Veterans Day Prayer – Tuesday, Nov. 11th

A prayer for the veterans. We offered this in worship on Sunday, 11/9:

Leader: For the men and women who serve in the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
People: We ask your blessing.
L: For the family members who have made great sacrifices in order to make it possible for their service members to be on watch at home or around the world or to go into harm’s way,
P: We ask your blessing.
L: For the families who grieve the death of a member who went in harm’s way, never to return,
P: We ask your blessing.
L: Jesus taught that no one has greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. For all those veterans who have been willing to lay down their lives,
P: We ask your blessing.
L: For the veterans of past wars who bear scars in their bodies and spirits,
P: We ask your blessing.
L: For veterans who came home but couldn’t “fit in” with their families or communities anymore,
P: We ask your blessing.
L: Lord, keep all our veterans in your care. As we honor them, we also pray for peace. We pray all these things in the name of your son, our savior, Jesus Christ.
P: Amen.

Note: This was led by Tom C, a vet, and founder of our local Veterans for Peace chapter. His son Joe has enlisted in the National Guard; they plan to be deployed to Iraq next year.

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Worship on Nov. 9th, 2008

Stewardship Sunday today, with a baptism and music from two youth choirs and additional guests. We had a lovely lunch after worship to celebrate Hannah’s baptism.

Sounds of Joy Children’s Choir (younger group)

Youth Praise Team led by Carra-Lyn Edson

Hannah’s relatives sing after her baptism.

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Inner Beauty

This was the inside courtyard this past week, taken from Julia’s office. Amazing colors.

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Pastor Jim’s study – this week

Here is Pastor Jim’s study this week. Looks like he picked it up a bit!
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Here is a group shot of some who walked on Oct. 19th for hunger awareness and fundraising. The CROP Walk left from Ebenezer UCC. Our church raised about $4000, much of it from Leaty Harris who had 153 persons sponsor her!
A good time was had by all.

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Hollisters back from sabbatical!

Our pastors are back from sabbatical (12 weeks from June 1st thru Sept. 1st). With a grant from the Lilly Endowment, they traveled with their children to England, France, Colorado, and the Pacific Northwest. Their summer included some relaxing weeks at a “flat” in Cornwall, England (overlooking the English Channel and St. Michael’s Mount); a week at Taize in France; and a week at Holden Village in Washington State.

For more reading, and links to photos, see Pastor Jim’s blog:


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Confirmation Class 2008!

2008 Confirmation Class!
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Ron Farr Weekend

The Rev. Ron Farr was our guest on April 4-6 as he led us in a “visioning retreat” on Friday 4/4 and then a Small Group Leaders training for folks from 7 congregations on Saturday. It was a perfect weekend, except that 18 of us got sick on Sunday – apparently it was a norovirus of some sort, from the food preparation (somehow). We’ll probably never know what caused it but you can bet we’ll be more careful in the kitchen next time. Luckily, it gave us a humbling experience without any lingering negative side effects.
Here are some pictures of the group on Friday evening, and the small group set-up (with a rock and a feather, for our sharing time).

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Sunday April 20th – music by the Whistlepigs String Band

Our special guests this Sunday will be the Whistlepigs String Band.
They’ll play some old time gospel music, no doubt. Music begins 9:45a with extended prelude time (gathering music). You won’t want to miss it! Check out their website. They are:

The Whistlepigs String Band.

Not The Whistling Pigs. Not The Pig Whistles. Not The Pisslewigs. Not even The Pig Whistle Dirt Band as we were called at one show (we haven’t gone back there).

We’re a semi-traditional 4-piece bluegrass band featuring Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar, Bass and 4 voices. High, lonesome harmonies, and as one reviewer said Fred Keller & Chris Jones are terrible solozangers. That, of course, was a bad translation from Dutch. What she really said was that they are “superb lead singers.”

But don’t take our word for it, come here us play, buy our CDs or just listen to it here!

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God’s Big Backyard – Vacation Bible School

Many thanks to Beth Petzke, Cindy Bartol, and countless others who made this a wonderful week for so many children – much fun and learning about service in Jesus’ name.
Here are just a few of the many photos that were taken. We are grateful to Toni Hanson who took most of them:

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