NEXT STEPS
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’

DARE TO DANCE AGAIN!
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

HOLY VESSELS
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

FRESH STARTS
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

-2020-

I BELIEVE EVEN WHEN
NOVEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 24, 2020

The history of humanity is fraught with pain – especially the pain that comes accompanied by fear and leads to oppression and violence of one people against another. This is the world into with Jesus was born and through which his teachings would challenge and call for transformation. This Advent and Christmas, let us fill the night with music and light and affirm and act on the reasons why we can still “believe even when” we are discouraged.

November 29 – I Believe in the Sun: Hope for Tomorrow
December 6 – I Believe in Love: Daring Right Relationship
December 13 – I Believe in God: Ode to Joy
December 20 – I Believe in the Light: Illuminating Peace
December 24 – We Believe, Even Now

RISING UP: HELPING EACH OTHER TO THE TOP
NOVEMBER 2 – 22, 2020

All of us can use a little help from time to time. We are blessed when someone takes the time to lift us up when we are down. And we are doubly blessed when we have the opportunity to lift someone else. This short series is designed to do just that, encourage others, lifting them up, blessing them. 

November 8 – Even It Up
November 15 – Resurrected by Love
November 22 – Special: Honoring Native American Heritage Month

RISING UP: HELPING EACH OTHER TO THE TOP
NOVEMBER 2 – 22, 2020

All of us can use a little help from time to time. We are blessed when someone takes the time to lift us up when we are down. And we are doubly blessed when we have the opportunity to lift someone else. This short series is designed to do just that, encourage others, lifting them up, blessing them. 

November 8 – Even It Up
November 15 – Resurrected by Love
November 22 – Special: Honoring Native American Heritage Month

THEOLOGY FROM THE BRIDGE
AUGUST 16 – SEPTEMBER 6, 2020

Bridges are made to span space and make connection. Sometimes the bridge provides the only safe way across dangerous terrain, a busy highway, or treacherous waters. There are a good number of lessons to be learned from the bridge. Join us as we take the journey across together and take a look at the Theology from the Bridge.

August 16 – Bridge Walking
August 23 – Bridge Talking
August 30 – Bridge Detours
September 6 – Bridge Crossing

DISCIPLESHIP BY THE SEA
JULY 5 – AUGUST 30, 2020

After the celebration of the birth of Jesus, we move away from the child Jesus and encounter the man, the prophet, the teacher, the healer, the trouble-maker Jesus! We will discover, through a focus on the book of Mark, the ways in which Jesus models discipleship and calls for us to follow. In Mark, Jesus is almost constantly at the shoreline, in a boat, getting out of a boat or into one! No doubt, we are in this boat together as we seek to be the disciples Jesus has called us to be!

July 5 – Call
July 12 – Invite
July 19 – Heal
July 26 – Listen
August 2 – Go
August 9 – Believe
August 16 – Trust
August 23 – Encounter
August 30 – Feed

WORSHIPPING THROUGH THE SEASON OF COVID
APRIL 12 – JUNE 29, 2020

Most of 2021 was a matter of improvising to try and keep things as stable and normal as possible. For churches, the hope was to try and keep the faith family connected and together as possible. Our once full sanctuaries were mostly empty as only those most essential to putting a worship service together were in the room. Somehow we made it work and somehow the Spirit continued to do the beautiful work of community among us.

The weeks of livestream worship were mostly our effort to respond to the moments and events of the times. The theme was simply helping each other as we worship through the season of COVID.

ENTERING THE PASSION OF JESUS
FEBRUARY 26 – APRIL 5, 2020

The events of Christ’s Passion, which take place during the last week of Jesus’ life, often don’t receive enough time in our worship and study. These stories are important to our faith journey and our identity as followers of Jesus. And yet we often move too quickly from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with little time to take in the dramatic story of that last week. Throughout the six weeks of Lent we will “freeze-frame” moments in Holy Week so we might put ourselves in the picture, thereby “Entering the Passion of Jesus.” How might taking a closer look at the ancient story open us to deeper conviction for our role in its ongoing message? Inspired by Amy-Jill Levine’s book by the same name. 

