Exodus 14:10-14, 21-29. What can we say? At the last and least likely moment, the Israelites find themselves delivered. What does this passage tell us about our God and the trajectory for each of us, enfolded in God’s mercy? Sunday we’ll talk about it.
Thanks to all those who donated powdered milk over the past 2 months! ALIVE was thrilled with the donation of 35 boxes of milk!! You have helped to make a difference in the lives of 35 families in our community. Thanks for living out Jesus’ love to others in your gifts!
Consider going through your closets, and asking your friends and work colleagues to donate good, clean used coats to the more than 600 people in need! Bring your coats to Saint James by Sunday, November 9th! Donations of new hats and gloves would be helpful too!
Genesis 39. Joseph has been sold into slavery by his brothers (and you think you have challenges with your siblings!). He finds himself in Egypt and working in the house of a powerful Egyptian. Certainly this is not where Joseph expected he’d end up. I guess he could’ve given up- from Dad’s favorite son to slave in Egypt. There are certainly simple lessons of perseverance we could glean from this story but what do we need to hear from this story now? Find out Sunday!
Exodus 12:1-14. There is so much the biblical story can show us about ourselves, the world, and, of course, God. What will we discover together this weekend?
Genesis 6:16-22; 9:8-15. Have you ever messed up so bad that you just wanted a “do-over?” Apparently, God felt the same way! What does the story of Noah show us about God, about ourselves, and about the choices we make? Also, what are we to make of God’s promise not to do the “Noah thing” again? Does this story teach us something today?
Next Saturday is our next opportunity to feed local seniors at the Ladrey House, 300 Wythe Avenue in Old Town. Join other folks from Saint James as we pack and deliver food to homebound seniors! Plan to arrive at Ladrey House (plenty of street parking) by 8:30am, and you should be finished by 11am! See Linda Patterson, or email her at Linda@sjumc.net for more info.
Ruth 4. As the story of Ruth and Naomi draws to an end, we see Boaz stepping up. He takes responsibility. Can we say, “Happy ending?” What can we glean from the story besides the obvious? Find out Sunday.
Ruth 3. There is a lot going on in our world. I see it in my twitter feed and hear it on the radio. I often wonder if there isn’t a “solution” to “all this mess,” some way to fix all the dysfunction and sadness I see. It isn’t long before I am overwhelmed and determined to keep my head low and go through the motions: get up, shower, eat, go to the office, work, go home, eat, sleep, repeat.
Then I read a story like that of Ruth. No booming God from the mountain, no burning bush, or Red Sea parting. Two widows, one a stranger in the land, trying to make it. God’s grace happens in small ways: in the Law, in the kindness of a stranger, in the interdependence of Ruth and Naomi. In “daring to act” in everyday little ways, God’s goodness breaks in to daily living. That will be what we talk about on Sunday.
This week Saint James impacted children in our community with new backpacks and supplies. 27 children have a great start to their school year through your generosity! Also this week, for Kevin’s birthday, Saint James took him grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. Thanks for helping Kevin through your offerings!