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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
 

Just Sit With It
 

In seminary, most of the Methodist students said, “Just sit with it” — this became almost their mantra. After some time, I learned to “just sit with it” when I was troubled or stressed or tired.


After months of just sitting with thoughts about meditation, this morning I signed up to receive a contemplative meditation newsletter. The first article I read, “Sit,” tells of a young woman who wanted to learn to meditate and no matter how hard she tried to find her own mantra, all she got was “Sit.” She was disappointed because it was not more. It was, as she writes, “Sit:”

 

Was this it? I was hoping for something with at least two syllables, something grander, maybe even life changing! I thought perhaps I must have misheard, so I prayed again and again and then again on another day. The answer was always the same, a gentle loving nudge to do nothing else but “Sit.” Kimberly Boren in Living Contemplatively (10-9-15)


For months now, I have wanted to bring my desire to meditate to a contemplative prayer group. But the time never has seemed to work itself out. Tuesday evenings are spoken for as are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 on. Early morning suits me but not others. Before Sunday church also suites me, but who else wants to get up early on Sunday?


Maybe the above are excuses for my deciding not to offer yet another group because my history with meditation groups has been spotty: I led contemplative prayer groups in both Colorado Springs and Denver that met with varying degrees of success. That is, the same several people came weekly at first, then attendance dwindled to once a month. At the UUWC building we shared, I led a meditation and labyrinth walking group on Wednesday afternoons at 4PM. For several months stalwart meditators came, then real life schedules and choices interfered and attendance dwindled to Sandie and me. Forgetting that Jesus said “wherever two or more are gathered …” (Mat 18:20) I called it quits.


At the beginning of October I asked all of St. Paul’s to pray for the Church each afternoon at 5PM. “St. Paul’s” also includes me. So I prayed. Before I asked all of us to pray for the Church, I asked the mystery I call God to give me just one idea that would help this Congregation grow to its fullest potential. All I get is, “pray.” “Pray” is that all? And recently, “pray together.” We are church after all. Perhaps the way to pray is not in silence but aloud, where sharing of concerns and joys prevails. I love that kind of vocal, community prayer. And I love the ways we pray that are so different from heads bowed and hands folded. When I lead retreats, I offer various ways of praying to those attending. We may try drawing on a passage of scripture, walking a labyrinth while singing a favorite hymn, knitting a prayer shawl where all stitches are mini-prayers for those who are hospitalized or even shading a mandala with colored pencils.


There are resources for praying. I just went to my garage and brought in eight books including Kitchen Table Wisdom; The Meditation Bible; Creating Mandalas; Labyrinths and Mazes; Praying with Visionary Women. Still in the garage are: Woman’s Ways of Knowing; Praying with Hands; and Praying in Color. Each would be a rich resource for use in a prayer group.


Some books focus on contemplative prayer. And for those among you who love the Jesuits (Society of Jesus) I have completed the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola and I am a trained spiritual director. I would be pleased to lead a bit of the spiritual exercises to see if there is interest in pursuing this arduous prayer training.


What the above seems to mean is that if you wish to go deeper into your prayer life, I sense a call to be an active leader of such a group. The group would be a trial during Advent on Thursday evenings, 5:30. We would share soup and soul prayer.


If you are interested, let me know. And let’s pray.

 


From the Editor's Desk
Ernie Dunn


Recently Pat and I spent a Sunday afternoon, another glorious day in the "Land of Enchantment," enjoying "quality time" with our daughter, Amina. There was the usual warm conversation interspersed with laughter and occasional joking as well as some deep thoughts expressed on the condition of our nation and world. It was in context of the final topic just mentioned that Amina suggested we watch a presentation which was a comparison of ancient Greek democracy with our present day American government. We were initially informed that modern day democratic governments, including our own, are deeply indebted to the ancient Athenians. Their form of governing was an early attempt at a fair and equal system fully run by the citizenry. It was unprecedented and would serve as a model for all democracies that would later emerge.

 

The presenter proceeded to offer that while some aspects of Athenian government may look very familiar to us, there were many significant differences. From the perspective of familiarity, the Athenians sought to establish a government free of previous oppression by the oligarchical rule of a handful of aristocrats. Similarly, oppressed by the tyrannical rule of a remote monarch, the newly declared United States of America sought the same remedy, albeit in a somewhat different form. It is fairly obvious that the Founding Fathers were inspired, at least in part, by the democratic institutions of ancient Athens.