February 26 – Preparing the Canvas
March 1 – The Parade: Risking Reputation
March 8 – The Temple: Risking Righteous Anger
March 15 – Teachings: Risking Challenge
March 22 – The First Dinner: Risking Rejection
March 26 – The Last Supper: Risking the Loss of Friends
April 5 – The Garden: Risking Temptation

LIVING INTO THE DREAM
JANUARY 5 – FEBRUARY 23, 2020

Dreams can be a wonderful escape from the sometimes harsh realities of life. They can be a moment of peace in a hectic world, a moment of bliss in an otherwise life of hard work and obligation. Dreams can also be a marker, a place to aspire to, a goal to be lived into. That’s the approach we will take during our Epiphany series. Join us and let’s work together to find a way to make our dreams come true.

January 5 – Dreaming of a New Way
January 12 – Dreaming of a Connected Community
January 19 – Dreaming of a Right Kindom
January 26 – Dreaming of a Big Ol’ Table
February 2 – Still Dreaming
February 9 – Dreaming Big
February 16 – Dreaming of an Upside Down World
February 23 – Living the Dream

-2019-

HEAVEN AND NATURE SING!
DECEMBER 1 – 29, 2019

“Joy to the World,” a beloved Christmas classic, turns 300 this year. Composer Isaac Watt’s interpretation of Psalm 98 invites us to sing a “new song”–and it is a powerful cosmic performance of all creation being renewed and freed. Rather than “joy” being yet another word for “happiness,” we will discover that the depths of joy can be found especially in the midst of suffering, the work of justice, and the presence of compassion–all part of the coming of Jesus to this world and a message the world still so desperately needs.

December 1 – Prepare Him Room: Hopeful Joy
December 8 – Repeat the Sounding Joy: Loving Joy
December 15 – Make the Blessings Known: Unabashed Joy
December 22 – Make the Nations Prove: Peaceful Joy
December 24 – The Lord is Come: Incarnate Joy
December 29 – Wonders of His Love: Compassionate Joy

LESSONS OF AUTUMN
OCTOBER 14 – NOVEMBER 24, 2019

As the day get cooler, the nights get longer and the colors of fall begin to signal the approaching winter cold, we spend a few weeks looking at the effects of the changing seasons of our life, how we deal with them, how we rejoice in them.

A WONDER-FULL LIFE
SEPTEMBER 15 – OCTOBER 6, 2019

Spiritual practice feeds that part of ourselves that is oriented toward serenity, harmony, truth, compassion, gratitude, love and joy. But these are not always words we use to describe the role of money in our lives. In the classic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a crisis of money creates vastly diverse reactions from several characters that can hold up a mirror to our own relationships with money. In this four week series, we will “look” squarely in the face of our money issues in compassionate ways that can offer more depth of meaning, healing, and wholeness and a whole new “outlook” on what constitutes a wonderful life.

September 15 – Looking Back
September 22 – Looking In
September 29 – Looking Out
October 6 – Looking with Gratitude

HITS & MISSES
JULY 28 – SEPTEMBER 9, 2019

It’s said sometimes that life can be hit or miss. Sometimes we score, sometimes we don’t. And for some, the misses seem to outnumber the hits. During this series, we will examine some of the most interesting characters and lessons in the Bible and how some of those “misses” became transformative moments in the ancient community, and more importantly, how they might transform us as well.

July 28 – Mis-placed
August 4 – Mis-taken
August 11 – Mis-givings
August 18 – Mis-understanding
August 25 – Mis-fortune
September 1 – Mis-judged
September 9 – Mis-used

BECOMING WHO WE WERE INTENDED TO BE
JUNE 16 – JULY 21, 2019

When will we ever be what we are supposed to be? This series explores who we are when we are most honest, why we should be proud of that person, and how we can use our personhood to be a gift to others… all the while {BE}coming.

June 16 – Becoming Grateful
June 23 – Becoming Brave
June 30 – Becoming Proud
July 7 – Becoming Love
July 14 – Becoming Beautiful
July 21 – Becoming Unique

FAITH BLOCKERS: WHAT IS HOLDING YOU BACK?
APRIL 28 – JUNE 9, 2019

Sometimes it’s a big moment, a tragedy, or a life-changing circumstance that causes us to question our faith. Sometimes it’s the common, everyday things that get in our way. This series will take a look at the feelings, the relationships and the forces that can get between us and our faith.

April 28 – When Religion Blocks Our Faith
May 7 – When Politics Blocks Our Faith
May 12 – When We Block Our Own Faith
May 19 – When Family & Relationships Blocks Our Faith
May 26 – When Feelings and Emotions Block Our Faith
June 2 –  What Now?
June 9 – Releasing our Faith

BUSY: RECONNECTING WITH AN UNHURRIED GOD
MARCH 6 – APRIL 23, 2019

The season of Lent has often been a time when we think about “giving something up”—a holdover from its penitential flavor in the medieval church. But what if we thought less about “giving up” and more about “making room?” In this Lent series, we will find out what it really costs to be so busy. Let us reconnect to an unhurried God.

