Summer Preaching Schedule

The task set for our summer preachers was to choose an unsung character. Here is what we know at this point about who is preaching and their topic.

July 3 Christopher McCloskey –  Judges 4:1-9 and Luke 2:21-22, 36-29 Deborah

July 10 Bruce Gordon –  2 Kings 5 and Luke 17: 11-19 the story of Naaman

July 17 Steve Latham –  Paul

July 24 Michal Beth Dinkler –  Acts 8 Ethiopian Eunuch

July 31 Mary Thies –  Judges 11 the story of Jephthah and his daughter

Aug 7 Danielle Chapman

Aug 14 Diane Goudreau –  Numbers 22:1-35 and II Peter 1:1-3, 13b-16 Baalam’s Donkey

Aug 21 Susan Reisinger –  Isaiah 50:4-5 and Mark 9:14-27 The Man with a Sick Son

Aug 28 Susan Reisinger –  Romans 12:1-3, Exodus 1:10-20 The Jewish Midwives


Bread Lobby Day and your letters….

So you went to Washington for Bread for the World’s Lobby Day. (Three from First Pres, one from Bridgeport and one from Cameroon did go.) Does this matter? In a word, “Yes!” There is a continuing, often vicious battle going on in our government over how our nation provides justice to people. You knew that already. That matters greatly. But along with that, and less well known, is that important bi-partisan work is being accomplished. You can make a difference and help move things along.

Representative Rosa DeLauro
More Lobby Day Pictures here
Philippe Ambata, Ralph Jones, Vanessa Clayton, Cynthia Woodside, Rosa DeLauro, Brian Gray, Nancy Rupp in Representative DeLauro’s office

Here’s how.… Continue

General Assembly 222 — Portland OR — June 18–25 — 2016

Minute for Mission

Were I to describe all the important work before the General Assembly which begins June 18th in Portland most of us would not regret having a late lunch.

But I’m not going to do that! Here’s my arbitrary selection of highlights.

This year, for the first time,  the Assembly will be electing co-moderators. In the past, they’ve elected a moderator and then nominates a vice-moderator.

They also will be electing a new Stated Clerk. That’s the highest continuing office in the denomination. J. Herbert Nelson, who has been doing powerful justice work as the head of our Washington Office of Public Witness, is the official nominee, but the Assembly will have a choice to make.… Continue

Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters

Each year, thousands of churches from many different faith traditions take part in Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters. We will join the collective voice on Sunday, June 19th, Father’s Day, following the morning worship service in the Miller Gathering Hall.

Let us work together to urge Congress to support measures that help mothers and children get the nutrition they need for healthy and active lives. This year’s letters will ask Congress to support at least $230 million for international maternal and child nutrition programs in the Department of State foreign operations appropriations bill’s global health account.

Letter writing materials and addresses of our legislators will be available at the tables set up for letter writing.… Continue