"O you can't get to heaven on roller skates, cause you'd roll right by those pearly gates..." Does anyone else remember that strange song from Sunday school or church camp when they were a kid? That song is just the beginning of the rules, requirements, and images we have created about heaven over the centuries. In our progressive congregation the idea believing in an after-life or eternal life might be more controversial to some than preaching politics from the pulpit. This Sunday we're talking about the theology of eternal life in our faith tradition. I invite you to join us whether you believe a lot, you believe a little, or you're not sure what you believe but you're willing to take the journey anyway.
Pastor Liz

Bob Hubbard will be 75 this Friday, June 8 !  Please stop by our home (160 Kenberry, EL) any time after 7 pm for ice cream/sherbet sundaes and happy birthday wishes! -- PLEASE NO GIFTS OR CARDS --- If you feel you must spend money, then make a donation to a cause of your choice.  

Friday, June 8
12:00-1:30 p.m.  ROMEOs, Conference Room
6:00-8:00 p.m. Pride Parade Meeting, Social Hall
Please come and help make signs and stuff goody bags for the Pride March next weekend!!
6:00 p.m. G.A. Meeting, Conference Room
6:30 p.m. A.A. Meeting, Community Room

Saturday, June 9
10:30-12:00 Art of Living, Chapel
Sunday, June 10
9:00 a.m. Adult Book Group
10:00 a.m. Worship Service and Church School
11:30 a.m. Church Camp Planning Session, Community Room
11:30 a.m. Coffee/Chocolate Sale, Social Hall
11:30 a.m. Racial Justice Task Force Meeting, Conference Room
11:30 a.m. Youth Ministry Planning Meeting, Youth Room
3:00 p.m. Emily Bieber Concert, Sanctuary (see more info below)

CLICK HERE for a sneak peak of Sunday's service!
Just a reminder for campers:  Be sure to attend the all-camp meeting of adults and youth after worship this SUNDAY

Concert at Edgewood!
Sunday, June 10 at 3 PM - 5 PM.
Join Emily Bieber (daughter of our choir director Monty Bieber and Nancy Bieber), and pianist Elizabeth Clarke for "Musicians not Politicians," a fundraising concert to benefit Voters Not Politicians. It will be a great concert with some art song, some classical, some opera, and even a little folk thrown in! Suggested donation is $15. All are welcome. For more information: CLICK HERE
This is a friendly reminder that this Sunday during our youth class we will be celebrating the close of our program year.  Feel free to bring your favorite food to share - no nuts, please.  We will continue together immediately following worship and hope to have parents join in the discussion.  We will evaluate the 2017-2018 program year and work together to plan for 2018- 2019 program year.  This would also be a good time to bring any questions about our Morgan Scott trip.  Be thinking about our successes and our challenges as we look to be the best we can be in the year to come. Bring your ideas of projects/outings/themes you'd like to explore.
  Justice and Peace Meeting
The Edgewood Justice and Peace Team meets Monday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room.  All are welcome.

DINNERS FOR EIGHT (more or less)
Sponsored by the Congregational Life Team, these are small dinners (or lunches) in the homes of members and friends or at church (accessible/alcohol free). Meals are simple, often potluck, and conversation is the highlight of the event. This is a wonderful opportunity to relax, eat and get to know a few Edgewood people better.  
It's easy and fun!
If you are able to HOST or CO-HOST one of these meals, please fill out an information sheet (located on the bulletin board in the hallway) and place it on the green poster board so that others may sign up.
If you would like to be a GUEST, please find a meal that you can attend and sign up.   For more information, contact JoAnn Hubbard at hubbardjoann@yahoo.com.
Check out the picture from the
FIRST Dinners for 8 this summer!
Now, it's your turn!!  Check out the bulletin board in the hall! 
Get Outside this Summer! 
The Green Team is launching a new program this summer designed to get people outside to enjoy nature. The program, known as Edgewood Outdoors, will give people of all ages a chance to hike, bike, fish, kayak, canoe, swim and enjoy the outdoors. Please dress for the event and bring along water and sunscreen. In the event of bad weather, an event may be postponed or cancelled. Additional events are expected. If you are willing to lead an outdoor trip, please contact Jim Detjen at 517-349-7360 or

Here are some of the programs being planned. 
Check out the bulletin boards and June Exchange
for more complete information on the events!

Sunday, June 24: Fishing at Lake Lansing South.

Sunday, July 29: Pastor Liz Miller will lead a 15-mile "ice cream" bike ride in Williamston. More details to come. 

Sunday, August 19: Paddle the Grand River and enjoy the outdoors at Burchfield Park.  

Saturday, August 25: Hike with Pastor Liz. Meet at Edgewood at 9 a.m. This will be an easy hike of three miles or less.

Edgewood Community Service Week:
Sun., June 24 - Sat. June 30
The Outreach Mission Team has identified community organizations that allow for volunteer opportunities that engage in service with our local community. Participants can sign up for a day with an organization or choose multiple days or organizations ! We have strived to make Edgewood Community Service Week accessible to all abilities and ages. Volunteer sign-ups have begun! Check out the table in the social hall today! We will kick off Service Week with a potluck picnic after worship on Sunday, June 24.
 Monday, June 11,  12 PM - 4 PM ~ Poor People's Campaign Week 5
Education, Living Wage Jobs, Income, Housing, Transportation
Michigan is just one of over 30 states across the country and Washington DC heading to their state capitals on June 11th to force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation, and the war economy. Join us and the masses in standing with the folks doing nonviolent moral fusion direct action, as we show our elected leaders we will no longer allow the violence of poverty to keep poor and disenfranchised people down. It is time for a moral audit of this nation!  We need your participation and those of your family, friends, faith communities and supportive organizations, this week and in the future. Come join us every day you are able! Meet at the First Presbyterian Church of Lansing, 510 West Ottawa, Lansing, MI 48933 For additional information:  CLICK HERE  and check out their Facebook page HERE.

Are you having an event, meeting, or special occasion at Edgewood?  Let us know so our staff can help publicize it via social media & Edgewood's website, and reserve it on the church calendar!  All you need to do is send us the (Who, What, When, Where, and brief description) of your event, meeting, or special occasion to: publicity@edgewooducc.org .  For the Edgewood Communication Vehicle & Deadline Sheet CLICK HERE!

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