 

Despite their similarities, however, the two forms of governing are fundamentally different. In fact, the presenter proposed that the ancient Athenians would be shocked to learn that we considered ourselves a democracy. Ancient Athens was an extreme example of direct democracy, in which every citizen was eligible to vote on nearly every decision made in the government. All officials were decided by random lot. The Assembly was made of whoever wanted to attend. Any citizen was free to speak at the gathering. Decisions were made by the citizens and for the citizens. Here in the USA, we have a republic, in which citizens elect representatives, and the representative do the majority of lawmaking and governing, at times doing so against the will of these they were elected to represent.

 

Now, before you are led to believe this was a prime example of a utopian government, it must be pointed out that only free males of Athenian descent were considered citizens. This excluded all women, slaves, resident aliens and even men who had a foreign born parent. Therefore, participation in governance was limited to approximately 10 to 20 percent of the population. Similar denied representation was in our Constitution and it took nearly 150 years to correct this disenfranchisement. Sad to say, in the 150 years that the government of ancient Athens lasted, such expansion of human rights was never enacted. Even sadder to say, there are those in our nation today who would prefer the Athenian model.

 

There is a plethora of other differences which could be mentioned, but for the sake of time and space, I will limit my discussion to just one more, one which really caught my attention due to what is occurring in our country and the world. It had to do with the concept of freedom. Here there is great dissimilarity. With the ancients, freedom was understood as freedom "for", freedom to be involved in making society better. With freedom came communal responsibility and was understood in a communal context. Most of the pronouncements on freedom that we hear today are concerned with freedom "from". Freedom is looked upon as an individual right to be free of any sort of restrictions externally imposed. Freedom means I can do what I want, it has nothing to do with concern for and service to others.

 

As I listened to these notions of freedom, they brought to mind concepts to which I was introduced years ago as an undergraduate in Ethics 101. There were two kinds of freedom, or as some might prefer, two kinds of liberty. The freedom too often espoused today is what was referred to as Negative freedom - freedom is about being able to do what one might desire free from interferences or constraints. Constraint is the antithesis of freedom. Negative freedom often leads to exclusion, excluding ourselves from the possibility of working with others towards a common good. For some, this opens the door to inconvenience. To work with and serve others is to give up something, primarily regarding yourself as the center of your concern. An advantage to be noted, however, is that the individual is never sacrificed.

 

Positive freedom, by contrast, is about being free to actualize, the kind of actualization that results in positive momentum leading to progress toward a goal of commonly shared good. For the ancient Athenians it meant freedom to choose that form of government most appropriate for the citizenry and the manner in which that governance proceeded.

 

Whereas negative freedom could lead to exclusion and self-centeredness, it has been argued that positive freedom was susceptible to abuse. It could result in goals where individuals might be told what they "should", or in some instances, what they "must" rationally desire.

 

Harking back to my ethics course professor, if memory serves me correctly, he proposed that in a true democracy, both the Negative and the Positive aspects of freedom must to some degree coexist. His argument was, as I can best recall, was that Positive freedom was a genuine and valuable version of freedom, so long as it was identified with, preserved the autonomy of individuals. (His concept, my words.) However, having expressed that, we cannot overlook that we are largely interdependent (where have we heard that before?!) and therefore, no one person's activity is so completely private as never to obstruct or influence the lives of others in any way. Charles Johnson dramatically expressed that thought in this manner: "Freedom was the fact that no leaf fell, no word uttered or deed executed that did not echo eternally throughout the universe."

 

More than a century ago, John Dewey writing on responsibility and freedom asserted that "the more comprehensive and diversified the social arena, the greater the responsibility and freedom of the individual." Freedom must be understood in relation to more demands for responsibility as one considers the consequences of one acts which ultimately affect not only individuals but the very fabric of the social order. At the heart of freedom and responsibility is the willingness to "Take to heart the concern for others."
 


