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It's Happening at St. Paul's UCC

 
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
 


Pastor Sharon's View
 

Transitions

 
I am currently reading a book about transitions. Life transitions. For the past 10 years, my life has been a series of transitions with little time to adjust fully to each one. Three stages of transitions are noted: first, an ending; second, a period of transition; and third, a beginning in that order (from Bridges, Managing Transitions). To illustrate, as I look back, I see that what I may have thought of as a beginning was truly an ending: an ending to living in the house I thought I would be taken from feet first, an ending to seminary, an ending to dwelling in my beloved Colorado and so on. Intuitively I knew these were endings, but at the time I labeled them “beginnings.” The beginning of living in Denver with its excitement and big city appeal. The beginning of a career that offered so much potential. The beginning of living in the east, where everything I wanted was within driving distance.


As I worked out this morning, I looked around the Defined Fitness facility and saw many people in their own ending, beginning and transition time.  Some were quite overweight looking to go from (basically) one body to another. The end of being unhealthy would yield to the beginning of new health opportunities with the time of transition being the space they are in now, today. Mostly, I bet they did not think they were transitioning, though if they had a workout coach, they were told the time invested at the facility would lead to the beginning of a new, more healthy person.


Some in the gym had an ending that meant losing a limb. One man walked with a cane on two prosthetics, much like those Oscar Pistorius has. His time at the gym — his transition — gives him confidence to walk. The transition time may be a long journey. Transitions are hard work — they lead into and through unfamiliar territory.


One time of END, TRANSITION, BEGIN that has occurred to me (and to you) recently has been my transition from full time pastor of St. Paul’s to part time work. When I made the decision to ask the Council if it would be feasible for me to have a salary reduction and use that money to “purchase” some things for the church, we were in a huge money crunch. It was clear to me that since I have the largest salary, decreasing my work hours to decrease my salary was the only way we could purchase what I thought we needed. In February, the Council approved my proposal to work part time with salary reduction, and they agreed that we invest in advertising and suggest to the Congregation that we hire a part time pastor to appeal to and attract different folk than I do. 


Advertising and adding a part time pastor both have an ending and a beginning — with transition time. Here is how it looked for the advertising.


Our ENDING was the decision to change from an organization that did not advertise its presence effectively in the community. To get to our time of transition, the Council approved a budget for advertising made possible by my decreased salary. The transition included the challenge of finding an agency to represent us. As part of that, Sandra and I talked with a radio station representative that sells advertising. A six-month block of time was pricey — and reached people we were not seeking to bring to St. Paul’s. I looked at advertising I saw in the community and tried to contact the agencies that produced the ads. I was not able to find many agencies that would talk to us. Several ad agencies turned me/us down because we are a church and, therefore, might generate unfavorable publicity. Finally, a woman referred me to Ad House in Rio Rancho (a plus) which does not shy away from religious advertising. 


Finding an agency was the beginning of the TRANSITION. Before we could begin to send out word about St. Paul’s, they advised us to revamp our website and generate a new Facebook page since we were called an “individual” rather than a “business” on FB. It was a challenge to trace back the efforts of volunteers over the past years, but Ad House did it. We now look great on the web!


The transition period is almost over: Our ad campaign began in May using only internet ads that targeted (among others) middle-age persons who are progressive, seekers, and GLBTQ friendly. Ad House offered suggestions about the ads, and viola!, we were off and running. 


The BEGINNING we sought, NEW GROWTH, has come: Now we begin to see the results of our advertising. We get many “hits” on our site. Comments — some controversial. In fact, some were so offensive that Ad House made sure that I did not have to see them and they do not come to me through my email. We are not finished with advertising, but we have started.


The second part of my ending from full time to part time — finding a part time pastor — needs to come soon. This coming Sunday, our Moderator, Darrell, will announce a call for a Special Congregational Meeting, two Sundays hence, to consider this proposal. 


The ENDING: I ended my work as a full time pastor and started working part time.


The TRANSITION: going forward and hiring that part time person who will attract new members to our Church. Over the years, we have been a church that accepts new opportunities. We were among the first to hire a lesbian pastor, one of the first to sell our church building and rent space and now, possibly, one of the first to seek a pastor to reach out into the community with St. Paul’s message. As we all may consider a person to fill this one year position, we will have an important charge: this pastor needs to be younger than I. He/she must be personable and engaging, a person who will attract the folk who seek a church experience that gives them an opportunity to think and to grow. This person will attract the same folk to whom we direct our advertising —because in truth, advertising by itself will not bring people to the door. We need to be PROACTIVE, to DO something. 


