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IN THE LIFE OF OUR CHURCH

Sunday Aug 15
Adult Bible Study (via Zoom) 9:00 AM
In-person Worship  10:45 AM

Online Worship via You Tube 10:45 AM
Anti-Racism Book Group via Zoom 3:30 PM

 

Tuesday Aug 17
Book Discussion group in Social Room @ 9 AM 
Deacons Meeting via Zoom 6 PM

Wednesday Aug 18
Personnel Team Meeting 6 PM

Tuesday Aug 24
F Troop Women's Group @ Country Squire Clubhouse  7 PM

Wednesday Aug 25
Elders Meeting via Zoom 6:30 PM

 

This Sunday, Aug. 15, we continue our August worship series "God on Film: Finding Faith @ the Movies" as we ponder the question "Where is the Kingdom of God?" with a look at the Oscar-winning animated feature "Soul" (available for streaming on Disney+).

Upcoming films, in case you want to watch them in advance:

Sunday Aug. 22 - "The Seventh Seal" (the Ingmar Bergman classic)
Sunday Aug. 29 - "Star Wars: Rouge One" (a companion to the original "Star Wars" film) 


As usual, our online service will premiere on YouTube, also at 10:45 AM, and may be found at the link below (and can be viewed at that link any time after that.)  The online service this Sunday will be led by Mike Pittman, Carla Willis, and Pastor Brian.  

Experience our Online Service via YouTube.

Download/view the bulletin for this Sunday's online service
Friends,

When we shut down our building a year and a half ago due to Covid, I said then that this experience would change us as a church. And indeed it has. On one hand, we've learned to grow and stretch in ways we might never have tried otherwise.  We've learned to reinvent ourselves online and we've learned that a building is not central to our ministries -- it's helpful, but not central.  We've also discovered how challenging it is to hold a community together when we still do not regularly see each other at the same time in worship due to summer vacationing, varying worship attendance patterns, and concerns over Covid. And so, our church leadership is discovering how vital it is that we seek as many opportunities as possible to stay connected spiritually. As our homebound friends are particularly isolated during this time, I invite you over the next several weeks to join me in the spiritual practice of reaching out to those at-home members by sending each a card or letter to let them know they are in our thoughts. This week, I invite you to reach out to Bette Lampton, long-time and faithful member of our congregation. Bette still lives at home (with her dog Beau) and turns 99 this year. Whether you know Bette or not, I guarantee she would love to hear from you:  

Bette Lampton
504 Oak Tree Terrace  Apt. 4
St. Joseph, MO 64506

 
SUPPORT THE OPEN DOOR FOOD KITCHEN
The Open Door Food Kitchen, a local feeding outreach that we partner with, is planning to sell homemade muffins this fall as a fundraiser. But first, some of us need to learn how to make those muffins. A training is scheduled for this coming Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 8:00 AM at The Open Door (615 South 8th).  Anyone interested in learning the art of mass muffin making is welcome to attend.  Please let Carol Pittman know if you are interested in helping: 816-383-4540.
ANTI-RACISM BOOK GROUP RESUMES
Sunday Aug. 15 at 3:30 pm, via zoom, we will start a multi-week discussion of How to Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Racial Justice by Jemar Tisby, cohost of the Pass the Mic podcast and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Color of Compromise.  Participants are invited to read chapters 1 and 2.  This group will be led weekly by Karen Lewis and Pastor Brian. All are welcome.  The Zoom link is below:

Join our discussion via Zoom

 
LOCAL FILM OPPORTUNITY
The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art is hosting a film screening and discussion this Sunday at 2 pm at the museum for the short film "Summer in Hindsight." It was filmed in KC by local artists and crew, and mixes art with fashion and film. Among multiple awards, it has won Best LGBT Film in two international film festivals, Best Female Director in another, and Best Experimental Film at the Harlem Film Festival. Tickets are $10: Find out more here
Help us feed the hungry in our church neighborhood. Our "Blessing Box" ministry is always in need of non-perishable food items (canned vegetables, meats, fruit; peanut butter and breakfast bars; rice, beans, etc.) as well as individual personal hygeine items. Feel free to drop donations by the church office or place your items directly in the Blessing Box.  You may also contribute financially to this ongoing ministry by selecting "Food Ministries" from the drop down menu of our online Tithely giving app
 
It's so easy to give online to support our ministries.  Either use this direct link or simply download the free Tithe.ly app to your phone, tablet or computer. Then select our church by name or zip code (64501), connect your bank or credit account and start giving. Use the drop down menu on our Tithe.ly app to let us know which fund or ministry you are supporting (and consider checking the box labeled "cover fees" to help us cover the processing fees.) 
WE HOLD IN PRAYER
Ann & Creath Thorne, as Ann faces ongoing health issues. 
Rev. Kimi Yokoyama, Zion UCC, living with cancer. 
Frances Hesnault, at home recovering from gallbladder surgery.
Barry Hall, dealing with ongoing health issues.
Kate Davison's husband Don, recovering from surgery. 
Jane Frick's friend Carol McDonald, living with cancer.
Jamie Hixson's neighbors, with Covid.
 
Sandy Rogers' friend, Terry Oldenberg, dealing with health issues. 
Dennis Beaderstadt, recovering from back surgery. 
John Chavez, 3 years old, friend of the Potter family, battling cancer. 
Manuel Zarate, recovering from  shoulder surgery.  
Mike Barton, recovering from brain surgery.
Dorothy Wenz, friend of our congregation, in rehab. 
Carole Walters, now living at the Riverside care facility.
Beth Kar, daughter of Bev Grienke, living with cancer
Steele, teenage son of Sara McLaren's cousin, recovering from a serious head injury.
Bette Lampton, in care at home
Sandy Hamlin’s father, Wiley Wilson, dealing with health issues

Judy Spencer,  continuing cancer treatment.
Kathy Long, friend of Janet Pullen. 
Robin Knotts, mother of Kayla Ann Harris, living with cancer. 
Our foster parents, Mark & Miranda Virden, Chuck Vaughn & Chris McCarty, and Derrick & Molly Ring. 

 
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