Photography Dates Tuesday, September 16
to Sunday, September 20 and also in October
August 30, 2014
August 31, 2014
- August 30, 20149:00 am Spanish Bible StudyLocation: 208 Grant Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (3rd floor conference room)
- August 31, 20148:00 am Spirit's Edge Singers RehearsalLocation: 208 Grant Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Music Room)
- August 31, 20148:30 am MorningSong ServiceLocation: 208 Grant Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Rooftop Garden)
- August 31, 201410:00 am Worship ServiceLocation: 208 Grant Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Sanctuary)
- September 1, 201412:00 am Labor DayLocation: Church Office and Child Development Center Closed
- September 1, 201412:00 am Labor DayLocation: United States
Who is Jesus?
On several occasions I have been asked to officiate at a funeral and told not to mention Jesus. Uncle So and So wasn’t very religious, family members would tell me, and would find it offensive. Hmm.
In talking with couples planning their wedding I would hear the request not to use Jesus’ name in a prayer or in my mediation. Huh.
What gives? What is it about Jesus that they find offensive or that they wish to exclude? This is the Jesus who broke the cycles of oppression and injustice, healed people of their wounds, stood on the side of the poor, and lived a life and gave a message that exuded the Reign of God.
Perhaps Jesus has become more a symbol of closed-mindedness in our culture, put out there in the media and in people’s minds by folk who have an agenda that reflects their own views and not the picture we see of Jesus in scripture. In the gun debate going on around us someone told me once that Jesus would use a gun but would shoot to wound and not kill. Wow. We all have a tendency, I think, to want Jesus to reflect our own values because it makes our own values seem truer and better and even holier.
In Matthew 16:13-20 Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” It wasn’t a question to help Jesus understand his identity but rather to help the disciples understand theirs. Their answer in a very real way reflects who they are, what their values are, what they hope for in life, and how they will live it. it’s a question we all have to ponder seriously and deeply, making note of the ways we have Jesus look a lot like us. Our goal, though, is to make us look a lot like Jesus.
Summer Schedule June 1 to September 14
MorningSong 8:30am Rooftop Garden
Adult Enrichment 9:00am
Traditional 10:00am Sanctuary
Happenings of the Week August 22 to September 1
- TGIF Tonight August 22 at 5:30pm, is organist Fred Frahm in a recital of modern organ pieces, including some of his own compositions.
- For Indian Market Sunday this Sunday, August 24, the LANB garage will again be available to us. You can park in safety and comfort one block north of the church off Griffin Street from 7:30am to 12:30pm. Our garage will also be available for those with mobility issues.
- On this Fourth Sunday, the Deacons sponsor Blood Pressure Checks, performed this month by Andrew Phelps, and food collection for the Bienvenidos Outreach program. The shawls lovingly made by the Prayer Shawl Knitting Group are also blessed.
- Wednesday Worship and Prayer Opportunities: Morning Prayer at 7:00am, Noontime Study at 12:00, Prophetic Spirituality at 5:30pm
- On Monday, September 1, the church office will be closed in observance of Labor Day.
- We will have one service only on Sunday, September 14, at 10:00am followed by a brunch at 11:00am to kick off the stewardship campaign.
- Door codes will all be changing on Monday, September 15. Members and friends will receive a call the week before with the new code.
- Our first photography dates for the new church photo directory are September 16 to 20. Sign up for a photography session online or with the volunteers available to help you register online by clicking here or in person on August 24, September 7 and 14. More photography dates are coming in October if you can’t make the first session.
- We return to the regular worship service schedule on Sunday, September 21, with worship services at 8:30 and 11:00am and Christian Education from 9:45–10:45am.
The Child Development Center needs a quiet (no squeaks) and comfortable Glider or Rocker for the Baby Room. If you have one you could donate, please call Anne Liley at 982.8919.
Will you or any of your friends or neighbors be out of town or traveling for the remainder of the year (or longer)? Susan Slotter is available next month for Live-in House Tending. “Susan is a gift to your home,” as many in our congregation have experienced. Many thanks for your thoughtful connection to a perfect match! 983.5530
Church member Sarah Stark will be signing copies of her novel Out There this Sunday, August 24, at 2:00pm at Garcia Street Books.
The Interfaith Shelter Needs Volunteers for registration, the shower program, and the kitchen crew, especially Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you can help, contact Sue at the shelter firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are invited to join the conversation on immigration at an upcoming event: Your Story, My Story, Our Story: Immigration and Our Journey of Faith. Teresa Waggener, PCUSA Office of Immigration Issues; Norman Levine, former NM State Refugee Coordinator and delegate to the United Nations; Andrew Black, field representative to Senator Heinrich and former deputy to the Stated Clerk of General Assembly; and members of local congregations who offer a glimpse of the many faces of immigrants in our midst. The event will be on Saturday, September 20, from 9:00am to 4:30pm at Shepherd of the Valley (1801 Montaño Rd NW). A $10 donation is suggested. Lunch will be provided. To register, please contact Gloria Mirabal: email@example.com.
Envision Santa Fe, an organization that mentors families to create a more financially viable future, is holding an orientation session on Tuesday, August 26, from 6:30-8:00pm at Temple Beth Shalom, Upper Sanctuary, 205 East Barcelona. RSVP to Sue Breslauer firstname.lastname@example.org or Ellen Biderman email@example.com or speak to Robb Thomson or Mary Ann Lundy to learn more.