Sermon: “This (age) and That (age): Part 2”
Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Last week’s scripture and sermon focused on how people tend to think of eternal life as a future “age to come”, while Jesus brought the concept of “that age” as a way of living that can transform “this age”. In the passage this week, Paul is addressing some people who thought of their Christian life as something that would really occur at the return of Christ (that age), and were therefore living in “idleness” in this age — …. What is Paul meaning when he uses the Greek word that is often translated as “idle” (it can also be described as disorderly or disruptive)? What does it mean to “work” in the church? I am reminded of Bonhoeffer’s notion of “cheap grace”….. What message does this offer for our “modern age” and how we find meaning (or not) through a work beyond ourselves?
Join us for worship on Sunday, November 17th at 10:30 a.m. and for coffee and fellowship after the service.
The Horizons Bible Study
The Horizons Bible Study group will meet in the home of a member on Friday, November 15th at 3:30 p.m. (the event was postponed from November 8th.) For more information, please contact Salam (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Nave Gallery Wrap Around Sale
The Nave Gallery Wrap Around Sale starts with a Cupcake Reception this Saturday, November 16th from 1-5 p.m. The sale itself runs from November 16th -December 15th on Saturdays and Sundays, from 1-5 p.m.(but will be closed on Thanksgiving weekend.
Each November, the Nave Gallery hosts the Wrap Around Sale, a sale of handmade knitted/crocheted/sewn goods to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC).
It’s a great way to buy some unique and handmade gifts, and support a wonderful local organization.
Last year they raised almost $3,000 for SHC. Can they raise $5,000 this year?
Nave Gallery Music Series: The New England Tuba Quartet
Saturday, November 16th at 7:00 p.m. Nave Gallery Music Series: The New England Tuba Quartet is performing music of Renaissance through to today at The Nave Gallery in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Douglas Ruby – euphonium
Travis Anderson – euphonium
Bill Gray – tuba
Nick Cotton – tuba
Suggested donation for this event is $10 or $5 with purchase of a handmade knitted/crocheted/sewn article from the Wrap Around Project. Sales from the Wrap Around Project support the Somerville Homeless Coalition.
For more info, see http://navegallery.org/wp/the-new-england-tuba-quartet-concert/.
There will be a prayer meeting in the Green Room right after coffee hour on Sunday, November 17th. Jesus said, ‘When two or three are gathered in my name, I am there.” Bring your prayers about whatever joys or concerns you may have on your mind and in your heart. All are welcome.
Coming soon: Advent Meditations Booklets!
Every year we look forward to reading the meditations written by members and friends of the church as they reflect on the daily scriptures during Advent. If you would like to write a meditation for this year’s booklet, please contact Craig (email@example.com).
The Outreach Committee
will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 18th.
Men’s Bible Study
Wednesday, November 20th at 6:30 p.m. at Panera Bread at Porter Square. Please contact Kevin, Josh, Solimar or Pierre for more details.
Sponsoring a Family for Christmas
We will once again be sponsoring a family for Christmas, purchasing presents for them. Look for the mini-tree in the back of the sanctuary in mid-November, which will have slips of paper with gift suggestions. For more information, contact Ellen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Decorate the Church for Christmas
On Sunday, December 1st, after coffee hour, we will decorate the church for Christmas. Save the date and look for more details to follow.
Session will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, December 9th.
Advent Fellowship Potluck
Please join us on Saturday, December 14 for a trip to Zoolights at the Stone Zoo followed by a potluck dinner. Zoolights is a winter wonderland of tree lined paths decorated with holiday lights. In addition to being able to see some of the animals of the Yukon Creek section of the zoo, there is also Santa’s Castle, along with fairy tale characters and dancing plush animals.
Tickets cost $7.00 for non-members and $6.00 for zoonewengland members. Children under 2 years old are free. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.zoonewengland.org/StoneZoo or at the zoo. It is recommended to avoid long lines buying tickets online.
We will meet at the Stone Zoo, 149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA at 5pm. After enjoying Zoolights we will travel to thehome of church members for the potluck portion of the evening. Feel free to attend one or both parts of the evening. For those who are attending the potluck only please meet us at the home of church members at 6:30pm and bring a main dish or appetizer. For those attending Zoolights first, please bring a dessert or item like a salad that will be ok sitting in a car. For more information, or if you would like to carpool, please call Ruth atRuth.email@example.com. See you there!