March 6 – Ash Wednesday
March 10 – The Right Tempo
March 17 – Preparing a Table
March 24 – Tuning In
March 31 – Living Light
April 7 – A Time for Every Matter
April 14 – Give It a Rest
April 19 – Good Friday
April 21 – Easter Sunday

DRAWN IN: LIVING THE CREATIVE LIFE WITH GOD
JANUARY 6 – FEBRUARY 24, 2019

God created the heavens and the earth… and called it all good! 

We spend too much time being “driven” rather than “drawn in.” We focus on what we “should” do rather than what we feel excited and compelled to do in our lives, in this world. During this series, we will connect with our inherent creativity and nurture this foundational aspect of being human, giving us renewed energy for passionate work, delightful play, and creative problem solving to make this world a better place for all.

January 6 – Special Guest Rev. Chad Abbott
January 13 – Dream, part 1
January 20 – Dream, part 2
January 27 – Hover
February 3 – Risk
February 10 – Listen
February 17 – Re-integrate
February 24 – Resting

-2018-

CALM AND BRIGHT: 200 YEARS OF SILENT NIGHT
DECEMBER 2 – 30, 2018

This year is the 200th anniversary of the debut of “Silent Night, Holy Night.”

This hymn has become the best-loved worship moment of many Christians–even those who only come to church once a year. Something mystical occurs as we light our candles and sing the hope of “all is calm, all is bright”–peace and light for the world. This worship series will celebrate the carol’s message over the entire season of Advent and highlight its call for our lives that can guide us all year long.

December 2 – Sleep in Peace / Peace
December 9 – Glories Stream / Joy
December 16 – Redeeming Grace / Love
December 23 – Let Us Sing / Hope
December 24 – Calm and Bright
December 30 – Is Born

A FALL SERIES FOR 2018
NOVEMBER 4 – 25, 2018

The short seasons seem to be everyone’s favorites.

Spring and Fall are the transition seasons are a comfortable reprieve from the hot summers and cold winters. They are also an opportunity to reflect on the longest and shortest days of the year. This series takes a look at how we respond to the highs and lows of those seasons. 

November 4 – Old Seasons
November 11 – Long Days
November 18 – Short Days
November 25 – New Seasons

FINDING GOD IN DISNEY
SEPTEMBER 23 – OCTOBER 28, 2018

Disney has been imagining and reimagining inspiring stories, both new and classic, for decades. If you look deep enough, you’ll find that there are a lot of life-lessons and theology to be gleaned from most of them. This series takes a look at some of the things we can learn from Disney’s telling of six beloved classic stories.

September 23 – Lion King
September 30 – Beauty and the Beast
October 7 – Robin Hood
October 14 – Tarzan
October 21 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
October 28 – Mulan

LESSONS OF JONAH
AUGUST 12 – SEPTEMBER 9, 2018

We can learn a lot from the rebel Jonah. We will step back a bit and observe who he is, where he was from, and how he found himself a begrudging participant in God’s plan.

August 12 – Outrunning God
August 19 – Regrouping
August 26 – When They Won’t Listen
September 2 – Disagreement with God
September 9 – Misunderstanding God’s Intentions

SUMMER WORHSIP
MAY 27 – AUGUST 5, 2018

Many families and friends enjoy travel and vacations during the summer months. We’ll spend the time taking deep breaths and reflecting with songs and worship designed to enhance the longer days of the season.

JUST AS HE TOLD YOU
APRIL 8 – MAY 20, 2018

“Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised… Go, tell his disciples, especially Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.” – Mark 16: 1-8 

April 8 – Stay, Witness
April 15 – Touch, Heal
April 22 – Beware, Don’t Worry
April 29 – Don’t Argue/Agree to Disagree
May 6 – Love, the Main Thing
May 13 – Live, Now and Forever
May 20 – Be One in the Spirit

LISTEN
FEBRUARY 1 – MARCH 25, 2018

Have you ever misplaced your phone–which is on vibrate of course–and then asked someone to call it? We get really still and really quiet. Our ears perk up in all directions in order to be ready to hear that little buzz. It is a quieting down and high alert all at the same time. This Lent we will quiet things down and heighten our attention to the “still, small voice” of God and our own True Self. Listening through prayer as well as meditation on holy texts is an ancient Lenten practice. Come and rest, come and listen. 

