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Faith Evolving, Lives Transforming
 
St. Paul's United Church of Christ
1101 Golf Course Rd SE
Suite 101
Rio Rancho, NM

Mailing address
P.O. Box 15755, Rio Rancho, NM 87174-0755

505-898-7026

 
uccstpaulsrr@gmail.com                       www.stpaulsuccrr.com
 

  Our core values…

Jesus Guided / Intentionally Inclusive / Peace Seeking / Justice Committed
 

Activities


Sunday mornings

Worship Service
10:30 am

Social Hour
11:30 am

 

Wednesday mornings

Office Hours for Pastor Sharon
9:30 – 11:00 am
Starbucks across from Intel, on 528

Rio Rancho

 

Wednesday evenings

Adult Education / Faith Development
6:30 – 8:00 pm



Thursday evenings

Choir rehearsal
7:00 pm

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Faith Development

CRITICAL EXPLORATION OF THE OLD TESTAMENT CONTINUES

Wednesdays
6:30 – 8:00 PM

January 20 – April 6, 2016

With Whom? Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Ph.D. Teaching Company DVD series

 

Professor Levine is a Distinguished Professor at Vanderbilt University Divinity School/Graduate Department of Religion, and author of numerous books, articles and essays.
 

Topics for March
 

March 2

The Book of Judges Part I ---- Judges 1-8

The Book of Judges Part II ---- Judges 8-21

 

March 9

Samuel and Saul ---- I Samuel

King David ---- I Samuel 16-31, II Samuel, I Kings 1-2

 

March 16

From King Solomon to Preclassical Prophecy ---- I Kings 3 - II Kings 17

The Prophets and the Fall of the North ----
I Kings 16-II Kings17, Amos, Hosea

 

March 23

The Southern Kingdom ---- Isaiah, Deuteronomy, II Kings 18-23

Babylonian Exile ---- II Kings 24-25, Jeremiah, Isaiah 40-55, Ezekiel

 

March 30

Restoration and Theocracy ----

Isaiah 56-66, Ezra-Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Ruth, Jonah

Wisdom Literature ---- Song of Songs, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job

 

All are invited!

Pat Dunn, Faith Development Team Leader
 

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Re:Sounding Joy

Fridays, March 11 and 25

6:00 – 7:00 pm

 

RE:Sounding Joy utilizes traditional and contemporary sacred and inspirational music from religious, secular and wisdom traditions from all over the world, to promote collective joy, unity and global healing. This practice draws from all recorded traditions and is not linked to any one teaching or ideology. The sacred music offerings include songs from Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu/Indian, Native American, Sikh, Islamic/Sufi, Hawaiian, African diaspora, Neoteric and other global and folk music traditions. Praise singing, devotional singing, congregational singing, chanting and folk song traditions in a variety of languages are learned and explored.


RE:Sounding Joy is based on the observation that when we open to and participate in joyful song, we come as close as we can to bridging the divides that separates us, as we share in the essence of an individuals, or cultures sacred musical tradition. For this reason, RE:Sounding Joy is an excellent way to practice Religious and Cultural Literacy.


RE:Sounding Joy provides an opportunity for people to:
Experience - COLLECTIVE JOY by hearing or participating in joyful singing
Develop CREATIVITY - with music and song
Practice OPENESS - to other cultures and tradition
Cultivate LOVING-KINDESS and COMPASSION - by considering diversity
Develop AWARENESS - learning new ways to express the heart
Encourage ENTHUSIASM, WONDER and a sense of UNITY
Connect with SELF, SPIRIT and OTHERS IN THE COMMUNITY


RE:Sounding Joy is guided by the following ideas from the Charter for Compassion.

“We therefore call upon all men and women to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion… 
to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures…
to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity...
to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings—
even those regarded as enemies."

 

I look forward to seeing you there!

 

Thank you,

Cliff Berrien
 

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Hat Decorating

Saturday, March 19

10:00 am – noon

 

We made Easter bonnets last year and I still have feathers, glue, etc.
If you are interested in making a new hat for the Easter season, you have a chance! Or maybe just freshen up last year's.

It was fun! Let's get together and do it again.

 

Pastor Sharon

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Good Friday

March 25
Noon

 

This year, we will again have a Good Friday meditation time at church.
We gather for inspiration and prayer and observation of this holy day.


If you have a friend who would be interested in this time to reflect, feel free to invite him/her.
 

