Here are some photographs taken by Susan Heilbron of the second of the three Sunday afternoon programs. It all starts with tremendous planning by Lia Kahler, a member of the church Outreach committee. The Bellimira group..played English Dance tunes. (photo by Sandy Moore)Ed Merck played bass recorder..Bach cello music. Haunting..Jan Heyer, accompanied by Phil Dietterich, played a beautiful cello. Jesse Keller danced to a contemporary Silent Night played on piano by Carol Loud.Phil Dietterich introduced his fabulous prelude by Buxtehude telling how Bach admired Buxtehude and walked 200 miles to visit him..And, after his performance called this..a “pretty nice box of whistles.”
and all along we had a happy audience.Kate Taylor and Dana Edelman brought down the house.
And Susan Klein read one of her stories that, in six minutes, told how her 4 year old self was taught the meaning of the universe by an “aunt” during an O.B. thunderstorm. It was wonderful!In addition to being Master of Ceremonies, Lia sang an aria from Carmen her voice filling the sanctuary.
Finally, we heard the folk trio of Andy Goldman, Jack Cushman and Warren Doty.This program closed with candle light as did all…Thank you to all the performers this season who donated their talent. And thank you to Claire Ganz, Judy Mayhew and Emily Broderick who put on lavish receptions after the shows.
Also this weekend!!!!! “City Reach” , a program our pastor and teens visited, along with 28 Vineyard youth. They spent Friday night in Boston, visiting the homeless and distributing clothes they brought and food. Photo of the morning after..a debriefing.
Tuesday night the elves gathered after community supper to make center pieces. Saturday, they sold at the Christmas Flea Market at the Community Center. Beautiful! The Church table was a great success! Good turn out for the vendors as well.
As in past years, Julie’s Tuesday Pizza nights ended with an amazing Italian dinner by Tom Ruimerman. Community Suppers, with a varied menu of hot meals starts Dec. 4 at 5:30.Thank you, Julie, for leading two months of happy Tuesday suppers!!
What a privilege it was to hear Rev. Steven Chambers this morning. No one slept through that sermon! It touched so many themes that we’ve discussed in the past year. We were really inspired.
Thanks to Lorna for bringing him to the island this summer for the Teen Camp Meeting and for Rev. Charlotte for inviting him to preach in Chilmark. We enjoyed meeting his Mother, Sister and Niece , Hannah, who came all the way from R.I. this morning for the service.Another special blessing this day was the music Lia Kahler offered, her amazing voice filling the sanctuary with Spirit.
Has the change of seasons got you down?
Is the turmoil and chaos of our current political environment left you hopeless?
Do you wonder where God is in these uncertain times?
Have you lost your spiritual groove and would you like to get it back?
Join retreat leader Steve Garnaas-Holmes on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 9:30am-3:30pm for this truly special Day Apart Retreat.
Come and be set free to discover hope and encounter the Beloved.
Our donations to Church World Service (Blanket mission) are at work in preparation for the hurricane in N.C.
September 2018 – Bite Your Tongue
Read Together: “He who goes about as a tale-bearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.” Proverbs 11:13
The United States government has a branch called the Central Intelligence Agency, better known as the CIA. This agency is responsible for conducting top secret missions of the United States. In order for anyone to become a CIA operative, they must undergo severe testing and training – everything from physical fitness and reaction time to IQ tests. After four weeks of very intensive training, the applicants are unexpectedly tested.
These men and women are captured by those who they believe are the enemy. They are interrogated intensely for days to see if they will reveal the secret of who they are. If they withstand this final test, they officially become a CIA operative. If they reveal their secret, they will never have the opportunity to become an operative. They have proven themselves to be untrustworthy – unable to keep a secret!
Proverbs tells us that a talebearer reveals secrets, but a trustworthy man conceals them. A recruit’s grueling weeks of giving it everything he or she had to become a CIA operative are all in vain if that recruit is unable to keep a secret. Just as a tiny spark can set an entire forest aflame, the book of James reminds, an untrustworthy tongue can spoil an entire friendship or bring intense hurt to a person we love.
Discussion Starters: How do you feel when someone shares a secret with you? Why is it difficult to trust someone who gossips? Who are people you know you can trust? Why?
Lifeline: Ask God to help you think before you speak, to put a guard on your mouth.
Blessings Always, (Numbers 6:24-26)
Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Foster, III.