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Wednesday Night Connections

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We invite you to join us at Wednesday Night Connections. It’s simply wonderful to be together again! Chef Patti is ready to wow us with her culinary delights, with options for vegetarians and gluten-free needs.  Please sign up by clicking on the SignUp Genius button above to let us know you will be here for dinner.  There will also be a myriad of other classes and activities going on.  We hope our intergenerational offerings nurture your soul.  Be sure to mark your calendar for enriching and FUN Wednesday nights with our church family!

The schedule for Wednesday Night Connections is:

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.                 Way of Grace (meeting in the Chapel)

5:15 – 6:00 p.m.                 Children’s Activities (downstairs in the Atrium)

Join Us for Intergenerational Fun and Games Oct. 18

It is almost Elder Sunday and so we would like to invite our elders and congregation members of all ages to gather together in the Atrium at 5:30pm before Wednesday Connections dinner on October 18th. We will play games together, build legos, create with play dough and enjoy the company of people from all ages, stages, and walks of life. What a great way for our children to meet all the generations of their church family. Come play with us! Hope to see you on Wednesday!

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.                 Bell Choir (meeting in the Sanctuary)

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.            Dinner (meeting in Fellowship Hall, October 4~November 15)*

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.                 Our Whole Lives: Sexuality and our Faith (meeting in Peter Horn Lounge)

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.                 Sacred Conversations (meeting in the Chapel)

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.                 Choir (meeting in the Wheeler Room)

*Please consider volunteering to help with dishes from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., with a dinner break at 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. so that all can enjoy dinner together and being in community with each other.  We only have 7 dinners this fall, so if you could take just one of these dish-washing shifts…many hands make easy work! Please sign up on SignUp Genius to help.

Sacred Conversations

Beginning October 4 at 7:00 p.m., the same night that our Wednesday night dinners resume, the Adult Education Committee will offer a series of Sacred Conversations on Income Inequality. These sessions are not designed to make you feel guilty about what you have, or upset about what you don’t have. They are designed to help you understand how the richest country in the world came to have the greatest level of income inequality on the planet.

  • We will look at the history of income distribution in the United States
  • We will examine economic and political policy changes over the past 30 – 40 years that allowed the present income situation to be.
  • We will look at the lives of those at the top and those at the bottom of the economic ladder and examine the accessibility of the American Dream.
  • We will explore the impact income inequality has had on unions, race, education, housing and transportation, and, yes, democracy.

If you think you understand income inequality, think again. There is so much about income inequality of which the majority of Americans are totally unaware. This is your time to learn, to share, to understand more about this very vital topic.

Please join us on Wednesday nights after dinner in the chapel.

RESOURCES

WEEK 1:

U.S. Census Bureau Records Improvements In Income, Poverty And Health Coverage (Heard on NPR’s All Things Considered September 12, 2017)

A Brief History of Income Inequality in the United States (online Investopedia by Matthew Johnston | Updated November 2, 2015)

9 Out Of 10 Americans Are Completely Wrong About This Mind-Blowing Fact  (youtube presentation published March 4, 2013)

What's Happening?

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Upcoming Events

  • Pancake Breakfast by CPS
    October 21, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
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  • Our Whole Lives Facilitators Training
    October 27, 2017-October 29, 2017 @ 
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  • Melanie's 20th Anniversary
    October 29, 2017
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  • Worship:Guest Preacher
    October 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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  • Melanie's 20th Ann. Bash
    October 29, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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  • Pizza, Pumpkin Carving, and Haunted Stage
    October 29, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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