October 28, 2022
The Mark 12:31 Team is hosting a book discussion on the fiction novel,
We Are Not Like Them on Monday November 7, 2022 at 7:30PM
at the church.

The authors, Christine Pride and Jo Piazza, invite readers to: “Come for the friendship, stay for the social justice. We hope to give readers a starting point for difficult conversations about race.” The book invites readers to experience how
a tragic killing impacts the lives and friendship of two women, one Black,
one white. Come join our conversation even if you have not read the book.
Everyone is welcome.

In October we gathered to listen to and discuss a podcast titled Separating Yourself from the Pack. It was one episode of the podcast series, Hidden Brain. We learned how our individual opinions and actions toward other people can be influenced by the groups we join, intentionally or unintentionally. One example is that our empathy for the misfortune of another person may be lessened if we see that person as part of a different group as opposed to making a personal connection. Our willingness to resort to more aggressive actions toward others increases if we feel our group is being threatened. Consider how you might feel sitting at a game of your favorite sports team with fans of the other team cheering loudly around you. Our loyalty to a group may fill us with an “Us” vs. “Them” mentality. The presenter stressed that groups can have both a positive and negative affect on us psychologically. Being aware of how our groups can affect us will help us avoid the negative.

Any questions, please contact Kurt Holloway, chair of the Mark 12:31 Team
Our Forum speaker for the next 3 Sundays
(October 30, November 6, November 13)
will be Jennifer Koosed, Ph.D.,
Professor of Religious Studies at Albright College. 
The topic will be “The Family of Abraham”. The world’s three major monotheistic traditions all trace themselves back to one man, Abraham, who may have lived almost 4000 years ago. In this three session class, we will explore Abraham and the traditions that descend from him. The first session will explore the texts—the Bible and the Quran—to see how each tradition (especially Judaism and Islam) understands Abraham and his family; the second session will compare some Jewish and Muslim beliefs and practices; the third session will examine the Temple Mount area, also called al-Haram al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary), one of the most contested holy sites in the world. Family relationships are sometimes the most fraught; not only will we discuss the past and present of Judaism and Islam, but we will also explore some future possibilities for these sibling religions.
Being the Church This Week

Sunday, October 30
Sunday School – 9:15 AM
Service of the Lord’s Day, Reformation Sunday – 10:30 AM
Rev. Jessica Hainley, preaching
Fellowship Time after worship
hosted by the Hospitality Committee in the Community Room 
Seekers Book Club – after worship
Monday, October 31

Tuesday, November 1
Yoga - 8AM – Community Room
Staff Meeting – 10:30AM

Wednesday, November 2 
Yoga - 8AM – Community Room
Girl Scouts – 5:30-7:30PM
Evening Prayer – 7:15PM
Committees – 7:30PM

Thursday, November 3
Sisters of Way Bible Study – 9:30AM
Jr Seekers assisting with Community Meals – 4:30-6PM     
Community Meals – 5PM – Fellowship Hall
Chancel Handbells Rehearsal – 6:30PM 
Chancel Choir Rehearsal – 7:30PM

Friday, November 4
Yoga – 8AM – Community Room
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