When I told John Dorhauer that we were thinking of hiring a contract pastor for one year (a Designated Pastor) to reach those I do not, and be proactive in our approach to church growth, he was excited.  The Southwest Conference UCC has always been a conference that experimented with “church as always” to “church that can be.” This approach to bringing new people to our church is new and exciting.


We have not reached the BEGINNING of this story. There are UCC pastors in the Southwest Conference who have the ability to reach those persons we have not yet met. We need to meet these pastors, talk with (interview) them and see if they catch our vision. We do not need to do a full blown church profile that might come with a called pastor. The trend these days is away from hiring an assistant pastor to hiring a pastor with specific talents. The Designated Pastor will be an idea person with specific (achievable) goals. This pastor will have standing in the Southwest Conference and with the United Church of Christ. This person will preach on a regular basis. But mostly this pastor will reach out and be active in recruiting.


It is time for us to go forward. Your Council made a commitment to grow to a strength that is self-sustaining during the coming several years. Seeking and bringing this pastor onboard is the next step. 


Much information was offered in this Pastor’s article. If you have questions, talk to me. And pray for our Church and our members and our community. 


Namaste
Sharon

 


Moderator's Report
Darrell Taylor


Hello, St. Paul’s.  Here are a few lines to let you know that the Church Council is working hard on your behalf. 
 

Faith Development will host the first discussion course after the summer break.  The course title, “Witnessing Whiteness,” is based on the book of the same title by Shelly Tochluk.  The discussion will be let by our own Trish Herron. 
 

Our work with the architect came to an unexpected end as architect was unable to continue at this time.  The Council is exploring the services of someone who has offered to help on a voluntary basis. 
 

One of the areas of concern for the architect to consider is the office area.  The Council is very interested in bringing a little control and security to our business area.  As we have more activities and allow more groups to use the space, it is vital that the church business area be secure. 
 

The treasurer has distributed the bulk of church funds into the Cornerstone and United Church Funds.  These are investment funds that are part of our United Church of Christ.  This action was taken to take advantage of better interest rates and safety of the money. 
 

The Council has also tasked a small team to develop the church’s investment plan.  This is a task that came from the investment seminar by Rev. Murphy that we received earlier in the year. 


The Council has approved the use of the space by a meditation group on a weekly basis.  The Council is also considering a request to allow a Girl Scout troop to use the space.  This is for 5-6 year old girls. 
 

The Council would like to have a celebration for St. Paul’s to recognize our 1 year anniversary in this space.  No hard plans yet, but looking for a date in October.
 

As you can see, the Council is busy conducting the Church’s business and making plans for the future for the Congregation.  These are exciting times at St. Paul’s.
 

Blessings,
Darrell

 


From the Editor's Desk
Ernie Dunn


Several years ago, Pat and I decided to celebrate our anniversary by taking the train ride from Durango to Silverton in Colorado.  If you have not had that experience, I strongly recommend it.  In addition to the rewarding travel through the picturesque landscape, we had the pleasure of listening to a docent who was very well versed in the in the geography, geology and history of the area and was highly skilled in her presentation.  She alone was worth the price of the fare.
 

What Pat and I remember most about what she had to say concerned the aspen trees.  She informed us that all the trees we were looking at were offshoots of a single tree, what she called the mother tree, some refer to it as the parent tree.  Technically speaking, aspen forests are large clonal colonies, spread by means of root suckers from a single seed planting.  They are all interconnected.  There is a true sense of wholeness.
 

In his critique of the higher education system prevalent in America, Glenn Parry likened the system prior to the late 19th century as one that recognized that all disciplines taught at the university, as with aspen trees, were interconnected. Scholars were aware of a common root from which all the disciplines sprang.  However, as disciplines began to proliferate, there was birthing of "new fields, subfields, and specialties within fields."  The result was the diminishment of wholeness and integration.  In point of fact, the change was so rapid and complete that, even early on in the process, when Emerson remarked to Thoreau that "all branches of learning were taught at Harvard," Thoreau is reported to have replied, you are correct, "all of the branches, but none of the roots."  Where there was once wholeness, now there was fragmentation.
 

