MARCH 2 - APRIL 17, 2022
We live in a culture bent on definitions of a good life as continuous upward mobility–climbing ladders of prosperity with increasingly fabulous experiences that we can post to ever-more-likable social media accounts. We may comb the shelves of the self-help section in search of just the right formula to gain success. Perhaps we even gravitate towards spiritual leaders who promise great rewards if we only do “the right thing.” But life happens, right? Most times we are not moving upward but trying to repair the rung we’ve just slipped from. So what if we stopped climbing and started fertilizing, watering, and blooming right where we find ourselves? Welcome to a Lent of affirming a faith in which we are blessed, regardless, and where we can lean into embracing our “good enough” lives.
March 2 (Ash Wednesday) – Perfection is impossible. Transformation isn't.
March 6 – Ordinary lives can be holy.
March 13 – So much is out of our control.
March 20 – Lots of things can be medicine.
March 27 – We often believe we are the problem.
April 3 – We are fragile.
April 10 (Palm Sunday) - You are a group project.
April 15 (Good Friday) - Even today, God is here, and somehow, that is good enough.
April 17 (Easter Sunday) - A Good Enough Faith
NOVEMBER 28 - DECEMBER 26, 2021
The pandemic has laid bare, and widened, economic disparity locally and globally. As we enter the Advent season, how can our churches become houses where the Holy will be born anew–offering respite, sustenance and care, opening the doors ever wider to those seeking shelter from the onslaught of life? No one church can do it all, but each can do something. As we study the biblical prophets that call us to care for our neighbors and “make room in the inn,” the lonely and frightening spaces within us are filled with the light of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.
November 28 – Making Room
December 5 – A Place at the Table
December 12 – How Much is Enough?
December 19 – A Room with a View
December 24 – The Inn
December 26 – Dwelling
NOVEMBER 3 - 21, 2021
Rooted in radical love for God and humankind, we take a few weeks to reflect on our history as a church and congregation, originally called to be a place of comfort and acceptance for those who are questioning the very existence of God and faith. We rededicate ourselves to that original calling, and pledge our resources to keep that calling in place - for the sake of the world we have been tasked with loving.
November 7 – Power at Work
November 14 – That Church
November 21 – More Than We Dare to Imagine
OCTOBER 3 - OCTOBER 31, 2021
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AUGUST 8 - SEPTEMBER 26, 2021
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JULY 18 - AUGUST 1, 2021
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JUNE 20 - JULY 11, 2021
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MAY 30 – JUNE 13, 2021
As we work our way toward one of the most significant moments in our church’s history, founding pastor, Marsha J. Moors-Charles shares words of challenge and inspiration with hopes of leaving a congregation that is excited about its future. In this series she encourages us to always remember our beginning, but always look forward with great expectation as a church that lives and serves in radical love and affirmation.
May 30 – The Blessings of Stepping Into the Unknown
June 6 – Making Room for Diverse Paths to God
June 13 – Shoes to Fill – Keep it Movin’
APRIL 4 – MAY 23, 2021
As Easter people, we are called to dance our dances of freedom for all the world to see. Dances of hope. Dances of justice. Dances of love. During this season, post-resurrection stories point to the joy of living in the beloved community and extending that fellowship through our witness as we dare to dance and “sing out strong!”
April 4 – For All Peoples a Feast: Dare to Dance Again
April 11 – With Great Power: Dancing Together
April 18 – While in Their Joy – Dancing Sure
April 25 – By This We Will Know: The Dance of Love
May 2 – From You Comes My Praise: Guide My Steps
May 9 – Who Can Withhold? Break Forth!
May 16 – Gone Up With a Shout: Clap Your Hands
May 23 – Spirit Poured Out: Dare to Dance Again
FEBRUARY 21 – MARCH 28, 2021
Beach glass begins as something whole and yet discarded. As it is tumbled by the sea, it is broken and polished until it becomes a treasured “mineral gem.” We do not embrace that suffering is necessary or God-given, but that suffering is a part of life. When pain comes and brokenness enters our lives, Jesus reaches out to touch and remind us of the Treasure that we all are–worthy of new life in the midst of hopelessness. In a year when pandemic has wreaked havoc on our world, we begin by affirming our journey to physical health.
February 21 – 1st Sunday of Lent: Treasure, our physical health
February 28 – 2nd Sunday of Lent: Safe Keeping, our community and economic health
March 7 – 3rd Sunday of Lent: Stories, our mental health
March 14 – 4th Sunday of Lent: Different Pictures, our intellectual health
March 21 – 5th Sunday of Lent: Restoration, environmental health
March 28 – Palm Sunday: Holy, Wholly, our integrated health
JANUARY 3 – FEBRUARY 14, 2021
2020 gave us the chance to step out and do familiar things in a new way. 2021 will bring even more opportunities. What will we do with them? Where will they take us? Who do we want to be?
January 3 – New Starts
January 10 – Circling Back
January 17 – Hello!
January 24 – Plans
January 31 – Making Progress
February 7 – Christian Offense
February 14 – New Love