Exploring the Path to Membership
We invite everyone that wants to attend, whether you are a member or not, to come and hear the history of the United Church of Christ and our church community. You will hear from church leaders as well as lay ministry leaders. If you have any questions, please contact the church at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call at 828-252-8729.
Pathways to Inner Peace: A Four-part Series
The Friends in Faith class will resume this Sunday at 9:00a in the library with the theme of inner peace in order to “act the world into well-being”. Adults of all ages are welcome. No sign up, just show up!
Aug. 18 – “Consider the Lilies of the Field” (Matthew 6:25-34)
Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount weaves scripture and nature in a paradox of freedom from worry by “seeking first the realm of God.” Following a mindfulness meditation, we’ll look at several texts, past and present, on this parable and the wisdom to be gained by slowing down our busy lives to pay attention to “the birds of the air and the lilies of the field.” What are the attachments (external, internal) that keep us from a spirit-filled life of joy one day at a time? How can we learn to live more prayerfully with God and each other, even obedient to the other? Eric Lyons, presenter
Aug. 25 – Beyond Stress Management: Resilience for Personal Well Being
Ever have an experience of being “in the flow”, where your ideas, creativity, work, and problem solving flourished? The mind-body connection between our heart and brain is powerful! Learn practical mind-body skills to respond dynamically and effectively to pressure, emotional challenge and change. In an interactive and fun learning environment, you will learn information and simple techniques scientifically shown to improve ability to manage stress, and decrease tension, worry, frustration, and anxiety. Other benefits include improved focus, problem solving, emotional well-being and sleep. Dr. Danna Park, presenter
Sep. 1 & 8
Many of us chose to live in Western N. C. to draw closer to God through the beauty of nature in our scenic mountains. Mary Kancevitch will share images and spiritual insights from her journey along the Appalachian Trail. We want to hear your stories too on how nature has helped deepen your faith and enlivened the soul.
UCC History & Theology
Tuesdays, Sep. 17-Oct. 15
Over five sessions we will cover the European roots and denominational heritages of the church bodies that formed the United Church of Christ in 1957. We will also explore the ways in which that history shaped the unique character of the UCC today. We will discuss the theology of our church and how it developed, as well as our social and ethical commitments, such as UCC policies on racial justice, ethnic inclusiveness, ecumenical unity, gender and marriage equality, environmental justice and other concerns. At the heart of the study will be the risky, innovative and visionary actions of our General Synod: or, "why is the United Church of Christ so weird and how did we get that way?" Rev. Dr. Rollin Russell, leader