Nov 21, 2013 Announcements

Sermon:  “Out of Place, Out of Time”

Scripture:    Luke 23:32-43

In this passage from Luke, there are many references that highlight the place of the cross as a place for shaming — not just for Jesus but for anyone accused of moral failure.  The stage is set and all the actors take their place on this stage of shame.  An ironic twist is involved in this “play”, one worthy of Shakespeare.  The tables are turned, and the place of shame becomes a healing place.  What role do we play in this drama?  What is our relationship to God through this sacred space?  What does it mean to enter into Paradise?

Join us for worship 
on Sunday, November 24th at 10:30 a.m. and for coffee and fellowship after the service.

Wrap Around Sale
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).The sale runs from 1-5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, throughDecember 15th (closed Thanksgiving weekend.)

Wrap Around is 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?

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 (  The meditations are due this coming Sunday, the 24th.

We will once again be sponsoring two families for Christmas,
purchasing presents for them.  Our families this year are living in a shelter.  Look for the mini-tree in the back of the sanctuary this Sunday, which will have slips of paper with gift suggestions, along with instructions.  If you have questions, or need more information, contact Ellen (

The Outreach Committee
will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 25th.

Decorate 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.

Men’s Bible Study
Wednesday, December 4th at 6:30 p.m. at Panera Bread at Porter Square.  Please contact Kevin, Josh, Solimar or Pierre for more details.

Nave Gallery Music Series: New Music of Viola D’Amore.
Thursday, December 5th, 7:30 p.m. :Marco Fusi and Davide Ianni.  World premiere of a new work by Davide Ianni.  U.S. premieres: “un uori con dentro un dentro (2013) by Clara Iannotta.  “Cinque notturni da braccio” (2013) by Federico Gardella.

will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, December 9th.

Horizons Bible Study
will meet on Friday, December 13th at 3:30 p.m. at the home of a church member.  For more information, please contact Salam (

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 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 the home 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 at See you there!

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