Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sharing the Love at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to share our abundance with others.

This Sunday, November 19, the Men's Breakfast Fellowship will have a donation pot at the Courtyard entrance to the Sanctuary; funds collected will go directly to Valley View Food Bank for their program to furnish Thanksgiving food bags for those in need. Valley View can provide a complete Thanksgiving meal for a family of four for every $22 donated! Men’s Breakfast will match the first $250 donated by the congregation.

If you will not be in the Phoenix area this Sunday, you can mail your donation to the church this week; be sure to put "Thanksgiving" on your check or envelope.

All funds will be delivered to Valley View Food Bank on Tuesday, November 21.

Thank you for helping to help the needy this holiday!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thank God It's (almost) Friday!

The winter session of our TGIF! Bible Study starts tomorrow, November 3, in the Fireside Room. Coffee and treats will be available at 8:30 am, with Bible Study from 9:00-10:00. Join the "4 Ds" (David Glenn Walker, David Hodgson, Doug Wright, and Dick Zabriskie) this and every Friday to learn more about the Word of the Lord. Bring your Bible and a friend!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summer Services in Swain Hall

This Sunday, June 4, our worship services will return to Swain Hall for the summer. This will allow us to save money on our air conditioning while enjoying a more intimate setting for worship. Worship starts at 9:00 am, with fellowship and coffee following at 10:00 am. Since this is the first Sunday of the month, open communion will be served by intinction, and non-perishable food items will be collected for the Valley View Food Bank. See you Sunday in Swain Hall!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Quote of the Day

“Two things to remember in life. Take care of your thoughts when you are alone, and take care of your words when you are with people.” ~Anonymous

Monday, May 1, 2017

Quote of the Day

"Don't treat people the way they treat you. Treat people the way God treats you." ~Dave Willis

Monday, April 24, 2017

April Service of Reflection

Join Rev. Dr. David Hodgson and Kelsey McKee in Swain Hall on Tuesday, April 25, at 5:00 pm for the last spring Service of Reflection. Featuring "psalms and psongs," the service will recap the Lenten and Easter sermons. Dinner will follow. If you haven't yet made a reservation and would like to attend, please call the church office at 623.974.3605 by noon on the 25th.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dinner in the Upper Room

Holy Week – the span of days between Palm Sunday and Easter – will mark the triumphal end to our Lenten journey together. I want to thank you for sharing the adventure with me and to invite you to a very special opportunity in the spiritual life of our church family. I am inviting you to sign up to be part of what I am calling A Meal in the Upper Room. It will take place on Maundy Thursday, April 13th, at 5:00 in the evening.

We will begin in the Sanctuary with a brief service of celebration and of preparation and then move by way of the inside corridor to the Upper Room (also known as Swain Hall). Before entering the hall the elders, acting as disciples, will offer the washing of hands to prepare all guests for the sacramental experience.

The meal will be shared in complete silence, and will be served family style at each table. The only words spoken will be the words of Jesus to his disciples and will be spoken by me, seated at the head table with twelve disciples. The meal will culminate in the celebration of communion at each table by the twelve disciples.

This experience is not envisioned to be the Jewish Passover, or the traditional Seder meal. It is a Christian celebration to remember and to be inspired by the Lord’s Spirit at work in the life of our church. Our Meal in the Upper Room is open to all – but reservations will be required because seating will need to be arranged beforehand.

Throughout our Lenten journey we have examined ways in which the Storyteller put himself into his stories in order to reveal the mysteries of God with us. On Maundy Thursday he will invite us to become a part of the never-ending story of his life. I look forward to sharing this sacred moment with you.