The fragmentation in the educational system has led to fragmentation in our thinking and consciousness.  And, because we think in fragmented ways, we have created a society that is fragmented, lacking cohesiveness.  A few years prior to retiring from the university, I had a meaningful discussion during a luncheon with the dean of one of the colleges in which I was a Fellow.  He was deeply concerned about the lack of interconnectedness in the courses offered by the university, especially during the first two years of a student's study.  He was the first person I heard use the phrase "wholistic education."
 

He, therefore, wanted to develop a two year integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum that was based on the understanding that any one field of study can be informed by other fields.  All academic subjects are interconnected, interrelated.  He invited me to take on this endeavor and I did.  That year proved to be the most rewarding and, yes, the most challenging period of my tenure at Rutgers.
 

I will not go into the details of the program that was developed, but I am proud to declare that it surpassed all expectations anticipated by the dean, even my own aspirations.  Sad to say, it was never implemented.  In the approval and acceptance process, fragmentation won and wholeness was defeated.  Similar versions, however, were successfully established at two other universities with the assistance of persons there that I had closely consulted with in the development.
 

The inability or unwillingness to promote interconnectedness in educational systems, the resultant fragmentation pervading our lives and our societies has had, according to Parry, a devastating effect on us.  We have retreated into a way of viewing nature as something separate and apart from us.  We are not integrally involved in nature.  Failure to recognize the underlying connection of all of nature has led us to believe that we have the power to dominate, bend nature to our will and desires.  We are in the throes of the cataclysmic repercussions resulting from this way of thinking.  I do not wish to sound apocalyptic, but I feel that we are dangerously moving closer and closer to the point where, by our own doing, we shall eventually perish from the earth. May it never happen!
 

The alternative is to seize the opportunity to restore and regenerate, to once again live in harmony with nature, with our fellow human beings "and with all our relations in which we share this planet earth." (Parry)   Gregory Bateson, who describes himself as a natural philosopher, suggests that we should align ourselves with a way of thinking that looks for patterns that connect. It is vital that we view the world as all related.  He has coined a word, we should see the world as "kincentric."  This will enable us to discover partnerships and alliances in and with nature rather than seeking to be separate and competitive.  This will further lead to "increasingly inclusive, interconnected, and whole ways" of thinking and living. 
 

This will have to be an ongoing process - never completed but ever widening in scope.  Parry believes that this will lead to creativity resulting from "participatory consciousness."  We will reconnect with a place of timeless origin, the source of our consciousness and true understanding.  We once again will be integrated fully into the rhythm of life.  Some might refer to this as enlightenment.  Others might view this as that place and time where and when the Atman and Brahman are in complete harmony.  Some might refer to it as an epiphany, an encounter with the divine that is the source of all creation.  Some would realize the energy that gives us life is the same as the energy that brought the universe into existence and perpetuates it.
 

However one might choose to interpret this, what is common is that this reconnection will widen our perspective, and bring us closer to understanding ourselves and our purpose here on earth. 


 


CHEERS from the PUB
Sandra Chapin
Publications Manager
 
Looking Down
 

A trip to the Albuquerque Museum can result in the unexpected. Loretta and I went on a weekday excursion in August and we thought it would be fun – it was. I expected to see art – and I did. But the primary reason I wanted to go was to see the new permanent exhibit “Only in Albuquerque” about history unique to our city and state. Did I think we would learn something? Yes.
 

This exhibit is enticing. The round entry hall sets the stage with dramatic lighting and stunning pictures, plus stations where the viewer can interact with displays. We were marveling and pointing things out to each other in hushed (almost reverent) tones. And then I looked down.
 

On the floor was a pattern that began to come together for me in familiar ways. I got excited when I recognized it as a very large image of Albuquerque as photographed from a satellite. I drew Loretta into the discovery and we darted from one spot to another. (“Wait, what’s that?” “Look at this.”) My head insisted on getting my bearings, to locate some reference so other landmarks would line up. “Where’s the casino?” I asked.
 

Uh-oh, I let the cat out of the bag – or the coin out of the slot. Sandia Casino, where everybody knows my name. Not true, but many who work there know my face. It’s a place I go to relax, drink free sodas, and eat at the buffet when it’s half price. (Among other things…) I knew once I could find it on this expansive floor tapestry of light and shadow, the whole city would become clear.
 

