Last Saturday was the God's Closet Spring Yard "Sale" We had a great time, and gave away a whole lotta clothes! Thanks to all of the volunteers, shoppers and donors. Especially Girl Scout Troop 20186 for the clothing donation and all of your help!
This Sunday's image of the life the risen Christ shares with us is the image of friendship. We are called to serve others as Jesus came to serve; but for John's gospel, the image of servanthood is too hierarchical, too distant, to capture the essence of life with Christ. Friendship captures the love, the joy, the deep mutuality of the relationship into which Christ invites us. The Greeks believed that true friends are willing to die for each other. This is the mutual love of Christian community commanded by Christ and enabled by the Spirit.
Readings: Acts 10:44-48, Psalm 98, 1 John 5:1-6, John 15:9-17
Sunday is also Mother's Day. Thanks to Fasan Florist for providing flowers for all of the mothers and those women who care for children even if they are not their own.
Bible Study starts May 12
Jesus disguises himself as "bait" to "catch" the Devil on ahook??? Jesus is a triumphant victor, demolishing the gates of hell??? Jesus is a sacrifice, a lamb slain to atone for our sin? Jesus is a high priest, a mediator between the Christian community and God? The Bible and Christian tradition offer a variety of possibilities for how we might think and speak of Christ--and what Christ does.
Come. Learn about different ways different folks have thought about the wonderfully loaded word "salvation" and its relatives in the Bible and in the Christian tradition.
We'll focus mostly on the New Testament and then move into the Early Church Patriarchs. As always, we'll read right from the Bible or from other ancient texts as we explore this topic (a.k.a "Soteriology"). And we'll chat. And pray. It'll be nice.
Full list of what-we're-gonna-read COMING SOON!
As part of the fundraising efforts for the kid's trip to Lutherdale, we are assembling prizes for a basket raffle. The prizes that we have so far can be seen here. We could use a couple more prizes. If you would like to donate or purchase tickets($3 each or 4 for $10) contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 312-842-7390 Winners will be drawn at random at The Art Bowl on June 11.
Tri-Sox I have the tickets! If you have paid for a ticket you may pick it up from Rene in the office at any time. If you have not paid for a ticket, but signed up, you may pay for it and pick it up at any time. If you have not signed up, or paid for a ticket but want one, talk to Rene in the office... there may be a couple of extras! Thanks!