The next two Sundays are marked by dynamic guest preachers at Edgewood. This Sunday we are excited to welcome Rev. Brooks Berndt, the Environmental Justice Minister for the United Church of Christ. Next Sunday it is our honor to host Rev. Dr. Alice Hunt, the Executive Direct of the American Academy of Religion and the immediate past president of Chicago Theological Seminary. She will preach Sunday morning and is the keynote speaker of the Truman Morrison Lecture Series that afternoon (don't forget to sign up for lunch!). We will surely be enriched with the passion Rev. Berndt and Rev. Dr. Hunt bring for God and the church. Join us this Sunday morning for an exciting hour of worship!

Peace,
Pastor Liz

Dream Team Update
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Cottage Meetings! Our discussions were rich and affirm our shared hope for Edgewood's future. 48 people have participated so far, and we are still holding a few more Cottage Meetings for groups in the church that were underrepresented. If you were unable to attend the first round of meetings, we are holding one more "Y'all Come!" Cottage Meeting this Sunday, Oct 7th, from 4:00pm - 5:30pm at the Hubbard's home (160 Kenberry Dr East Lansing). No need to RSVP - just show up and make sure your voice is heard. Contact Melissa Fore, chair of the Dream Team, with any questions.


COURT WATCH SIGN-UP
If any Edgewood folk who went through the Court Watch training need help with the sign up process, Jan Bernsten will be in the social hall with her computer after church this Sunday (10/7) to lend a hand.

CALENDAR
TODAY
6:00 pm. G.A., Conference Room
6:30 p.m. AA. Meeting, Community Room
7:30-9:00 U.U. Retreat, Social Hall

SATURDAY
9:00-11:00 LANDSCAPING AT CHURCH: JOIN US!!!!
(Check with Dave Kidd re: weather, 571-351-7510)
9:00-3:00 U.U. Retreat, Community Room
10:30-Noon Art of Living, Chapel

Sunday, Sept. 30
10:00 a.m. Worship and Church School, Brooks Berndt preaching
11:15 a.m. Q & A with Brooks Berndt, Community Room
11:30 a.m. Farmers' Market, Social Hall
11:30 a.m. Youth Bells and Ensemble, Bell Room
4:00-5:30 p.m. Cottage Meeting at the Hubbards'
**Ann McCall will need help with clean-up this Sunday.  Please let her know if you can give her a hand (517-332-6984) or let her know Sunday morning.  Thank you!!

Sneak peak of Sunday's Service:  CLICK HERE


RACIAL JUSTICE EVENT
Action of Greater Lansing  Annual Nehemiah Public Meeting
Sunday October 7, 3:00 PM at Cristo Rey, 201 W. Miller Rd, Lansing, MI 48911. Join us to demand All Families Deserve Dignity! 

Every year Action of Greater Lansing holds a Nehemiah assembly that brings together the public and our officials to commit to achievable actions. Our Civil Rights for Immigrants, Access, Children's Health Equity, and Integrated Voter Engagement task forces make demands of politicians and the people. This year at Nehemiah we will be demanding support of Michigan legislative bills HB 4794 & HB 4795 (2017), which would grant undocumented Michiganders the ability to receive drivers' licenses. This assembly is called "Nehemiah" because the biblical book of Nehemiah tells the story of the first known public event that held wealthy citizens and officials accountable for their mistreatment of the poor in Jerusalem.


