This congregation welcomes you no matter who you are or where you come from. We are Christ's people and this is Christ's place with its doors wide open.
If you are passing through, Godspeed. If you are looking for a worship home, stay with us. We invite visitors to join us, but most of all to return often.
HELP MAKE LINUS BLANKETS - SUNDAY, MARCH 1.
Last year, our Tween Learning Hour class, under the leadership of Sue Osterberg and Jan Prichard, made blankets for Project Linus (whose mission is to ‘provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers’”; http://www.projectlinues.org). This year, a Project Linus blanket-making day for youth and adults will take place in the atrium on Sunday, March 1, during the Learning Hour. Classes and individuals are welcomed!
CONTESTED LAND, CONTESTED MEMORY
Issues and Concerns Class
One constant in the news over recent decades is the on-going conflict between Israel and the Arabs. The Issues and Concerns Class will be spending several Learning Hour sessions on this topic. Today, John Hansen will be doing a book review on the history of the conflict. On March 8 and March 15, we will review an article from the September 1, 2014 issue of the New Yorker focusing on the impact of the Israeli lobby on our elected officials in Washington. This is a fairly lengthy article so copies will be available in Room 207 beginning today, but it certainly is not required reading for anyone wanting to join in the discussion. Last year our denomination took a largely symbolic action in divesting in some companies involved in building new settlements on land occupied by Palestinians. As usual, there can be two sides to this story. Please join us in Room 207 for any or all of these sessions.
A LENTEN EXPERIENCE FOR MIND AND HEART
Adult Lecture and Response Class
The theme of the Adult Lecture and Response class for Lent is EMBRACING THE EVENTS AND WORDS OF JESUS AS HE WENT TO AND SPOKE FROM THE CROSS. We’ll begin by looking at why we observe Lent and how prayer and meditation fosters spiritual and physical well-being. Then we’ll study and ponder the events on Jesus’ way to the cross and follow the same procedure for each “word” he spoke from the cross.
BRING A CAN WHEN YOU CAN
The Pantry Focus for February is beef stew, crackers, cereal, fruit juice and powdered milk. Non-perishable food items are always welcome, as well as personal care items such as shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, disposable razors and women’s hygiene products. Local Missions Ministry will deliver the food and hygiene items. Monetary donations are also appreciated. Clothing, linens, etc., may be taken directly to I.A.M. (The Clothing Closet needs warm clothing including sweat shirts, sweat pants, socks, and shoes and boots in all sizes, including children’s sizes. At this time we are very short on blankets and there is a great need for them.
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
Easter Sunday, April 5
“Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts.” (Romans 5:5) By God’s grace, each day is a gift, an opportunity for a new beginning. Through abundant and generous gifts to OGHS, for many years Presbyterians have faithfully heeded God’s call to serve people seeking to reclaim and restore their lives. Your gift is a gift of hope. It allows Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to restore communities around the world affected by natural and human-caused disasters. Your generosity helps the Presbyterian Hunger Program work with Presbyterians and other partners to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in this country and internationally. Your sharing makes it possible for Self-Development of People to affirm the dignity of all by assisting in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people. As a result of our gifts and others congregations, OGHS will continue to be a reminder that through the simple act of sharing, we are blessed and experience God’s abundance in surprising ways. Thank you for your longtime support of this offering, as together we are sharing hope that is a witness to God’s love for all creation.