CHEERS from the PUB
Sandra Chapin
Publications Manager
 
Whatever
 

From a recent John Tesh radio program, I learned that there’s a part of the brain that specializes in “rumination.” Like cows chewing on grass (and chewing and chewing), we can get so caught up in certain thoughts – especially those that trigger worry or guilt – that we have a hard time breaking loose and moving on.

 

Tesh said that research shows the cycle can be broken by simply spending time outside, looking at some spot of beauty which engages a different part of the brain, promoting well-being. (A Calgon-take-me-away moment: my reference as someone who has clocked a lot of TV hours!)

 

The apostle Paul, in one of his saintly insights, expressed a supporting view in his letter to the Church in Philippi, located in present day Greece. I have used this scripture as a meditation exercise, a spiritual practice in the past and, now, having “rediscovered” it, I want to get back into it. Certainly in this season of thanksgiving, this practice seems appropriate. I invite you to give it a try.

 

Philippians 4:8-9

 

Finally, beloved, whatever is true,

Stop and think about what is ‘true’ in your life. What do you know to be true? For example, that love is a God-given bond between yourself and others. What is your truth? Come up with one or two things and then continue.

 

whatever is honorable,

What do you honor? Who do you honor? Again, cite one or two answers, then continue.

 

whatever is just,

What do you see happening that is just? What justice would you like to see happen?

Continue reflecting on the key words.

 

whatever is pure,

whatever is pleasing,

whatever is commendable,

if there is any excellence

and if there is anything worthy of praise,

think about these things. 

 

Keep on doing the things that you have learned

What did you learn today that was good?

 

and received

What did you receive today that was good?

 

and heard

What did you hear today that was good?

 

and seen in me,

What did you see today that was good?

 

and the God of peace will be with you.

What brought you peace today?

 

My thoughts: If you don't make it all the way through this passage, stopping at each phrase, that's fine. You may choose to focus on just a few of the highlighted words. Or just one. No rules. Start and stop wherever you wish.

May peace be with you, indeed.

 


Faith Development Ministry
Patricia Dunn
Team Leader

Come to

“A Sense-ational Bible Study”

 

Wednesdays

November 4, 11, 18

6:30 – 8:00 pm


 
Hearing and seeing. Two senses that continually bring us messages about the world around us. What you hear and see may be different from the person next to you. Side by side, each one has her own interpretation. And that interpretation informs what you know to be true.

 

Hear. See. Know. These are the themes for the upcoming three week Bible study on Wednesday evenings. Below is a list of the scriptures we’ll focus on. To get the most out of our time together, look at the passages before the class. During the session we’ll go deeper and talk about how the words speak to us today.

 

Invite friends. All are welcome.

 

November 4

“Do You Hear What I Hear?”

1 Kings 19
Elijah flees from Jezebel
Elijah meets God at Horeb
Elisha becomes Elijah’s disciple

1 Samuel 3
Samuel’s call

Mark 1: 9-11
Baptism of Jesus

Mark 15: 33-39
Death of Jesus

 

November 11

“Do You See What I See?”

Exodus 35:4 - 36:7
Preparations for making the Tabernacle

1 Corinthians 1: 10-17
Divisions in the Church

1 Corinthians 3: 1-23
Being Church

John 9
Man born blind receives sight

 

November 18

“Do You Know What I Know?”

Daniel 1
At the Babylonian court

Daniel 5
Writing on the wall interpreted

Numbers 12: 1-8
Aaron and Miriam jealous of Moses

Acts 2:16-21
Visions and dreams

Luke 24: 13-35
Walk to Emmaus

 

Facilitated by Sandra Chapin and Pastor Sharon

 

Cut. Paste. Laugh.


Nothing says "Merry" like a handmade Christmas card!
 

You are invited to a morning of card-making fun.

Saturday, November 7

9 am – noon at St. Paul's

 

All supplies provided, but you may bring special paper or stickers or whatever you like.

Be sure to bring your imagination and sense of adventure!

No experience necessary.

Gary and Duane will share their know-how and enthusiasm.
 

Ask your friends to join us!

 


Saturday Retreat at St. Paul's
 

Trish Herron and I offer a retreat to prepare us for Advent and Christmas on

Saturday, November 14 from 10 to 2PM.


If you cannot stay for the whole retreat come for the part that fits your schedule. These short retreats are always welcomed by those attending. Come experience spiritual renewal. Not necessary to respond – just come.