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Easter Sunday

March 31
 

Sunrise service

6:50 am

 

Light breakfast and conversation

8:00 – 10:00 am

 

Celebration service

10:30 am

 

No coffee hour after the 10:30 service.
 

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Other meetings at our location

Mondays
4 – 5 pm   Girl Scouts

Tuesdays
11 am – noon   Tai Chi

Tuesdays
6 – 7:30 pm   Buddhist Meditation


 

Missions Make a Difference


St. Paul’s is a 5 x 5 Church. This means our church has a wider mission that entails 5 Special Mission funds.

 

The journey of mission starts in March, where St. Paul’s is asked to focus on refugee relief. This is called the One Great Hour of Sharing.

 

In June we will turn our attention to new churches, awakening new ideas in existing churches, and developing spiritual life in youth. This is entitled Strengthen the Church.

 

August’s emphasis will be on Our Church’s Wider Mission. This serves those groups who strive to be inclusive and accessible to all.

 

Neighbors in Need in October will center on supporting justice and compassion throughout the United States.

1/3 of the funds supports the Council for American Indian Ministry. 2/3 will be used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts and direct service projects through grants.

 

Christmas Fund in December helps retired pastors whose low income annuities make it difficult to meet increasing living costs.

 

Anita Curtis, Karen Schafer and Trish Herron are your Mission Team, and request your input and prayers.
 

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One Great Hour of Sharing is Here

 

In a world where communities are being displaced by the catastrophes of war, famine and natural disasters, the Church is called to reclaim the spiritual discipline of solidarity. As natural, economic and political forces disrupt and uproot populations, the Church is called to stand with these refugee communities as they seek to move beyond the trauma of displacement and toward a new life of well-being and promise.

 

Through your donations to One Great Hour of Sharing, communities in turmoil are given hope and the hurting are having their needs met. Mission envelopes for OGHS will be available at St. Paul's in March.

 

Thank you for your generosity.
 

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We're On a Mission

 

The result of our Triads discussion in January: During 2016, the community of St. Paul's will offer service opportunities to reach new groups – one identified group is Haven House, a program for abused women. This could be direct involvement as well as seeking policy and structural change through groups already engaged in this effort in New Mexico.

 

One way to help:

 

While you do your shopping on Amazon.com, please start from AmazonSmile and choose Haven House as beneficiary. Amazon.com (AmazonSmile) donates to the Haven House “family” every time you buy something for your family.

 

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.



 

Happening in the Southwest Conference
 


Silver City UCC (NM), which started in 2012, is pastored by lay leaders and a part-time minister, and worships in the Silver City Woman’s Club. They distributed ashes at the city’s Visitors Center and at a local park on Ash Wednesday, February 10, and plan to spend time out in the streets of the community during Lent, being kind to their neighbors.

 

"This is our third year doing ashes on the street, and I'm not sure exactly when we began the 40 Days of Kindness, but either at that time, or since," said Chaplain Gale Green, a former hospice chaplain who helps minister at Silver City UCC. After reading a couple of books on kindness, Green suggested "that instead of giving up something, we do something to create more kindness in our larger community. We decided to focus instead on 'taking on' the daily practice of Kindness."

 

It can be a small act, such as opening a door for others, sharing a smile with someone on the street, offering others a ride to church, visiting and praying for those who are ill, or something more. Barbara Rychener created a personal gift for a young mother-to-be. "A year ago, I heard of a local young teen that was about to deliver a baby and had nothing prepared," Rychener said. "The quilt is what I made as one of my acts of kindness." Others spent one Sunday putting together bags of "necessary" items (socks, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, water bottle and more) for homeless people they saw about town.

 

This year, the congregation has extended hundreds of invitations around Silver City to other churches and area businesses, passing out brochures to inspire people to participate. Members hope their actions culminate in a big joyous Easter celebration, with journals of the community’s kind acts offered up to God.

 

SWC Lay Academy will meet on March 11 and 12 at Desert Heritage UCC in Mesa, AZ. Topic: “Process Theology – Re-Framing Ministry for a Relational God.” Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Jeanyne Slettom.

 

Process theology teaches us that we live in an interconnected, interdependent world. In this constantly evolving universe, God is creatively present in every moment, all life forms deserve respect and care, and what we do really matters. Such a radically relational God transforms all aspects of ministry, from preaching and liturgy to pastoral care, education, and even meetings and conflict management. Dive into this rich world of ideas, faith, and action that leads us to create and celebrate the common good.
 

