Announcements May 21, 2017

From Jon Radtke:  Today marks the culmination of our Sunday School program for the year.  Becky and I would like to thank all of those who volunteer to help teach each Sunday morning.   The members of our youth group are helping to lead the 10:00 service this morning.  For the members of the youth group this represents the culmination of six weeks of planning, writing and practicing to add their voice, perspectives and insights into our liturgy.  The sermon represents their thinking about the Gospel and the prayers of the people their reflections on the state of the world. Whenever I work with young people and they have the opportunity to draft “new” language I am always struck by how closely they stick to the traditional rhythms and cadences of the traditional language.  That was certainly the case this time and a testament to the impact our corporate worship has had upon the way our young people think and talk about God.  We welcome their voices to our worship and thank their families for supporting their deepening faith.

The Sunday Morning Explorers are beginning a new book today: a genuine exploration.   The book, one out of some 23 books Jim Hollis, Ph.D., has written, focuses on the dramatic search for one’s true Self.  For the next two Sundays we’ll be reading Chapter One in Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life, Gotham Books, Penguin, New York, 2005.   The book’s confrontative and shocking sub-title is How to Finally, Really Grow Up.  The theme of the book is finding and feeding one’s soul. We meet on Sundays from 8:45 ’til 9:45 in the Chapter Room.  Newcomers are always welcome.

Heart of the Matter explores religious belief through the work of Joseph Campbell.  It’s a great place for those seeking new ways of understanding their relationship with their faith. Join us in Classroom 9 on Sundays from 8:45-9:45 am.

Portland Rossini Concert:  Don’t forget the final Rossini Concert of the season here today at 3:00 pm.  Suggested donation $10/5 seniors, students admitted free.

Weekday Services: Our Taizé service, composed of candlelight, icons, short readings, intervals of silence and contemplative chants is held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 5:30pm in Emmanuel Chapel.  The Tuesday Bible Study and brown bag lunch continues each week after the 12:10 service.       

The Thursday evening Theological Study group will be going on a summer break after our last meeting on May 24th.  Our study topic is Discovering the Developmental  influences on the Young Galilean, Jesus of Nazareth.  This research, partly focused on textual material not available until more recent years, allows a fresh look at what animated Jesus’s concept of his mission and message, how he understood himself as a prophet, and how he knew how to live his life.  Dr. Hanson’s paper is available in the Chapter Room.  Newcomers are welcome. Join us from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Assistance for the Hugo-Vidal Family:  For those interested in helping the Hugo-Vidal family via Lotsa Helping Hands, please contact Lynne in the parish office,

A Message From Our Deacon, Dick Rasner:  This past Friday I had knee replacement surgery (on the knee that was not replaced in February!). Everything went extremely well and I expect to be in the hospital two or three nights. I will then be recuperating at home for app. a month. If you would like to visit, I ask that you call me first.  I thank you for all your prayers and support during this period. In my absence, parishioner and Deacon, The Rev. Alice Goshorn, will assume my responsibilities at the 10:00 service.