Pastor Sharon
 

 
Views on Stewardship
by Gordon Nelson

 

This month, and for the remainder of 2015, we are thinking about and, yes, promoting stewardship. It is that time of the year. I would like to provide some broadening perspectives on this topic, because I think the term stewardship is often viewed in a narrow context, namely “Oh oh. I now have to decide how much to pledge to the church this coming year, and I am really feeling pinched right now. Don’t know how I am going to manage this.”

 

I will note that St. Paul’s is also pinched. We pay out monthly a good bit more than we take in, but we need to remember that a church is not mainly in the business of earning a positive return each month. Much of that outgo is in the form of payments for rent, utilities, and insurance, but some of it, roughly ten per cent, is also in the form of contributions to charitable organizations within the regional and national UCC, such as One Great Hour of Sharing, Strengthen the Church, Neighbors in Need, and The Christmas Fund. These are organizations that St. Paul’s supports by pledging a set amount each year to the UCC 5 for 5 Campaigns. Even if you do not mark your offering envelope to be directed to these charities, a fraction of anything you give in the way of general fund offering is directed to these. These contributions are typically paid to the UCC once each quarter. So St. Paul’s is, based on my past experience as Treasurer, a good steward of the dollars we receive from our Congregation. NOTE: For more information on the UCC 5 for 5 giving campaign, go to: ucc.org/ocwm special support

 

Stewardship in the wider sense means giving of our time, our money, and ourselves to causes and organizations that promote Christian charity and social justice. One example of this is stewardship of the earth. Each of us can promote the cause of a sustainable earth by engaging in practices that have minimal environmental impact and promote a sustainable earth. Examples are: planting a garden, converting to solar power (see note at end of article), and walking to our daily destinations instead of driving, whenever possible. Note that the last one also promotes our personal health. Also, each of us probably has some personal time that we can donate on a regular basis. Volunteering to be a tutor, to serve as a reader for our Sunday services, and volunteering at a local food bank are all activities that surely count as stewardship in the wider sense.

 

And what about the money? I believe each of us wishes we could give more to St. Paul’s, but many of us are living on fixed, all-too-small incomes, and the last financial crash has left a legacy of unemployment and underemployment that has directly affected some of our members. Many of us are feeling pinched just to come up with money for rent, utilities and groceries each month. There is often not much left over for charitable giving. So here is a thought: We should organize our financial lives so as to be disciplined and very efficient with our spending. In that way we maximize the discretionary portion of our budget, especially the giving that we can do at the end of each month or year. If you accept this point of view, then the obvious next question is: How can I better plan and manage my finances? You are now motivated to change, right? All that you really need are the resources and help to enable the planning process. Yes, and a dose of self discipline will also be essential. Here are some web-based resources, and one book, that you might find helpful.

 

RESOURCES FOR FINANCIAL PLANNING AND STEWARDSHIP

 

  • www.360financialliteracy.org/Topics

This web site, sponsored by the American Institute of CPAs, offers financial advice on many issues facing senior citizens, including retirement questions.

  • www.extension.org/personal_finance

This is a web site sponsored by the Cooperative Extension System, a kind of network of the extension departments of many national land grant universities. It contains advice and discussion about many personal financial issues, such as:

  • Adult children returning home

  • Controlling personal spending

  • Making extra money

  • Reverse Mortgages (type that phrase into the special search window on the web site).

  • www.benefitscheckup.org

This is a good web site for seniors who want to find out if they can qualify for financial assistance for such things as food and prescription drugs. It also has information about state programs that can be helpful in these areas.

  • Book: “Enough: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity, (paperback) by Adam Hamilton. Reverend Hamilton is the senior pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. His book is both inspirational and practical, and I recommend it to all who are thinking about stewardship issues. I have ordered three copies from Amazon, and I intend to donate them to the church. I know that some of our members do not have easy access to the web, and this may be a good alternative if you find yourself in that situation. I will make an announcement to the Congregation when the books arrive.



