August 22, 2018
This Week's News and Updates
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The "Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life" study group returns on Wednesday, August 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Social Hall!! 

We will be reflecting on Chapter 4 . Plan to join us! The conversation is enriching even if you've not read the book. Come see what lessons will speak to your journey!    

Grandmother

Rev. David Wynn


My grandparents were “salt of the earth”, in other words…poor, common, ordinary; and in my grandfather’s case, downright salty; outsiders. The world didn’t pay them much attention because they didn’t have a lot to offer when it came to money or extraordinary abilities. They lived in government housing with government subsidies…my grandfather once got an $11.00 electric bill and I thought we were going to lose him. Every time I yell, “turn off that light”, or “Close the door, your letting all the cool air out!” I think of him. 

My grandmother was a worrier…I inherited that from her. She was deeply loyal to her family and pretty much a pushover…I inherited that also. You may be wondering what I got from my grandfather…well, I got his temper, an unsettling penchant for brooding, a deep deep love for tobacco, and a fierce devotion and love for my yard. He would not be happy with my yard right now, but by the weekend it will be back in order. 

I come from ordinary people negotiating everyday journeys that ebb and flow with time. For all of time people have been people and as much as we want to section ourselves off and create myriad divisions…we are still connected as people. We still all yearn for love, belonging, for our basic needs to be met, and a sense of our lives having mattered. 

As we come to the conclusion of Ruth, I am struck by how “salt of the earth” her story is…how it places us with people like us. It doesn’t always feel that way when I read the Bible…the stories more often seem epic, or miraculous, mysterious, exceptional, unlikely, or too fantastical. If I have to work too hard to relate…it makes me suspicious. In Ruth, Spirit is relational and relatable…it’s, I believe, how the book found its way into the Hebrew bible. Sandwiched between the end of wandering and entering the promised land and the beginnings of kingship and empire, we encounter this authentic human story of people yearning for love and belonging…we can relate and that is where real truth begins. 

How does the story end? Let’s talk on Sunday!  



SECURITY CORNER
by Lisa O'Grady

Hi Folks,
 
Just dropping in to tell you that your security team is still out there watching the parking lot for us and monitoring the doors but we have taken a little break from meeting for the summer and will gather with you and do some training all together soon!

In the meantime, I wanted to tell you a little bit about something called “Cooper’s Colors” and ask you to adopt these not only at church but in your everyday lives as well.

What is it? Cooper’s Colors were developed by Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper as a simple way to be more aware of your surroundings. This means that you learn to shift up and down a scale of alertness in order to keep yourself safe. Here is how it works:

 
WHITE

This is an unaware and unprepared state of mind. "Daydreaming" or "preoccupied”, oblivious to possible threat. Your main enemy is reaction time. If you are not aware of your surroundings, and fail to see the suspicious character, he may overwhelm you before you can effective defend yourself. If you're caught in Condition White, you will need several seconds to even realize what is happening and respond. You simply don't have that much time.


YELLOW

Relaxed alert. There is no specific threat situation. You don’t  expect  to be attacked, but are simply aware that the world is a potentially unfriendly place and that "today could be the day I may have to defend myself". You are alert and aware of your surroundings. You are difficult to surprise, so you do not make an easy victim.


You should always be in Yellow whenever you are in unfamiliar surroundings or among people you don't know. You can remain in Yellow for long periods while "taking in" surrounding information in a relaxed but alert manner. When something catches your attention, you assess it. If it's not a threat, dismiss it. If it is a threat, start getting ready mentally to deal with it.


Anything or anyone in your immediate vicinity that is unusual, out of place, or out of context, should be viewed as potentially dangerous, until you have had a chance to assess it. When you pick up on something that’s out of place, you immediately escalate one level on the scale, to Condition Orange.


ORANGE

Specific alert. Something is not quite right and has your attention. You shift your primary focus to determine if there is a threat. The difference between Yellow and Orange is this specific target for your attention. Your mindset shifts to "I might have to defend myself against  that person  today", focusing on the specific target which has caused the escalation in alert status. When you shift upward to Orange, you begin to focus your attention on this individual that caught your eye, but you do not drop your guard.


