A Celebration of Thanks Giving!
This Sunday, Nov. 24, we are honored to host the first Rockaway Interfaith Celebration of Thanks Giving. For many years, there has been an ecumenical Thanksgiving service, joining with other Americans in recognizing the many blessings of God. This year, recognizing that our community is made up of many people from a wide variety of faith traditions, a gathering of faith leaders decided to make our event an interfaith celebration, to better reflect our community and the surrounding region. The celebration will be held in our Fellowship Hall, the site of a number of interfaith gatherings in the past (this is located on the east side of our building, next to the large parking lot). It will begin with refreshments and fellowship time at 6:30, the celebration of thanks giving at 7:00, with more refreshments and fellowship time to follow. We hope you'll join us for this first event of its type in our community.
Confirmation Sunday, November 10, 2013
We're very proud of the young men and women of our church who have completed the confirmation process and who were received into full membership on Sunday, Nov. 17. These young people spent all of the last school year in confirmation class and then this fall, they were led in exploring their faith by Rev. Sue Trigger. Here are just some of the noteworthy passages from their statements of faith:
- “During the worship service we (the congregation) are the actors, listening to the director (the pastor) for instruction. The actors go out and perform and God is the audience. The church’s mission is to spread the word of God.”
- “I know for me, every Sunday going to Sunday school, going to church, and going to Confirmation class clears my mind and helps me focus on my faith, something many of the youth today are missing.”
- “My relationship with God resembles a candle. The flame burns, just like a prayer being formed. The wax is melting, like God forgiving and melting away my sins. When the candle is put out the smoke rises, like my prayers rising to God. The wax does harden, and God and I both know that I will sin again, but the candle will always be re-lit, and he will always forgive me.”
- “The Holy Spirit isn't visible to sight, but it is visible to our hearts and minds.”
- “My generation is the future of the Church. I look forward to seeing change. As Presbyterians and followers of God, we want to spread God’s love, and want people to feel welcome to attend a worship service at any time and share our faith with the world around us.”
New round of study in our GIFT groups
Our GIFT small group ministry is turning out to be very rewarding and the next round of study is based on the ENGAGE curriculum from the PC(USA). Those participating can find all the resources they need on the ENGAGE Resources page (under "Adult Christian Education").
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