Message from Pastor Tim

  Message from Pastor Tim  
MESSAGE FROM PASTOR TIM   
 
Dear Friends and Members of Ark and Dove,
 
Epiphany is upon us and on Sunday, January 7, in worship the Magi will follow the star to the Christ Child.  The last carol to be sung is We Three Kings.  (Even though the bible says Magi)  Epiphany (that time between Christmas and Lent) is the season of  light.    For the next six weeks Pastor Jon and I will shine the sermon light on The Magi, The Baptism of Jesus - Jan 14, and then four weeks on the Apostles Creed, Jan 21 through Feb 11.   Yes we can make the Apostles Creed both fun and interesting.
 
Deep Thanks for your support of the Christmas Joy Offering.  To date the generosity of the congregation already exceeds last years giving.  Our Treasurer , Alta Paronto reports we are over $5000.00 and Epiphany is Sunday.
 
Last week in this space, I spoke about our New Years paths and how the church is providing many many opportunities this Epiphany Season and beyond to walk fresh paths.  I will reprint those opportunities below and add two more in bold.  Sign up in church or send an e-mail to the church office.     
  • ANAM CARA, Spiritual Friendships: To grow in our spiritual lives, we need friendship. To grow in friendship, we need to journey in faith. Starting January 18, we are forming a small group that will foster meaningful relationships and encourage spiritual growth. Anam Cara is an ancient gaelic term for the friendships we need as we walk with God. We will explore avenues of faith formation (prayer, study, meditation, worship) through discussion and seek to help one another in our journeys. We will meet each Thursday night, 7:30-9, until March 22. Katie and Grant Johnson will lead the group with Pastor Jon. Contact Jon for any questions (jgnelson1985@gmail.com).
  • Wednesdays: 10:00 AM Bible Study with Pastor Jon
  • Every other Saturday Women's Study, Spirited Sisters with Kim Champagne (Jan 13 and 27)
  • A January 19 and 20 Adult retreat to explore faith and Spiritual Practices
  • Syria: Please Don't Forget US - February 17 (see below) 
  • A Tuesday Evening Book Group Called Waking up White with Pastor Tim  and Paula Sparks - (see below)
  • A Thursday Evening small group on household finance with  Rachael Tisdale and  Pastor Tim - (see below)
  • Lenten Small Groups on the Desert Fathers and Mothers, starting in Mid February (details to follow)
  •  A Women's Retreat for Renewal, facilitated by Christian Story Teller Tracy Radosevic - April 20-22.
Why is the Apostles Creed called the Apostle's Creed?   You can find out on Jan 21.
 
In Christ,
 
Tim
timsstern@gmail.com