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This Week 2/28/2016


LENT – Come Closer: Family Ties


“The capacity for friendship is God’s way of apologizing for our families.”

― Jay McInerney, The Last of the Savages
“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”
― Frederick Buechner

Our first relationships are with our family. They grow to know us better than anyone else and we can know them just as well. Perhaps that is why relationships with family can be the most difficult ones we will ever have.  Because they are our first relationships, they are also the first people who will anger us, betray us, fail us, and break our hearts.  Family is our first chance to learn how to forgive and be forgiven.
We see many family dynamics in the family Jesus describes in the parable of the Prodigal Son. We are also given some clues on what it takes to come closer in those relationships.

I hope you’ll join us this Sunday at 10am for meaningful worship and community.  If you cannot join us in person you can always be with us through Internet Streaming.
Peace,       Matt Gough

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Isaiah 55:6-8
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32



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Sunday: Worship Service,10am (S); Library open, 9am-noon (L); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR)

Daily (Monday-Thursday): Spiritual Quiet Time, 1-3:00pm (AR)

Monday: Tai Chi, 8:30am-10am (DH1,2); Meditation, 10am-10:30am (AR); Hula, 12pm-2pm (DH1,2)
Tuesday: In Stitches, 6:30pm-8pm (L); Great Decisions, 7pm-8:30pm (DH 3)
Wednesday: No yoga. Tai Chi, 8:30am-10am (DH1,2); Piecemakers, 9am-11:30am (B3); Library Work Time, 9:30a-12:30p (L); Club 56, 5:30pm-7pm (YH)
Thursday: Chancel Choir Practice, 7-9:00pm (DH)
Friday: Tai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2); Meditation, 10am-10:30am (AR); Preschool Family Game Night, 6:30pm-8pm (DH1,2&3)

Next Sunday:  Family Worship Service and Communion, 10am, (S); Library open, 9am-noon (L); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR)



Sermon Discussion – Grab your coffee and cookies and join Pastor Matt after worship in D3. This is an informal discussion centered around our responses to and questions about today’s texts and sermon.

Adult Ed/Great Decisions 2016. Tuesdays from 7-8:30 PM in Dennis Hall. Topics remaining are:
3/1- Korea
3/8- Climate Change
3/15- UN
3/22- Cuba
Contact Steve Neville,

There will be no Wednesday yoga class on March 2. Class will resume on March 9.

Preschool Family Game Night will be held this coming Friday, March 4th, from 6:30pm-8pm in Dennis Hall. All ages are invited to attend, so come join us!

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Parenting Workshop

Info Night

Tuesday March 15 5:30 pm Allison Room

Come for a quick intro about a workshop we are offering in conjunction with the preschool. 
Esther Schiedel will be there to describe her workshop:

Positive and practical skills based on the books How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk and Liberated Parents, Liberated Children both by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Most valuable for parents with children aged 3 and up, although those with younger children will find the ideas helpful. 
Group discussion, role play, workbook on these topics: Helping Children Deal with Their Feelings; Engaging Cooperation; Alternatives to Punishment; Encouraging Autonomy; Praise; Freeing Children from Roles

We will learn and practice skills and use them to problem-solve individual situations.

The Workshop will be held on Tuesdays from 6pm to 7:30pm in Dennis Hall starting with a light dinner beginning March 29th and ending May 3rd.  Childcare will be provided.

We ask for a $25 donation per family for the entire workshop and materials.




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