“There it is!” And indeed, then I could locate where I live and the parts of town I drive though all the time. It’s a bit disorienting to look down and discern from above what is so commonplace to see horizontally. I needed to twist my thinking in order to make sense of it. A re-orientation.
 

An anchor such as a familiar place can help provide grounding. But a spiritual anchor is also important. A pliable anchor. I have learned to welcome challenges to my faith. In my opinion if I shun any testing of my beliefs, thinking that they may crumble under scrutiny, then is that the kind of faith I want? Core beliefs have staying power, but even those may be held with a gentle touch.
 

Sunday mornings can be re-orientating. Sometimes I hear scripture that’s well known to me and then Pastor Sharon’s sermon takes it in a direction I don’t expect. There may be modern day examples she tells us about or shows to us on video that open up a way for me to examine the meaning of the passage with a fresh perspective. And hearing the scripture read from a different translation can shake things up, too. I may end up changing my assumptions, and it may make me uncomfortable.
 

To get the best impact one can from an experience, there’s risk involved. Open a window in your mind and you might catch a hint of blossom fragrance in the evening breeze. Or you can end up with a gritty window sill from blowing sand. (Well, you’ll get that anyway here even with your window closed.) What I’m trying to say is that there are merits to looking at the same old world in different ways.
 

Some time back Trish brought in a collection of quotes to get our mental juices flowing. One I’ve kept on my desk: “For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.”
 

Go to St. Paul’s UCC and get shook up – in a good way. Go to the museum and look at the floors as well as the walls. Go inside yourself and rearrange your brain furniture. But leave a light on just in case.

 


Faith Development Ministry
Patricia Dunn
Team Leader

 
THEY’RE BACK
 

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS ADULT LEARNING SESSIONS
 
 “WITNESSING WHITENESS”


FOR 9 WEEKS
Wednesdays, September 9 to November 4, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
 
What does it mean to be “white”?
If one is open and supportive of all people, why take this course?
 
 

 
Here’s one answer:  because when we speak of race in this country, we rarely explore “whiteness.”  Feeling guilty doesn’t help understand what others are communicating because white people are often oblivious to their heritage in this country.  This will help in understanding each other. 
 
We will explore what it means to be ‘white’ and critique strategies often used to avoid race issues.  Instead of avoidance, we will explore safe ways of discussing ‘race,’ based on Shelly Tochluk’s Witnessing Whiteness. Come join the journey of discovery and change the world.  ALL ARE WELCOME!
 
Facilitator:      
Trish Herron
Taught for 34 years at St. Pius X High in Albuquerque.
Member of St. Paul’s UCC, the Loretto Community, and the Peace and Justice Center.
 
 
Patricia Dunn
 
 

Mission of the Month


Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries addressing poverty, economic development, human rights, peacemaking, violence, racial and economic justice, environmental concerns, and public policy advocacy. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) which includes promoting direct service projects through grants.
 

The 2015 theme for NIN is "Unexpected Places" and connects to the work of CAIM and our denominational advocacy to address centuries of injustice stemming from the Doctrine of Discovery. The U.S. Supreme Court used the doctrine to assert that the United States, as the successor of Great Britain, had inherited authority over all lands within our claimed boundaries.
 

Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. These churches and their pastors are supported by CAIM. CAIM is also an invaluable resource for more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations in the U.S.
 

Offering envelops for this special mission will be available on Sunday mornings. You may also donate online:
https://unitedchurchofchrist.nationbuilder.com/neighbors_in_need
 

Thank you for your generosity.

 


Sunday Book Group
 

If Women Ruled the World:
How to Create the World We Want to Live In

Edited by Sheila Ellison
2004
 

Our next book club meeting will be Sunday, September 13th, at the Church, from 2:00-4:00 pm. All are invited to attend, men and women alike. More books are on the way but I have a limited number available. I’m anticipating a lively discussion, if some of the comments I’ve heard already are any indications. This is a subject that has rarely been spoken about aloud! You may, however, be surprised by the content of the book.
 