    NOTE on Solar Power: it is cheaper to convert than you think. You do not have to pay the cost of the equipment up front. You can either lease the equipment or purchase it on a long term loan basis. You pay the lease or the loan payments monthly from the dollars you save by not paying PNM, so the monthly total for loan servicing plus PNM payments is the same as you were paying before. I am speaking from experience, having just done it. The overall savings are small at first, but when the note is paid off there is a substantial savings and you are now a real Friend of the Earth.
     


Sharing Thanksgiving
 

In my life, I have participated in several congregations that have a Thanksgiving meal at church — actually on Thanksgiving Day. I have mentioned that for St. Paul’s and several people have said they would like to share this meal. So we will do it! YEA. I will supply sliced turkey, cooked at my home and bring it and gravy and stuffing. Everyone who comes is to bring their favorite Thanksgiving side dish to pass. We will gather at 1:30 (gives me time to cook and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade). 

To make this work, I need to know who is coming, so seek me out and let me know. I have already heard from several, but remind me that you said yes.

 

Pastor Sharon


Shared Values
 

The core values of St. Paul's – Jesus Guided, Intentionally Inclusive, Peace Seeking and Justice Committed – reflect values of the United Church of Christ at a national level as seen in the following recent news events.

ucc.org/recent_headlines


Jesus Guided

UCC, United Church of Canada formalize full communion through worship, word and sacrament (10-19-15)

Leaders from the United Church of Christ and The United Church of Canada came together, fulfilling Jesus' prayer that "They may all be one" in celebration of their new partnership. The governing bodies of both denominations approved a full communion agreement, culminating with document-signing by leaders from both denominations.

 

Intentionally Inclusive

UCC members bring acceptance and joy to rally
for transgender homecoming queen
(10-2-15)

UCC supporters, including General Minister and President the Rev. John Dorhauer, joined students and community members in a rally in Kansas City, Mo., to show love and support for Oak Park High School's transgender homecoming queen, Landon Patterson, effectively countering a hateful protest by Westboro Baptist Church.

 

Peace Seeking

UCC justice advocates laud peace agreement

in Colombia (10-1-15)

The United Church of Christ is celebrating the announcement of a plan that should finally halt 50 years of violence between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), as the church has spent almost two decades supporting a peace process in the South American country.
 

Justice Committed

New prison phone regulations another victory

for UCC media justice ministry (10-23-15)

The media justice ministry of the United Church of Christ is celebrating a hard-fought victory. The Office of Communication, Inc. (an organization of the UCC) rallied outside the offices of the Federal Communications Commission as it adopted rules that will rein in the predatory prison phone industry.

 

Prison phone rates can be costly because facilities select local and long-distance telephone providers, and in some cases the provider that offers the largest payment to the prison obtains the right to offer service. The incarcerated can only use the telephone company selected by the prison and the calls are billed collect to families with rates as high as $1 per minute for calls. Hidden fees, including a $3.95 connection fee or $10 payment fee, only compounded some bills.
 


Happening in the Southwest Conference
 


The Firewood Angels (United Church of Angel Fire, NM) cut, stack and deliver firewood to needy folks in the Moreno Valley. Preparations begin during the summer. This year three different groups of helpers from the Lutheran Church helped UCAF members to move massive quantities of logs from a donor in Hidden Lake. This amounted to about $3500 that struggling folks did not have to spend. With this assistance, the firewood needs of all clients will be met throughout the winter.



Scottsdale UCC (AZ) is looking for donations for I HAVE A NAME project – an exhibit of photographs by Jon Linton of the homeless on the streets of Phoenix. They are looking to collect $500 to frame the photos and stories in this exhibit. Jon will then give the exhibit to Scottsdale UCC and they would agree to let the exhibit travel around to other UCC churches that would be interested in displaying it as part of their Justice ministry to the homeless.

 

From the Lay Academy: After the success of last year’s “Religions of the World in Our Back Yard”, where participants journeyed together and visited local Vedic religious sites throughout the Phoenix Metro area, a new gathering will take place for “In the Beginning… From Zoroaster to Abraham.” This November 13 and 14, join the Lay Academy Coordinator, Rev. Rock Fremont, for a tour of multiple religious sites in the Scottsdale area.