February 18 – Finding Your Cave: Listening Spaces
February 25 – Finding Your Breath: Listening to our Bodies
March 4 – Finding a Word: Listening to the Texts
March 11 – Finding Your Power: Listening for Healing
March 18 – Finding Your Mystic: Listening Beyond the Voices
March 25 – Finding Your Purpose – Listening to Your Heart

LESSONS OF WINTER
JANUARY 7 – FEBRUARY 4, 2018

The holidays are over, and a new year has begun. It’s the season of new starts with resolutions and promises to be better and do better. We’re convinced that we must if we want to look good, live longer and feel better. Sometimes we find success, and sometimes we don’t These are the lessons of winter that we will explore in these cold weeks ahead.

-2017-

ANGELS AMONG US
DECEMBER 3 – 24, 2017

The angels that appear in the story of Jesus’ birth would have been very comfortable in our world of tweets and hashtags. Their messages were often short and to the point–their favorite line being #DoNotBeAfraid. As we look at the stories of these winged messengers to Zechariah, Mary, Joseph and the Shepherds and their reactions to them, we will contemplate what messages we can offer that will counteract a culture of fear and bring #morehope, #morepeace, #morejoy, and #morelove to the world.

December 3 – Make Ready a People: #MoreHope
December 10 – Nothing is Impossible: #MorePeace
December 17 – Do Not Be Afraid: #MoreJoy
December 24 – This Will be a Sign: #MoreLove

PLUGGING IN
NOVEMBER 12 – 26, 2017

Everyone wants to belong. Everyone wants to know that they can contribute to society and the world by being connected to others. This series helps us to make those connections and “plug in.”

November 12 – Plugging into Worship
November 19 – Plugging into Each Other
November 26 – Plugging into the Spirit

A FUTURE WITH HOPE
SEPTEMBER 24 – OCTOBER 29, 2017

The image of a tree and the progression of the growth of living things offers a way to focus on our growth as the people of God: who we are and what we are called to do and be. In a time when hope is needed so desperately by so many, it is good to be reminded that not everything is a “quick fix” and patience is sometimes needed. We plant the seeds for a “Future with Hope” and wait in the knowledge that God is always present.

September 24 – The Opening
October 1 – The Planting
October 8 – The Nurturing
October 15 – The Residing
October 22 – The Building
October 29 – The Bearing
November 5 – The Sustaining

GOD IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT
AUGUST 13 – SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

Have you ever found yourself in a place of desperation? Have you found yourself calling out to God in the heat of the moment? Let’s talk about it.

August 13 – Chaos… or not?
August 20 – Changing Shoes
August 27 – Two Drunken Goat
September 3 – Tossed Away
September 10 – Taking the Heat

FAMILY ALBUM
JUNE 4 – AUGUST 6, 2017

So many of the characters we read about in the bible had difficult relationships. Just like us, they had to navigate the dynamics love, trust and distance. This series takes at look at some of those and examines their successes and failures along the way.

June 4 – The People & the Spirit
June 11 – Naomi & Ruth
June 18 – Abraham & Sarah
June 25 – Phillip & the Eunich
July 2 – Joseph
July 9 – Judas
July 16 – Gabriel
July 23 – Balaam
July 30 – The Witch of Endor
August 6 – Mary Magdalene

ROLL DOWN JUSTICE
MARCH 5 – APRIL 9, 2017

Lent is a time of reminding ourselves who we are called to be in this world. Our Lenten series is inspired by Amos, a prophet whose message is thatGod calls us to let “justice roll down like waters.” Worship without justice is not acceptable, rather our songs must move us to action on behalf of the oppressed. Through the powerful music of Mark Miller and the remembrance of our rituals of baptism (the origins of Lent), this season will offer us reflection and renewed inspiration to let our voices be tuned to the heart of the Gospel–proclaiming God’s love for all people. What prejudices are we challenged to “give up” as a Lent practice of abstinence, and further, how are we willing to “give” of ourselves for the sake of the world? 

