellers, Dwight Zscheile and special guests for a limited digital series that combines Zoom webinar, Facebook Live chat, and podcast to engage the big questions today’s wilderness church must face. The series runs June 9–July 14.
Session 1: Welcome to the Wilderness Webinar: June 9 | FB Live: June 11 | Podcast: June 16
We don’t know how to embrace the wilderness—its uncertainty, suffering, and loss. How might we follow our biblical forebears and trust God’s lead?
Session 2: The Church Scattered Webinar: June 16 | FB Live: June 18 | Podcast: June 23
We know how to go to church (i.e., the building), but we struggle to be the church (i.e., the people of God on the move). How might we rethink church as a network of distributed communities living Jesus’s Way of Love?
Session 3: In Solidarity with guest Kelly Brown Douglas Webinar: June 23 | FB Live: June 25 | Podcast: June 30
We don’t know how to prioritize gifts and leadership from the underside. Especially in a time when the most vulnerable are suffering disproportionately, how might we ensure the church doesn’t get more balkanized around race and class?
Session 4: The Gospel in the Neighborhood Webinar: June 30 | FB Live: July 2 | Podcast: July 7
We don’t know how to share and receive the gospel with neighbors who might be discovering God for themselves. How might we speak authentically of faith and listen for God’s voice in surprising people and places?
Session 5: In the Face of Death Webinar: July 7 | FB Live: July 9 | Podcast: July 14
We shudder in the face of death and loss. How might we lean into the mystery of Christian faith and discover where God is moving … even when it looks like the end?
Session 6: Worship Beyond the Building Webinar: July 14 | FB Live: July 16 | Podcast: July 23
We don’t know how to truly value worship outside of consecrated buildings, especially when it’s online. How might we experience digital and distributed church as real worship?
There are two lending libraries; one for Adults in the second floor Olcott Room and one for children and teens in the parish hall. Feel free to borrow books!
We are going to try an experimental paperback book exchange. These will not be catalogued in the usual manner. Rather, if anyone has paperback books that they would like to share, drop them off at the library and they will be placed on the shelves of the paperback exchange, which will be marked as such. In addition to donating to the exchange, feel free to take home as many as you like and return them at your convenience, or keep them forever.
Ministries- A great way to meet people is by becoming involved in a ministry like adult, bell or brass choirs, usher, distribute communion, set up the altar or lector during Sunday services. Check out GROUPS for more information.