A Perspective on Palestine

While I have just returned from Israel and will be making plans to share more of my experiences with the community, I had the opportunity to run into a friend of mine, Bassem Eid, while in Jerusalem. He informed me that he would be in the area next week, so I have invited him to come and share his experiences with us on Thursday, March 1st at 7 pm.

You can read more about Bassem on his website. As a Palestinian born in East Jerusalem while it was under control of the Kingdom of Jordan, Bassem has experienced much of the conflict first hand. His work as a human rights activist with the well known B’Tselem, as well as his outspoken concern for his fellow Palestinians offers an interesting perspective on the conflict and the hopes for peace in the region.

Bassem is a speaker you will not want to miss, so plan to be in attendance on Thursday, March 1st!

A Service of Commissioning

What an exciting time at GPC as we officially welcome Rev. Margaret Somerville to ministry at GPC! At 4 pm on Sunday, February 25th, we will mark this time with a Service of Commissioning. Plan to be a part of this joyous occasion!

Lenten Retreat: Spiritual Companions

This year, GPC has focused on spiritual practices and discernment. During Lent, we want to continue this emphasis. During Lent we will explore the concept of Spiritual Companions, those who walk with us in our journey. In particular, we will explore the Jewish study tradition of Havruta, which means fellowship in Hebrew.

At the Lenten Retreat, this Saturday, February 25th from 9 to noon, we will explore the biblical understanding of havruta, share with others and examine how havruta can aid us in the growing interfaith understanding in our communities.

Calendar and Birthdays

Events:

Tuesday, February 20th:

10 am Bible Study: Gospel of Matthew

Saturday, February 24th:

9 am Lenten Retreat: Spiritual Companions

Sunday, February 25th:

9:45 am COALESCE

10 am Walking the Walk

11 am Worship: Pastor Todd Stavrakos preaching

Sermon: Putting Satan in Place

Texts:

Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16 God’s covenant with Abraham: I will make of you a great nation.

Mark 8:31–38 Jesus says: Deny yourselves; take up your cross and follow me.

4 pm Service of Commissioning for Rev. Margaret Somerville

Tuesday, February 27th:

10 am Bible Study: Gospel of Matthew

 

Birthdays

February 20th:

Al Holm

February 24th:

Brian Gibson

 

Not a rainbow

Sermon from Sunday, February 18th

Not a rainbow

Texts:

Genesis 9:8–17 God’s covenant with Noah: I will never again flood the whole earth.

Mark 1:9–15 After his baptism, Jesus is tested in the wilderness for forty days.

 

Calendar of Events and Birthdays

Events:

Monday, February 5th:

4 pm Deacons

Tuesday, February 6th:

10 am Bible Study: Gospel of Matthew

7:30 pm Session

Thursday, February 8th:

7 pm Women’s Book Group

Sunday, February 11th:

9:45 am Christian Education

10 am Shrove Sunday Pancake Breakfast

11 am Worship: Rev. Margaret Somerville preaching
Scripture Readings:     2 Kings 2:1-12, Mark 9:2-9
Sermon: A Glimpse of the Eternal  

Upcoming:

February 14th:

6:30 – 8:00 pm Ash Wednesday Agape Feast

February 15th:

7:30 pm Men’s Group

Birthdays

February 5th:

Lindsay Brogan

February 8th:

Evan Gibson

 

 

Thought for the day

From Sunday’s reading from Isaiah:

“but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

 

Just saying…

How do you mediate between the divine and mundane?

Sermon from Sunday, February 4, 2018

How do you mediate between the divine and mundane?

Text:

Isaiah 40:21–31 Have you not heard? The Lord strengthens those who are weak.

Mark 1:29–39 Jesus heals many people; in the morning he steals away to pray.

Prayers for the Week

Prayers for Katie as she recovers from complications.

Prayers for Miles Peoples suffering from dementia

Prayers for Marci as she struggles with cancer.

Prayers for Barbara as she struggles with health conditions.

Prayers for the youth of GPC as they join in Walk the Walk.

Calendar and Birthdays

Events:

January 30th:

10 am Bible Study: Gospel of Matthew

February 4th:

9:45 am Christian Education

10 – 1 Walking the Walk

11 am  Worship: Pastor Todd Stavrakos preaching

Sermon: So how does one mediate between the divine and mundane?

Texts:    Isaiah 40:21–31 Have you not heard? The Lord strengthens those who are weak.

Mark 1:29–39 Jesus heals many people; in the morning he steals away to pray.

February 6th:

10 am Bible Study: Gospel of Matthew

7:30 pm Session

 

Birthdays

February 5

Lindsay Brogan

February 8

Evan Gibson