In This Week's E-Pistle, You Will Find:
This Sunday's Service: "Martin & Jesus"
In this Sunday's gospel reading, we hear the story of Jesus calling his first followers. And, this weekend, we also celebrate the life and spirit of another follower of Jesus: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A Christian pastor and a man of great faith, Dr. King reminds us during this Epiphany season that "Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only Light can do that."
Join us this Sunday at 10 AM (either in-person or streaming live online), as we celebrate Jesus and Martin and their vision of building the Beloved Community together. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Jeff Spangler
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Last Sunday's Video — "The Baptism of Jesus"
In last Sunday's Gospel reading, we heard the story of Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. Most Christians have been baptized at some point in their lives, either as infants or as adults. But, what exactly is the meaning and significance of the ritual of baptism? Please enjoy last Sunday's service, when we celebrated Jesus's baptism and explored the meaning and purpose of baptism in our lives. We also participated in our annual "Burning Bowl" ritual. Message: Pastor Sal Sapienza. Music: Peter Black and Jeff Spangler
Click here to read, listen to, watch, and share Pastor Sal's Homily.
2023 Mid-Year Congregational Meeting
More than 60 people attended last Sunday’s Congregational Meeting, where we looked back in gratitude on 2022 and set our vision on 2023. Thank you to all who participated; to our Church Council; and to all who presented: Chris Clark, Kathleen Mueller, Peter Mueller, and Kelly Wright. We are also grateful to Beverly Hawkes to taking minutes and to Julie Ridl for monitoring those joining via Zoom.
The Prayer List Reboot
At our meeting last Sunday, Pastor Sal announced that we are rebooting the Prayer list this week, with a new process for keeping our prayer requests updated. If you have a prayer request you'd like include in the list, just send your request to Julie Ridl at her church email address.
Call for Altar Flowers
We have a new Altar Flower signup sheet in the Friendship Hall, posted on the bulletin board over the coffee table. There are plenty of openings over the next six weeks. If you would like to provide flowers in memory of a loved one or a special event, please sign the sheet on the bulletin board in the Friendship Hall or email Julie Ridl. Thank you!
Tax Letters are In the Mail
All of the year-end donor letters are in the mail, and should arrive in our mailboxes in the next week. If a letter is expected and does not arrive, please contact Jim Kern, our Church Council Financial Secretary, by email (click here) to let him know.
Social Justice Team Meeting: January 24