Linda, my wife, and I recently got back from a trip to the Southwest. There was a lot of “checking in”- at airports, into hotels, with family, on Facebook. It seems like “checking in” is now an everyday part of our lives. With whom do you find yourself “checking in?” Is it on social media? Is it with family or friends? Is it with God? Just what does it mean to check-in and do we spend more time checking in or are we really spending time checking out? That is what we’re talking about on Sunday.
Men, if you are interested in the breakfast, James needs to know by Friday afternoon that you are coming to the 7:00AM breakfast on Saturday at 7:00AM at the Silver Diner in Springfield. Email James by Friday, June 23 at 3:00PM.
Beginning Tuesday, June 27 at 8:00PM and continuing on some Tuesdays throughout thee Summer, Saint James’ late teens and twenty-somethings will study the book of Mark. The first week, we are reading the first four chapters of the book. Ask LeeAnn Richards or Joshua Henry about it!
“Things” happen every day. I am specifically thinking of those things that challenge us, that “push our buttons,” that create anxiety for us. Sometimes those happenings are in the larger world around us (the shooting here in Alexandria this week or an explosion in a crowded market in Tehran) and sometimes those happenings are changes in our own life situations. What are we to do in those times and how will we indeed find strength for the challenging times. This weekend we will try and explore those kinds of issues in our worship setting.
We’ve been talking about having a chance for men to get together, have breakfast, talk, and connect with God and one another. We also wanted to have it in a place that we could focus on hanging out and trusting that the food would be good and offer choices for various palates. We settled on the Silver Diner in Springfield. If you are interested, email James so he can reserve a table large enough for our group. The gathering will be on Saturday, June 24 at 7:00AM. Men, you won’t miss this chance to connect!
I recently had lunch with two of our Saint Jamesians ,Josh and LeeAnn; our conversation revolved around forming/building a group that would be for younger adults (late teens and twenty-somethings). They expressed hopes that this group might be involved in the community, making a difference for people around us, and also help them study/grow/express themselves about the spiritual journey each of them was on.
With that in mind, we will gather for dessert and conversation on Tuesday, June 20 at 8:00PM in the Mission House right next to our Worship Building.
The residents of Springdale House are eager to reconnect with their Saint James friends! We’re in the process of making ongoing plans and forming a team for a variety of activities. Some of their suggestions are below. You don’t need to participate in all activities to be a Bridge Builder. Planned dates will likely be on Saturdays. Please sign up in the lobby or talk to Ann Patterson if interested (cell 703-407-0958, email@example.com).
1. Another house cleaning of public areas (kitchen, living room, dining room, bathroom, etc.)
2. Yard work – they need help trimming tree branches and shrubs on the property
3. They could greatly use donations of a vacuum, mop and/or toaster oven
4. Field trips – picnics, museums, fishing, sightseeing (they are open to other ideas); we will need to provide all transportation to whatever activities are planned
6. Gardening – they have an area for a vegetable garden on the property and would welcome companions to spend time together planting and tending the garden this summer.
There are so many ways we can name God and none of them capture all there is to know about God, not even close. This week we are going to enter into some of the images of God- the Eternal Dance, the Mystery, the Wonder-Beyond-Words, the Great Spirit, Love, Grace, Mercy. Each window offers a glimpse, a fragment and taste, of the One we call God. Maybe the way we each name the Nameless Eternal expresses as much about us and who God made us to be as it does about God. Why else would Jesus address God with the Aramaic equivalent of “Daddy” or “Papa?” Worship with us Sunday and celebrate the images of God and your connection with them!
We’ve talked about connecting with self, others, and God. This week we draw together all the pieces of connecting in each of our lives. What gives us the most challenges when it comes to connecting? How do we overcome those challenges? That’s our topic Sunday.