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.
As we consider the stress of life present throughout biblical times and all of history, we lean upon our faith and gather around the Lord's table to remember his presence and help that is always there to get us through.
Seeking after an authentic Christian spirituality that is free from shame and inappropriate guilt.
This Sunday, we look forward to celebrating one of the best, if not the very best gifts in our congregation: Each Other! Our community of faith is filled with wonderful people who give thanks, care for one another, practice humble faith and sincerely follow Christ. You can see this mutual care and support each Sunday in our welcoming foyer, and we will spend a little time highlighting how this space serves our calling as a family of friends and servants.