 


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 Cindy Walley
Committee on Church and Ministry
Encanto Community UCC, Phoenix, AZ

 

Lessons in Interdependence from Unlikely Sources

 

Recently I was listening to an episode of This American Life that told the story of a "car plant in Fremont, California, that might have saved the U.S. car industry. In 1984, General Motors and Toyota opened NUMMI (New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc.) as a joint venture. Toyota showed GM the secrets of its production system: How it made cars of much higher quality and much lower cost than GM achieved."

 

To train employees on the Toyota production system, GM autoworkers were flown to a Toyota plant in Japan. There they encountered a teamwork system of production. The Toyota model paired line workers, allowing for greater efficiency due largely to the support each worker felt from his or her partner. They also encouraged workers of varying management levels to work together to solve problems even allowing line workers to "stop the line" if they deemed it necessary to correct an error.

 

As one would expect, the GM workers were initially resistant to many of Toyota's procedures, but as they spent time building automobiles with their Toyota counterparts, they grew to see the value of interdependence and the disadvantages of the "every man for himself" structure to which they had become accustomed. When they returned to the United States, they were able to implement some of their newfound modifications, but much of the teamwork model was an uncomfortable stretch for American manufacturing.

 

It is difficult to depend on (or be depended on by) each other. If it were easy, maybe we would be reading monthly articles on how our mutual kinship and progress is overflowing into our communities and our world.
 

On the Calendar
 

Sundays

Worship service
10:30 am

Social Hour
11:30 am

 


Wednesday mornings in November

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

Wednesday evening
November 4
 
"A Sense-ational Bible Study" Part 1 of 3
6:30 – 8:00 pm  

Do you hear what I hear?        

 

Thursday evenings in November (not on Thanksgiving!)
Choir Rehearsal
7:00 pm

 

Saturday Card-Making
November 7

Create handmade Christmas cards.
9:00 am – noon

 

Wednesday evening
November 11

“A Sense-ational Bible Study” Part 2 of 3
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Do you see what I see?

 

Saturday Retreat
November 14

Spiritual preparation for the holiday season.
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Come for all or part of the time.

 

Wednesday evening
November 18

“A Sense-ational Bible Study” Part 3 of 3
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Do you know what I know?

 

Thanksgiving Day
November 26

Holiday meal at St. Paul’s
1:30 pm

Turkey, gravy, dressing provided. Please bring a side dish.

 

Sunday after the service
November 29

We decorate our space for Advent and Christmas
Noon

Coming in December


Bill Canright has generously volunteered to lead art tours for the St. Paul's community. Bill is a well known artist and has taught art in many countries. I am told his home is filled with art that he and his late wife painted. He also has a studio attached to his home.


The first of several tours begins with his home on December 6th after church at 1:00. In order to have directions to Bill's home, you will need to let me know that you are interested. I will have a sign up sheet in back of church. All are welcome!

Pastor Sharon

 


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

 


St. Paul’s View Staff

 
Editor
Ernie Dunn


Publications Manager
Sandra Chapin
 

You may submit articles to uccstpaulsrr@gmail.com

 
 

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Image Catalog
Hikers on Rocky Mountains
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Core Values
 

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Pastor Sharon’s View
 
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From the Editor’s Desk
 
The Athenean Treasury
Delphi, Greece
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Cheers from the Pub
 
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Faith Development
 
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Cut. Paste. Laugh.
 
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Saturday Retreat

“La Chartreuse d'Aillon”
Rhone-Alpes, France
Miwork
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Views on Stewardship
 
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Sharing Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Dinner 2004-9
Roland Tanglao
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Shared Values
 
Indian corn
Home grown
Bristol, Rhode Island
Libby MacLeod
Taken in September, 2015
Used by permission


 

Happening in the Southwest Conference


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Santa Fe
Marc Cooper
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Voices in the Southwest Conference

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Roland Tanglao
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On the Calendar
 
The view out of our front windows this morning. Fall is here! Don't forget to set your clocks tonight!
Matt Hecht
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Coming in December

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Roland Tanglao
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St. Paul’s Leaders
 
Red Pine Plantation
Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area
Monroe County, Blakeslee, Pennsylvania
Nicholas A. Tonelli
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Newsletter Staff
 
Short Hike (11)
Maple sapling with red-tinted new leaf growth along the Appalachian Trail
Monroe County, Ross, Pennsylvania
Nicholas A. Tonelli
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Acknowledgments
 
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