Edgewood Weekend Retreat
Sharing Our Spiritual Journeys
October 19-21
 
We often hear from people of all ages, "I'm not religious, but I am "spiritual." What is the difference? What does it mean to be "spiritual?" To provide the opportunity to reflect upon and share our "spiritual stories," Jackie Himelright-Smith and Ed Smith will facilitate a retreat the weekend of October 19-21 at the UCC Parish House. Registration is open to all, but limited to ten participants for housing purposes. We encourage those who are wondering what "spiritual" or "spiritual experience" means, as well as those who have memories of experiences they would like to explore further to join us in this sacred time together. Jackie and Ed have facilitated community-building groups at Edgewood in the past based on their experience in attending workshops with M. Scott Peck and the Foundation for Community Encouragement. Elements of community building and intentional listening will be part of the retreat experience as we explore the spirituality of community through a safe, informal atmosphere with time for individual reflection, pair sharing, and group sharing. (Scholarship assistance is available). Please sign up on the pink sheet or contact Jackie or Ed for more details about registration. Ed Smith (edsmith@msu.edu). Phone: 517-896-4098
 
 
NUNS ON THE BUS!
"Nuns on the Bus" is coming to East Lansing! On Friday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. , the Bus will be in the St. Thomas parking lot (955 Alton Road, East Lansing) and there will be a meeting in the school gym.   The Nuns on the Bus "On the Road to Mar-a-Lago" tour will include 54 events in 21 states over the course of 27 days. The tour will launch in Los Angeles with a rally and end at Mar-a-Lago in Florida with a "Fiesta for the Common Good,"  "Our Goal: To tell the truth about the Republican Tax Law and hold elected officials accountable for their votes.  We know that this tax policy hurts our communities while giving handouts to the wealthiest in our nation." Nuns on the Bus will encourage voters to focus electoral energy on reasonable revenue for responsible programs ahead of the 2018 midterms. " We will discuss the connections between voters' participation in the midterm elections, their elected officials' votes, and these harmful policies. Then, we will carry what we learn from voters across the country to President Trump's resort at Mar-a-Lago. We must work for just tax policies that mend the gaps in our nation! Join us on the bus!" For more information: nunsonthebus.org.
 

 Call for a special volunteer!  
Are you staying in town for Christmas? If so, would you please consider preparing a dinner for the 12 to 15 guests at  Loaves and Fishes for their evening meal on Wednesday, December 26.  This could be a one-person or couple or family project, very much in the spirit of the season. Please see Sylvia Stevens at church, or contact her at steven11@msu.edu or 517-351-1684 if you have questions or want to volunteer.  Thanks for your support of this mission project of our church.  

HOSTS NEEDED
The College Singers of Kalamazoo College will perform on Friday, November 9, 8:00 p.m. at Okemos Presbyterian Church in a concert entitled "I Feel the Earth, Move." The ensemble of 32 singers is conducted by Dr. Chris Ludwa, the Artistic Director of the prestigious Kalamazoo Bach Festival and the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey. This program features music of pop artists such as Carole King and James Taylor paired with global songs, folk music, spirituals, and other styles in an entertaining and enlightening program centered on our relationship with the earth.  Katie Miller-Purrenhage sings in this choir. The ensemble is seeking homestays for the evening of the concert. If you have a free bed or two, all you have to do is come to the concert at 8 p.m., take them home with you afterward, host them over night, feed them breakfast, and return them to the church the next day when they depart for their next venue at 8:30 a.m. Also, the concert is free, and there will be an offering to support the choir tour. Please contact Laura Miller-Purrenhage lampurrenhag e@gmail.com by October 15, to confirm your willingness to host.


Personal Needs Items in October
We will be collecting personal needs items for Christian Services during the month of October.  Items most needed are toilet paper, all kinds of soaps, paper towels, toothpaste/brushes, deodorant, and Kleenex. The collection bin will be in the hallway near the social hall.  In addition to helping with personal needs, Christian Services tries to identify other needs of the family seeking help and identify root causes of their crisis situation.   -Mary Ann Baumgartner,  Outreach/Mission Team
 

CHECK IT OUT!
Are you having an event, meeting, or special occasion at Edgewood?  Let us know so our staff can help publicize it via social media & Edgewood's website, and reserve it on the church calendar!  All you need to do is send us the (Who, What, When, Where, and brief description) of your event, meeting, or special occasion to: publicity@edgewooducc.org.  For the Edgewood Communication Vehicle & Deadline Sheet CLICK HERE!

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