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This Sunday, October 28, 2018

Hot Topic: The Bible on Immigration
Tracy Keenan preaching

Dear Covenant friends and family,

A few months ago, as I planned a couple of sermons on “hot topics,” I had no idea how hot they would be when the time rolled around. Immigration? What was I thinking? The current news cycles are playing on our fears and there is an abundance of conjecture being sprinkled like gasoline on an already heated subject. What’s true? What’s at stake?
What we can easily lose in the stories is the fact of humanity – mixed, marbled, authentic, imperfect humanity. There are indeed culture clashes, language barriers, as well as identity and security issues. And there are very human concerns all the way around.

So: What does the Bible say about Immigration?

Interestingly, our spiritual heritage approaches it from the vantage points of both having been strangers in a strange land AND having been an established nation with strangers in our midst. Our spiritual ancestors included people in exile not wanting to lose their identity, and people who mistrusted outside groups, too. In other words, our history runs the gamut of concerns strafing our society now.

Then, of course, there is our call to consider Jesus Christ as our true north, and to ask how God calls us to live here and now.

Fortunately, the “After Party” scheduled for just after the 11:00 service is a “Talk-Back” session where I am eager to hear your thoughts and considerations. We are in this together, children of God beyond any simplistic partisan polarization.

I promise to bring my faithful best and look forward to you bringing yours, too.

Grace and peace,
Cantos para Amigos - Songs for Friends
The Fabulous Music of Spain & Latin America by Carlos Guastavino, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, 
Joaquim Serra, Joaquin Turina, Jaime León, Alberto E. Ginastera
This Sun., Oct. 28, 2018 - 3pm - Covenant's Sanctuary
Musicians: Helen Allen, soprano; Darci Bultema, soprano; Abra Bush, soprano; Andrew Carlson, violin; 
Phillip Everingham, piano; Cora Kuyvenhoven, cello; Lori Sen, mezzo-soprano
A free will offering will go to The Innovation Law Lab Deployed in immigrant detention centers and hostile judicial jurisdictions across the U.S. working where the threat is greatest - 
where people and legal systems are most vulnerable to attack. 
You can also make a donation to The Innovation Law Lab from our website. Click here.
Agora - On the Brink of Everything by Parker Palmer
Sunday, Oct. 28, 9:45am, Lounge
L ed by Jim Mehler How we travel the arc toward the sunset of our lives is ours to choose: denial, defiance, collaboration.” After eight decades, Palmer writes about cultivating a vital inner and outer life, finding meaning in suffering and joy, forming friendships across generations. Books are available near the welcome table and on the cart for $15.
Sermon Talk-Back: Immigration
Sun., Oct. 28 & Nov. 25, 12:15p, Lounge
Led by Tracy Keenan. Here’s your chance to chew on what you’ve just heard preached, a time for conversation on particularly “hot topics.” We all come to these issues with strong values and the best of intentions, even when we don’t agree on solutions.
Celebrating the Dead: All Saints, All Hallow’s Eve, Day of the Dead 
Tues., Oct. 30, 7pm, Lounge
These days we turn our thoughts to those who have gone before us. What are they about? How did they come to be? What might they have to teach us?
The Franklin County Board of Elections is in need of individuals to serve as Precinct Election Officials on Tues., Nov. 6. You must be a U.S. citizen, be registered to vote in Franklin County, and able to serve from 5:30am to at least 8:30pm on Election Day. Applications accepted until Sun., Nov. 4. Compensation for training and working. Call 614-525-5393 or visit
Sun., Nov. 11, 5:30pm
Turkey, gravy, potatoes, rolls, butter, and drinks provided. Bring a dish for the potluck table. Cost: $5/person; $20/family of four or more. Buy tickets between services Nov. 4 and 11 or call either the church office, 614-451-6677, or Gail Griffin, 614-457-2346. RSVP by Nov. 6. After Nov. 4 please pay at the door. After dinner, Bol Aweng, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, will tell his story. Forced to flee his homeland at the age of six, Bol wandered with thousands of other children until taken into various refugee camps. The PW Thank Offering will be collected and a drawing held for the quilt made by CPW’s Mission Sewing Circle. Child care available.   Click here for all the details.
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Peanut Brittle cooking has begun. We need coffee cans, Kroger or Giant Eagle 80% margarine, white sugar and cooks and others to help. Call Nan Davidson, 614-893-8824. Thank you!
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