What the Earth Can Teach Us

This Sunday starts our  Seasons of Creation sermon series for the year.
This resource was birthed by our friends in the Lutheran Church of Australia (and one of my favorite theologian-poets,  Norman Habel!).  They created it to fall around the days celebrating St. Francis of Assisi, but since those Sundays usually entail the beginning of so much in our hemisphere: School/Sunday School, Autumn, Labor Day, the advent of the Pumpkin Spice Latte (™), we've decided to put our Seasons of Creation series in July, in the heat of summer and in the time for spiritual growth that the church calls "the green season."
The purpose of the Seasons of Creation cycle is to draw awareness toward the first and most available text of the Gospel, telling of God's resurrection power through the Christ, which is creation itself.  Luther once wrote that, "The power of God is present at all places, even in the tiniest tree leaf...God is wholly present, in all creation, in every corner, behind and before you." (Luther's Works 37:57)
I can't tell you how many things the earth teaches me every day.  I don't mean to be romantic about it, but it is true.   Read more
Sunday's Readings
Psalm 33
John 1:1-14  

This Sunday, we kick off our Seasons of Creation sermon series. We will worship this Sunday with planet Earth. We will celebrate Earth as a sacred place, a sanctuary filled with God's presence. Feel free to bring in your globes to decorate the altar!

Church in the World: Blessing of Bikes, Trikes, and All Wheeled Things - This Sunday at 9:45 am at Sertoma Arts Center   -  Bring your wheeled things to this worship service with communion outside Sertoma Arts Center.  Worship will also be held at Good Shepherd during this time. 

Food Drive sponsored by Older, Wiser Lutherans (OWLs) begins this Sunday. Grab a bag outside the Sanctuary and head to the store to support North Raleigh Ministries' Backpack Buddies program. A list of needed food items can be found here.

Take a few moments this Sunday to check out the visual walk-through of the creation stories that are on the tables in the Narthex. Thank you to David Cope for sharing this gift with us! 

A memorial service for Cindy Davis will be held at 2:30 pm. Visitation will begin at 1:30 pm in the narthex, and a reception in Fellowship Hall will follow the service.  Cindy's obituary is available here.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study: The Gospel of Thomas 
Tuesdays, July 10-31 , 9:30 - 11:00 am, Underwood West  This July, we will gather to take a look at this fascinating collection of 114 sayings attributed to Jesus. While this gospel was not included in the official canon, it has much in common with the synoptic gospels. We'll also enjoy noticing some key differences. All are welcome!

Let's Build -  Saturday, July 21  -  Join members of GSLC, local Lutheran churches, and the community to build a Habitat house. No building experience necessary! Sign up  here.

Thank you for your support of the GSLC youth and adults that attended the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, TX. Check out moments from their trip on Facebook and Instagram.



More information about upcoming events is available in this week's bulletin announcements .

Health and healing  for Bill Billingsley; Marty Walsh, uncle of Carol Klaum; Meg Stoyle-Corby; Doris Schexnayeer, sister of Betty Pailthorpe; and Jordon Fulton.

Sympathy  to Denny and Merry Oestreich and family at the death of their daughter-in-law, Luanne Oestreich.

Thanksgiving for this Sunday's baptism of Jacob Thomas McFee, son of Charles and Alison.

For the orphans of Mnene Parish , including Robert Mpofu and Mutokozisi Sigono.

Robert is 21 and currently living with Dean Sibanda's family, helping around the home.  They are in discussions about his future plans.  His reading skills have limited his educational path.  He is 1 of 6 siblings in the GSLC support program.  His Mail For Mnene partner is Katherine Hrivnak.

Mutho, 21, is 1 of 5 Sigono siblings in the GSLC support program.  We were informed that he would be attending a vocational school, studying motor mechanics.  He is cheerful, outgoing and works hard, following the example of his older siblings.  Three of his siblings are doing well in post-secondary education.  His Mail For Mnene partner is the Lavery family.
 
Visit the Wittenberg Information Center in the Narthex for photos of this week's orphans and  more information on the Mnene Ministry.

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