Carolers with voices big and small, tuneful or not so tuneful, will gather for lunch after worship. After a quick lunch, we will travel to members of our congregation who are home bound and offer them some audio holiday cheer in person. It’s always a grand time with lots of joy. It is the third Sunday of Advent after all: Joy Sunday. Help us spread the joy of the season. Make a reservation for lunch by calling the church office at (909) 622-1144.
This workshop is designed for people who are new to the Labyrinth, have never walked it or have made it part if their spiritual practice. Pastor Julie will lead this event which will include an introduction to the Labyrinth, it’s origins and recent recovery as a Christian practice. The Labyrinth can be a place of healing, discernment or meditation. Julie will guide us to discover what shape we want our walk to take on this day and in future walks. Please call to indicate your plan to attend and invite a friend if you like.
The Labyrinth will be available throughout the Advent season. You are encouraged to incorporate walking it as part of your journey to Christmas, to find peace and strength.
Thanksgiving feasts and festivals date back to ancient times. Thanksgiving is not a North American phenomenon only. People throughout time, for thousands of years were prompted to give thanks for the providential provisions of harvest.
People throughout time have known deep down that we are reliant upon forces not of our own doing. People may provide the labor and the planning to bring forth food from the land, but we are also dependent upon the patterns of weather that provide rain, the seasons that allow for more sunshine and growth. It is wise to be humble about just how clever we are in the scheme of all creation. Thanksgiving is a time to remember how much we need this precious resource called Earth. Thanksgiving is a time to remember how much we require relationships of trust and caring with other people for our very survival.
Every Sunday we share a Thanksgiving Feast at the Table of Christ. He invites us to receive a bounty of grace and compassion. He feeds us forgiveness and love. We are wise to be humble about how clever we are to manage the course of our spiritual journey alone. The Table of Thanksgiving provides us a safe harbor to refresh and replenish our spirits. The Table of Thanksgiving connects us with the body of Christ, the church, reminding us that we do not have to journey alone.
Come to the Table of Thanksgiving and count the blessings of your harvest.
This morning the joint Global Ministries Office of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ received an update from Global Mission Intern Matt Fehse, who is serving with the United Church of Christ in the Philippines. Formerly, he was assigned to the Human Rights desk, but is now being utilized in disaster response as the UCCP works with communities and congregations to rebuild. Click the link below to see the update:
Here is Julie’s sermon from Sunday:
The scripture was John 6:1-15.
I am very excited about November 19th: World Toilet Day. I learned about this amazing day by watching a short documentary while on an airplane. See the 3 minute video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrCvrAuW5VU. He calls himself “Mr. Toilet” but his real name is Jack Sim. His life motto: “Live a useful life.”
Mr. Jack Sim has made it his life’s mission to bring culturally sensitive toilets to communities around the world. Sanitation, or the lack of it, continues to threaten the health of communities all over the world. Lack of sanitation limits economic opportunities for people already burdened with oppressive poverty. Clean water requires good sanitation practices. Lack of clean water is a world wide problem.
40% of world population does not have access to a simple toilet
90% of all the surface water in India is contaminated with feces.
UN declared sanitation a human right.
2.5 billion people do not have a clean toilet.
Investing $1 in sanitation generates a return of $5
“World Toilet Day is an international day of action that aims to break the taboo around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation challenge. World Toilet Day brings together different groups, such as media, the private sector, development organizations and civil society in a global movement to advocate for safe toilets. Since its inception in 2001, World Toilet Day has become an important platform to demand action from governments and to reach out to wider audiences by showing that toilets can be fun and sexy as well as vital to life.” (www.worldtoiletday.org)
http://www.worldtoiletday.org/learn_detail.php?id=3 This link will take you to an article about how safe toilets help keep girls in school. It’s been noted that societies that educate girls do better economically.
Sanitation was probably not something Jesus thought much about. However, I think he’d be a supporter of World Toilet Day because it’s purpose is to bring basic services to the ones he called “the least of these”. Most of us take for granted our access to a toilet, until there is a plumbing problem. Backpacking every year reminds me how fortunate I am to have access to plumbing. The solar toilets at high sierra camps are a real luxury.
Church World Service is an ecumenical outreach that receives some of our mission dollars. Building toilets is one of the many, many mission activities in which they engage. So next time you flush, give thanks to God for the work we are doing with others to bring sanitation, clean water and a better economic future to people we will never meet.