On February 24th we will begin a new seven-week adult study series. Sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:15 in the chapel. We will be studying Paul’s Letter to the Galatians.
During the Protestant Reformation and the Roman Catholic Council of Trent in Europe in the 1500s, it was Galatians and not the commonly used Letter to the Romans that was the most hotly debated book in the New Testament.
This course comes from the Kerygma Program and will be facilitated in this manner. There will be discussion and group presentation. Each participant is asked to read a brief assignment in the Resource book and the related word and scriptural references prior to each session. Those scriptural references, Basic Bible References in Kerygma language, are necessary to understanding every session. At the end of the assigned reading there will be several suggestions for further Research as well as questions for Reflections.
Everyone is invited to attend as many sessions as you are able. Your presence makes us better.
“How The Grinch Stole Christmas” was presented on Sunday morning, January 12, by the Kids Club, during the 10:00 a.m. worship service. Originally scheduled for December, the play had to be rescheduled due to illness. As usual, the kids did a great job and the congregation enjoyed singing along on some of the songs!
The Adult Study group for November/December tacked the book of James, using a study guide written by Dr. Carol Miller, a retired and redirected Methodist Minister.
Topics included The Mysteries of James, What Is Faith?, The Dangers in Ourselves, and Warnings and Instructions.
Our annual Thanksgiving Feast was held on Sunday, Nov. 16, immediately following the 10 a.m. worship service. Members were asked to bring a favorite Thanksgiving dish to share and invite friends or acquaintances who were spending Thanksgiving alone.
On Pumpkin Festival Weekend, October 25-26, the congregation held worship on Saturday evening at 5pm Saturday INSTEAD OF on Sunday morning. This was a special Halloween-themed service. Many participants wore costumes; children trick-or-treated through the sanctuary then went to Kids Club for Halloween activities.
Pastor Dennis Johnson led a seven-session adult education course on the book of Job, in September and October. Titled “The Every Person: Job and the Life of Faith,” topics included an Introduction to Job the Book and the Person, An Ancient Story of Every Person, Job’s Impatience, When Familiar Answers Fail, Closing Arguments, The Voice of the Whirlwind, and Life Within Our Limits.
On Sunday, September 7 the Federated congregation celebrated Rally Day. The morning began with 10:00 am worship. During the service the congregation celebrated their safe journeys and reunion with “water communion” – sharing water collected from summer activities and travels. Rally Day is the start of the fall Sunday School program known as Kids’ Club and there were lots of children attending. Nursery care was available for the youngest little ones.
Following the service, the Board of Religious Education hosted games and activities for all ages. Topping off the morning was a potluck in Dutton Hall. The Board of Membership and Fellowship providee beverages; members and friends brought a dish to share and their own table service.
A god time was had by all.
A Fall & Winter Clothing Sale was held on Friday & Saturday, Sept. 26-27. A variety of used warm clothing was available including pants, shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, coats, jackets, hats, scarves, gloves, boots and shoes.
“Embracing An Adult Faith” is an exciting, five-session adult formation resource for those seeking a richer understanding of issues in contemporary Christian practice and theology: Who really was Jesus? What is salvation? How do we practice our faith? How do we live in community?
The group met in the chapel each Tuesday from 7 to 8 pm. Topic schedule was as follows:
March 11 – “God”
March 18 – “Jesus”
March 25 – “Salvation”
April 1 – “Practice”
April 8 – “Community”