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This Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018
Jason Keefer, organist
Hanging of the Greens
Hot Topic: Bible Stories of #Her, Too
Tracy Keenan Preaching

Dear Covenant friends and family,

Sometimes the teenagers will tell me they don't want to read the Bible because it's boring. I say, "Are you serious? There's more sex and violence and skulduggery in that book than in  Game of Thrones ." 

This week is one of those "Talk Back" opportunities because it's a sermon title that is pretty much guaranteed to make every one of us uneasy. (I know - what was I thinking?) The theme is Hot Topic: Bible Stories of #HerToo .

We are going to look at a story you've probably never heard from the pulpit. It's about Tamar, the daughter of King David. She undergoes a horrendous attack at the hands of a family member, and then bears her scars quietly as her family and friends try to pretend it never happened. Until someone explodes...

No one likes to talk about this, but we all know someone who has been dealt with this. If you don't think you do, then it is likely because someone has kept the grief and shame private. If we are called to bring all that we are to God, and if the Bible itself makes a point of recording stories such as these, then surely we can seek some justice, compassion, and healing through hearing these stories in the context of faith.

We hear a lot about blaming the victim and excusing behavior. It's in the public arena, the private realm, on campus, in households, and in our streets. What do we teach our sons and daughters? How can we help them - and ourselves - to honor our shared humanity?

What might these rarely-heard stories illuminate for us? Be brave. I promise to treat the topic with faithful delicacy.

Jason Keefer will be our organist.

Grace and peace,
Please Note:
The church will be closed
Thur., Nov. 22 and Fri., Nov. 23.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!
Hanging of the Greens
This Sun., Nov. 25, 12:15pm
Lunch provided. Deck the halls and Sanctuary, trees and more! Remember, many hands make for quick work and enjoyable time. 
Advent Devotional
Give our Covenant family a wonderful gift this Christmas season. Sign up and write an entry for our Advent Devotional. Scripture inspirations and instructions are on the table in the hall. Entries due Sunday, Nov. 25 . Questions? See Katie Kinnison.
Walking in the Dark 
Tuesdays, Nov. 27, 7pm, Lounge
Led by Tracy Keenan. This is loosely based on Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, about learning to navigate even when we don’t have the answers, which is actually much of the time. “Darkness” is such a loaded word, but God’s presence is sometimes described biblically as being a kind of luminous darkness.
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