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Updated: Aug 1

Love in Action Food and Hygiene Drive

July 19 was the date of our last Love in Action Drive.  I was in Kenosha for the drive as the Family Prayer Rock Painting was held at the same time.  I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful it was to see so many of you!  While I have known that I have missed all of you terribly, the joy of seeing you on Sunday filled my heart.

It was also a day we broke a record with the number of items collected.  1156 items were collected.  Thank you!  Thank you also for inviting your neighbors to share in this most important ministry to care for our neighbors.  To date 7372 items have been collected and distributed to the Salvation Army and Grace Welcome Center.  Thank you to Deb Barrientos, Mission Chair for organizing these Drives and the growing number of those of you who are volunteering to staff the events.  This past Sunday Harrold and Vicki Humphrey and Ruth Walls assisted.  Pamela Garside-Meyers, Deb and Frank Barrientos provided three vehicles to collect and deliver the items.

Our next Love in Action Drive will be August 2 from 1-3 pm.  In conjunction with the drive, we will be hosting a Family Card Making Event to make cards to send and deliver to church members.  Come and bring your food and stay a bit for a socially distanced event.  All supplies will be provided (along with water and snacks).

Items to Give Away

Two families in the church have the following items to give away.

2 twin-bed headboards and frames; matching 3-drawer and 4-drawer chest of drawers; small TV stand (can handle up to 42" TV); upholstered chair; end table; 2 power-lift & recliner chairs? The Great Courses series - a number of series on the Bible and theology have been donated to the church. If you are interested in learning something new, or have need of any of the furniture listed above, please contact Pastor Susan or Pastor Justin.

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Compassion Worship Series and Book Study

New this Fall!

Starting Rally Day, September 13 we will begin a new worship and study series on compassion-based on Gregg Louis Taylor's book, Here Now With You: Six Movements of Compassion for Life and Leadership. During these six weeks, we will be invited to pay attention to six ways of experiencing God's movement of compassion in our own lives. There is no better time for us in this season of pause to reflect upon our lives and our ability to contribute to the world through compassion. In the forward to the book, Gregory Boyle writes, "By learning to be compassionate just as God is, we become more authentically connected to one another and expand our awareness of the God who is always here." Ruth Walls recommended the book to me after our Advent Worship series looking at the intersecting experiences of joy and compassion. I have been deeply moved by this short, sound, easy to read book and I know you will be too. Pastor Susan P.S. Start planning on inviting friends to worship and study.

Sign up now for a new class starting by Zoom on Wednesday evenings starting September 16 from 7-8:30 pm by emailing Ruth Walls at ruthwalls72@gmail.com. Books may be purchased through Cokesbury or Amazon or obtained at your local library.

Sign up here!

Starting Tuesday, July 28th through Sept. 8th - from 7 - 8:15 pm we will gather via Zoom and discuss Marcus Borg's book, Days of Awe and Wonder - How to Be a Christian in the 21st Century. Marcus Borg (1942-2015) was a canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, OR and the Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University. He also happens to be Pastor Justin's favorite contemporary theologian. Please email or text Pastor Justin if you would like to join this 7-week study. The cost of the book is $10 (we have 8 copies) or can be ordered online.

Sign up here!

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July 19

Two sessions, 1 pm, 2 pm

All families are being invited to paint prayer rocks on the front lawn of the church.  We have limited spaces available as we will be social distancing and families are asked to sign up to reserve a spot.  Families are defined as anyone with or without children and youth in the home. We will also be putting together rock painting kits for those who are uncomfortable gathering but would like to participate in this July activity at home.   Contact Pamela Garside-Meyers for a registration link if you did not receive one.  pamela.garside@garrett.edu

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