On November 5, we join with Christians around the globe in remembering our saints on All Saints Day. We invite you to remember the saints in your own life by bringing along an item that represents the person you wish to honor. We will have a table set up in Pioneer-Blachly for your items. Your saint might be a relative or friend. They might be someone famous that you've never met. A saint is simply someone who has gone before us and has showed us how to live. We remember their lives and honor them the first Sunday in November. You may want to bring a photograph, keepsake, newspaper article, or some other memento. We'll have cards available for you to write the saint's name and we can all browse the items during Fellowship Hour.
Please join us for a concert of beautiful choral music on October 15, at 4:00 p.m. in our church sanctuary. Dr. Jeffrey Ward, the Director of K-State's School of Music, Theater, and Dance, will direct an ensemble of twenty singers in music by such diverse composers as Felix Mendelssohn, Herbert Howells, and Moses Hogan. Our own Bob Edwards is the organist, and participating choristers from our church include Jennifer Edwards and Gretchen and Jim Lewis. The choral concert will follow the pattern of a Vespers worship service, with Bible readings and a concluding hymn.
Sunday, August 20 we will have a Blessing of the Backpacks during worship. Children are invited to bring their backpacks and receive a blessing as they return to school. We are thrilled that the Ministry of the Decorative Scissors is again providing the custom-made backpack trinkets for our children. "Big kids" and adults are welcome to bring along their briefcases, diaper bags, work uniforms or other items that represent their daily work in the world. We will also bless those who are returning to teaching – whether that’s in a college classroom, an elementary school, or at home with young children.
Children in elementary school are invited to join us for acolyte training on Sunday, August 27th at 10am. Kids will leave Sunday School early that day to meet up with Andria and Pastor Caela in the sanctuary. We'll invite the older kids who have already been acolytes help train the younger and new ones. We look forward to welcoming a new group of acolytes into our rotation. If you have questions, please contact Andria.
School supply lists are out. College students will soon be filling the town. Summer is coming to a close. This August, join us as we go back to school with Jesus. We'll spend the month of August exploring some of his parables during worship and we kick off this four week sermon series on August 6th with a special Jazz Worship and a sermon on what it means to be a disciple. And...save the date for August 20th. We'll be blessing backpacks and teachers during worship that day and partying at Feast and Festival that night. The 20th is also our kick-off date for new classes for kids, youth, and adults at 9:30 a.m.
The season of Easter culminates in the celebration of Pentecost! Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we gather to remember God's gift of the Holy Spirit who arrives in a rush of wind and flame. Join us on Sunday, June 4th as we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit once again. You can help us by wearing red, orange, or yellow on that day....together we will make a holy flame as we hear the text from Acts 2.
Join us for our annual blessing of the animals! We'll gather at 10:45 a.m, in (shady) Longs Park. Please bring along your own chair if you've got one.
During worship, we'll bless our pets. Childcare staff will be on hand to care for young kids who want to explore the playground or the rest of the park.
After worship, stick around for a good ol' fashioned potluck. Bring a dish to share and your own tableservice. Drinks will be provided by our Board of Deacons.
FACEBOOK EVENT TO SHARE
Many thanks to all who were able to come and join us for our service yesterday! What a joy to see familiar faces from the community and connect with new friends. We are especially thankful for the leadership of Br. Sayed Haroon bin Farrukh and Br. Sajid Rahman, who taught us about prayer and fasting during the sermon. Thank you to our Vitality Committee who prepared the brunch for us. It was so good to visit and break bread together.
Some of us plan to go to the Islamic Center this Tuesday evening for prayer. If you'd like to join us, please meet in the parking lot of the Islamic Center (1221 Hylton Heights) at 7:55pm. Women are invited to bring a head covering if they are able.
Ash Wednesday is March 1st
Worship at 6:30pm
Ash Wednesday is a Christian tradition that prepares us for the Lenten season before Easter. The reasons Christians receive ashes on the forehead are twofold: 1. As a call to grieve and repent from the ways they have become separated from God and Neighbor and 2. As a humble reminder of the dust from which we came and the dust to which we’ll return. To remind us of our life season’s cyclical nature, we use the palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday to create the ashes.
Ecumenical Ashes to Go, 11:30-1:30pm
For those who are unable to attend the evening service, Caela, Sean, and our campus pastor, David Jones, will join with other area clergy to offer the imposition of ashes in public spaces. Just as Jesus did most of his ministry outside the walls of the religious buildings of his day, we delight in offering tangible signs of God's grace in public as we begin this holy season. You will find clergy outside Radina's in Aggieville from 11:30-1:30pm and inside the K-State Student Union from Noon-1pm on March 1st.
Facebook event for Ashes to Go