As you assess, you start to play the "What if…." game in your mind, to begin formulating a basic plan. If he acts suddenly, when you have at least a basic plan for dealing with him already in place, you can react quickly. In Condition Orange, you set a mental trigger: "If that person does "X", I will need to stop him".


RED

Condition Red is the fight or flight. It means stop him or escape. Your mental trigger (established back in Condition Orange) has been tripped. You must act now with a decisive and aggressive action.

Summary – unless you are in your home with your doors locked and alarm set you should always be in a state of “yellow” awareness. If you are walking into the store or to the ATM machine, be aware of what and who is around you. Have a plan for the “what ifs”. An attacker is more likely to take advantage of the person on the phone or the one fumbling with their car keys.

At church when you pull into the parking lot, we are relatively safe. But take a look around when you get there. If you see an unfamiliar person or persons please stay in your car until you are sure you can get inside and let someone know. Call someone inside or if you feel it necessary, call 911. Please do not confront anyone.

Thanks and have a SAFE WEEK!!!
T hread of Love,
Weave your way into our days and nights
inspiring us with your abundant
grace,
beauty,
delight,
wonder and
wisdom.
Weave a way for us to see the
good within ourselves and
each other.
When difficulties arise,
and they will,
weave within us a spirit of
patience and holy
presence to be with each
other and not at each other.
Bless our going out and our
coming in and may your Light
which was in us before we knew it
and is at work in us now be our
Thread of Hope.
Amen.


Prayer submitted by:
REV. Joe Cobb
MCC Governing Board
Metropolitan Community Churches
Classes coming soon:

September 15, 2018 - 5:00PM-8:00PM "Wings"

Do wings make your imagination take flight? Take home a uniquely textured piece of art to add to your collection, choosing from several designs, textures, and painting styles.

Class Fee: $60

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October 13, 2018 - 5:00PM - 9:00PM "Mosaic Tiles"

Love the look of mosaics, but hate grouting or heavy materials? Here’s the answer! You’ll create a mosaic canvas using lightweight hand textured (already made for you) clay tiles. Complete your masterpiece with a unique finish of layered metallic and iridescent paints.

Class Fee: $70

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November 17, 2018 5:00-9:00 "Stencil Magic"

Using an unexpected material found at your local hardware store, stencils, and paints, you’ll take home an artwork that is sure to get lots of compliments! Whether you enjoy muted colors for a softer look or bright and bold designs, the choice is up to you.

Class Fee: $70

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January 5, 2019 5:00-7:00PM "Fun with Clay"

Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Kids AND adults love creating with clay. You’ll be using air dry clay (each person will receive a one pound package) and provided tools and assistance. The clay objects you form can be taken home to finish drying and be painted. 


Class Fee: $75 which includes one adult and one child eight years or older.

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August Birthdays
  • 08/05 Sherri Spann
  • 08/10 Lisa O'Grady
  • 08/17 Ashleigh Wolfer-Stephens
  • 08/19 Tammy Broaddus
  • 08/28 Carrie Wynn
  • 08/31 Barbara Brittain 
Sunday - August 26, 2018
Call to Worship - Tibetan Bowl

Morning Meditation - Rev. David Wynn

Song of Intention - "Shine On Us" - Community

Words of Welcome - Rev. David Wynn

Time of Greeting - Community

Time With Our Children - Trish Ashton

Response - "This Little Light of Mine" - Community

Song of Preparation - "Need You Now" - Community

Bringing Words of Life - Ruth, Chapter 4 - Many Voices

Song of Response - "Need You Now" - Community

Time of Teaching - "Ruth - Kind David's Greatgrandmother " - Rev. David Wynn

Centering Song - "Hear Our Prayer" - Community

Community Prayer - R ev. Robert Myers

Prayer Response - "Hear Our Prayer" - Community

A Time of Offering - Cassy Batts

Celebration of Holy Communion - Rev. David Wynn

Song of Sending Forth - "Lifesong" - Community

The Sending Forth - Rev. David Wynn
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