Hats On Luncheon-March 16, 2013
Lenten Learning: Embracing Emergence Christianity
You are cordially invited to join us in a conversation about Emergence Christianity and what is going on today in the church and society. This six-session study and sharing begins with Emergence 101, a brief review of the sweeping changes that continue to erupt into our culture andinto the Western Christian church every five hundred years.
Until another upheaval in the status-quo was recognized beginning in the twentieth century, the most recent of what one observer calls “ a giant rummage sale” was The Reformation led by Martin Luther in 1517. This rummage sale description reinforces the idea that “good and worthy gifts from the past are not lost but kept and reshaped” as necessary into new presentations of the faith.
Last year our Patti Albaugh quoted the author in an insightful review of Phyllis Tickle’s book "The Great Emergence,“It is especially important to remember that no standing form of organized Christian faith has ever been destroyed by one of our semi-millennial eruptions. Instead, each simply has lost hegemony (influence) or pride of place to the new and not-yet-organized form that was birthing.”
Using a DVD and companion workbook, we are seeking up to 12 participants Monday afternoons from 5:00 until 7:30 p.m. A social time and light meal will be provided. Session 1 is scheduled for February 18 and the series will end March 25.
Congregational Care Partner Training
What? Congregational Care Partner Training
Where? Mountain Shadows' Church Sanctuary
When? Six Consecutive Thursdays: January 10-February 14, 2013
What time? 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Why? All Christians are called by God to share care and compassion with others.
Who should attend? Winter residents, men, women, year-round residents, Deacons, Elders, anyone who wants to become better skilled in practical Christian caring.
What will it cost? It's provided by your monetary offerings to MSPC.
Who will lead the training? Pastor Rachel Srubas and other qualified caring professionals.
What will you gain? Confidence in listening, supporting, praying, boundary-setting and more.
What might you lose? Feelings of helplessness when faced with others' needs and challenges.
What should you do today? Save those Thursday mornings! Jan. 10-Feb. 14, 2013.
ADD YOUR NAME TO THE SIGN-UP SHEET AT CHURCH.
Table of Friends
The 2013 Table of Friends program will take place again this year. Good things happen when we gather together - around a table, around a fire pit, sitting around in a circle and at any location. Groups of 8 - 10 people (couple will be in the same group, unless you want to be split up) will gather monthly (Jan. thru April) doing whatever your group chooses to do! Please sign up to be part of this wonderful experience!!! Group assignments will be made the first week of January and you will receive a letter in the mail sharing all the pertinent information. Should you have any question, please contact Shawne Cryderman, Karen Kuehlwein, or Helen Wiens.
FEASTING ON THE WORD
FEASTING ON THE WORD ADULT SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY will begin to meet WEEKLY from 8:30 to 9:30 AM in Room 3 on October 7, 2012.
Guest teacher for November, 2012: Irene Camp.
Join MSPC leaders as they facilitate an interactive learning session based on the Sunday Lectionary Scripture readings heard in worship. Future lesson plans will be available to those who wish to participate.
Drop-ins are always welcome at Adult Bible Study on Sunday mornings at 8:30 AM in Room 3.
Randi Thekan Paraments
On Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, MSPC was privileged to view and dedicate the paraments created by Randi Thekan. These beautiful paraments were created by Randi over a period of several months.
Pastor Rachel had asked Randi to create some fabric art and hoped the paraments would make people think and thus the paraments could be used for instructional purposes. The front panels were created with the children of the MSPC Sunday School in mind.
Randi and her husband Dave worked as a team in creating the stars for the paraments. Each star took 8 hours to make and it took Dave 2 hours to remove the paper from each one.
Photos of the work displayed on Sunday can be viewed by clicking here.
Randi wrote the following about her work on the paraments:
"Rachel first asked me to turn her chasuble into something memorable, so I created a stole from the main stripe and I used the remaining green cloth in any of the paraments that I could.
Rachel then asked me to make paraments for Christmas, Lent, and Easter. Obviously, I had to also do Ordinary Time with the green from her chasuble. The task was to reflect our church and the desert, so I picked appropriate blocks from the book, Garden Stars: Paper Pieced Stained Glass by Liz Schwartz and Stephen Seifert.
Rachel also asked that I incorporate crismons into my designs, if possible and to explore the various crismons around our church. Since paper piecing had caught my eye for the star blocks, I thought I would continue using the paper piecing technique. As I explored, I discovered Paper Panache.com and Linda Worland’s wonderful patterns. Linda designed our Nativity Star crismon. I used many of her patterns and in some cases adapted them. The Nativity scene has a special panel that snaps on over the Wisemen, so they can wait and not appear on Christmas, appear when it is Epiphany.
I enjoy computers as well as machine embroidery. Designing the art and turning them into stitches was fun for me. Lent was made possible by taking Photoshop Element classes from Francis Adams. When I daydream in class, it is just my creative juices flowing and wondering how I can apply the skills I am learning from him. I used cloud brushes and lightning brushes in Photoshop to create the on photo and layers to get the effect I wanted. Epingo.com printed the photos as well as the Easter stars on fabric for me. I created the embroidery designs on all of the banners. I learned a lot about the apostles in the process. There is a key on the back of one banner as to whom the symbols represent.
So a special thanks to Helen and Carlton for encouraging me along the way in this task and for introducing me to MSCP; to my husband, Dave, for removing the paper from all of the stars for me; Rachel for giving me this task when I need something to keep me busy and focused on my spiritual life rather than the chaos in my real life; to my special friends and family; and to God for guiding me throughout this task.