Church to Go for August 13, 2017: Galatians 1:1-10, 3:23-4:7

Reading for August 13, 2017: Galatians 1:1-10, 3:23-4:7

Commentary:

– Paul speaks with vehemence to the Galatian church: “WHY are you ABANDONING the GOSPEL?!”

– It seems Paul started a church and then other Christians came in to say “you must also be circumsized” — and Paul is furious.

– Paul is less concerned with the physical act of circumcision and more with how relying on the law undermines the gospel.

– When have you shared something important and found out that it was misunderstood or misused?

– In this letter Paul goes back and forth between anger and compassion.

– How do we know if or when anger is the “right” answer?

 

Listen to the improv sermon based on this story & the congregation’s questions:

Closing litany written by Rev. Elizabeth Rawling & Rev. Jennifer Chrien.

 

(Read more about Church To Go here.)

FREE Fresh Produce Distribution!

Tuesday evenings this summer and fall
5 – 6:30pm

July 25 – August 8 – August 22
September 12 – September 26 – October 10

Outdoor produce giveaway through Little Kitchen Foodshelf and Second Harvest Heartland. Location is at Grace Center for Community Life, 1500 NE 6th St. In the SE Corner of the parking lot.

* Distribution is open to anyone, not just preregistered food shelf customers. We would prefer to offer this service to our neighbors in greatest need. If you are a Little Kitchen Foodshelf client this event does NOT count as a monthly visit to the foodshelf, it is in addition to your monthly visit.

* The main food pantry will be closed on produce distribution nights.

* This is an outdoor event. Event may be cancelled due to bad weather.

* No pre-registration is necessary; service will be determined by lottery. Each household at the check in point will be given a lottery number at 4:45 pm, and households will be admitted in the order of numbers drawn at random.

* Those attending the event should NOT line up early; being first in line does not mean you will be first to receive produce. We cannot allow people to line up before 4:30.

* There is a short check in required for each household being served, but you do not need to bring any documentation.

* Please bring your own shopping bags if you can.

* If you drive to the event, please park on the street on 15th. Grace Center houses schools and we need to keep 6th St clear for school buses.

Questions? Call Little Kitchen Foodshelf at 612-788-2444.

Church to Go for August 6, 2017: 1 Corinthians 12:4-13, 12:27-31, 13:1-13

Reading for August 6, 2017: 1 Corinthians 12:4-13, 12:27-31, 13:1-13

Commentary:

– Paul writes to the church in Corinth to explain: should all believers have identical gifts?

– Speaking in tongues?? The early church had members who “spoke” in unintelligible babbling — usually a prayer or a prophecy. An interpreter was needed to translate. (1 Corinthians 14:1-25)

– Paul echoes Jesus’ many commands to love one another (like Mark 12:28-31 and John 13-15)

– What “gifts” do you see in yourself? What would you add to Paul’s list?

– Where have you heard 1 Corinthians 13 read?

– The theologian C.S. Lewis wrote about four kinds of love: STORGE (family love), PHILOS (friend love), EROS (romantic love), and AGAPE (unconditional love). Which one do you think Paul means? (C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves)

 

Listen to the improv sermon based on this story & the congregation’s questions:

 

(Read more about Church To Go here.)

Church to Go for July 30, 2017: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-5:11

Reading for July 30, 2017: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-5:11

Commentary:

– Paul writes to the church he started in Thessaloniki, answering their big question: when will Jesus return?

– Paul wrote letters to encourage the many churches he started — sometimes from his prison cell where he had been jailed for preaching the gospel! (He would be very surprised we are still reading his mail 2000 years later!)

– Paul calls the believers adelphoi, “brothers” (like Philadelphia). How should that be translated?
* brothers
* brothers and sisters
* you guys
* all y’all
* beloved

– Paul barely had time to start this church before he was chased out of the city by a mob! (Acts 17:1-9)

– Jesus predicts his dramatic return in Matthew 24 — but gives no timeline.

– Scholars think the new converts were SHOCKED when believers died before Jesus’ return. They expected Jesus RIGHT NOW!

– What have you heard about the return of Jesus? What do you think is true?

 

 

Listen to the improv sermon based on this story & the congregation’s questions:

 

(Read more about Church To Go here.)

Open Streets Northeast!

Open Streets

Open Streets returns to Northeast and we return to our parking lot for another year of celebration and fun!
Like last year we’ll have cool treats & water for anyone who stops by, plus freebies like sidewalk chalk, hand fans, and bubbles!

Stop by our Blessing Booth anytime from 11am-5pm for a pet blessing, a bike blessing, or just a moment for prayer and hope.

Sunday, August 6, 11am – 5pm