Reflections & Program Notes

For further details & any questions on the Program’s below,
please give me a call or send me an email:
Steve Walden
303-989-3727 (x203)
swalden@gmumc.com
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The point of a faith community is not to think alike,
but to think together.

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July 2019 Mini-Mission:

Project Angel Heart Breakfast Cereal Drive

Since 1991 this great organization has worked, in their own words, “to deliver nutritious meals to improve quality of life, at no cost, for those coping with life-threatening illness.”

To that nutritious end, our Drive will focus on only:

standard-sized boxes (no jumbo or sample sizes), cold, whole-grain, non-sugary cereals

such as Cheerios, Chex, corn flakes, Kashi, Kix, Puffins, Special K, shredded wheat, etc.

Starting in July, please place in the labeled bin in the coatroom.  Thank you!

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The Lopsided Labyrinth Coffee & Tea Club

Sunday’s, 9:00 a.m., Room #403

The Faith to Face Consequences:

Series #1 – Conflict & Climate

 The Lopsided Labyrinth coffee jar $$$ benefits the
SEED/NarSarah Clinic in Sierra Leone…to date = $3,038.

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 Society for the Advancement
of the Human Attention Span

Taking a Trashy Beach Read Sabbatical – will return in September.

For those interested in this evolving book group…please see me.

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 The Shared Journey

…an evolving, supportive community for those that share
the daily challenges of facing the diagnosis of dementia –
as individuals, families, and caring friends.

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 All are welcome!
Please consider joining the SJ Support Group for their next meeting:

Wednesday, June 19th & July 17th, 1:30 p.m., Room #403

SJ is an ever-evolving, supportive, community for those that share the daily challenges of facing the diagnosis of dementia – as caregivers, families, and caring friends. All welcome!

 

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Wii Bowling Summer League

July 2nd – Room 403 Lanes; 12:30 p.m.

Gourmet Ice cream served prior to matches. No on-line betting.

Three games, winner takes all (please note: There’s no “all” to take.)

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 Church of The Apocalyptic Optimists

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An ongoing effort to invest in people and ideas, via an organization called Kiva and the tool of the micro-loan. We currently have 27 members from all faith backgrounds. For information on this playfully-named, nobly-aimed concept please see me.

As of June 11th:
Loan #: 1,121
Total: $30,125

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   An Idea Without a Name…yet…

(currently waiting on a new entry, in our area, into the growing “Food Hall” market for our initial “base of food, drink, and conversation”)

The group for those that don’t join church groups…

Does your world view not fit easily into a “faith tradition”?  Does your body resist parallel parking in a pew?  Is the most comforting sign you’ve seen in a church say, “Emergency Exit”?   Is the only “spiritual label” that speaks to your heart & mind, “none-of-the-above”?  You’re not alone — in fact, you may be part of the fastest growing “tradition-less tradition” of the current age.

What exactly is “this”— honestly, we’re figuring that out — together — but it’s not a “church idea,” a clever ruse…it’s no evangelical Trojan Horse.  It’s also not anti-faith, or anti-anything that has the power to make our lives, or our world, a better place.  But we are pro-curiosity, creativity, learning, humor, asking big questions, living without firm answers, and otherwise exploring what it means to be a decent human being.

A life of purpose and meaning does not require a church membership.  Period.  But a community can make our life journey a bit gentler along the blue-sky vistas and mud-filled pot holes.  If you’re looking for fellow travelers, feel free to learn more about an evolving idea without a label.

For information, please see Steve Walden
swalden@gmumc.com

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    Hilltoppers

Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

This class uses a traditional, thought-provoking,
Sunday School curriculum to discuss faith and life.

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Tuesday Morning Bible Study

Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

A low-stress Bible Study class, with no homework required.  This group reads scripture together, and discusses the passages openly.  The group shares the rich resources of study Bible notes, and personal experience.  Does not meet in the Summer.  Will resume in the Fall.  Led by the Minister.


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