Lenten Bible Study Starts Next Wednesday!

Please join us each Wednesday throughout Lent at 6:30 in the Social Hall for a this year’s Lenten Bible Study focusing on the final week in the earthly life of Jesus. In this study, we’ll look at the narrative scope of the events immediately leading to Jesus’ crucifixion, starting with the accounts of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem mere days before the tide of popular opinion would turn against him. By exploring these events, we will have better prepared our hearts and spirits for Easter, and we will have better prepared ourselves to be the Easter people Jesus enables us to be.

Weeks and Themes:

February 21: The Triumphal Entry (Matthew 21:1-11)
February 28: Clearing the Temple (Mark 11:12-19)
March 7: Teaching on the Mount of Olives (Matthew 24: 1 – 31)
March 14: Jesus and His People at Prayer
March 21: Last Supper Special Seder Presentation with Rev. Dr. Steve Shussett
March 28: Good Friday (Matthew 27)

Bucket List Update!

Dear Friends,
Thank you to all who have already donated toward our Bucket List drive for disaster clean-up in areas affected by the recent hurricanes! Thanks also to everyone who has been helping to spread the word!
We are still collecting needed items, and I have an update about both the timeline and items still needed to complete our set of buckets.
The Penn Northeast Conference (our regional setting of the United Church of Christ) will be making our region’s first drop-off to Church World Service facilities sometime in next week or so.  The PNEC Disaster relief team will also continue to accept buckets through the rest of the month, as we’d anticipated doing. Working in concert with PNEC helps be an active part of the mission life of the Conference and connects us in mission with our sister churches throughout the region.
We have already collected a 5 completed buckets and we’ve also collected many materials toward assembling more complete buckets!  In and of itself, this is fantastic job! Thank you to everyone who has already responded and to everyone who has been asking about what items are still needed. 

 

We were blessed with a large donation of empty buckets, of which 22 remain. 

Ann Haley took an inventory of remaining items (thank you, Ann!)

Here’s the break down of what we would need to fill every single bucket:

  • (17) large sponges   
  • (15) scrub brushes
  • (22) 12-count packs of Handi-Wipes (or other brand) reusable cleaning cloths/towels. Other counts also accepted. 
  • (8) 50 oz liquid laundry detergent (also accepted as (2) 25 oz bottles).
  • (16) 16-28 oz liquid disinfectant dish soap
  • (19) 12-16 oz household cleaner to mix with water
  • (19) 100 ft clotheslines (also accepted as (2) 50 ft clotheslines)
  • (9) pairs of work gloves (leather or leather palm)
  • (11) boxes of heavy duty contractor 35-40 gallon trash bags
  • (10) non-aerosol inspect repellant (6-9 oz)

Filling every bucket is a pretty big goal, but I think we can do it!  If you’d like to contribute but aren’t able to shop yourself, you can also donate funds toward the effort, 100% of which will be spent on these needed items.  

Thank you everyone!

-Pastor Chris

What is World Communion Sunday:

This Sunday, October 1, 2017, Christ’s Church at Lowhill will join with thousands of Cristian congregations around the globe in celebration of World Communion Sunday.

So what is World Communion Sunday?

 When I need to cut to the core of something, I tend go right to Wikipedia. It’s usually where Google sends me anyway.  According to the editors of the internet’s most popular encyclopedia:
World Communion Sunday is a celebration observed by several Christian denominations, taking place on the first Sunday of every October, that promotes Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation.[1] It focuses on an observance of the eucharist.

 

The tradition was begun in 1934 by Hugh Thomson Kerr who ministered in the Shadyside Presbyterian Church. “Davitt S. Bell (the late Clerk of Session and church historian at Shadyside) recalled that Dr. Kerr first conceived the notion of World Communion Sunday during his year as moderator of the General Assembly (1930). Dr. Kerr’s younger son, the Rev. Dr. Donald Craig Kerr, who is pastor emeritus of the Roland Park Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, was sixteen in 1933. He has related that World Communion Sunday grew out of the Division of Stewardship at Shadyside. It was their attempt to bring churches together in a service of Christian unity—in which everyone might receive both inspiration and information, and above all, to know how important the Church of Jesus Christ is, and how each congregation is interconnected one with another.”[2] It was then was adopted throughout the US Presbyterian Church in 1936,[1] and subsequently spread to other denominations. In 1940, the Federal Council of Churches (now the National Council of Churches), led by Jesse Moren Bader, endorsed World Communion Sunday and began to promote it to Christian churches worldwide.

It’s important to note that even though different Christian denominations have different practices and beliefs regarding Communion, or that practices and beliefs often differ from church to church even within the same denomination, World Communion Sunday celebrates what unites us.

Ian Doescher puts it this way:

“The key words for World Communion Sunday are togetherness and unity.  It is a day when we mark the almost universal Christian practice of breaking bread with one another and remembering both the night of Jesus’ betrayal—when Jesus instituted what we now call the Lord’s Supper as a lasting remembrance—and of Jesus’ sacrifice.  World Communion Sunday is a time for remembering that around the globe—in different languages, with different traditions and customs, and in various forms of liturgy—the Lord’s Supper is celebrated throughout Christendom.  At its best, therefore, World Communion Sunday serves two purposes: it is both a joyous and meaningful partaking in Jesus’ sacred meal with his friends and a mind-opening exposure to different Christian traditions from around the world.”

At Lowhill, the Communion table is open.  As the liturgy says, come, for all things are ready.  Let us share the bread and cup with one another and the world!

See you Sunday!

– Pastor Chris