This Sunday for worship we will be looking at how to cope with life’s disappointments and shattered dreams by building lives that have a renewed sense of meaning and hope. To get a sense of how we can effectively accomplish this, we will be getting onboard a time machine. We will travel back into the past for a revealing look at the lives of past people of faith. The music for this Sunday will feature a solo entitled “A la Nanita Nana” along with a solo of “I Wonder as I Wander.”
Earlier this month our Spiritual Growth Audio Book Club got off to a terrific start by listening to Marcus Borg’s classic book The Heart of Christianity. For next month, we will be listening to Brian McLaren’s book Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World. This book considers questions such as, “Can you be a committed Christian without having to condemn or convert people of other faiths? Is it possible to affirm other religious traditions without watering down your own?” After having listened to the book, we will meet at Little Italy in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday, January 7th at 6 pm. Come join us! This is a book group for people who don’t have time for books!
The newly released book Sounding the Trumpet: How Churches Can Answer God’s Call to Justice has been praised by Cornel West as “a masterpiece. . .with deep spiritual truths.” The book was coauthored by the Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt and the Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr. Additional endorsements of the book have come from Congresswoman Barbara Lee and anti-apartheid leader Allan Boesak. All are welcome to attend a gala event for the book at which selections from the book will be read and copies signed. The event will be held at First Congregational United Church of Christ on Sunday, November 10th at 11:15 am. The reception will feature a special cookie mentioned in the book: burning bush marshmallow cookies. More information about the book can be found at www.soundingthetrumpet.org. Because Smith is currently recuperating from an illness, at the book gala, his son Tony Smith will be the one reading selections from the book authored by his father.