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In a first in Christ Lutheran Church memory, we ran out of food (almost) at Sunday's "Wonder and wisdom" mash-up of worship, cross-generational faith formation, and simple supper.

Some thirty folk (!), from pre-school to teenaged to grandparents, shared their highs and lows, Scripture and Communion, prayed for and blessed one another, and consumed three-and-a half vegan "meatloaves," salad, and pounds of sweet potato fries, and nearly decimated three different desserts! We also assembled ourselves as the Body of Christ, and sang (and paraded to "We Are Marching in the Light of God," accompanied by kazoos.

Curious? The next "Wonder and Wisdom" will be Sunday, February 24 at 5:00.

Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Eug รจ ne Gigout ' s (1844-1925) Toccata in B Minor is a fast-paced work that will serve as the organ Postlude on Sunday, February 3. An especially engaging YouTube video, below,  features the organ at St. Sulpice in Paris and organist/teacher, Daniel Roth encouraging a young organist ' s performance of the work. Be sure to listen all the way through to experience the truly magnificent acoustics of this monumental church.

Toccata - Eugene Gigout
Toccata - Eugene Gigout

Tom Berryman, Music Diretor
Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts,  Interim Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator
Hello there, Youth and Families!
Sunday evening a goodly number of Youth and Families came and saw (and ate!) and took part in the 'wonder and wisdom supper church' in the Fellowship Hall. With some thoughtful lighting modification (created by the usual, Easter-Vigil suspects), all-aged-folks shared around the tables, conversing, praying, and eventually playing kazoos. It was time well spent--hey, we should do this again!
And speaking of well-spent time: Coordinator Gail W-R and Seminarian-and-lovely-human-being Sharon Ward are investigating how CLC Youth and More could offer our time and talents to children in Framingham through an after-school program there called Hoops and Homework. Sharon used to volunteer there, and it's a pretty simple concept: when you're a kid, it can be great to have someone hang out with you after school--just shoot hoops, or help you with your homework, or read out loud to you. So God's work, our hands.  More info about this is coming, but in the meantime, watch for another Doodle poll! So much CALENDAR-crunching to accomplish!
Thanks be to God and to all of you. Gratefully, Gail.
Adult Formation
Adult Forum

This Sunday in the adult forum we move on to the third session with Walter Brueggemann on  Embracing the Prophets , "Moral Coherence in a world of Power, Money and Violence." Brueggemann is an animated and highly engaging speaker, even on video! Join us in the Memorial Room Sundays at 9:00.

CLC Book Group

Next month's book selection, A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline, takes the story of Christina Olson, the model for Andrew Wyeth's iconic painting "Christina's World" and weaves it into a fictional account, exploring Olson's relationship with Wyeth as muse and inspiration and her life in small-town Cushing, Maine. Available in paperback. Come to our next gathering on Feb. 18, 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
We hold our semi-annual meeting this Sunday after worship. All members and friends of CLC are welcome; voting 
members (confirmed members who have received Communion and made a financial contribution of record in 2018 or2019) are urged to attend, as we review the finances of the year past, and vote on a budget for 2019. We will also be ratifying our CLC Constitution, as required. Our thanks to Hilding Hedberg, who spent countless hours revising it, as well as John Whitlock and Joyce Simon for their editing work. Please express your thanks to Treasurer Edie Lohr, Resource Commission Chair John Whitlock, and Financial Secretaries Frank Miller and Carol Virshbo for their fine work throughout the year, and especially in preparing for Sunday's meeting.

Register now for our Mid-Winter Retreat at beautiful, peaceful Camp Calumet. Forms are available in the February  Reporter or on the narthex table. Bring a friend or recruit a new participant and receive a reward!

Looking Ahead

Two Sundays from now, February 10, we'll observe Refugee Sunday at CLC. We'll welcome speaker Eva Engelmann, who arrived in the US as a refugee in 1968 from what was then Czechoslovakia, who will offer a Temple Talk. Read part of her immigration story in the February Reporter; parts II and III will follow in upcoming issues.) After worship teens and adults are encouraged to remain for an immersion game simulating a refugee's journey.
Rob Humphreville returns Saturday, February 23 at 7:00 for CLC's fifth? sixth? annual Silent Movie Night. This year he'll improvise to Charlie Chaplin's City Lights. Invite friends and family of all ages to this one-of-a-kind evening of merriment! More information available on our website: www.christnatick.org.

On Sunday, February 3rd , we celebrate the 
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
,  9:00 a.m. Adult Formation, 10:00 a.m. worship. Pastor Rebecca Bourret preaching and presiding.
February 3, 2019   Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

In Sunday's gospel reading, Jesus speaks to religious insiders about God's care for the outsiders. Whichever you are, come to worship, to hear God's word and receive the food of mercy.

First Reading          Psalm                  Second Reading             Gospel
Jeremiah 1:4-10       Psalm 71:1-6       1 Corinthians 13:1-13        Luke 4:21-30 
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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