Early worship is an intimate gathering with simple music, a short homily, and plenty of space for quiet reflection.
Worship at Eleven is a larger, more traditional gathering with our sanctuary choir, organ accompaniment, and sermon.
You are invited to join Pastor Mark Johnson in the Meeting Room after the 11 a.m. worship service for a review of our journey in 2013 when studying and discussing the Biblical material on matters related to the LGBT+ community. Lunch will be provided. If you need help with child care, please let us know. Older children and youth are welcome to attend. The Meeting Room is in the green hallway to the left of the main Restrooms. Signups are helpful and can be completed at the Signup and Welcome Table in the foyer or by return email to Mark.
“The orchestra and the violin changed my life!” That is the testimony of each of these young people photographed above—Wanessa Nicolly, Lucas Guilherme, Anderson Felipe, Larissa Rafaela, Luiz Henrique, Ranyelli Candido, Mauricio José, Anderson Cauan, Gabriel Alexandre and João Victor—all violinists in the Orquestra de Câmara do Alto da Mina (Chamber Orchestra of Alto da Mina), Bultrins, Pernambuco, Brazil.
This year, you have an opportunity to experience the Advent scripture texts with two seasoned Pastors. Jim Abernathy and Dennis Johnson, who have recently retired after long and successful careers as Senior Pastors, have volunteered to teach four special Sunday school classes as we prepare for Advent 2019. The classes will be held in the Meeting Room (in the Green Hallway, near the main restrooms) on November 17 and 24 and December 8 and 15. The class will gather together around 9:45 a.m. and be finished at 10:45 a.m. Adult classes and all others are welcome to drop in for any or all of these sessions.
Every year, it seems the celebration of Christmas gets earlier and earlier. But it's never too early to prepare for Jesus' continual arrival into our lives and into our community of faith. Isaiah 65:17-25; Luke 21:5-19
The Rev. Dr. Jan Cottrell will be our special preaching guest at both services on November 11. She will be speaking about Jesus' understanding of family as those ready to hear and do God's Word using Luke 20:27-38 and Deuteronomy 25:5-6 as her primary texts. Dr. Cottrell received her Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of the South. She completed two years of Clinical Mental Health Training at the Lexington VA hospital and graduated from The Haden Institute in Hendersonville, North Carolina, which included four years of Jungian-based training and practice with Dream Work and Spiritual Direction. Dr. Cottrell’s counseling practice focuses on healing, recovery, and wholeness through a spiritual path. Her 25+ years of experience as a parish priest is augmented by mental health clinical training focusing on substance abuse, PTSD, depression, grief, loss, and anxiety. Jan is married to Dr. Ken Cottrell. Between them, they have three grown children, four grandchildren, and a Cairn Terrier, Phoebe. Jan and Ken both have an active interest in global ministry and, locally, with Prison Visitation and Support at the Lexington Federal Medical Center.
This Sunday we celebrate All Saints Day. We'll hear stories from friends about people who have helped them along their journey. We'll take time to remember the saints in our lives who have lit the way for us.
Beginning in October, from 10:00 a.m. until noon, we will be filling a total of 480 bags for the Backpack Program - 400 for William Wells Brown Elementary (as we have been doing) and an additional 80 for students in Floyd County.