If Women Ruled the World shines the spotlight on women’s opinions and ideas and suggests concrete calls-to-action, challenging women to be true participants in leading the world. With poignant personal essays from more than 150 women, this visionary book invites women to take on today’s issues – from the personal to the political – and asks that we all rise to the occasion to create a world of grace and humanity.”
 

Quoted from the back cover of the book.
 

Loretta Stein
Facilitator of the conversation

 

 
La La La


The St. Paul’s UCC Choir begins rehearsals September 10, 7 pm.
 
Music Director William Williams is looking – and listening – for new singers.
 
Join in the fun!

 


Meeting for Meditation
 

Our space is being rented on Tuesday evenings by a meditation group following the principles of Buddhism. The cost of each session is $10, and all are welcome regardless of one’s faith background.
 

Here is a message from the leader:
 

The current class – 'Anger: Imagine Life without It' – will continue each Tuesday through September 29th.  The class will look at the destructive mind of anger in its various forms ranging from aversion, dissatisfaction, and frustration to hatred and rage.  We'll examine how anger undermines our happiness daily, even if we don't regard our self as an angry person.  And we'll learn how to meditate on opponent minds like patient acceptance, love and compassion that we can hold with mindfulness in our daily life to remain peaceful and happy, even when externally things don't go the way we want.  
 

The classes will be held from 6 to 7:30 pm each Tuesday in Rio Rancho at 1101 Golf Course Rd SE, Suite 101 (south entrance to the building).  This is on the west side of Golf Course Rd just 1 block south of Southern Boulevard.
 

After this series, we plan to continue Tuesday classes for the foreseeable future.  For future updates on our schedule, check our branch website at http://www.meditationinnewmexico.org/meditation-classes/meditation-classes-at-kmc-new-mexico/rio-rancho/


 
Chuck and I wish you a peaceful and happy end to the summer, and all the best in your meditation practice.
 

With love,
 
David Craft
Rio Rancho Branch Teacher
Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico


 


Dunk the Pastor
 

On Sunday, August 30, Pastor Sharon offered to be dunked with a bucket of water by anyone donating $25 to the ALS Association. The total raised was $250. Fun was had by all, including Pastor Sharon. (Her only stipulation: no ice in the bucket!)
 
 
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, usually strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and approximately 20,000 Americans can have the disease at any given time. For unknown reasons, military veterans are approximately twice as likely to be diagnosed with the disease as the general public.
 
 
There is a progressive degeneration of motor neurons in those with ALS. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, people may lose the ability to speak, eat, move and breathe. 
 
 
The “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” went viral on social media during July–August 2014. On August 1, 2015, the ALS Association re-introduced the challenge for 2015 to raise further funds with the intention of establishing it as an annual occurrence.


 


Happening in the Southwest Conference
 

Faith Advocates for Jobs is a campaign that Southwest Conference churches are invited to join, supporting unemployed and underemployed workers. Congregations that participate in the FAJ Network become part of a nationwide interfaith network of congregations committed to assist the unemployed and the underemployed and their families in their struggle to survive and look forward to a better day. 
 
More information at: www.faithadvocatesforjobs.wordpress.com

 
 
E.P.I.C. Year 2
 
A year ago, the Executive Board plus representatives from COCAMs A and B and the Mission Planning Board met to do some long term planning/visioning. Out of that weekend retreat came EPIC (Education, Participation, Innovation, and Communication). These four areas, identified by the retreat members, focuses the mission of the conference. Goals in each of these categories for Year One were set, and, for the most part, these goals were met. The Executive Board and other representatives met again this spring to decide if the EPIC acronym still represented our mission, and if so, what would be the Year Two goals. This is what they came up with:
 

Education: Continue to have conference members write an article on the theme of "Interdependence" monthly that can be distributed to churches for their own newsletters. Create a Blog with contributions from the Conference Minister and a variety of other writers from the conference. Create a Guest Speakers Bureau that can be utilized by churches for specific topics.
 

Participation: Create 3 Church Triads for mutual support and encouragement in revitalizing and innovation. Increase Annual Meeting Participation by offering 1 free visitor registration to churches. Develop a Networking resource for churches to share talents and resource.
 

Innovation: Host a Social Media workshop to assist churches in utilizing social media to expand ministry. Sponsor an "Innovation Laboratory" for research and development in creating sacred space and ministry. Create a set of Webinars available on the website. Present 4 sample "Post Modern" (POMO) worship services.
 