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Voices in the Southwest Conference
 

As part of the EPIC initiative of the Conference [Education, Participation, Innovation and Communication], each SWC church is including an article in its newsletter written by someone in the Conference that tells a story about interdependence. Ernie Dunn has coordinated the project.

 

This month’s article is written by Robert Koth
Coordinator of “Widening the Welcome”

 

Celebrating Interdependence
 

Quoting "Interdependence" by Ernie Dunn posted on the Southwest Conference UCC website: "I believe the task before us is to cope with, better yet, celebrate our interdependence. We should not seek to escape the necessity for beneficial care of each other. We should see ourselves reflected in every other person and to respect and honor our differences."

The Southwest Conference (SWC) United Church of Christ Widening the Welcome Team Ministry recently formulated our mission statement "We are all ministers of Jesus Christ following the vulnerable, and working for justice for all people."  Our vision statement is an implementation of the SWC UCC Open and Affirming Statement: In the 2015 Annual Meeting Report Michael Curry wrote: "We covenant with God and one another to extend welcome and Christian Fellowship to all the followers and seekers of Christ without fear, prejudice, or discrimination in regard to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, age, ethnicity, nationality, physical, mental or emotional condition, education, financial situation or biblical or theological interpretation."  "We commit to educate, advocate, and gather resources and skills to equip congregations to widen the welcome, accommodate and include all God's people in the life of the church"

Education
The Widening the Welcome Team Ministry conducts monthly meetings for the purpose of education and support with representatives of Desert Palm UCC, First Congregational UCC Phoenix, Shadow Rock UCC, Scottsdale Congregational UCC, Church of the Palms UCC Sun City, Primera Iglesia, and the Multi-Functional Families Group. We invite speakers to make presentations on topics that equip us for assisting congregations to be more welcoming of people who are differently gifted such as: the aging process, substance abuse, Accessible to All, challenges faced by care givers, ministry to a predominantly Latino congregation, Stephen Ministry, congregational justice and witness programs, peer support counseling program, servant leadership, and fundamentals of disability ministry.

Support
Our monthly meeting encourages our Widening the Welcome participants to share stories about their experiences with overcoming personal challenges as differently abled people, care giving including raising children with special needs and senior care, teaching children with special needs in church school, reports from congregations about particular inclusion programs such as usher training, peer support counseling program, Accessible to All program, congregational justice and witness and mental health programs.

Advocacy
We utilize collaboration to bring people together to advocate with Southwest Conference UCC congregations to include people who differently abled in the full fellowship of the church. Through representatives from Southwest Conference UCC congregational representative we plan advocacy projects ecumenically through: participation in the Arizona Faith Network including speakers in a Public Policy Commission meeting and a panel member for the Economic Inequality Community Conversation on Living Wage, Presidents' Day at the Capitol with the Unitarian Universalist congregations and the National Council of Jewish Women, the Multi-Functional Families Group consisting of seven families raising children with special needs recruited young adult members to form a panel discussion after the film, "Autism in Love," speaking engagements and workshops organized at participating congregations, led workshops and made a presentation at the Southwest Conference Annual Meeting, and publicized our advocacy projects in the "In The Loop" newsletter.

Our vision is that with our efforts the differently abled community will be able to completely access spiritual training and be a full participant in the church community.


 


Holy Week Reflection
 

In the brilliant sunshine, in the city street,

Hear the bright hosannas, hear the marching feet;

While in nearby shadows, down an alleyway,

Hear the hammer pounding as a cross is made.

 

Now the crowd surrounds him, laying garments down

With their branches lifted, tempt him to a crown.

But their adoration they will soon betray,

Love fades to desertion when a cross is made.

 

He had bid them follow to the journey’s end.

He had healed and taught them, had become their friend.

But the path turned upward, and the steeper grade

Caused their hearts to falter when a cross was made.

 

Now upon the hillside, in the brilliant sun,

We have mocked, derided, crucified the one

Who within the shadows and beyond death’s shade

Sought the light of vict’ry when a cross was made.

 

Ev’ry year that passes brings the Christ once more,

Prompting now hosannas, crowds that will adore,

So we seek within us love that will not fade,

Faith to give us courage when a cross is made.


 

© James Gertmenian, 1992
Tune: King's Weston

progressivechristianity.org


 

Pastor Sharon's View
 

Crosses are symbols of Christianity — of our Christian belief and our commitment to follow Christ. In my home, I have a cross from Ireland made of wood, a different Celtic cross with a circle that some may equate with the sun, with the Christ, with eternity. I have a cross that has some glass at each point, and George has a cross with Jesus hanging.

