“…we cannot let ourselves be crushed by the present or worry ourselves with insane anxiety about the future. There is no point in living disillusioned and frustrated all the time…we must receive life as a gift from God and take advantage of the gratifying moments that humanize, even when they seem insignificant.”
— Elsa Tamez (courtesy of Dayna Kinkade’s sermon “What Time is it?”
- Nunc Dimittis
- What Time is it?
- The Person Who Remains
- Save the Date!
- Nominating Committee Report-Correction
- Disciples Women January Schedule Correction
- Green Chalice Ministry News
Check out Pastor Dayna’s 4th Sunday of Advent sermon “Nunc Dimittis” from Sunday December 24, 2017. Go here to get the full text.
What Time is it?
Check out Pastor Dayna’s sermon from Sunday December 31, 2017. Go here to get the full text.
The Person Who Remains
Amid all that dementia takes away, how do we nurture the spirituality that endures?
By Janice Hicks January 2018
MY MOTHER LIVED WITH dementia for more than 20 years. My family members all experienced grief that was deep and complex, yet there were surprising moments with Mom that I found profoundly spiritual. As I spent time with her through the stages of her Alzheimer’s, I experienced a few times when she reached a place more complex and lucid than our understanding of her medical condition might allow.
As a scientist with an interest in chaplaincy, I wondered: What is known about this intersection of dementia and spirituality? What does the church say about dementia? How might all this inform our ministry to those experiencing dementia?….Read More Here https://sojo.net/magazine/february-2018/person-who-remains-dementia-spirituality
Save the Date!
Rob Blair will be ordained at First Christian Church of Orange on Saturday January 27 at 11:00 a.m.
Nominating Committee Report – Correction
Disciples Women January Schedule Correction
Long Group meets Wednesday January 3 at 11:00 a.m. in the Fireside room.
Green Chalice Ministry Tips . . .
For your own pocket, and the good of the environment, don’t wash half loads. Wait until there’s enough to do a load and cut your laundry in half. Also, think about the water temperature. If every household in the USA switched from a hot to a warm cycle, it could save the equivalent of 100,000 barrels of oil per day.
Don’t Waste Napkins
We’ve all done it – gone somewhere and took a napkin or two more than we needed, only to throw them away unused. If everyone in the USA used one less napkin a day, current figures show that it could save a billion pounds of space in landfills.
It’s Back! Prayer Collage Sessions
Monday January 8 6:00-7:30 p.m., Worship/Wonder Rm
Gather in community for space to engage spiritual practice through art, with collage as the primary medium. You’ll be given some simple suggestions to guide the process, yet you are welcome to create “outside of the lines.” You’ll be given a brief devotional prompt at the beginning which might shape your prayer focus for the evening – or you may focus on something different. Supplies provided. No artsy inclinations needed.
Queer & Affirming • Wednesday, January 10 @ 6:30 p.m. Chapel
Q & A, or Queer and Affirming is a new ministry filled with worship, music, fellowship, Bible study, A safe and welcoming space for the LGBTQA+ community and allies to explore spirituality and worship together. Designed to be healing and affirming wherever you are on your spiritual journey.