Join us for a Party in Pink Zumbathon Charity Event taught by Kim Jackson from 9-11 a.m. in our fellowship hall. This event is in support of the Zumba Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention benefiting Susan G Komen. The cost for the class is $5.
We have collected over 12,000 lbs. of food for God’s Pantry through recent years and as we start collecting food items for the month of October, we have decided to collect what the local food pantries are in great need of. This year, we will be collecting canned fruit, soup, and cereal. Boxes will be set up outside the church office to collect donations from Oct. 2—Oct. 30. The Fayette County Pantry Program serves clients (families and individuals residing in Fayette County) directly through the distribution of a five- to seven-day supply of food to 1,900 households each month.
It is easy to find ourselves so busy and distracted that we may miss God's presence in our daily comings and goings. As a reminder that God permeates all of life, we invite you to snap a quick photo and email it to us. You may want to take a photo of a place where you sense the presence of God in a special way. Or, perhaps it's a place where you want to sense God's presence more. We may sense God's presence in a beautiful sunrise, but we might also see God's love and care while we're sitting in our cubicle or long for a deeper understanding of God's nearness while waiting in rush hour traffic. So, we're not looking for the most beautiful scenes or the best compositions; this is photography as prayer. We're going to use these photos in a slideshow in worship on October 30th during a time of prayer and contemplation. As we see images of the world around us and the places we go each day, we hope to see anew that God is near to all of us. All of the images will be presented without attribution. Photos from your smartphone will work fine. Please email your photos at their original size to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday morning, several of us joined with clergy and lay persons from different faith traditions in the region to ask for fair and just policies that benefit all, rather than a select few. Clergy, including our own Pastor Mark, asked for reforms that would provide better health care, living-wage jobs, quality education, and equal voting rights for all.
As we look toward Sunday worship, read these words from those who attended passport camp this summer.
Offer your help to the victims of flood damage.
In this episode we talk to Ahenewa El-Amin and Ricardo Franklin about how they have been affected by violence in Lexington. Both Ahenewa and Ricardo have lost brothers in two different Lexington Parks. Both men were innocent bystanders killed by gunfire. Ahenewa and Ricardo share their perspectives and help us see not only the effects of violence, but the importance of sharing these stories and encouraging our community to bear witness.
On Sunday morning May 29th, Pastor Mark led the second of two spring conversations on “An Introduction to Progressive Christianity.” While identical in content to the General Session held in early April, this “make-up” presentation was also an opportunity for a better quality recording of the material. The presentation is embedded below.
Creation Care Sunday on April 24 was an important opportunity to affirm our Christian responsibility to be good and faithful stewards of the earth’s beauty and bounty. Mark's sermon sought a rethinking of many of the familiar themes that keep us from seeing the importance of this calling. These common themes include the classical interpretation of the “fall” from the Garden of Eden, to exclusively understanding “heaven” as something “out there” rather than something pressing into today’s reality, and the popular, but dangerous notion that God’s plan for the earth is condemnation and destruction, rather than redemption and renewal. Focusing on the image of the “new heaven and the new earth” this sermon invites us to look ahead in hope and promise to what God is doing and invites us to work with concern and care for the good creation God has given.