 

Since we are Christians of the resurrection, not the crucifixion, I rarely see crosses with Jesus on them, though I recently saw a cross that came from Mexico or Peru, made in a style that is less polished than fine art and is recognizable as the object it portrays. During Lent, the symbol of the cross is evident in many places. They remind us of Lent, of Easter, of suffering and the Christ whose rising continues.

 

Crosses are not enough, it seems. Have you noticed that each season leading to Easter, we see old movies designed to sell us on religion. For Instance, we always have the opportunity to see Charlton Heston in the smaltzy Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). Mel Gibson’s The Passion of Christ (2004) was so gory that many could not even sit through the movie. Other movies are recycled each Lent — The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) where Jesus is seen as having human sexual desires infuriated many Christians who believe in the purity and virginity of Jesus, and Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar (both 1973) which are musicals. Finally, as films that make an annual appearance, I should mention Ben Hur (another Charlton Heston flick), a perennial favorite from 1959.

 

This year, we have a film by Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) that appears to be a remake of Ben Hur due to be released in August. In addition to Ben Hur, we get Risen, the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection and the weeks that followed, as seen through the eyes of an unbelieving Clavius due out about now and the DVD release of a blue-eyed Jesus of Nazareth from 1977.

 

I really am not against all of these movies. I think the many make good family viewing. I just wish they were telling Biblical stories using contemporary theology rather than the 1604 King James Version of the Bible. It may have been state of the art in the 1600’s but by now, we have knowledge that makes use of scholarly language, the Coptic texts from Nag Hammadi uncovered in 1945 in Egypt and the Dead Sea Scrolls that were found in caves between 1946 and 1956. The collection, thought to be written between 200 BCE and 100 CE, gives some illumination to the life and times of those who lived then so we are not trying to make assumptions about times before ours:

 

The texts <Dead Sea Scrolls> are of great historical, religious, and linguistic significance because they include the third oldest known surviving manuscripts of works later included in the Hebrew Bible canon, along with deuterocanonical and extra-biblical manuscripts which preserve evidence of the diversity of religious thought in late Second Temple Judaism.

Wikipedia
 

My feeling is that movies and DVDs have great potential to tell the stories of Christianity and Christ and tell them with some degree of accuracy. Too often, they do not, as with The Bible, (DVD, 2013) a miniseries about Jesus that was written with great artistic license to attract viewers. Other biblical epics on the History Channel also take varying amounts of license with their content.

 

But there is hope. PBS has a series, From Jesus to Christ (2014, “Frontline”) which is historically solid. Said one critic: The story of the life of Jesus and the epic rise of Christianity. Said another critic: " It's a revelation of what television can be.”

 

For those of us who are interested, there are many DVD series and books that are scholarly, though they may require extra coffee to help you get through. A quick reading list could include Marcus Borg’s Reading The Bible Again for the First Time (2002) wherein Borg reveals how it is possible to reconcile a scientific and critical way of thinking with our deepest spiritual needs, leading to an insightful experience of ancient text. John Shelby Spong offers Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism: A Bishop Rethinks the Meaning of Scripture (1992). A review by Don Colsson states: “For those who are curious about how a thoroughly postmodern bishop might view the Bible, this is a fascinating read. Bishop Spong's depiction of Christianity also gives us insight into the kind of theology that motivates gay rights activists, radical feminists, and Marxists to use the Bible in support of their various movements. For according to Bishop Spong, the gospel of Christ is found in three words: love, life, and being.”

 

There are many other books that awaken us to reasons for keeping the Bible, accompanied by knowledge gained from scholars over many decades, on our night stands. When we read as a sophisticated readers, we get the best of all worlds: Jesus, history, culture clash, lifestyles, emotional support and truth.
 


 

From the Editor's Desk
Ernie Dunn
 

In the midst of the current presidential campaigning where all too often idiocy, hypocrisy, ethnic hatred and religious bigotry all march openly disguised under the banner of, "Making America Great Again;" the turmoil and destruction in North Africa the Middle East, the subsequent refugee crisis where so many have been displaced and, most unfortunately, have sacrificed their lives in the attempt to find refuge, mentioning just several of the many hotspots igniting concern around the globe, there are times when I find it rather challenging in the midst of all this destruction, extremism and intolerance to be upbeat and hopeful. However, during such low tides of spirit, I am, at times, encouraged to chant silently or aloud, "Hope, at times, can be a not so delicate suffering."

