Our Friends from Nicaragua are on the airplane en route to their home in Leon. They had a wonderful and full week of visits, meals, worship, work, music, shopping and even the church retreat. Thanks to all who made their trip so memorable. After the Despedida last Sunday, they each spoke about their love for us, their gratitude for the ongoing relationship and the way that we touched their hearts. We were glad to present them with five suitcases filled with school supplies and checks totaling over $4,500.00 for the work of their church, and primary school. We certainly have a generous congregation. We’ll give ourselves a chance to breathe a bit and will then have a forum to discuss how it all went and how we can improve on the experience. That forum is scheduled for October 12th. Our sister church did set up a facebook page that is administered by Cristobal. This page is called SIBEL Leon UBC Minneapolis. Like it on Facebook and see updates from our sister church.
Our music director Laura Potratz bought a house a few months ago and is now ready for a housewarming party. It will take place on Saturday, September 20th. It will begin at 4pm and go into the evening. I hear s’mores will be involved. She has a large yard with a firepit, a swingset, and of course a collection of instruments. She invites us to bring a camp or lawn chair if we have one.
The old boiler is being repaired and put back together after its mudlegs were replaced. It ought to be up and running in time for the heating season. We don’t plan to turn it on for another few weeks. Luckily, it’s getting warmer again (just in time for our sister church members to return home).
This Sunday, we will start our Sunday school year. Becca Donley will speak at the Forum about her trip to Mexico. Megan Gunnar Dahlberg will once again lead our children’s class. My sermon is entitled “Rooted in Courage, Sustained by Grace.” That’s actually the theme for the entire worship year. The Scripture reading is from John 16:25-33. Jesus tells his disciples, “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world”. The word good cheer is also translated as courage. Have you noticed that encouragement has courage as its root? Each Sunday, we will remember a leader from the early church. We will hear their stories and imagine their courage. Those are parts of our roots. This Sunday’s story will be about Simon the Zealot. He was one of the disciples and an early church leader. What is a zealot? If you are wondering the answer to that question, buy or borrow the book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”. We’ll study this book beginning on Monday evening, September 22nd at 6:30pm. On Sunday, Gayla Marty will be the worship leader and the UBC Chorale will sing.
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Monday: 6:30pm Growth Team, 7pm Grace in Contemporary Literature by Women at the home of Colleen Moravek;
Tuesday: 5:30-7:30pm Sacred Harp
Wednesday: 6pm Choir rehearsal, 7:30pm Bell choir rehearsal;
Thursday: 1-5 Garden Team;
Saturday: 4pm-9pm Housewarming party at Laura Potratz’s home;
11:30am Sunday School, forum: Becca Donley’s trip to Mexico;
5-7pm Sacred Harp.
Blessings and Peace,