These are some of the things that were mentioned at the last youth gathering 11/2/14. We have the four categories, Fun, Fundraising, Study and Service. This was a good start. Now we need to plan together to do some of these.
Topics for Study
Making commitments, setting priorities
How is our church distinct? Why be a Presbyterian
The lord’s Storehouse, Tues. 6:45am -7:45am – coordinate with Sam
Dec. 7 decorate church (and talk about Christmas)
Super Bowl subs
build houses, Habitat for Humanity
Trips to New Orleans or New Mexico
Ideas for Fun
Go Carts at Boondocks
You may have noticed that it is not customary for Presbyterian Churches to worship together at the church on Thanksgiving Day (or Christmas Day for that matter.) There is an historical reason for this. In our tradition there have been two regular settings for worship. One is the church. The other is the Christian home. That means that when worship is not planned at the church we invite you to worship in your home. If you are not accustomed to this it may seems strange. Planning worship can seem intimidating to some. It doesn’t need to be like that. Many homes can say a blessing over a meal. It is now a common practice to go around the table giving each person the opportunity to express what they are grateful for. Singing or music is a regular part of many households, especially if young people are taking lessons. If worship in this setting seems strange to you then you might want to start before Thanksgiving Day to practice. Any family meal or a meal with friends who would appreciate this practice is a good setting. You might try it on a daily, weekly, monthly schedule or whatever works for your home. If you really need suggestions for this the pastor is more than happy to spend some time with you preparing.
There will be a brief special congregational meeting following worship and before the Thanksgiving Feast on Sunday, Nov. 16. The purpose of the meeting is to elect new church officers for the coming year. This schedule may seem unusual, but we hope it provides more opportunity to do training with the new officers and with all the leadership of the church. The session has already set the date for the regular congregational meeting for January 11, 2015. We hope to have everything in place by then so our work together will continue without a pause.
Please join us for a beautiful Thanksgiving Feast on Sunday, November 16 following worship, so about noon in our Sheldon Jackson Fellowship Hall. I learned at the dinner following my installation service on Oct. 19 what a great meal this church puts on. (What a delight that was and necessary nutrition for our Presbytery Partners who had travelled from around the state to lead the service.) We all enjoy our own traditions on Thanksgiving Day, but this is also an important celebration to share with our church friends and family. Gratitude to God for all our blessings is a basic value for our church and this will be an opportunity to express that together. This will be a pot-luck dinner so bring a dish to share.
Come and experience a walking prayer. We have drawn a labrynth next to our building on Center St. It is available any time of day and at least until it is covered by snow. If you have not walked and prayed a labrynth before, you begin at the opening by the sidewalk. Start with a prayer for God’s presence with you as you walk. If there is something particular you want God to help you with hold that intention as you begin. Walk the labrynth meditatively. Take time to notice all that God is showing you as you proceed. Let all that has blocked you from knowing God’s guidance fall away from you as you walk. When you reach the center take time to recognize God with you, perhaps facing in each direction. As you walk out feel for God’s inspiration and growing direction. As you exit thank God for the prayer.