 

Zora Neale Hurston in her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, informs us " it is easy to be hopeful in the day when you can see the things you wish on." By contrast, that ease vanishes when the shining thread of hope becomes so enmeshed and entangled in the web of circumstance that we find ourselves losing sight of it. This loss may cause some of us to drift into that "dark night of the soul" wherein Dante's mandate to abandon hope appears to be the order of the day. In these moments, we have to be reminded that out of the sighs of one circumstance are kneaded the hope for the one yet to be faced. In the lyrics of the old Blues classic, "Sun going to shine in my back door some day."

 

Recently during one of those aforementioned down moments, renewed hope was the outcome when I turned finally to a book which was number five on my "should/must read" list for the year. It is entitled, The Cultural Creatives, with a subtitle, "How 50 Million People Are Changing The World," co-authored by Paul Ray and Sherry Anderson. The Cultural Creatives are persons who "care deeply about ecology and saving the planet, about relationships, peace and social justice, about self-actualization, spirituality, and self expression." The Cultural Creatives, via their activities and contributions, have had an enormous impact in shaping a new agenda for the twenty first century, offering a more hopeful future and preparing all of us for "a new, saner, and wiser culture." All is being done almost invisibly via a quiet revolution. They come together to share an abundance of new ideas and strategies for solving local, national, and global problems.

 

Who are these people and how did they come to be regarded as Cultural Creatives? We are informed by the authors that, "At some point in their lives, most people who become Cultural Creatives let go of what once felt safe and comfortable and venture onto a new life path." They are motivated to sail beyond the horizons of familiarity, to depart to another ocean "without stars or compass, going where the argument leads, shattering the certainties of centuries." (Janet Kalvin) Their leave taking may be exhilarating or anxiety inducing, sorrowful or determined. They set out to create a new life path, where they discern unspoken rules only when they begin stumbling over them. As the poet Antonio Machado has put it, "the path you are on is made by walking." One Cultural Creative remarked that he was willing to set forth on such a path because he became conscious of a connection that has become his life purpose - "to seek that quality of being human, encounter it, and hopefully promote it."

 

I have many chapters yet to read in this fascinating volume. But what I have learned and come to appreciate to this point is that all Cultural Creatives share a passion for the interconnectedness of life. Everyone, everything is kin in the radiant tapestry of being. They seek to discover the underlying relationships, the social and eco-living systems that hold us all together. They offer that the biggest challenges that we are facing at this moment in time are to "preserve life and sustain life in the planet and find a new way past the overwhelming spiritual and psychological emptiness of modern life." We should respond to these overwhelming challenges by creating a new culture, with responses directed toward healing and integration, concern and compassion, rather than conflict and battle, hatred and disharmony. We need to revisit the teaching of the Zen Master who shared that, "The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are there."

 

Certainly the Cultural Creatives are determined to move beyond this delusion and proceed along a path where they are open to perceive those spiritual moments when they "nearly perceive a grand, divine conspiracy of interconnectedness between us and everything that exists in our universe." Care to come along?!



 

Cheers from the PUB
Sandra Chapin
Publications Manager

 

Live long and prosper. Yes, I send you Vulcan greetings. Last night I watched the Academy Awards and the final image of their In Memoriam montage was that of Leonard Nimoy. An iconic figure in television and movies most known for portraying Spock – named in 2009 as one of the fifty greatest TV characters by TV Guide – his talent extended to directing and other interests. A success in the public arena, and in his private life. He prospered.

 

This journey of prosperity had a beginning. Nimoy's first acting role was in a children's neighborhood theater. He was 8 years old. His parents, immigrants from Ukraine, wanted him to attend college and pursue a stable career, or even learn to play the accordion, with which, his father advised, Nimoy could always make a living. [Wikipedia] Would Nimoy have prospered as an accordion player? Perhaps. Depends on your definition of prosper.

 

Back to the Oscars. Comedian Louis CK presented the award for Best Documentary Short. Before announcing the winner, he remarked that this is one Academy Award that has an opportunity to change a life. He noted that it's not even a feature length documentary – “You can't make a dime on this. These people will never be rich as long as they live. This Oscar is going home in a Honda Civic.”