March 5 – Child of God: Naming Each One
March 12 – How Long: Renouncing Evil
March 19 – I Dream of a Church: Christ’s Representatives
March 26 – I Choose Love – Communities of Forgiveness
April 2 – God Has Work for Us To Do: Faithful Disciples
April 9 – The Day is Coming – We Are One

SAD: SPIRITUAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER
JANUARY 8 – FEBRUARY 26, 2017

Winter can be a time of Seasonal Affective Disorder when the lack of sunlight affects our moods and ability to cope effectively. But Spiritual Affective Disorder can also be a factor as we lead lives that are too crowded, busy, overcommitted, sometimes disturbing and uncertain. At the turn of this new year, we will explore everyday life activities that can become spiritual practices–deepening our experience of a meaningful life and make us more “light-hearted.” 

January 8 – Flip the Switch
January 15 – Soothe the Savage
January 22 – Lighten Up
January 29 – Make My Day
February 5 – Altars, Altars Everywhere
February 12 – Walk This Way
February – 19 – Leave Room for Dessert
February 26 – Get Up and Don’t Be Afraid

-2016-

GOD BLESS US EVERYONE
NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 25, 2016

This Advent/Christmas series will take a look at how living in God’s economy of grace and justice is the antithesis of the life-threatening addiction to money, success, exclusion and looking out for ourselves. The chimes of the clock-tower bells in Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” provide a wake-up call for Ebenezer Scrooge and turn him from his resentment, fear and isolation. Just as God’s presence was born anew into this world, we too can be born anew, woken up and redeemed into renewed life, joy, passion, generosity, humility and love. 

November 27 – Bah Humbug! Making Change
December 4 – The Remembrance of Christmas Past: Hope From Heartbreak
December 11 – The Life of Christmas Present: Look Upon Me
December 18 – The Hope of Christmas Future: Death-Defying Acts
December 25 – God Bless Us-Every One! 

WE ARE GRATEFUL
NOVEMBER 6 – 20, 2016

When we are grateful, we find it easier to keep our blessings and our challenges in more proper perspective. This series reminds us that gratefulness is a trait that can enhance all others. 

November 6 – Grateful for Companionship
November 13 – Grateful for Community
November 20 – Grateful for God’s Love and Grace

LIVING ON THE EDEGE
SEPTEMBER 4 – OCTOBER 30, 2016

Are you a risk taker? Do you walk on the edge of danger and adventure? Sometimes living on the edge means big results one way or the other. This series keeps us there with big expectations for success.

September 4 – The Edge of Possibilities
September 11 – The Edge of Indecision
September 18 – The Edge of Privilege
September 25 – The Edge of Belief
October 2 – The Edge of Intentionality
October 9 – The Edge of Despair
October 16 – The Edge of Change
October 23 – The Edge of Revelation
October 30 – The Edge of Transformation

REFLECTIONS FROM A SABBATICAL
AUGUST 7 – 28, 2016

Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself and those you love (and those who love you) is to step back and take a break. All of us are better friends, better lovers and better everything else when we our minds and hearts are healthy. This series is all about lessons that can be learned during a time of sabbatical.

August 7 – Wow!
August 14 – Thin Line
August 21 – Willing to Work
August 28 – Misplaced Map

SEASONS
MAY 22 – JULY 31, 2016

School is winding down and summer plans are underway. This is the time that we take those deep breaths we’ve not had a chance to enjoy in the busy last few months. Spring is wrapping up and the summer looks good, and we’re excited to spend it with you as we experience seasons.

JUST AS HE TOLD YOU
APRIL 3 – MAY 15, 2016

The subtitle of this series could be “When in Doubt, Read the Instructions!” Jesus’ time with his disciples was short. But from the beginning he began to prepare them to continue his ministry once he was no longer with them. This Easter season we will encounter teachings of Jesus that end up coming in handy as the early church struggles and thrives… ultimately handing on the instructions to us. What will we do with them? 

April 3 – Stay, Witness
April 10 – Touch, Heal
April 17 – Beware, Don’t Worry
April 24 – Don’t Argue, Don’t Disagree
May 1 – Love, the Main Thing
May 8 – Live, Now and Forever
May 15 – Beginning the Sabbatical

GIFTS OF THE DARK WOOD
FEBRUARY 10 – MARCH 27, 2016

This series, based on the book by the same name by Eric Elnes, is about “seeing life through new eyes, recognizing that experiences of failure, emptiness, and uncertainty are as critical for finding our way through life as they are unavoidable.” We will see how experiences of life through the “dark wood” are actually clues to our “calling” or “life path.” How can the struggles of life be the seedbed of spiritual awakening to the fullness of life? 

