Sundays at 9:15 am, Adult Education and Youth Sunday school.
Sundays at 9:15 am, choir meets to practice.
The third Tuesday of the month at 2:00 pm, Women's Fellowship meet in Social Hall for bible study and fellowship.
Sunday 31, No Sunday School or Adult Education classes before worship
Sunday 7, Baptism of the Lord - Worship with Communion
Sunday 7, Sunday School and Adult Education classes resume
Sunday 14, Ordination and Installation of Officers
An Epiphany with Wise Women?
by Christine Schenck for the National Catholic Reporter
Throughout the Christmas season, friends occasionally send me cards, cups and other assorted tchotchkes praising the "three Wise Women." You have probably seen them: "Three Wise Women would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, swept the stable, made a casserole and brought practical gifts."
I love this humorous feminist take on a beloved Christmas story.
But, recently, a renowned authority on the Gospel of Matthew, Dominican Fr. Benedict Thomas Viviano, believes it entirely possible that women could have been among the Magi portrayed in the Matthean birth narrative. Viviano is professor emeritus at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He also wrote the commentary on Matthew in The New Jerome Biblical Commentary.
According to Viviano, "The main reason to think of the presence of one or more women among the magi is the background story of the queen of Sheba, with her quest for Israelite royal wisdom, her reverent awe, and her three gifts fit for a king."
The first book of Kings, Chapter 10:1-29, narrates the visit of the queen to King Solomon with gifts of gold and spices such as myrrh and frankincense.
Viviano believes viewing the Solomon-Sheba background as a close biblical parallel to the Magi story opens up some "previously neglected possibilities" such as the "wisdom and feminine aspects of the narrative."
In the meantime, we know that women were quite important in Jesus’ life – from birth until his resurrection. So, it’s not hard to imagine the women around Mary –the wise women of her family and town – supporting her and helping her with the baby, passing on the wisdom of the years to this new family whose child would bring holy light to the world, then and forevermore.
Hats, Underwear, Gloves, and Socks
Having learned of the needs of children entering foster care from Marion Country Child Services, we are launching a clothing drive - H.U.G.S.
Expand your thinking to include other related items such as ball caps, hair ties, brushes/combs, toiletries, pajamas, pillow cases, towel set, bathroom supplies, night light/flashlight, stuffed animals, a jacket/coat to wear with gloves, shoes/ gift cards to buy shoes....
All sizes are needed from infants to large teenagers (XL-XXXL)
We will be collecting these items throughout January, to be dedicated during worship, Sunday February 11th
"I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, 'How many good things have you done in your life?' rather he will ask, 'How much love did you put into what you did?"