Communication: Encourage local churches to distribute the "In the Loop" conference newsletter to its members. Create a Clergy pre-Loop newsletter to highlight items of importance. Expand the use of the Clergy Facebook page.
 

The first of the experiential POMO services was held on July 23rd at the SWC office and video-bridged to Tucson. There was a wonderful turnout of about 40 people from a wide sampling of SWC churches. Music was performed by Rev. John Herman on Native American flute and by the band of OneChurch led by Ryan Gear. Segments of the service were presented by Rev. James Pennington, Rev. Gloria Smith, Rev. Ken McIntosh, and Rev. John Dorhauer. The focus of the service was to invite and experience the presence of the Holy Spirit in a new way and to allow oneself to take the risk of this experience. John Dorhauer wrote, "This was my last moment with the SWC. What a high to leave on. Thanks to the POMO worship team. You were amazing!"
The next sample service will be held on Nov. 5th again at the SWC office. 


 


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 Rev. Tyler Connoley.
 

The Kindness of Strangers (and Strangers No More)

 
One afternoon a few months ago, I received a call from a local pastor. Her church had helped a woman we'll call Maria with some food and shelter, before Maria got on a bus and left town for the southeast. A few weeks later, Maria called our local pastor with a desperate need. She had a court appointment to further her case for asylum, and the person she had gone to stay with was sick and couldn't take her. She remembered our local church as a place of safety and help, so she called. I contacted a UCC church in Maria's new hometown, and was able to connect her with a social worker and immigration lawyer, who were members of that church.
 

Sometimes we think of interdependence only in terms of our connections within the Southwest Conference, but my year as Immigrant Care Coordinator has been a constant reminder of the many ways we depend on those outside the conference as well. It’s not just our connections to other UCC churches and to the National Setting, but to all the people who share our values in other denominations, in other organizations, and outside of any organizational structures. Every church in the conference has connections to people in their own communities, and those interdependent relationships make us stronger.
 

As you think about the ways your church can foster interdependence, remember to look to the people outside the church, as well as those within the Southwest Conference who share your values. It is likely there is someone else in your own community – or even across the country – who shares your passions, and wants to partner with you as you embody God's unconditional justice and love. 


 

On the Calendar
 

Sundays

Worship service
10:30 am

Social Hour
11:30 am

 


Wednesday mornings
September 2, 9, 30


Office Hours for Pastor Sharon                                                         
9:30 – 11:00 am
Einstein Bros Bagels
Near the corner of Wellspring Ave. and Unser Blvd.
Rio Rancho  
                            
 


Wednesday evenings
September 9 – November 4
 

“Witnessing Whiteness” adult discussion series
6:30 – 8:00 pm           
Be sure to come to the first or second class if you want to take part. Beyond that, drop-ins are not encouraged since it is important to have established an atmosphere of trust and continuity for subsequent discussions. 


 
 

Choir Rehearsal                                                                                
Thursdays starting September 10
7:00 pm



Sunday Book Group
September 13
 

If Women Ruled the World:
How to Create the World We Want to Live In                         

2:00 – 4:00 pm



Called Congregational Meeting
September 20
 
A brief meeting after the Sunday service to consider and vote on hiring an additional clergy person.


 


Prayer


Creator God, help us to build a new world in the midst of the old.
A world where all workers are valued.
A world where those who clean houses are also able to buy houses to live in.
A world where those who grow food can also afford to eat their fill.
A world where those who serve and care for others are, themselves, also served and cared for.
We pray for the coming of a world where workers everywhere share in the abundance that you have given us.
We ask these things knowing that you give us the courage and strength to live out our faith in the workplace and the marketplace, as well as in the sanctuary.
Amen.

