Oct 5, 2014 Announcements

Sunday, October 5th
Sermon: “Telling the Truth in the Vineyard”

In this story told by Jesus to the religious leaders in Jerusalem, the image of a vineyard that he uses (and used elsewhere in scripture) is one that reminds us that as the “people” of God (ethnos — used in this story) have new responsibilities and are co-creators with God in the life of this world. We are called to take care of those vineyards/fields/workplaces/families/communities/corporations/churches, etc. in which we are called individually and collectively to serve. As you study this passage, don’t assume the tenants are wicked to anyone else hearing the story as Jesus talks (only the religious leaders who had just challenged him)….

Join us for worship on Sunday, September 28th at 10:30 a.m., and for coffee and fellowship after the service.

Conversations  on Eco-Justice:

Wednesday, October 5th: Introduction to Ched Myers’ Sabbath Economics
Gathering begins at 6:30,ending at 8:00 p.m. in the Green Room.
Public Welcome!!   Booklets available at the meetings.

World Communion – Peacemaking Offering

On Sunday, October 5th, we will celebrate World Communion Sunday.  We will also collect the Peacemaking Offering.  The Peacemaking Offering funds the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, enabling us to bring in International Peacemakers, hold conferences, and advocate for active nonviolent solutions to conflict.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) views peace as a core part of our identity and calling as believers. It is a central declaration of the gospel, calling us to model our lives in the pattern of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.

The offering is used to inspire new approaches to active peacemaking, to equip God’s people to be compassionate and prophetic peacemakers, and to connect communities of peace in accompaniment, mutual learning and shared action for the transformation of the world.

Our congregation receives 25% of the fund collected to promote local and global peace and justice efforts.  This year we will support Grassroots International (grassroots.org) and a fund to aid Syrian refugees in Lebanon, run by the Near East Theological Seminary, based in Beirut.

Please participate in this offering and make this a time to renew your commitment and reaffirm your called to peacemaking. Together we can transform cultures of violence into communities of peace.

Nave Gallery – Truth Telling: Art in Search of Social Justice
Special exhibit! The Nave Gallery, located in our building, will be holding a special show in October.  Celebrating the gallery’s 10th anniversary, it’s called Truth Telling: Art in Search of Social Justice and will be curated by our former pastor, Karl Gustafson. Please note Sunday, October 5th, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in your calendar, and plan to attend the opening!  Karl will be visiting the area for a week, and will be at the opening.

Men’s Bible Study
Meeting at Panera Bread in Porter Square on Wednesday, October 8th at 6:30 p.m.

Session Meeting
The Session will meet on Wednesday, October 8th in the Green Room at 7:30 p.m.

Food Justice Sunday
Sunday, October 12th, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Discussion with the Young Adult Volunteers working for food justice throughout the Presbytery of Boston this year.  Public welcome.  More about the program at http://bostonfoodjusticeyavprogram.wordpress.com

HONK!Fest Parade in Somerville
October 12th:  Join us to walk from the church to view the parade in Davis Square.  More information at http://honk.fest.org/2014-festival/schedule/

Fall Fellowship Event-Apple Picking and/or wine tasting!
Saturday, Oct. 18th, 1pm-Join us on Saturday October 18th at Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton for Apple Picking and/or wine tasting! We will meet in front of the winery building at 1pm. Wine tasting is $6, and apple picking is $15 for a peck or $25 for a 1/2 bushel. If enough of us want to pick apples, we can split the cost of a bag. There are picnic tables on site that we can use to eat a snack or mingle. If anyone needs a ride please contact Jenny Herzig and we will set something up. Questions? Visit Nashoba’s website at http://www.nashobawinery.com/ or email Jenny Herzig jnherzig2@gmail.com.

Prayer Meeting
Sunday, October 19th:  We will meet in the Green Room after coffee hour. 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 to attend.

Talk Poetry – Hear the Truth! 
Sunday, October 19th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Poetry Jam hosted by Clint Smith, National Poetry Slam Champion. A high-energy evening of poetry on today’s critical social justice issues.
5:00 p.m.:  Community reception to meet the artists (free)
6:00 p.m.  Performance by Clint Smith and area poets ($10 suggested donation)
Public welcome!  More information about Clint Smith at www.clintsmithiii.com

Conversations on Eco-Justice:
Wednesday, October 22nd: Introduction to the Watershed Discipleship Movement
Gathering begins at 6:30,ending at 8:00 p.m. in the Green Room.
Public Welcome!!   Booklets available at the meetings.

Baby Baptism
We will celebrate with joy the baptism of the son of Laura and Ryan Ma on Sunday, October 26th. May God’s blessings be with their family.

The Blues as Truth-Telling:  Scott Ainslie in Concert
Sunday, October 26th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and civil rights today with noted blues historian and musician, Scott Ainslie.
5:00 p.m.:  Community Reception to meet the artist (free)
6:00 p.m.:  Concert and discussion ($10.00 suggested donation)
Public welcome!  More information about Scott Ainslie at http://scottainslie.com/

Greeting Card Collection
The Deacons are collecting greeting cards to send to church members/friends in need. We can especially use sympathy cards, and friendly “thinking of you” cards. We would like to create a collection so we can respond to needs more immediately. Please bring in unused cards and leave them in the container in the copy room if you would like to donate.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *