Current Events

Current Events

“Come as you are to worship!” All people are welcome! Large print prayers books are available.

Our Sunday Rite II service is at 9:30 a.m. with hymns and praise music. Coffee time and Adult Inspirations follow the service.  Children (ages 3 through 3rd grade) meet during the readings and sermon and return for the Peace and Communion with their families.  Living the Good News lessons and activities are presented during the school year. 

On the first and third Wednesdays, the service is held at Rittenhouse at 9:30 a.m..  Equally as important as connecting with God, these services afford us an opportunity to connect with the residents.  Come worship and be a friend to our senior brothers and sisters in Christ!

Fr. Rob will be away on Sunday, September 10, but we will have an amazing supply priest at church: retired Bishop Edward Little. Bishop Ed kindly makes himself available when priest from our diocese are away. Please plan to worship with us on Sunday, September 10 and to warmly welcome Bishop Ed and Sylvia back to our church!

The Adult Inspirations class will reconvene on Sunday, September 17 with a six week DVD studyentitled “The Broken Way” by Ann Voskamp. “Brokenness comes in all shapes and sizes. Over all of our broken chaos there’s Jesus having died on the cross, Jesus agonizing over all our brokenness, Jesus bleeding here in our mess. Our brokenness is made whole by His brokenness.” Join us in exploring how facing our brokenness can be the path to wholeness in Christ. Join the conversation!

Rather than having a Pet Blessing on the first Saturday in October, pet owners are invited to bring their pets for a blessing during the Sunday service on October 8.  Stay tuned for more details!

Two major recent events temporarily broke the broadcast news channels’ constant focus on partisan politics. The first of these events was the solar eclipse that happened on August 21, 2017. Here in Indiana, we were fortunate enough to be in the area of the U.S. where the eclipse was total. As I visited people in various nursing homes that day, staff members and also residents were abuzz with news of the progress of the moon across the face of the sun. According to local news reports, there were areas in Chicago were crowds gathered to watch the eclipse together. And it was told that, though not everyone had brought the “eclipse glasses” needed to view the eclipse safely, such gathering were marked by people generously sharing their glasses with strangers. At least for a few minutes, people were bonded together by a sense of wonder over God’s amazing creation. The last time the United States witnessed a total eclipse of the sun was in 1979.
The other event that broke the focus on partisan politics was not such a happy event as the eclipse. Just a few days later, on August 25, Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas as a Category 4 Hurricane at peak intensity.  Harvey’s arrival ended a twelve year period during which the United States did not experience a major hurricane making landfall. Over a four day period, Harvey would dump more than 40 inches of rain over much of eastern Texas, causing catastrophic flooding. In the midst of the reports on the loss of life and extensive damage to property were stories of how ordinary citizens formed impromptu rescue parties to seek out and save those trapped in their homes. Hundreds of people were saved by friends, neighbors and strangers before rescue workers could even arrive. In the midst of great danger
and misery, people cared for each other.
The question I have for us is, where should our focus be?  Do we really need to fixate on our differences? Perhaps we shouldn’t wait for extraordinary events like a solar eclipse or major hurricane to remember that much more binds us together than what separates us. Maybe is it ALWAYS important to remember our common humanity.  God bless you and see you in church on Sunday!

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