 
From UCC Worship Resources
 


St. Paul's Leaders 2015

 

Minister
Rev. Sharon Smith-Littrell, PhD



Music Director
William W. Williams

 

Church Council


Moderator
Darrell Taylor



Treasurer
Loretta Stein



Financial Secretary
Anita Curtis


Assistant Treasurer
Assistant Financial Secretary
Carol Smith


Church Clerk

Yvonne Dudley


Trustees Chairperson
Carol Kromer

 
 
Faith Development
Patricia Dunn

 

Hospitality
Sally Moore


St. Paul’s View Staff

 
Editor
Ernie Dunn


Publications Manager
Sandra Chapin
 

You may submit articles to 
uccstpaulsrr@gmail.com

 
 

Acknowledgments

 
Banner
 
Galt Museum & Archives on the Commons
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
"River Valley"
1912-1916
Souvenir folder, colourized postcards of Lethbridge


 
 
Core Values
 
Internet Archive Book Images
Image from page 48 of “Album of ornamental granitic tiles”
Taken circa 1898
Contributing Library: Winterthur Museum Library


 
 
Pastor Sharon’s View
 

Internet Archive Book Images
Image from page 40 of “Colour in woven design”
Taken circa 1890
Contributing Library: Getty Research Institute


 
 
Moderator’s Report
 
Internet Archive Book Images
Image from page 32 of “The signist: a compilation of the most modern and artistic designs, valuable to sign writers, draughtsmen, designers, architects, engravers, etc.”
Taken circa 1903
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress


 
 
From the Editor’s Desk
 

Internet Archive Book Images
Image from page 126 of “The ecological relations of roots”
Taken circa 1919
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress


 
 

Cheers from the Pub
 

San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive Archives
Reconnaissance Photo Aerial View Cannes France
Date: 1941-1945


 
 

Faith Development
 
State Library of Queensland, Australia
Furniture for H.R.H. The Duke of Gloucester built by Ed. Rosenstengel, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
In the period, Louis XV
Taken sometime in 1934
From an original watercolour drawing by Wifred Morden


 
 

Mission of the Month
 
Smithsonian Institution
2007 Powwow
Taken on August 10, 2007
Photographer: Walter Larrimore


 
 

Sunday Book Group

Library of Congress
Rural school girl, San Augustine County, Texas
Taken in April, 1943
Photographer: John Vachon, 1914-1975


 
 
La La La
 
Internet Archive Book Images
Image from page 142 of "The empire of song: containing theory and practice lessons for singing classes, exercises and pieces for institutes and conventions, tunes and anthems for choirs, and glees and choruses for concerts"
Taken circa 1887
Contributing Library: Music Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


 

Meeting for Meditation

Internet Archive Book Images
Image from page 31 of "Buddha and the gospel of Buddhism"
Taken circa 1916
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress




Dunk the Pastor
 
August 30, 2015
Taken by Lois Gray
 
 


Happening in the Southwest Conference

The U.S. National Archives
“The Empty Desert”
Arizona
Environmental Protection Agency
Project
DOCUMERICA
Taken circa 1972
Photographer: Terry Eiler, 1944-




Voices in the Southwest Conference

Biblioteca de Arte / Art Library Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian 
Sé de Évora, Portugal
Rosácea do braço do transepto

Data aproximada da produção da fotografia original: 1954
Orientador científico: Mário Tavares Chicó, 1905-1966
Fotógrafo: Mário Novais, 1899-1967



On the Calendar
 
Internet Archive Book Images
Image from page 45 of "Examples of Chinese ornament selected from objects in the South Kensington museum and other collections"
Taken circa 1867
Contributing Library: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library


 

Prayer

George Eastman House Collection
“Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California”
Taken in 1936
Photographer: Dorothea Lange, 1895-1965

The photograph that has become known as "Migrant Mother" is one of a series of photographs that Dorothea Lange made of Florence Owens Thompson and her children in February or March of 1936 in Nipomo, California. Lange was concluding a month's trip photographing migratory farm labor around the state for what was then the Resettlement Administration. In 1960, Lange gave this account of the experience:

I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was thirty-two. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean-to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it. (From: Popular Photography, Feb. 1960).




St. Paul’s Leaders
 
The U.S. National Archives
Fountain Square in Downtown Cincinnati Is a Public Square That Works for the City and Its People in a Myriad of Ways: School Class Takes a Lunch Break

Environmental Protection Agency
Project DOCUMERICA
Taken in May, 1973
Photographer: Hubbard, Tom, 1931-


 
 
Newsletter Staff
 
The U.S. National Archives
Students Arriving by School Bus at Senior High School in New Ulm, Minnesota
Environmental Protection Agency
Project DOCUMERICA
Taken in October, 1974



Acknowledgments
 
Internet Archive Book Images
Image from page 46 of "Birds and nature"
Taken circa 1900
Contributing Library: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


 
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