Friday, October 1, 2010

October Faith Happenings Letter

Dear Members and Friends of Faith UCC,

We continue to journey boldly together into the Fall season – and into the future. While the media shares things about deceitful rhetoric about Islam, polemic political campaigns, and other deflating topics, we share many exciting things ahead as we continue to follow God-in-Jesus.

First, we have an exciting online presence at On this website, you will find pictures, updates, weekly announcements, Faith Happenings, spiritual reflections, Scripture for the upcoming worship services, links to our online discussions, messages of support for our Muslim neighbors, etc.

Second, adult education is back in full swing. During the month of October, we’ll be engaging in spiritual creative writing. Join us after worship as we explore and experiment with different kinds of writing as a spiritual practice. These sessions will be relaxing, encouraging, and fun. Come for all the sessions - or come for just one. All are welcome.

Third, we have new art in the sanctuary that comes directly from artists in Central America. This beautiful, fair-trade art serves to remind us of the creativity of God’s people and our connection to the world-wide Body of Christ.

Fourth, we’ll be having a fun-filled Harvest Dinner and Auction on Saturday, November 6th. The festivities will begin at 6pm with a delicious dinner. After the meal, we’ll be having an auction to raise money for a projector for our church. The projector will be used to show reflective, spiritual videos/images during worship as well as used to show movies and documentaries that will help us explore faith through film. Come for the food, stay for the fun!

Fifth, it’s my pleasure to announce that world-famous author and theologian, Brian McLaren, is coming to speak in Iowa City on March 4th, 2011. People often travel across the country and spend their hard-earned money to hear him speak. But we get to hear him for FREE. So be sure to come and listen to McLaren speak about following Jesus in the 21st Century.

Like I said, we’ve got a lot of exciting things going on at Faith UCC. We’re a smallish church, but we’re mighty! And if all this sounds good to you, please begin thinking about how you would like to be involved in our financial stewardship and shared ministry as we continue to journey boldly into the future. God is doing exciting things through our Church!

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