February 10 – The Gift of Uncertainty
February 21 – The Gift of Emptiness
February 28 – The Gift of Being Thunderstruck
March 6 – The Gift of Being Lost
March 13 – The Gift of Temptation
March 20 – The Gifts of Misfits
March 27 – Where Do We Go From Here?

RISKY BUSINESS
JANUARY 3 – FEBRUARY 7, 2016

If Jesus had lived in our day, the risk assessment folks would surely have rejected his application for life insurance. Time and again, he put himself in positions of risk–saying things that rubbed the rulers the wrong way, eating with people not fit for good company, and putting himself in harm’s way as he rubbed elbows with the sick and unclean. It seems the message was that the reign of God requires a bit of risky business. Are we willing to take risks for love and justice? What price do we pay by playing it safe? 

January 3 – The Cat’s Out of the Bag
January 10 – Not so Nice and Neat
January 17 – Try as We Might
January 24 – Not So Untouchable
January 31 – Not Quite the Hometown Hero
February 7 – Let Your Light Shine

-2015-

THE LIGHT OF YOU
OVEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 27, 2015

Sometimes when we try to describe God, we use the word “light.” God’s presence often brings light to dark situations. This series explores and celebrates that light. Based on the song written by Pastor Marsha J. Moors-Charles.

November 29 – The Light Begins
December 6 – The Light Transforms
December 13 – The Light Sustains
December 20 – The Light Embraces
December 27 – Celebrating the Light

MOVING OUT OF SCARE CITY
NOVEMBER 1 – 22, 2015

The sense that there is not enough drives greed, fear and exclusionary behavior. We begin to live in “Scare City” where it seems that death, starvation, feelings of being overwhelmed and swallowed up can lurk around every corner. The Good News is that this is an illusion. A spiritual journey into the truth of abundance of all that we need offers us an alternative vision of where to live our lives. This series will have us “Moving out of Scare City” and traveling to the vast, open habitats of God’s grace. 

November 1 – Towers of Power
November 8 – Around Every Corner
November 15 – The Other Side of the Tracks
November 22 – Altars Everywhere

THEOLOGY LEARNED FROM BROADWAY
SEPTEMBER 6 – OCTOBER 25, 2015

If you’re a fan of musical theatre you’ll absolutely love this series! We explore some of Broadway’s most celebrated musicals, gleaning deeper meaning and profound lessons of resilience and faith.

September 6 – Rent
September 13 – Les Miserables
September 20 – Wizard of Oz
September 27 – Wicked
October 4 – A Chorus Line
October 11 – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
October 18 – Lion King
October 25 – Dreamgirls

THE BIBLE SAYS WHAT?
JULY 26 – AUGUST 30, 2015

Have you ever been reading the bible and you come across a line or a phrase that seems a little out of place? Have you ever read it and said to yourself, “the bible says what?”

July 26 – “Abraham, slay your son.”
August 2 – Seize the hope!
August 9 – That thing about Sodom…
August 16 – They Said, I Said
August 23 – Good Sabbath Trouble
August 30 – Jesus who?

HOW BIG IS GOD?
JUNE 7 – JULY 19, 2015

Sometimes our limitations seem bigger than God. Who does God love? Who does God embrace? This season invites us to open our hearts to love as God does and cherish as God cherishes.

June 7 – Bigger Than Us!
June 14 – Bigger Than Our Imagination
June 21 – Bigger Than Our Nation
June 28 – Bigger Than Our Prejudices
July 5 – Bigger Than the Church
July 12 – Bigger Than Our Pain
July 19 – Bigger Than Our Circle

DARE TO DANCE AGAIN!
APRIL 12 – MAY 24, 2015

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 12 – With Great Power: Dancing Together
April 19 – While in Their Joy – Dancing Sure
April 26 – By This We Will Know: The Dance of Love
May 3 – From You Comes My Praise: Guide My Steps
May 10 – Who Can Withhold? Break Forth!
May 17 – Gone Up With a Shout: Clap Your Hands
May 24 – Spirit Poured Out: Dare to Dance Again

WHAT ARE YOU UP TO?
FEBRUARY 22 – MARCH 29, 2015

It’s easy to sit. It’s easy to watch as everyone else makes the effort to get up, step up and raise up. The goal of this series is to encourage you to be up to something good.

February 22 – Come Up
March 1 – Start Up
March 8 – Raise Up
March 15 – Light Up
March 22 – Lift Up
March 29 – Sit Up

DRAW THE CIRCLE WIDE
JANUARY 4 – MARCH 22, 2015

Winter