Forty Minutes, a between-the-services adult educational program, is taking a new look at the Old Testament. The featured lecturer for the series is Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. If you haven't really thought much about the Hebrew Scriptures since your days at Sunday School, you are in for a few surprises in this series.
These lectures are scholarly but presented in a way that is approachable; no academic rigors are expected of participants at Forty Minutes. All are welcome to join us in a quest to discover new insights into the scriptures that Jesus embraced. Sessions are from 9:40 to 10:30 a.m.
Opening day 2014 was a smashing success, with our parking lots full and the boulevard abuzz with happy shoppers. Happy, too, will be the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard troops when they get to phone a loved one back home. Forty goodie baskets ranging from gift certificates to a golf outing valued at $300 were raffled during the Holiday Bazaar put on by the women of the church, ECW.
"Operation Phone Home" was organized by Jean Silver again this year, and netted more than $2,100, which will pay for a lot of minutes for our troops to phone home.
The market is now open for business from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday until next April. More information on the market is here.
This annual liturgy of blessing God's creatures will be during the Farmers' Market Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. Cages and leashes, please.
And that means the activities are ramped up. The Farmers' Market, Gift Shop, Unique Boutique, men's group, ECW, God's Gardeners, yoga and t'ai chi are in full swing. As to Sunday worship, we're back to three services. Everyone's busy getting ready for holidays and entertaining guests from the cold north. If you are wondering what to with your time, ask your neighbor at mass this Sunday. Perhaps he or she will invite you to participate in one of our many activities.
A liturgy of thanks at 1 p.m. will be followed at 2 p.m. by a turkey dinner. Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy—plus lots of pies—will be supplied; you provide the sides. Sign up in the parish hall.
It's the tenth anniversary of the ministry that will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 4, at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner, dancing, Haitian music, Haitian art and a silent auction. Please call the church office by Nov. 20 to attend. Suggested donation is $15.