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                         Border Mission

After months of anticipation, it LOOKS like we will be bidding this week on a gently used minibus for Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey (Christ the King Lutheran Church) in El Paso, to support their work with migrants at the border! The City of Framingham is converting its fleet to propane-fueled vehicles and putting their current minibuses up for auction with less mileage than usual.
Thank you to those who have made contributions in advance! We will be seeking additional gifts, hoping to raise at least $8000 to (we hope!) cover the costs of purchase, registration, flying two people from El Paso to receive it, and underwrite the costs of returning to El Paso: gas, hotels, and meals for the 36-hour drive. Should we exceed the amount needed, we'll be able to "endow" the minibus for future maintenance and repairs.

An abbreviated and postponed Natick Days was nevertheless a successful event, with CLC offering drumming and pig races, both popular attractions. A big thank-you to Dave Ripp and Phil Roberts and all of the volunteers who staffed it!  

We will receive a modest check from ticket sales for the pig race and contribute that amount to the minibus campaign.

CLC at Natick Days - Sunday, September 8


It's here: SeptemberFest is this Sunday! We return to our regular schedule, with adult forum and confirmation class at 9:00, and worship at 10:00. The choir will be back and, per tradition, this Sunday we'll be using the Appalachian "Of the Land and Seasons" liturgy. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a potluck brunch. (Thank you to all who have agreed to provide food.)   Set-up for the brunch will be Saturday.

 We could still use one or two to assist with clean-up.   Please contact the church office or Celeste Larson if you can help.

Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director

For the SeptemberFest Land and Seasons Service on Sunday, September 15, our Band will feature several "fiddle" tunes, including "Carolan's Draft."  A blind harpist, singer and composer, Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) is considered to be Ireland's national composer.  The Band will also be playing "The West Wind" and "Star of County Down."  These Celtic tunes made their way to the Appalachians and have been adopted into our Southern music tradition. 

Click the link below for a performance of The West Wind.

The West Wind - Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar - Helmut Bickel
The West Wind - Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar - Helmut Bickel

Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts, Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator
Happy September, youth and families!

Here goes: Heads up, we're going to learn to create quilts so we can make child-sized ones for the Lutheran congregation in El Paso that helps migrants who are released from the detention centers and have nothing. We'll collect used fabrics and learn from quilters how to sew these by machine and by hand. I can't wait to get started on this! More info coming!

In mid-October two of the Taize 'brother's that Pastor and Joyce Simon worked with in France will be leading an evening event at MIT.  This will involve candles, chant singing, silence and a true spiritual experience, overall. I'm definitely going and will be happy to transport any of you that would like to attend also-it's Wednesday, Oct. 15, 5:30pm. More info coming!

And Confirmation and Sun. Morn. Conversations resume on Sunday, Sept. 15! Confirmation is still at 9am but we're going to try post-service for Conversations-about 11:15am, for 50 minutes or so. More info coming!

Thank you all for your kind condolences this summer; I am doing a bit better now and am truly grateful for your prayers. Here's to the fresh, new season, fresh school supplies, and freshening hearts and souls.  Peace be with you all-Yr. Youth & Family Coord.,  Gail
Adult Formation

                                         ADULT FORUM 

In the Adult Forum we'll begin the fall semester with a brief series on interpreting Scripture through a Lutheran lens, before plunging into some of the more difficult texts (the ones that we never hear on Sunday mornings). Join us at 9:00 in the Memorial Room.


WWMRD?  What would Mr. Rogers Do?   Sunday afternoon at 4:00, put on your cardigan and Keds™ and come and see Won't You Be My Neighbor?, then stay for a Pittsburgh-themed potluck and conversation. No time to cook? Come, anyway!

                                                    BOOK GROUP

Join us on Monday, September 23, at 7:30 pm to discuss Nobel-prize winning Toni Morrison's first novel, The Bluest Eye.

Bible Study

Led by Pastor Richard Hurst, the Bible study group meets each Thursday at the church. We invite you to join with us as we gather for coffee and refreshments at 9:45 a.m. in the Memorial Room so that the hour discussion/study can begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. 

Call to Action
Get your invitations out to Of the Land and Seasons, the Appalachian liturgy, this Sunday at 10:00, followed by a potluck (sort of: bring something to share or not!) brunch.

Be sure to RSVP to your host for the cottage meetings planned for the next few weeks; come, get to know your fellow saints at CLC, and share your hope and passions for our shared ministry. You'll receive a pledge card and Time & Talent form, but they won't be collected that day.
Looking Ahead

Wonder & Wisdom, the cross-generational mash-up of worship-in-the-context-of-a-simple-meal and hands-on faith formation, resumes on Sunday, September 22 at 5:00 pm. It's a joyous, and sometimes raucous get-together, where we affirm God's constant love in an ever-changing world and seek to grow in expressing that love to the world as disciples of Jesus. Do bring a grandchild, grandparent, friend or neighbor-of any age-and come and grow.

Friday, 09/20/2019, 7:30 pm: May We Forever Stand: Massachusetts Commemorates 400 Years of Black Resiliency at Greater Framingham Community Church, 44 Franklin Street, Framingham, MA. The year 2019 marks 400 years since the first enslaved Africans set foot in Jamestown, Va. On Sept. 20, 2019, people of faith will gather to honor ancestors, commemorate 400 years of black resiliency and pray for an end to systemic and racial injustice.

On Sunday, September 15 , we celebrate the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost ,  10:00 a.m. worship.  Pastor Rebecca Bourret   preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
September 15, 2019  

The grumbling of the Pharisees and the scribes in today's gospel is actually our holy hope: This Jesus welcomes sinners and eats with them. That our God wills to seek and to save the lost is not only a holy hope, it is our only hope. As Paul's first letter to Timothy reminds us, "The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." Thanks be to God.

            First Reading                           Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
             Exod 32:7-14                         Ps 51:1-10                    1 Tim 1:12-17                   Luke 15:1- 10
Sing For Joy
Enhance your understanding of the weekly scripture readings by listening to Sing For Joy http://www.stolaf.edu/singforjoy/ from St. Olaf College.  The Sing For Joy radio program, produced by St. Olaf College , has a simple mission: to explore the weekly themes of Christian worship by providing the best in sacred choral music and thoughtful commentary. The musical performances eloquently "do the talking," while the concise remarks from host Pastor Bruce Benson illuminate the meaning of the texts.
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