Upcoming Services through September 14

(Detailed listings follow this summary)

    August 24
  • 10:30 am: West Side Jazz
  • 10:30 am: Programs for Children and Youth
  • 9:30 am Forum: "Is Free Choice in Our Economy and Society Actually Counterproductive for Democracy?" 
    August 31
  • 10:30 am: Rev. Roger Fritts: "Digging for Roots"
  • 10:30 am: Programs for Children and Youth
  • 9:30 am Forum 

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Katie Culbert, Ministerial Intern, speaks at a recent Sunday Service. (Picture by Richard Czina)  

 

  August 24, 10:30 am, Sunday Service 

 

West Side Jazz

This year's salute to American jazz presents some of the famous songs from West Side Story as interpreted by great jazz musicians.

West Side Story is an American musical with a libretto by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins. It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre.

The original 1957 Broadway production ran for 732 performances. The production was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1957, but the award for Best Musical went to Meredith Willson's The Music Man. An innovative film starred Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won ten, including George Chakiris for Supporting Actor, Rita Moreno for Supporting Actress, and the Best Picture. (Film poster art courtesy of Wikipedia.)
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Religious Education for Young People (during 10:30 service) 
 

 

Nursery - Loving care for infants and toddlers is available.

PreK-12th grade: The children and youth will be making full-body silhouettes that they will decorate and then compare with ones they make at the end of the year!

 
 

 Forum August 24, 9:30 to 10:15 

 

 

 

Is Free Choice in Our Economy and Society Actually Counterproductive for Democracy?

 

Several recent books suggest excessive choices of products in supermarkets paralyzes decision-making, discriminates against the poor and causes government to abdicate its responsibility to provide informed and meaningful rather than deceptive choices. Presented by John Stinespring, moderated by DeeAnna Dowdle.

(Photo courtesy Wikipedia: Original: lyzadanger Derivative work: Diliff - http://www.flickr.com/photos/lyza/49545547)

 

  August 31, 10:30 am, Sunday Service 

 Sermon:

 

Digging for Roots

Sermon by Rev. Roger Fritts

Genealogy has been a part of religion for thousands of years. In the gospel according to Matthew, the author begins to tell the story of Jesus' life with these words: “An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, . . .” Sunday’s sermon will explore this human desire to try to discover our identity, to try to get clarity about our place in the universe.

 

 Music (during 10:30 service):

 

Thomas Koch, classical guitar; Don Bryn, piano; Charlie Allman, organ. Thomas has been a favorite at our church for the past six years. He studied guitar at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France. His skills with the guitar have few equals.

Religious Education for Young People (during 10:30 service) 
 

 

Nursery - Loving care for infants and toddlers is available.

PreK-5th grade: This week's activity to be announced.

6th - 12th grade (Youth Group): The youth group is youth led, adult supervised. Middle and High School youth are welcome to join at any time.

 
 

 Forum August 31, 9:30 to 10:15 

 

 

 

Subject to be announced

 

The Forum consists of a 15-20 minute presentation followed by an open, moderated discussion.

 

  September 7, 10:30 am, Sunday Service 

 Sermon:

 

Advice for New Parents

Sermon by Rev. Roger Fritts

If a new parent asked you for advice, what might you say?

 Music (during 10:30 service):

 

Choir; Don Bryn, piano; Charlie Allman, organ.

Religious Education for Young People (during 10:30 service) 
 

 

Nursery - Loving care for infants and toddlers is available.

PreK-5th grade: The children's program will be announced. 

6th - 12th grade (Youth Group): The youth group is youth led, adult supervised. Middle and High School youth are welcome to join at any time.

 
 

 Forum September 7, 9:30 to 10:15 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject to be announced

The Forum consists of a 15-20 minute presentation followed by an open, moderated discussion.

 

  September 14, 10:30 am, Sunday Service 

 Sermon:

 

Worship and Image Making

Sermon by Rev. Roger Fritts

An expert on churches said, "The preachers of 1955 were expected to excel as word smiths. The demand today is for ministers who are image smiths.” The sermon will look at the use of photography in worship.

 

 

 Music (during 10:30 service):

 

Bharat Chandra, clarinet; Don Bryn, piano; Charlie Allman, organ.

Religious Education for Young People (during 10:30 service) 
 

 

Nursery - Loving care for infants and toddlers is available.

PreK-5th grade: This week's activity to be announced.

6th - 12th grade (Youth Group): The youth group is youth led, adult supervised. Middle and High School youth are welcome to join at any time.

 
 

 Forum September 14, 9:30 to 10:15 

 

 

 

Subject to be announced

 

The Forum consists of a 15-20 minute presentation followed by an open, moderated discussion.