Troy Area Alliance Against Hate Crimes hosts a free Unity ForumThursday, February, 16, 6:30-9pm
Community Center, Rooms 304/305
3179 Livernois Rd, TroyPanel of speakers will discuss immigrant identity-buildingSamplings of global foodLearn about community resources for immigrantsLearn ways in which you may be an allyChildcare provided onsite in Room 301Learn more about Troy Area Alliance Against Hate Crimes at troyagainsthate.weebly.com
A Workshop with Dr. Mark Love of Rochester College
Saturday, February 18th, from 9-12
Too often worship and mission are thought of as two completely different things. When this happens, both worship and mission are diminished. Conversely, understanding what they have in common enriches both and transforms those who participate in them. Let's explore more fully what they share in common and imagine together how this might enrich the ways we practice both.
Our workshop leader is Dr. Mark Love, Associate Professor of Theology and Dean of Theology and Ministry at Rochester College. holds a D.Min. from Abilene Christian University and a Ph.D. in Missional Theology from Luther Seminary. Central Woodward played an important part in Mark’s dissertation, three members of the congregation are colleagues, one member was his student, and the pastor counts him as a friend, so he knows us fairly well. Mark will also preach for us on February 19th.
- There will be a continental breakfast provided. Childcare will be available.
- There is no cost to the workshop, but RSVP’s would be greatly appreciated.
This workshop is another expression of our Vital Worship Grant, which we received from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Lilly Foundation. All costs of the workshop are being paid for by the grant, for which we are ever grateful.
Continuing with our current emphasis on the relationship of Mission and the Lord's Table, the January-February study series will focus on the book Patterns of Faith in a Table-Centered Church. The book was written by Dr. Keith Watkins, Emeritus Professor of Worship at Christian Theological Seminary. Keith has been at the forefront of worship renewal among the Disciples since he began his teaching career at CTS in 1961.
There are two study groups currently available, with opportunity to start more.
- Wednesday Afternoon Group -- led by Pastor Bob, this group meets from 1:30 to 3:00 in the library. The first session will be held on January 11th.
- Sunday Afternoon Group -- led by Susan Menko, this group meets from noon to 1:30 in the library. The first session will be held January 8th.
- The Elders will also be reading the book, with discussion led by Pastor Rick.
The message of the book is that from the earliest times the Table has stood at the center of Christian life. The question for us is how we center our faith life around it. The question is, how do we prepare to come to the Table? Keith writes that "no matter how simple or elaborate a meal may be, the food tastes better and the companionship is richer when we prepare ourselves to participate." Join us in this study, won't you?
It is looking a lot like Christmas -- at least the Michigan version. We will be celebrating Christmas Eve this year with carols, communion, and a Christmas message from Pastor Bob. We'll gather on SAturday, December 24th, at 4:00 PM (this is a new time this year). We start with O Come All Ye Faithful and end with candles lit singing Silent Night. Gathering together in this way helps us focus on the meaning of Christmas. Everyone is welcome at the Lord's Table, so, join us for a wonderful afternoon of worship.
Remember we're gathering for Sunday worship at Northminister Presbyterian Church, just down the street (they'll be joining with CWCC on January 1).
The Disciples Christmas Offering is taken each December, with the entire offering going to the support of the Regional Church. While our Disciples Mission Fund giving provides significant support to the Region, this is a special opportunity to give over and above to this important part of our church life.