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Bulletin announcements: 23rd October 2016
The Life that Really Is Life – Stewardship for 2017
Paul describes a life of joyful generosity as “the life that really is life”
(1 Timothy 6:19).
Over the coming weeks in worship, we are looking at that kind of living—giving thanks, recognizing the gifts of our community, and imagining how we will give in the coming year. Then, on 6 November, we will be offering our commitments of our time, our talents, and our money for 2017. Please join in over the coming weeks!
Walking Together – A Gathering for Newcomers and Members
Are you new to our congregation? On Sunday 23 October, there will be an evening gathering for newcomers and current members of the congregation from 18h30 to 20h00. The evening will include a meal, time for conversation and questions, and a short time of study. Interested in attending? Please contact Andy Willis.
31 October – Joint Commemoration of the Reformation
On 31 October 2016, Pope Francis, for the Catholic Church, and Bishop Munib Younan and Rev. Dr Martin Junge, representing the worldwide communion of 145 churches of the Lutheran World Federation, will cohost the joint commemoration of the Reformation, launching its 500th anniversary. This is the first time in history that Lutherans and Catholics jointly commemorate a reformation anniversary. This is an outcome of five decades of ecumenical dialogue between the LWF and the Catholic Church. It will be held in Lund and Malmoe in Sweden. Lund is the birthplace of the LWF in 1947.
The heading of the commemoration is "From Conflict to Communion: Together in Hope" and it is structured around thanksgiving, repentance and a commitment to joint witness. It will include a common prayer in Lund Cathedral and a public event in Malmoe Arena where 10000 people will participate. An important element of the event is a pledge to leave conflict behind and to jointly serve the neighbor in a world fragmented by conflict.
The Joint Commemoration will be live streamed on the web and also made available for churches later. The schedule for the live stream is as follows:
14:30–15:45 Lund cathedral, liturgy based on the Common Prayer.
16:40–18:00 Malmo Arena, Together in Hope, a gathering focused on joint service to refugees and others in need.
You can watch the live stream with others at the Ecumenical Center, or you can access it yourself: https://www.lutheranworld.org/content/joint-commemoration-livestream
Sunday Morning Study this Fall – Liberated by God’s Grace
In 2017, the Lutheran World Federation will hold its Twelfth Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia. In preparation for this gathering, the LWF has gathered essays and reflections from Lutheran theologians, pastors, and thinkers throughout the world around the theme “Liberated by God’s Grace.” This fall, we gather to read several of these reflections, touching on the Bible, spirituality, and living an engaged Christian life. The group meets on Sunday mornings from 9h45 to 10h45 through September and October. Sign up now for a copy of the study materials— CHF 10 per copy. All are welcome!
Tuesday Evening Bible Study
An evening Bible study takes place in the Gemeinderaum on Tuesdays from 19h30 to 21h00. We are using Carol Miller’s Good News for All: the Gospel of Luke from the Kerygma series. The student book is CHF 20 (please speak to Pastor Andy if this is a problem). We plan to meet through 1 November, with the possibility of one or two more sessions in late November. Please join us. All are welcome!
Lord Nelson Mass
The choir will join the German choir in singing the Lord Nelson Mass by Haydn on 4 December. If you would like to participate in the event, the German choir is working on this on Tuesday nights beginning at 20h15. The rehearsal is conducted in German and French, but you can sit near someone who can translate if necessary.
On Saturday 15 October, 10h00 to noon in the church, Terry MacArthur will practice with children ages 7-12, preparing a song for Sunday 16 October. The commitment would be for both Saturday and Sunday morning. If there is interest, we will continue on January 14-15, March 18-19, April 29-30. The rehearsal will be conducted in English. The time will include a mid-morning snack, and also preparation for involvement in other parts of the worship service. If you have children who might be interested, please talk with Terry, so he is prepared for those who come.
Memorial Concert for Max Heckler, the partner of Terry MacArthur
The Quartet Sine Nomine will play the Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major,
Opus 130 by Beethoven on Saturday 19 November at 13h00 in the church. Refreshments will follow
Save the Date – Harvest Festival 6 November
Each year, our congregation gathers for a fall Harvest Festival—a festive worship service followed by an auction. We auction offerings of the community, and all funds raised support development projects outside the congregation. This year’s festival will be 6 November. Now is the time to start thinking about what you can offer: a meal in your home, an excursion in the area, an evening of babysitting, an item….
This year, our congregation has decided to support two wonderful organizations with our Harvest Festival offering:
- Zimbabwe Council of Churches:
In the midst of an unstable political, economic, and social situation, the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) is working to equip local congregations throughout the country to work for peace and the empowerment of all. Our support will assist in the training of peace facilitators working in communities throughout the country. Kenneth Mtata, a member of our congregation, has just begun work as the General Secretary of the ZCC. The organization writes: “This is an ecumenical initiative to ensure that peace is enjoyed by all the citizens and also to ensure that all have life and have it in abundance; and reclaim the constitutional promise of full citizenship, enjoyment of human rights, and active participation in politics and civic life for all Zimbabweans.”
- Vocational Training Program – LWF Jerusalem
The Lutheran World Federation-Jerusalem has been providing vocational training to Palestinian youth since 1949. Today, the Vocational Training Program continues to empower Palestinian youth, “particularly the needy and refugees with a focus on women, by providing vocational training that results in graduates contributing positively to their civil society.” A group from our congregation will be traveling to the Holy Land in November and will visit the LWF Vocational Training Center in Beit Hanina. Our community's support will assist up to five students with particular financial need, making it possible for them to receive training in a practical vocational skill.
THRIVE Conference – Working with Refugees in Geneva
On 26 October, several members of our congregation will be assisting with a conference organized by THRIVE, a local nonprofit helping to connect refugees with possibilities for employment. The conference will last from 14h00 to 18h00, and there are lots of ways to help out. Contact Betsy Pipher if you’d like to volunteer:
Administrative Assistant away 19 October – 1 November
Donna Phillips, our administrative assistant, will be on vacation 19 October – 1 November, and will return to work the afternoon of Wednesday 2 November. Pastor Andy will be checking email and phone messages in the meantime.
Open Lectures Hosted by World Council of Churches
The World Council of Churches is hosting two public events this week:
• Tues 25 October, 14h30 to 17h30: WCC joining the “Blue Community,” with water rights activist Dr. Maude Barlow.
• Wed 26 October, 17h00: “Interreligious Dialogue in an age of violent extremism”, Dr Sathianathan Clarke, Church of South India—Professor of Theology, Culture and Mission at Wesley Theological Seminary. RSVP to
Calendar of the coming week: 23rd-31st October 2016
Monday 24th October
Prayer group at the church - 19h00
Tuesday 25th October
Luke Bible study at the church - 19h30
Thursday 27th October
Choir practice at the church - 20h00
Sunday 30th October
Class at the church – “Liberated by God’s Grace” - 09h45
Worship on the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost - 11h00
Andy Willis preaching and presiding. Texts: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 46; Romans 3:19-28; Luke 6:20-31
Calendar: 'Refreshments schedule full year 2016' - view PDF file
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