This Sunday, October 18th
Seminar meets this Sunday at 9:00am via WebEx. Sarah Jackson, executive director of Casa de Paz, will share "A Timely Story on Loving Your Neighbor." If you want to attend but don't have the WebEx link, please email Don Smith, dbsmd1@gmail.com.

Sunday worship will be 10:15am online using Zoom.

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Join by Phone: +1 253 215 8782 OR +1 346 248 7799

Meeting ID: 985 7809 9050
Password: 482164

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Following an abbreviated worship we'll share the next in our "Conversations With..." series. Sarah Jackson will tell us more about her work at Casa de Paz serving individuals recently released from migrant worker detention centers.
RevSpeaks

I was this many days old when I learned the term, “doomscrolling.” I’m not sure who originally coined that term, but the Urban Dictionary defines it as, “Obsessively reading social media posts about how utterly [screwed] we are.”

I’ve been a doomscroller, and I’m trying to change my ways. This is proving to be difficult. Getting into my car yesterday, NPR was playing the hearings for the potential Supreme Court Justice. It’s hard to not get sucked into it all. Tension in my neck and shoulders increased as I drove until I realized that I had control over this situation! By simply pushing the arrow for the “find a new station” I was able to select some MUSIC for a change! MUSIC to loudly sing as I made my way down the road, freeing myself from the latest news broadcast AND from the tension and anxiety that I was inviting in. 

The other term learned recently is “hopequesting.” For me this is doomscrolling on steroids – scrolling quickly by the “death and doom” postings on Facebook or Twitter to find the hope. The hope in the photos shared by friends. Finding and stopping at the photos of pets and flowers, sunrises and sunsets. The moments of sharing about children and grandparents. The birthday, graduation, anniversary, and wedding celebrations. “Hopequesting” for those funny things, real things and silly things – memes and poems and stories.

“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” ― Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

Keep the hope, my friends. Keep loving and sharing and being kind. Be gentle with yourselves and others. We can be the change we hope to see in the world. 

Rev. Sharon
Additional Announcements

CROP Hunger Walk, October 18th
Please take a moment and support the CROP Hunger Walk this year. Kathi Moton can't chat with you in the Narthex, or hand out bags of rice as she writes down your donations, but she's still collecting donations! You can make a tax-deductible gift online through her personal page, https://www.crophungerwalk.org/auroraco/kathimoton, and help Christ Church beat last year's total of $1778. She has raised $1075 so far! If you have questions, email Kathi at kathimoton@gmail.com.

Seminar, Sunday, October 18th, 9:00am via WebEx.
"A Timely Story on Loving Your Neighbor" led by Sarah Jackson from Casa de Paz.

BYOB2, Sunday, October 18th, 5:30pm at the church parking lot.

Tuesday Evening Meditation Tuesday, October 20th, 6:45pm via Zoom
Join us for Tuesday Evening Meditation on Tuesday, October 20th at 6:45pm. We'll share peaceful devotional music and a calming reading then end with a period of guided meditation. Join us online via Zoom or by phone 1-253-215-8782 Meeting ID: 920 1990 6219 Passcode: 568277.

All Saints' Day Photos due by October 21st
Send in the name and photo of your loved one to include them in our slideshow on All Saints' Day, Nov. 1st. Photos due by October 21st.

Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat has been cancelled for 2020