World Communion Sunday – October 2, 2016

Refugee camp in Aleppo. Photo by IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation

Refugee camp in Aleppo. Photo by IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation

 

It’s hard for us to imagine what it means to leave your home with only what you can carry or is necessary. It’s hard for us to comprehend not knowing where your next meal will come from for yourself or your family. It’s hard for us to understand bombings and the physical violence of war where we live.

This Sunday’s Love Feast will be part of  our morning worship. With Syria and its suffering so much in the news, we’ll try to make connections as we mark World Communion Sunday.

Join us as we bear witness to people suffering around the world especially remembering those in Syria. We will humbly do a foot washing and offer communion to each other and share food.  Our love feast meal will be a simple Syrian rice dish with sides of yogurt, almonds and dried fruit.

Join us in prayer and love.

University Park Church of the Brethren
4413 Tuckerman St., University Park, Maryland

Morning worship begins at 10:50am

All are welcome!

Faith Imagination: Healing Prayer

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“Faith Imagination is a way of praying in which we specifically invite God to enter into our experience in a way that we can perceive God’s work in us. We do this in the faith that God want to meet us at our growing edge, or where we are most vulnerable, hurting or scared.”  (Consenting to Grace, Tilda Norberg)

Mini – Retreat

Saturday, October 1, 2016
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Leader – Darlene Meyers, Gestalt Pastoral Care Minister Intern
Complimentary lunch will be provided
Retreat will be held at University Park Church of the Brethren
4413 Tuckerman Street, University Park, Maryland

Please RSVP to
upcob2@verizon.net or call 301-864-4328

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What will happen at the Retreat?

An introduction to faith imagination healing prayer

An exercise in increasing awareness

A guided meditation drawing upon our faith imagination

An exercise in identifying our individual preferred modalities of perception

Discovering our symbols for the Holy One

Time for silence, sharing and writing about your experience

An opportunity to “work” using faith imagination healing prayer

Join us!

ALL CHURCH RETREAT: Feed Body and Soul April 15-17

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ALL CHURCH RETREAT: FEED BODY AND SOUL

April 15-17

Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry Center
(Sharpsburg, Maryland)

Enjoy time away with friends…

Savor God’s presence…

Stretch and grow…

Revel in the beauty of the outdoors…

Friday evening 8 p.m. –  Sunday 1 p.m.

Beds are available in the lodge or in cabins (call the church office 301-864-4328 for rates)

The church is covering half the cost for every attendee,
and has additional funds available for anyone who might need them.

Explore growing edges around multicultural awareness

We will worship, play games, sing, and walk,

Delight in good food cooked for us

Gather around the campfire, and just have fun!

Mulch Sale: April 2

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We’re selling and delivering shredded hardwood mulch to neighbors and friends again this year. Orders can be made by calling the church office (as long as supplies last) at 301-864-4328 or better yet stopping by the church parking lot early Saturday morning! We’ll be delivering by 8am.

Proceeds from the mulch sales go to various church projects. In recent years, these have included:

*sponsorship of Rwandan university student Venuste Gatabazi

* assistance for children attending camps and conferences

Christmas Sharing Fair: Alternative Gift-Giving for the Holidays

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Saturday, December 5
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

A marketplace of craftspeople, non-profits, and artists supporting justice, peace, and the good of the earth:

SERRV – global handcrafts
HEIFER INTERNATIONAL – passing on the gift of food
INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE – helping refugees around the world
ON EARTH PEACE – building justice and peace
ECO CITY FARMS – promoting sustainable local agriculture
NEW COMMUNITY PROJECT – supporting women and girls
EQUAL EXCHANGE – offering fairly traded coffees, teas, and chocolates
KOINONIA PARTNERS – cultivating community (and pecans)
CHEETAH CONSERVATION FUND – protecting life in the wild
…and more


JOIN US TO

Find creative gifts…
Sample the grilled brats or burgers…
Take something home from the baked goods table
Savor some roasted almonds…

Cookie-baking and decorating for children will also take place throughout the day!

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