 

The audience laughed. But whose life has the opportunity to change, I wondered, if the filmmakers won't have financial gain from it? The winning film, “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,” is about an 18 year old woman in Pakistan who survived an honor killing attempt, and after a struggle with bitterness forgave her assailants. Seen throughout Pakistan and beyond, it touched hearts, and the Prime Minister of Pakistan was moved to combat the practice of honor killing, a religion-motivated death sentence for women who are perceived as bringing dishonor to a family or community.

 

Not only one life changed, but many. Women, families, communities will prosper.

 

On Sunday, March 31 – the day of the Oscars – Pastor Sharon's sermon addressed the Prosperity Gospel. There are churches and ministries (often on television) which promote this teaching, emphasizing that financial blessing is the will of God for you, and that faith, positive speech, and donations (perhaps to their ministries) will increase one's material wealth. [Wikipedia] The familiar phrase “I'm blessed” can be associated with the Prosperity Gospel, so Pastor Sharon prefers to say “I'm fortunate” when reflecting on her life.

 

Does God want you to have your needs met? Plus have the resources that allow you to dine at restaurants, go to see movies, shop, travel, and do whatever activities enhance your life? I think it is God's dream for all of us to fully engage life to the extent that we are interested and able, and where there are limits for ourselves or for others, to challenge those limits – to widen the availability of opportunities. To think and love globally. For me, this is the abundant life we find Jesus offering in John's Gospel. Such abundance that spills over from one person to another. A richness that does not depend on riches.

 

God's dream is for you, for me, for the makers of documentary shorts, for women terrorized by the threat of honor killing, for the adherents of honor killing, for those who dream to go where no one has gone before... And for people of color who work diligently in the craft of film and seek recognition for work done well. An abundance of opportunity.

 

This past Sunday during coffee hour, Hugh was reminded of something from Ernie Dunn's sermon the week before on Liberation Theology – that “Pie in the sky, in the sweet by and by would be great. However, here and now, an occasional slice would be quite nice.” We were enjoying slices of apple pie with our coffee at the time.

 

There are “big pies” in the world, pies that are life-giving (it's a metaphor, just so we're on the same page here) and plenty of slices to go around. My definition of prosper: to have your slice of pie and more to share with others.
 


 
St. Paul's UCC Leaders 2016

Minister
Rev. Sharon Smith-Littrell, PhD


Music Director
William W. Williams

 

Church Council


Moderator
Darrell Taylor


Treasurer
Anita Curtis


Financial Secretary
Yvonne Dudley


Assistant Treasurer
Assistant Financial Secretary
Carol Smith


Church Clerk
Yvonne Dudley
 
 
Faith Development
Patricia Dunn


Hospitality
Sandra Chapin



Missions
Anita Curtis and Trish Herron


 

St. Paul's View Staff
 
Ernie Dunn
Editor
                                                           
Sandra Chapin
Publications Manager
 
 
You may submit articles to uccstpauls@gmail.com



 

Acknowledgments
 

Banner

Kostandin Minga

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Taken on November 9, 2014

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Core Values

gregory lejeune

“Infini”

Decoupage/collage

Taken on November 22, 2015

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Altered by Sandra Chapin

 

Activities

D Coetzee

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Taken on March 7, 2010

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Missions

Le Quang Sang

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Taken on May 15, 2015

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SWC

Carlos ZGZ

Rainbow plant

Morocco

Taken on January 20, 2003

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Holy Week Reflection

Image Catalog

City Street by Shops in Sunlight

Taken on July 17, 2014

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Pastor Sharon's View

Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts

Ethiopian Gospels, Crucifixion, with Christ Represented as Lamb on top of Cross, Walters Manuscript W.836, fol. 6v

This Gospel book was written in Tǝgray, Northern Ethiopia, in the early fourteenth century, and was once owned by the church of St. George in Däbrä Mä‛ar. It is written by the scribe Mäṭre Krǝstos in the official liturgical language of Ethiopia, Gǝ‛ǝz. Most notable is its prefatory image cycle, which makes references to holy places in Jerusalem, such as Golgotha and the Holy Sepulcher, as they appeared in the sixth century.

Taken on July 18, 2011

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Filler

TANAKA Juuyoh

Knot-Tori

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From the Editor's Desk

Image Catalog

Path through Grasslands

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Cheers from the PUB

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Macbook Green Screen

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Leaders

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Knot-Torus

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View Staff

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Butterflies

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Acknowledgments

Pascal

Hoverfly on Strawberry

Hoverfly working on the strawberries on my parent's balcony.

Taken on July 18, 2009

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