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New Adult Bible Study Starts This Week!

Friday, February 15th, 2013

This week a new segment of our ongoing “Living Word” small-group Bible study gatherings begins: “Is Heaven for Real? Near-Death Experiences and the Bible.” This topic runs from Feb 17- Mar 27. Come and see what our Christian teachings have to say about heaven. We meet Sundays at 8:00am, Tuesdays at 4:00pm & 6:30pm, Wednesdays at 7:00am & 9:00am. Can’t get to the church for class? You can participate from your home computer; please contact Pastor Joanne if you are interested. All are welcome!

Maasai Sunday

Monday, April 30th, 2012

We welcome our dear friend Francis Sakuda back to the church on Sunday, May 6 – his 9th visit to New Canaan. Francis and the people of his Kenyan village have developed a special partnership in mission work with our church; over the years together, we have crafted an approach to addressing the most urgent short-term and most beneficial long-term needs of the Maasai: water, food sustenance, and education.

In 2004, the entire church raised money to build a water pipeline to supply water to the village of Olosho-oibor and surrounding African villages. Since then, our church’s partnership with the Maasai has included purchasing drought-resistant goats, water cisterns used to harvest rainfall, solar panels to provide electricity to homes, greenhouses to cultivate vegetables, and purchasing chickens to provide food and income. Along with the critical missions concerning food and water, the Maasai have identified education as crucial to their future. In an ongoing project, our members support Maasai children unable to afford school with scholarships, often supporting a child all the way from first through twelfth grades.

Schools and families both will benefit from this year’s project, a repeat of the highly successful water cistern mission. We will raise funds for harvesting tanks that collect rain water and store it to be used during periods of drought; the goal is to purchase 100 tanks for homes and 25 for schools. Our Church School classes, under the direction of Christy Lombardozzi, have begun collecting offerings to purchase as many water tanks for schools as possible.

Mr. Sakuda will attend the 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. services of worship on Sunday, May 6, and will also attend the Children’s Chapel service at 9:30am that day, where he will help lead a Communion ceremony in Ma, the Maasai language. A welcome celebration will be held in Smith Hall at 10:30am, where a delicious brunch will be served for all in attendance — including the children! The fundraising kickoff for the water cistern project will begin, and Francis will be on hand to greet and answer questions.

Guest Preachers this Sunday

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The Rev. Dr. David Bartlett and Rev. Dr. Mark Douglas join us again this Sunday to preach on Christianity and Homosexuality. A luncheon and sermon talk-back session will follow at 12:15pm in Smith Hall.

The third in a three-part series from Rev. Drs. Bartlett and Douglas, “Christianity and Homosexuality” will focus on what the Bible tells us about homosexuality, as well as give us an ethical framework for thinking through how we as Christians and together as a church start to form our opinions on this relationship.

Let’s Talk About It – Getting Our Lives in Order

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Sunday, April 15 at 4:30pm in the Parlor.

Although we may believe that aging and death are parts of life, talking about it and planning for it can be difficult. Culturally and emotionally, there are resistances to such conversations and most of us would rather avoid thinking about aging – let alone dying. “Why do we need to talk about it?”  “What do we need to discuss?”   “What kinds of plans are needed?”    “Can’t we do this later?”   “It’s all taken care of, so why are you worried?”   “I’m not planning to die anytime soon.”   “Why do you need to know?”

Many of the concerns suggested in the above questions and comments will be addressed by Lyn.  These issues apply to those of us who want and need more information about talking about and planning for aging and death and also those who want guidance and support in approaching family members.

Questions will be welcomed after the presentation.    A small booklet titled “Preparing for Death” will be available for purchase and other hand-outs will be given.

With Lyn Bond, Director, Lapham Community Center, Church member, and Social Worker

Adult Forum with author Deborah Scroggins

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Deborah Scroggins is a name you should know if you are a reader of contemporary nonfiction and stories of compelling women. She has won six national journalism awards for her reporting from Sudan and the Middle East. She is a former correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and has published articles in Granta, The Independent, Vogue, and Glamour.

Wanted Women is a riveting look at militant Islam, Muslim women’s rights, and the war on terror — brought into focus through two lives on opposite sides: activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali and religious extremist Aafia Siddiqui. The book has met with rave reviews in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Economist. Scroggins’ tales of her experiences in Pakistan and The Netherlands while researching the book are fascinating, and the information she uncovered makes for a can’t-put-it-down-read. Wanted Women provides an illustrative take on our time, stripping away the illusions — about women, war, faith, and power — that have distorted the conflict on both sides.

Please join us this Sunday, March 25 at 4:30pm in the Parlor for this event!

Lux Aeterna

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Please join us at 9:15am and 11:00am this Sunday, March 18, for Lux Aeterna, performed by the Chancel Choir accompanied by orchestra. The special music will begin 15 minutes early, before the start of each service.

Lux Aeterna was composed by American Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943) for chorus and chamber ensemble; it was composed for and premiered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale on April 13, 1997. Lauridsen served as Composer-in-Residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale from 1994-2001. These piece contains five movements, all referring to “light” or illumination on various levels: spiritual, artistic, and intellectual. Using sacred Latin texts, Lauridsen composed this work in response to his mother’s final illness. It is a serene and beautiful masterpiece of understated power and color.

Lauridsen’s music is currently performed more frequently than any other American composer.  Lauridsen has been given many awards including “American Choral Master” by the National Endowment of the Arts in 2006.  Past chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, poet Dana Gioia, describes Lauridsen as “one of the few living composers whom I would call great.” President George W. Bush presented him the National Medal of Arts in a White House ceremony in 2007. In January, 2012 The Wall Street Journal featured an article about Lauridsen: “The Best Composer You’ve Never Heard Of.” The documentary “Shining Light” on Lauridsen’s life and music will be available on DVD March 30, although a date has not yet been set for PBS to air it. Currently Lauridsen is Distinguished Professor of Composition at the University of South California. He lives in a renovated general store that overlooks Puget Sound, where he treasures serenity and silence.

Join us this Sunday, March 11!

Friday, March 9th, 2012

This Sunday, March 11, we will be truly blessed to welcome back  renowned Yale theologian Dr. Miroslav Volf to our church, preaching and teaching at the 8:00, 9:30 and 11:15 services and at the adult forum at 12:30. Curious about the furor over Christian values in our national politics? Professor Volf’s new book, “A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good” has been voted one of the best theological books of the year. Curious about our engagement with Islam? Professor Volf’s recent book, “Allah: A Chistian Response” has charted a new way forward for mutual understanding. Curious about the intersection of faith and globalization? Professor Volf’s course at Yale on the subject, co-taught with Tony Blair, is now being followed at Universities all around the world. Dr. Volf will be preaching at all three worship services and then lecturing and taking questions at the 12:30 adult forum lunch (free!). We also welcome the Pivot House Men’s Choir at the 9:30 and 11:15 services. See you there!

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