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This Sunday's Service: "Workers in the Vineyard"
In the gospel reading for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost, Jesus tells the "Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard." In the story, all the workers receive the same exact pay, regardless of how many hours they have labored. This may seem unfair, but Jesus's point is that God's extravagant love extends equally to all.
Join us this Sunday at 10 AM (either in person or streaming live online) as we explore the "Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard" and how it applies to our lives today. Message: Rev. Marchiene Rienstra. Music: Peter Black
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Last Sunday's Service --17th Sunday after Pentecost: "The Parable of the Workers"
In the gospel reading for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, Peter asks Jesus how often he needs to forgive someone who has wronged him. "As much as seven times?" Peter asks. Jesus replies, "Not seven times, but seventy times seven times."
If someone has hurt us deeply, this might seem an almost impossible assignment, but Jesus knew we must forgive if we are to have peace and harmony.
Please enjoy last Sunday's service, when we explored the "Power of Forgiveness." Message: Pastor Sal Sapienza. Music: Peter Black
Remembering Nancy Mendonca
It is with great sadness that we share the news that our church member, Nancy Mendonca, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Louisiana. Cards of condolence can be sent to her husband, Roger, at 4620 Tabony Street, Metairie, LA 70006. Nancy and Roger are pictured here with Pastor Sal at last fall's church trip to Sedona.
Thanks To Our Beach Cleaners!
Thanks so much to all of those who turned out to help clean our beaches last weekend, with special thanks to the Creation Justice Team's Kathleen Klage for facilitating! Pictured here are Brad Hopkins & Dave Bohn; Anne & Doug Petersen; Tom Fahlstrom; Emily Tieman; Linda Charvat; Jennifer Schwarb; Kirsten Stannis; and Kathleen Klage.
True North Field Trip!
On Tuesday, members of True North shared a private tour of Meijer Gardens, including a tram tour of the extensive sculpture gardens, a walking tour of the Japanese Garden, and a delicious lunch in the food court. Thanks to Louise Kenny for making all of the arrangements with the amazing team of docents at Meijer Garden! Pictured are: Back Row: Debra Carr, Pat Denner, Linda McWebb, Joyce Wright, Lisa Titus, Carol Brown, Sheryll VanPortfleet, Kathleen Mueller; Front Row: Louise Kenny, Barb Lucier, Barb Witt, Linda Marth, and Barbara Flynn.
September 24 Campus Stewardship Meeting
Our Church Council is busy setting campus stewardship goals -- a project list for strengthening, securing, and updating our campus buildings, along with a plan for funding these projects. After church and coffee, at 11:30 am on September 24, our Church Council will hold a special Campus Stewardship Meeting in the Friendship Hall. We will be reviewing and voting on this plan, and all church members are encouraged to attend! We will provide Zoom access if we have members interested in participating in this way. Please let church admin Julie Ridl know as soon as possible if you require Zoom to participate.
Can You Help With Treats for Coffee Hour?
Thanks to all who worked with our treat coordinator, Joyce Wright, in August, to provide treats for our beloved coffee hour! We still need treats for September. You can find the sign-up sheet for treats waiting for us in the Friendship Hall! Or connect with Joyce (you will find her contact information in the Membership Directory.) Thanks so much!
Much Needed: Cat-Free Home for German Exchange Student
Greenheart Exchange found a great home for this shining young German exchange student who is great with kids and dogs, but can't be in a home where cats have been living. He's very allergic. If you can provide a cat-free home that has no recent history of kitty occupation, to this bright young man for the remainder of the school year, or know someone who might, please contact Julia Collingsworth by email, email@example.com, or by phone, 269-225-7418. Thanks so much!
Annual Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off! September 26
The Annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event will be held for all Tri-Community (City of Saugatuck, the City of Douglas, and Saugatuck Township) residents on Tuesday, September 26 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the City of Saugatuck Department of Public Works Building (3338 Bluestar Highway). This community service is made possible through the Tri-Community Recycling Committee and generous support from the Rotary Club of Saugatuck/Douglas, the City of Saugatuck, Saugatuck Township, KLSWA, and the Saugatuck Township Fire Department. Find all the helpful information about what will be accepted and where at the links below. You must sign up for a drop-off time so the committee can plan their day!
Here are the links for HHW Day
1. sign up to drop off https://bit.ly/HHWDay2023
2. sign up to volunteer https://bit.ly/HHWDay2023Vol
Spiritual Center Offerings for October!
Here are the one-time classes being offered to members and friends in October:
DIVINE SIGNS: DEVELOPING EYES AND HEART TO SEE
Rev. Marchiene Rienstra
Wednesday, October 4 (3:00-4:30)
If there is interest, an additional time will be added from 7:00 to 8:30 that evening
How can we become aware of the Divine Signs in our daily lives? These often take the form of special meetings, happenings, sightings, or coincidences…synchronicities. Come explore this lively and exciting way of tuning in to these Divine Signs that guide us and enlarge our vision of the possibilities unfolding for our lives.
NOTE: Anyone who attended Rev. Rienstra’s September offering – “God is Speaking. Are You
Listening?” – and is interested in further discussion may phone or email her to arrange further
conversation. Likewise, anyone who did not attend that session, but is interested in learning more should also reach out to Rev. Rienstra.
Barb Flynn, Certified Spiritual Advisor
Thursday, October 5 (10:30-noon)
Harvest is a wonderful metaphor for the transformation that takes place in the human heart each Autumn. Join us as together we ask significant questions about our own needs for healing and wholeness.
DOG MEETS GOD…SESSION 2
Rev. Ginny Mikita, Animal Chaplain
In September, we began an exploration of animals and their spirituality and the value of interspecies practices in nurturing their and our spiritual lives. In this session, we will continue exploring specific spiritual practices to engage the five physical senses of our animal companions. We will practice using photos of our companions and our imaginations.
NOTE: This session is appropriate for those who attended Session 1, as well as those who wish to join for the first time.
Sign up sheets will be in the Friendship Hall, or contact Julie to be put on a class list.
All groups will be limited to six persons.
Harvest Moon Service, October 1: