Friday, November 26, 2010

Justice For The Poor meal and conversations, noon, Sundays Nov. 28-Jan. 2

Hi all. For the next six Sundays, we will have a slightly newer, later, format for gathering in order to focus on the new DVD conversations Justice For The Poor from Sojourners, an always significant discussion but especially so during Advent and Christmas as we try to counter the dominant cultural forces of consumerism and individualism and prosperity. All are invited. If you worship elsewhere, you can come at noon for our meal and watching the DVD, or come whenever you can around that time and get in on the good conversation.

Each of the next six Sundays we will have our special Advent and then Christmas communion services at 11 a.m. during the season. (This Sunday the communion homily will be "Where Are Our Lives Located? and introduction of Advent will be "Welcome To A New Time Zone" both based on readings from the new book Common Prayer: Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals). Then at noon we will have our common meal (feel free to come even if you can't bring anything for it but if you can feel free to add anything to the feast) and we will begin watching the Justice For The Poor DVD followed by conversation. And who knows what will come out of the conversations....

Nov. 28: Burger King Mom, first Sunday of Advent
Dec. 5: Is There Something Wrong with the Gospel of Prosperity?, second Sunday of Advent
Dec. 12: Standing at the corner of Church and State, third Sunday of Advent
Dec. 19: The Gospel according to New Orleans, fourth Sunday of Advent
Dec. 26: Outside The Gate: The Poor and the Global Economy, first Sunday of Christmas
Jan. 2: From Serial Charity to a Just Society, second Sunday of Christmas

These feature Jim Wallis, Shane Claiborne, John Perkins, Richard Stearns, Tony Compola, Desmond Tutu, Heidi Unruh, David Batstone, and others.

Go to for each week's upcoming liturgy and for more of the readings that will shape the homilies and more.

First Sunday of Advent: Candle and liturgy for Peace
Second Sunday: Joy
Third Sunday: Love
Fourth Sunday: Hope
Christmas Eve Service begins at 11 pm and concludes with the breaking of Christmas Day.
First Sunday of Christmas Dec. 26
Second Sunday of Christmas Jan. 2

Other gatherings:
Tuesday, Nov 30, 7 pm community association, O'Brien Park
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 6:30 pm Christmas Decorating the Center and more
Tuesday, Dec. 14, 6:30 pm movie
Tuesday, Dec. 21, 6 to 8 pm Christmas Open House Party

Stay tuned for more updates. We now have a closing date set for Dec. 1 for our purchase of the historic but abandoned for several years Turley Methodist/Witt Memorial Indian Methodist/Zion Baptist church building. I love that we will be transforming this space that has been home to predominantly white church, predominantly American Indian church, and predominantly African American church in its history. We have much work to do to clean up from the vandalism as soon as we own it, so many opportunities to pitch in. Pass on to churches and youth groups you might know, and civic groups.

Thanks and blessings of the Season,

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