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Breaking News:

Pastora Rose Mary Sánchez-Guzmán, her husband Fernando Guzmán, and their youngest daughter, Allexa, will be coming for a visit this weekend (with thanks, especially, for the generosity of Dennis and Linda Ortelli and Harold and Edie Lohr)! Pastora Sánchez-Guzmán serves Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey (Christ the King Lutheran Church) in El Paso, Texas, and has developed the border immersion program in which Pr. Bourret and Rolf Larson participated in May.

She'll offer a brief presentation about the ministry at a pot-luck supper this Saturday at 6:00 pm at CLC. Due to the short time available, this will be a bona fide pot-luck-but that's often the best kind! Bring something to share: a salad, a main dish, a dessert-or a bag of chips-and hear about this critical work with people on both sides of our southern border.
        
 


As difficult as her work is, we promise: you will also be captivated by Pastora's infectious laugh!    
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
 
Robert Humphreville will be serving as organist for our service on Sunday, August 4. Rob has been a frequent guest at Christ Lutheran, playing for our silent movie nights, five performances, so far. He will return on Saturday, February 22, 2020 to accompany the 1926 silent movie Ella Cinders, starring Colleen Moore and Lloyd Hughes. Directed by Alfred E. Green, Ella Cinders is the Cinderella story of a poor girl 
making it big in Hollywood, in spite of her wicked step-sisters and evil step-mother.
 
Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts, Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator
Hello, CLC Youth and Families!
I'm visiting Hoops & Homework on Thursday-anyone want to come with me? I'm going to meet with the new director, Jeff Boyd, and take a look at the gardens our generous congregation donations funded. And observe how the kids' program works in the summer.
I'll be calling you on the telephones to see if you want to come! Midday, probably around noon, this Thursday. I can drive you as long as I have at least 2 of you. 
Peace and cool air be with you all-Gail, your Yo & Fam Coordinator
Adult Formation
Please forward to Pr. Bourret any thoughts as to topics/Bible studies/books you're interested in pursuing once the Adult Forum resumes in September.


CLC Book Group

"In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are." With these words Kristin Hannah opens her novel  The Nightingale , a tale of two French sisters who each adopt different responses to the German occupation of France during World War II. One tends to her home, her garden, her daughter and her neighbors when her husband is called up to serve in the army; the other becomes a  member of the underground resistance.   Through hardship, hunger, privation, and violence the sisters clash and collaborate as each tries to survive the horrors of the war. 



Join us for lively discussion for this dramatic page-turner on
                         Monday, August 12, 7 pm.
 
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
Last week news came that the White House is considering setting the ceiling for refugee resettlement for Fiscal Year 2020 at zero-this at a time when the number of people fleeing civil strife, gang violence, drought and deadly poverty is at its highest since the end of World War II.

Biblical faith demands that we care for the sojourner and alien among us. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which was established in 1939 and has helped more than 500,000 refugees become Americans, is our partner in the critical, life-saving ministry of refugee resettlement.

Please consider contacting your congressional representative expressing your concern about this issue. A sample text, drafted by LIRS, follows:

"I'm your constituent from [City, State], and [as a person of faith], I urge you to affirm the right of all people to seek asylum and protection. Central American families - men, women and children - are fleeing to safety wherever they can.
This must be treated as a humanitarian crisis and refugee situation, rather than an as an immigration enforcement issue. I call on you to terminate the administration's latest asylum ban that denies protection to individuals who do not first apply for protection in at least one country through which they travel en route to the United States.
I urge you to do everything in your power to ensure the administration processes and welcomes asylum seekers, stops returning asylum seekers to harm, and ends detaining children in inhumane conditions.
My community welcomes asylum seekers and immigrants, and I urge you to do the same."
              
Looking Ahead
 


RSVP for the Financial Wellness Workshop on Monday, August 19, 7:00-9:00 pm. It's free-and invaluable-and there will be pizza-and prizes! But we do need a head count! (You should have received an evite. Speak with Pr. Bourret or Pamela Bathen-White if yours has gone missing.)




Natick Days is a long-standing community event and a terrific opportunity for shy Lutherans to introduce ourselves to the community. We're looking for teams of CLC-ers to staff our booth on the Natick Common on Saturday, September 7, for up to two hours. You'll get the very minimal training you need to run the pig races game, or invite folks to do some bucket drumming.

Please speak with Pr. Bourret or Dave Ripp is you can lend some time.
 

A Lutheran World Relief quilt created by Metrowest Lutheran women. 

On Sunday, August 4 , we celebrate the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost ,  9:30 a.m. worship. Pastor Rebecca Bourret   preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
August 4, 2019  

Today's texts offer instruction and encouragement for all who are occasionally overwhelmed by the "unhappy business" of life. Jesus urges us to take care and be on guard against all kinds of greed. We who have died with Christ in holy baptism have also been raised with him and are encouraged to elevate our thinking, seeking the "things that are above." To that end we seek the sustenance of the Lord's supper and the encouragement of God's word.

            First Reading                           Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
    Eccles 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23              Ps 49:1-12                      Col 3:1-11                       Luke 12:13-21
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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