The Reading Race group will resume meeting on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
On June 16 we will discuss chapter four of Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. New comers are always welcome.
On Friday evening at 7:30 pm, our church hosts a “Vigil of Remembrance and Hope.” As Americans, and as Christians, we still believe in what is best in humankind. We look for goodness in one another and our neighbors. We know that we can stand on the side of justice and we can answer Jesus’ call to be peacemakers. For everything there is a season. This is the season to respond.
Painfully, we are reminded that some immigrants came enslaved. The Emancipation Proclamation did not eradicate bigotry. The Civil Rights Act did not remove prejudice. Sanctioned violence against people of color, especially black men, is real. And this week our country erupted. Crisis upon crisis upon crisis is tearing us down. We watch and pray while America bleeds. We cannot look away from the division and suffering that torment our land and people.
In the hymn that Jennie Bryan sang so beautifully on Sunday morning, we hear the refrain: Through all the tumult and the strife, I hear that music ringing. It finds an echo in my soul. How can I keep from singing?+ Through all the tumult and strife, can you hear a song in your soul? Is there a deep current of love to sustain you and give you hope and courage? We will listen and pray, and we will ask for God’s mercy and help.
+from My Life Flows On, music and text by Robert Lowry
A Gift of Poetry – Grant Grissom, a friend of Marv and Dorothy Gelb, who has appreciated our Zoom worship services, has donated 30 copies of J. Barrie Shepherd’s recent booklet, A Pandemic Portfolio. Barrie, a Presbyterian pastor, poet, and social activist, was our Theologian-in-Residence in October of 2019. If you would like a copy please contact Dorothy at firstname.lastname@example.org Look for one of Barrie’s poems, “De-facing?” in next Monday’s daily reflection.
We invite you to join us May 5 at 1:00pm via Zoom to discuss The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. New members and friends are welcome! Following the discussion of The Water Dancer, we will begin Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. Please contact Pastor Joanna if you are interested, for the Zoom link.
Reviews on Amazon:
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.
“This potent book about America’s most disgraceful sin establishes [Ta-Nehisi Coates] as a first-rate novelist.”—San Francisco Chronicle
NOMINATED FOR THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD • NAMED ONE OF PASTE’S BEST NOVELS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time • NPR • The Washington Post • Chicago Tribune • Vanity Fair • Esquire • Good 16Housekeeping • Paste • Town & Country • The New York Public Library • Kirkus Reviews • Library Journal
“Nearly every paragraph is laced through with dense, gorgeously evocative descriptions of a vanished world and steeped in its own vivid vocabulary.”—Entertainment Weekly
Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.
So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he’s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.
This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children—the violent and capricious separation of families—and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today’s most exciting thinkers and writers, The Water Dancer is a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.
This 11-week study, facilitated by the Rev. Ann Jahnes, is based on the eight beatitudes found in Matthew 5:3-10. The study explores the depth of each beatitude, engaging the scriptures with our minds and hearts, drawing upon prayer, meditation and reflection. The group will meet 6:30-8:00 p.m. Call the church office to sign up, and call Pastor Ann if you have questions.
This is a seven-week study on the New York Times Bestseller, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. (New York: The New Press, 2012). The book’s introduction will be discussed at the first meeting. After completion of this book, the group will choose another book and will evaluate meeting day, time, and place. If you have a conflict with Tuesday evenings, but are interested, let us know and we will hopefully be able to include you in the discussion of the next book.
We have moved our meeting day and time to Tuesday evenings in the hope that people who have day jobs may be able to join us. When we have finished this book, we will choose another book and we will evaluate our meeting day, time, and place. If you have a conflict with Tuesday evening, but are interested, let us know and we will hopefully be able to include you in the discussion of the next book.
Because driving at night is difficult for many of us, we have decided to meet in St. James, rather than the church, so we encourage people to car pool. If you are new to our group, please contact Carol Snyder at 910 253-4536 or Sandra Griffith at 910 253-7376 for address location as well as having your name added to the list for entrance to St. James.