Myth or Fact

August 3, 2023
Myth or Fact
The most shocking moment of my seminary education was in my first class, Old Testament Survey. There we began by comparing ancient myths of creation, ancient codes of law, ancient histories with the stories in the Bible.

Imagine finding out that Scripture had a lot in common with all these other cultures and their sacred literature. The names were different. The dates rarely matched. Place names were not the same. Their gods were not, ever, our God. Yet, there was no denying the relationship between the tales. How could I possibly have been so deceived?!

Living Word
Overtime, I came to realize that this was like a Bible boot-camp in which our preconceived notions were blasted away with our class- and homework, and then rebuilt from a new foundation. Knocking away the mythology of my own cultural experiences became the piece of scholarship that solidified my faith in God through the revelation of this living word written thousands of years ago. Everyday, I learned something, heard something, grew in some kind of unexpected way, because I was immersed in community and scripture and prayer.
Come and See
That’s the point of church school. We gather, we pray, we read and we share our experiences in order to understand how God continues to reveal God-self to us through the Bible. More than that, in joining each other, we begin to see God break down barriers between us around our differences. We begin to appreciate how each of us comes to know a particular way of God’s lovingkindness, mercy, and justice.

Please begin to plan for your Sunday morning small group. There will be classes for all children and youth, and two classes for adults. Some will be straight up bible study, others will be topical. We need each other. Let us learn together about our God-given faith and purpose.

Sundays – 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. beginning September 10.

Peace, RevBev

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Back to School

New again
Can everything old really be new—again? Can old church patterns be re-woven into something relevant today?
I sure hope so! Because one thing never changes. The best way to follow Jesus is to do what the first 12 followers did. They got together and talked and experienced life with Jesus. We can’t provide Jesus but we can provide the time and space for the living word to be shared with each other, and
…where two or three are gathered in my name, I’m there with them. Mt 18: 20
Starting September 10-Church School for All Ages!

The Session is excited to announce the beginning of a new season of Discipleship.

On Sundays, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., you are invited to come to church school. There will be two adult classes; a youth class; and classes for nursery; 3yo-Pre-K; K-2nd; and 3rd-5th graders.

Your Discipleship Committee consists of Adults: Ally Fetch, Youth: Clark Seipt, Kirsten Shields, Children: Sarah Sassak

For the children’s ministry
Please consider how you can support the children’s ministry: teaching or serving as a teacher’s aide, or behind the scenes in providing snacks or stocking the supplies, supporting the Sunday program as an overseer (in old language the Sunday School Superintendent). The goal is to have at least 24 teachers so that each team of 2 will serve 1 Sunday every four weeks. Over the course of the year this is 8 Sundays. You will have a training workshop to learn about the curriculum and the support you have and the monthly requirements. Attending the workshop does not commit you to volunteering. It is meant to be informative to help you discern if you can say

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!      Isaiah 6: 8

Backpack blessings for Back-to-School will be August 20. Watch for more to come from the youth and adult ministries as we move into the Fall Kickoff, September 10.