This fall, you have two opportunities to dig deep in one of the foundational stories of the Christian and Jewish faiths: the story of Moses, the Exodus and the God who frees. These ancient texts have so much still to say to us today about how we can seek and follow God’s direction in our journey for our own lives and as a church. They speak of the ways to find fullness of life. They show us how and why to trust God in times of anxiety and confusion. In these old stories, we learn what it means to follow God’s leading with our heart, soul, mind and strength. There are three opportunities, all on Thursdays.
Pastor Lisa will lead a daytime study on 5 Thursdays – September 12, 26, October 3, 17 and 31. The Pastor’s Bible study will meet either from 11:00am–12:00pm or 4:00–5:00pm, depending when the most people can meet.
Whether you know these stories by heart or whether they are new to you, there will be much for you to ponder and apply to your life today. We’ll explore the women in Moses’ birth story, and what they teach us about ways we can use our grit, determination and wiliness to protect the vulnerable folks in our care. We’ll listen for God’s call on our own lives as we hear the story of God speaking in the burning bush. We’ll learn what to do – and NOT do – when anxiety is weighing us down in times of rapid change. We will focus on how to access God’s abundance for our lives. Finally, Moses will teach us how to greet and trust in the promises of God even when we won’t see them come to pass.
If you are interested or have questions, please be in touch with Pastor Lisa. Please let her know which time you are interested in attending.
The Thursday evening group will be led by Mary Maleski, our Director of Christian Education, and will meet at 7:00pm twice a month beginning on September 12th in Fellowship Hall. Together we will journey through the four books of the Torah that tell us the story of God, Moses and the Israelites; Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
The class will mix discovery and conversation with the ancient art form of Kintsugi, the art of broken pieces. Our time together will be one of discovery and conversation as we find our own stories within the passages. Each day there will be a reading to enrich our class conversation, but it’s not mandatory for participation in the class.
Below you will find the reading chart for September along with some simple thoughts to help guide your reading. Don’t get bogged down with the longer passages that are directives – read through them for an awareness of what is contained in the text.
Questions to ponder as you read: What underlying emotions or feelings are present in this passage? What stood out for you? Surprised you? Upset you? Who or what could you relate to? Want to share? Why is this passage important or isn’t it? These questions are for wondering – nothing more. If you plan on attending please RSVP to Mary Maleski.
Sept 8 Exodus 1:1-2:10
Sept 9 Exodus 2:11-2:25
Sept 10 Exodus 3:1-4:17
Sept 11 Exodus 4:18-4:32
Sept 12 CLASS
Sept 13 Exodus 5:1-7:7
Sept 14 Exodus 7:8-12:32
Sept 15 Exodus 12:33-13:16
Sept 16 Exodus 13:17-13:22
Sept 17 Exodus 14:1-15:22
Sept 18 Exodus 16:1-17:7
Sept 19 Exodus 17:8-18:27
Sept 20 Exodus 19:1-20:21
Sept 21 Exodus 20:22-23:19
Sept 22 Exodus 23:20-23:33
Sept 23 Exodus 24:1-24:18
Sept 24 Exodus 25:1-27:21
Sept 25 Exodus 28:1-31:18
Sept 26 CLASS
Sept 27 Exodus 32:1-32:35
Sept 28 Exodus 33:1-33:21
Sept 29 Exodus 34:1-34:35
Sept 30 Exodus 35:1-40:38
Families will meet in the Multipurpose Room to hear about the Fall calendar, clean out Worship bags, and get excited about the new additions to our Sunday morning schedule! Check out Presbypress this month for a preview.
Adult Ed will meet in Kendall Lounge to get their books for this Fall’s Adult Sunday morning class and hear a little bit about what to expect for the first half of the year.
Both children and adults will also be studying Moses on Sunday mornings. The children will work on special projects to share on Sunday, November 17th.
The adults will work with Adam Hamilton’s study, Moses the Reluctant Prophet.
Adam Hamilton will retrace the life of Moses from his modest birth and rescue as a baby to the courts of Pharaoh, from herding flocks in Midian to leading his people out of Egypt.
Hamilton travels from Egypt to Mt. Sinai, the Nile, the Red Sea and the wilderness, exploring the sites of Moses’ life. Using historical information, archaeological data, and biblical text, Hamilton guides us in the footsteps of this reluctant prophet who grew in his relationship with God and by the end of life had successfully fulfilled the role he was given.
Turn your own reluctance into boldness as you examine the significant challenges facing Moses and how God shaped his character and life in powerful ways.
Books will be available on Sunday, September 8th.
September 8th: Children will continue to meet the first two Sundays of the month for Sunday school . On these Sundays the children will meet in the sanctuary at 9:15am. They will then move to class and through hands on projects and games learn to dig deeper into the story of Moses.
September 15th: On the third Sunday of the month there will be an opportunity for children to work with Julia Henry, our Children and Youth Music Director from 9:15–10:15am in the Music Room. On these Sundays children will experience and develop a love for music through songs to be used in worship, drama pieces, rhythm activities, and games. Miss Julia is excited to begin! She has so many great ideas!
September 22nd: On the fourth Sunday of each month we will have a Sunday evening worship service called Messy Church. Our entire church family is invited to come at 6:00pm for a meal together, followed by an activity that will lead into a worship service from 7:00–7:30pm.
September 29th: Apple Gleaning and picnic following worship. Please RSVP so Mary knows how many hot dogs to have ready. email, text or call 609-954-8977.
Kids Club begins Wednesday, September 18th, from 5:00–7:00pm. Dinner, bible, music, games, and art make for an evening of fun and laughter! If you have not joined us before, we hope you will consider becoming part of the fun! Registration forms are available online and may be dropped off at the church office. Pre-registration is always appreciated.
If you are an adult and would like to volunteer, contact Mary Maleski.
Youth Group begins Sunday evening, September 15th, from 6:00–7:30 pm. Youth in grades 5-12 are invited to join in the fun, and are encouraged to bring friends. This year the Senior High Youth will go on two mission trips.
They will be going to Washington DC for the Teacher Convention Weekend. The youth will leave Thursday, November 7th and return on Sunday, November 10th. There will also be a summer mission work camp experience.
There will also be a youth retreat for all ages in the Spring at Johnsonburg Presbyterian Camp.
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