This week marked the 499th anniversary of Luther's posting of his 95 theses, the act that many count as the start of the Protestant Reformation. We will discuss this week the way in which the Pope is honoring the memory of Luther and the Reformation and advocating for greater unity between Catholics and Protestants.
Join us at 9 a.m. in the reception room for another fabulous discussion!
You can read the news via these links:
The Pope Commemorates The Reformation That Split Western Christianity. NPR Reformation Day: Pope Francis Marks Luther Anniversary in Sweden. BBC News Pope Francis, in Sweden, Urges Catholic-Lutheran Reconciliation. The New York Times ECLA Approves Lutheran-Catholic Ecumenical Document. ECLA Catholic-Lutheran Document Sums Up Agreements, Maps Steps to Full Unity. Catholic News Service Declaration on the Way. ELCA
Some of the scripture we might discuss includes:
Psalm 133:1-3 John 17:11, 20-26 Acts 2:1-12 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 12-13, 20-27 Ephesians 4:1-16
The "Pieceful Quilters" will meet one more time this fall before our Christmas & New Year's break. Sue Griffen will host the group for a fabric viewing. We will be discussing out group project and making decisions about the sampler project. Contact Sue for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you a Cubs fan? Or an Indians fan? Either way you know something of long-suffering and hoping against hope. Join Pastor Rebecca in the reception room at either 9 or 11:15 a.m. on Sunday for a discussion of this year's contenders in the World Series in light of our faith. Here's some articles about the series:
World Series Preview: For Cubs or Indians, Decades of Waiting Are Nearly Over. New York Times Cubs, Indians World Series Droughts Raise Stakes. USA Today Cubs-Indians World Series Things to Know: Start Times, Schedule, Live Stream Info. CBS Sports The Billy Goat Curse. The Billy Goat Tavern
And here's some of the scripture we might discuss:
Proverbs 13:12 Romans 12:9-21 Luke 19:11-26 Galatians 6:7-10 James 5:7-11 Romans 4:13-25
After supper in the fellowship hall, we will begin to discuss the book "Waking Up White" at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening-- the first of five sessions for discussion of this book. Tomorrow, Wednesday 10.12, we will discuss the introduction and part one-- "Childhood In White".
If you have the book, please read part one before joining us tomorrow. If you don't have the book yet, come anyhow and pick one up and join the conversation!Can't come on Wednesday nights? Wednesday's Table is discussing the book on Wednesdays at 11-- all women are welcome to join those conversations. And we have a facebook group for on-line discussion as well. And you're also welcome to form your own discussion groups...
Long time congregation leader Jennifer Pitcher joined several FPC members and friends at the Mooring Tree restaurant Monday Oct 10 - they celebrate a new job for husband Vern in St Louis,MO
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Three excellent speakers are coming to First Presbyterian to talk about health -- emotional, financial and physical. Please join us!
October 11 “Keeping your Spirits and Emotions Healthy”
Dr. Katie Steele, Clinical Director at the Samaritan Health and Living Center, Elkhart, IN.
October 18 “Preparing For Your Financial Future”
Renee Fleming, Assistant Vice President and Trust Officer at First Source Bank, Elkhart, IN.
October 25 “How to Thrive in Your Physical Health”
Joan Vidic, President of the Indiana State Medical Association.
“What do I need to know about managing and protect myself financially as I age?" Ally Powers, Personal Trust Manager for 1st Source Bank will give a presentation and facilitate our discussion. We hope to have a lively conversation!
Long time church member Dick Scholtes died this morning.
We grieve his loss. We send prayers of love and strength and comfort to his beloved Janet. And we will gather to celebrate his life on Saturday afternoon-- October 1st-- 1 pm visitation in chapel, 2 pm funeral in chapel.
Please join us and please spread the word to all those who love the Scholtes family.
Is pressure to publish leading to unreliable results from scientific studies? That's what we'll talk about in the Wired Word this week at 9 a.m. in the reception room.
Here are some links to the news story to which we are responding:
The Inevitable Evolution of Bad Science. The AtlanticStudy Warns That Science as We Know It Is Evolving Into Something Shoddy and Unreliable. Science AlertIn Cancer Science, Many "Discoveries" Don't Hold Up. ReutersThe Natural Selection of Bad Science. Royal Society Open ScienceOnly a THIRD of Scientific Studies Can Be Replicated .... Daily Mail (UK)
Deuteronomy 19:15-21Ecclesiastes 1:12-17Proverbs 24:3-4Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18Colossians 3:18-25
You've been hearing about Kaepernick's protests during the national anthem for week. So let's talk about it. See you in the reception room at 9 a.m.!Here are several news articles about this:
The Colin Kaepernick Story Appears To Be Over. Forbes Colin Kaepernick Explains Why He Sat During National Anthem. NFL.com Colin Kaepernick Kneels During National Anthem While Former Green Beret Nate Boyer Stands Beside Him. Los Angeles Times Jelani Jenkins: Why I Knelt During the National Anthem -- And Why It's Time to Stand Up. TIME Colin Kaepernick: Why His National Anthem Protests Have Touched a Nerve. Christian TodayColin Kaepernick and a Landmark Supreme Court Case. The New Yorker
Daniel 3:1-30 Daniel 6:1-28 Luke 10:1-12