We would love to send someone from our congregation to pray with you or simply give a brief blessing at your workplace or home during the week. Click here to reserve your time slot, or you can contact the church office. One of our pastors and/or a Deacon will visit you at the time and location you select to offer a blessing.
Invitation from Pastor Caela
Summer in a college town often marks a change of pace, even for those of us who aren’t affiliated with the university. The town empties out a bit and it’s easier to park in Aggieville, go for a stroll downtown, or simply rest in any of our beautiful natural areas near Manhattan. In the years that I’ve been at First Congregational, we’ve often focused on a communal spiritual practice each summer. In 2014, when I first arrived as your pastor, I spent the summer meeting with about 75 of you one-on-one. Together, we practiced the holy act of “holding space” as I was able to hear your stories and we started to get to know each other. In 2015, we had several social meet ups around town – going for walks, having drinks, playing at the playground. Again, we “held space” in community – laughing together and swapping stories. Last summer we focused our attention on Keeping Sabbath. Our boards and committees each took a month off and we found breathing space in our shared ministry. Additionally, I made an intentional shift in how I focused my own time, carving out more space for my own spiritual practices, big dreaming and pondering, Bible study, and more. My guess is that focus on making space for Sabbath will continue in the summer of 2018….and that the Holy Spirit is probably smiling about that.
This summer, the Deacons and I want to present two new options for your consideration. Both are very minimal and flexible time commitments. Both would be a blessing to you. Both would deepen your sense of connection with God. I hope you’ll consider participating in one of these spiritual practices with us this summer. If you have any questions, please do reach out!
- Pastor Caela
The Vitality and Outreach Committee invites you to join us for a Dinner Discussion with the Ministry of the Decorative Scissors on Friday, May 18 at 6pm. Come for a simple supper and great conversation with new and old friends. Members of the Ministry of the Decorative Scissors will join us to talk crafting!
This training will include specific information regarding how to participate in the direct actions in May and June, including a schedule, demonstration of various roles and updated legal information.
Please RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2rd6TSn
All community members who are interested in this work are welcome to attend and participate. Those who have not attended previous trainings will have the opportunity to stay after for a few minutes to review the principles of the Poor People's Campaign and the covenant of non-violence.
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