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Changes in our worship space

Altar Guild members with mobility and balance issues have found it increasingly difficult to post
hymn numbers on the wooden arch at the front of the church. In recent weeks the hymn numbers have been printed in the lower right hand corner of the front page of the worship bulletin for those who like to mark the hymns with ribbons before the service begins.
 
Let's give the new format a try for several weeks and offer feedback to members of the Worship, Music, and Visual Arts Committee about how it is working.
 
One of the issues which surfaced at the coffee hour meeting concerning Sacred Space was the
impossibility for folks using walkers and wheel chairs to navigate the center aisle with the
baptismal font located in the center of the nave entrance. The WMVA committee has removed the armchairs to the left of the entrance and placed the font and paschal candle in that space. This placement allows those seated in the last two pews to easily access the center aisle for communion, keeps the font near the entrance to the nave as a symbol of our initial formation as people of God through baptism, and continues our Sunday worship practice of turning to the back to face the font at the start of each service. WMVA invites your feedback.
 
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
We are really fortunate at Christ Lutheran to have some very skilled players of fretted instruments: banjo, mandolin, guitar. The music for Sunday, July 21 features tuneful hymns that are a natural fit for leadership by guitars: "Morning has broken," "Just a closer walk with thee," "Take my life and let it be," "Be thou my vision" and "This little light of mine." Thanks for Jim Nail, Anders, Anna and Scott Carlson for their musical leadership on guitar.
Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts, Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator
Hammo is back (at Hammonesset State Park/Beach in Connecticut). Hammonasset (or Hammo, for short), is the New England Synod's premier youth gathering, which takes place each year in early September.  Dates for this year's gathering are September 6-8; and registration closes on August 15. 

Hammo is finally going Back to the Beach! For 3 years while Hammonasset State Park has undergone renovations, we gathered in the mountains and on the shores of Lake Ossipee at Camp Calumet. Those renovations are now complete and we couldn't be more excited to return to the place that Hammo got its start...Hammonasset State Park in CT. Water and sand are prevalent throughout the Bible--creation, calling of the disciples, calming the storm. Let's reflect on our creation, calling, and storms in our lives. We hope you join us for what's going to be an awesome weekend full of friendship, faith, and tons of fun!  Interested youth should speak with Youth and Family Ministries Coordinator Gail Weston-Roberts-ASAP!
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

August Book Group Selection - Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, a story of two sisters living through World War II in Nazi-occupied France. In this 75th anniversary year of D-Day interest in the human stories of that war abound. Join us to discuss the book on Monday, August 12, 7:30 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

This Sunday is your second opportunity to come-as-you-are to worship! Okay, at Christ Lutheran Church it's
always come-as-you-are, but this Sunday you're asked to remain and offer an hour or two to spruce up the building, either washing windows or painting classrooms.



                 
Looking Ahead


On Monday, August 19, from 7:00-9:00 pm, the Stewardship Committee is sponsoring a workshop, "Financial Wellness 101."

 Everyone should have received an invitation, which includes an RSVP.   This interactive workshop covers basic, practical skills to help participants establish healthy financial habits. There will be NO investment advice, and no financial products will be sold.  Just come, bring friends, and learn as much as you can about your financial life.  It's free, but more valuable than you can imagine!

Topics will include:
 - Living with a budget
 - Keeping track of your money
 - Savings strategies
 - Building and keeping good credit

 - And other topics YOU want to cover.

Refreshments will be provided, and a few prizes will be awarded.
  
Sunday, July 28, is Bach Sunday at CLC. We celebrate the works of "The Fifth Evangelist" in worship, with guest instrumentalists and choristers joining in on the fun. Be sure to invite friends and family!



On Sunday, July 21 , we celebrate the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost ,  9:30 a.m. worship. Pastor Rebecca Bourret   preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
July 21, 2019  

Perhaps the church, at its best, is "all ears." Almighty God urges the faithful, again and again, to "listen up!"-to heed the word from above. So it was with Abraham and Sarah, with Mary and Martha, and the early church at Colossae. So it is today as we join the assembly to hear the word of God, the words of life.

   First Reading                           Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
    Gen 18:1-10a                           Ps 15                        Col 1:15-28                         Luke 10:38-42
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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