Sanctuary & Hillside Worship Series
"STAYCATION: A Summer Spirituality and Sermon Series"
Has the pandemic quashed your big summer vacation travel plans? What better time to opt for a staycation! This six-week summer sermon series will boost your spirit and remind you that our mission to love God and love people doesn’t require travel at all. In fact, in times like these, maybe the greatest love one can give is to our own community!
Sunday Worship ARTChurch - August 30 @ 10:30 am
"A Theology of Threshing?"
 The threshing floor is the place where the grain gets separated from the chaff. The intersection of childhood perspectives on bible stories with adult understandings about faith requires some threshing! Our artist photographed her own threshing as "a symbolic reference to the process of discerning where truth remains for me... The questioning is the journey; the questioning is the answer."
Join us for ARTChurch as we look for images that help us to "Stay-cation" in place - take stock, stand still on the threshing floor of your life - and separate the grain from the chaff - to discover what really matters. 
Prayer for This Sunday:
Source of Life, of all that has been, of all that is, and of all that is yet to come: we come to You, with all that we are and all that we have, with all that we are not and all that we have not, to encounter the sacred, in ourselves and in our neighbours, for it is there! Spirit of all things great and small, awaken us, we pray. Guide us and show us what matters! As we pray, as we seek You, as we see You in each other, even as we come to worship - may we be attentive, so that we can see You, great God of diversity, in every moment, in every place, in every face. Amen.
Sunday Online Schedule
9:45 - 10:15 am - Guided Meditation w/ Sarah D
10:15 am - Gathering Time (say hello and get settled in)
10:30 am - Family Worship (children, reflections, music, prayers)
11:30 am - Virtual Coffee Hour (small group conversation)
Announcements - Mission & Service
Learn More about the #ItTakesAVillageMedford Big Table Response to Childcare/Learning Crisis
Medford Health Matters/Medford Conversations envision a city-wide, cross-sector effort that centers the needs of children and families as we re-knit our social fabric, reimagine our post-pandemic economy, and recreate ourselves as an anti-racist community. It Takes a Village: Medford includes families, schools (including school board members, district administrators, school administrators, teachers, and support staff), city departments, nonprofits, youth, faith-based organizations, businesses, and others.  It Takes A Village: Medford is committed to convening community stakeholders to work together to ensure that ALL Medford’s children, and especially those who are most vulnerable, will have the opportunity to safely learn and thrive, even in the midst of this pandemic. For more details about how and who is involved click on the button above.time
Sign up and Join Us For Rally Sunday Coming September 13!
Rally Sunday is the worship service where we kickoff the church’s program year and re-covenant to ‘be the church’. Most years, it serves as a homecoming of sorts: we welcome back those who have been away for the summer, celebrate how good it is to be together in community, and recommit ourselves to the work of gospel love in the months to come. While the pandemic will prevent us from holding Rally Sunday in person, we still plan to kick the day off in style. What’s more, we need your help to do it! 
Click button above for details - what, when, where!!
Sanctuary Micropantry Free Organic Fresh Vegetables

Join Us Every Friday (4 to 6 pm); through the growing season.
First Come/First Served - Mask Required!
Through a generous donation and partnership with The Plough & Stars Project - Sanctuary's Micropantry Mission is able to offer farm fresh vegetables.

Bread of Life Delivery Coming Soon -
Thursday, Sept. 3
Thanks for your donations, suggestions, enthusiasm, etc. BOL donations are getting revamped for fall. We are moving a once-a-month donations with two drop off days, led by Julie Roberts and Charlene Carle. The first donation round is Thursday, Sept. 3.

Hopefully once-a -month will be easier for all of us. You can drop off on Julie Roberts' porch anytime before noon next Thursday, Sept. 3, or contact Julie if you need help to pick up.

Here is our most current food list for the Nutrition Backpacks:

Chef Boyardee pasta singles
Milk singles--shelf-stable
Juice boxes-100% juice
Raisins, singles
Fruit cups
Cookie packs, singles
Tuna- to-go
Pudding cups
Cracker sleeves or single packages
Beef stew or chicken pouches
Mac 'n cheese singles
Prayer, Meditation, and Reflection
Tuesday, September 1 | Friday, September 4
Drop-In Lunch On-Line @ 12 pm
Join Rev. Wendy for prayer, meditation and reflection - check on your heart and soul space!
~~~
Everybody needs a little sanctuary.
especially now!
~~~
Have a topic, prayer, or reflection to offer?
Contact Rev. Wendy
Micro pantries around the city are open and needed more than ever!
Please donate if you have the capacity during this time to help our neighbors!
For any further information on the virus, events, or how we can still be Sanctuary for ourselves and others, please check out the website:
Sanctuary United Church of Christ 
458 High Street, Medford, MA 02155 • (781) 395–3360