Upcoming Services through September 14

(Detailed listings follow this summary)

    July 27
  • 10:30 am: Rabbi Harold Caminker: "Java and Judaism"
  • 10:30 am: Programs for Children and Youth
  • 9:30 am Forum: "What Is at Stake in the August 26 Primary Election?"
  • 11:45 am: Rabbi Caminker answers your questions about the current Arab-Israeli conflict in Gaza 
    August 3
  • 10:30 am: Stephen Gillum: "Meditation"
  • 10:30 am: Programs for Children and Youth
  • 9:30 am Forum: "Dog Whistle Politics: Reinventing Racism to Wreck the Middle Class" 
    August 10
  • 10:30 am: Rev. Bill Morgan: "Living and Aging in a Messy World. Let's Dance!"
  • 10:30 am: Programs for Children and Youth
  • 9:30 am Forum: "School Vouchers -- a Blessing or a Curse?" 
    August 17
  • 10:30 am: Rev. Roger Fritts: "Is Food a Religious Issue?"
  • 10:30 am: Programs for Children and Youth
  • 9:30 am Forum: "Children on the Edge: Why Sarasota Children Go Hungry" 
    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?" 

(Scroll down for more details about each Sunday)

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

  

  July 27, 10:30 am, Sunday Service 

 Sermon:

 

Java and Judaism

Sermon by Rabbi Harold Caminker of Temple Beth El in Bradenton

The Dalai Lama once inquired of a delegation of rabbis visiting him in India: "What is the secret to the survival of the Jewish people?" How is it possible that Jewish survival could have something to do with the coffee bean? Come and discover the answer to this question.

 

 

 Music (during 10:30 service):

 

Leah Rothe, Violin; Don Bryn, piano; Charlie Allman, organ.

Leah has been providing violin music to Tampa Bay and Central Florida for 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance and has studied alongside the internationally renowned Miami String Quartet. She performs regularly with Orlando Philharmonic, Disney/Epcot Orchestras, and other Florida orchestras as needed. In most recent years, she has been booked for nearly 40 solo weddings and events per year while maintaining her symphony career.

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

Nursery - Loving care for infants and toddlers is available.

PreK-5th grade: The children will be making signs to collect supplies for a service person overseas.

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 July 27, 9:30 to 10:15 

 

 

What is at Stake in the August 26, 2014 Primary Election?

In addition to the selection of the major party candidates for Florida's Governor, the election may determine the future of Sarasota County's Public Schools, our only public hospital (Sarasota Memorial), and development issues in the county. Presented by John Stinespring. Moderated by Don Diddams.   

 

 Special Q & A session at 11:45 am 

 

 Rabbi Harold Caminker answers your questions about the current Arab-Israeli conflict in Gaza

This is an especially difficult time of conflict in Israel and Palestine. Our guest speaker, Rabbi Harold Caminker (pictured above), has agreed to discuss this important topic with us and to share his insights into this difficult and troubling situation. If you are interested in joining him for a Question and Answer session, please get some coffee after the service. We will then return to the sanctuary for an opportunity to hear his thoughts and for him to field questions from you. He has been to Israel several times and has friends there. He is also a member of J Street, who advocate for a two-state solution. More information about J Street is at jstreet.org/  

  August 3, 10:30 am, Sunday Service 

 Sermon:

 

Meditation

Sermon by Stephen Gillum

 
 
 

 Music (during 10:30 service):

 

 

 

 

Elisa Amaral (pictured with violin, but will be playing Native American Flute); Don Bryn, piano; Charlie Allman, organ.

You know Elisa as part of the Latin Rendezvous, but did you know she plays a fantastic flute and will accompany the sermon on meditation with her Tibetan bowl.

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

Nursery - Loving care for infants and toddlers is available.

 
The Religious Education Program will take a trip to the Bethesda House, a local food pantry, to donate the food they collected. Childcare will be available at the church during the Sunday Service.
 
 

 Forum August 3, 9:30 to 10:15 

 

Dog Whistle Politics: Reinventing Racism to Wreck the Middle Class

Based on the book, “Dog Whistle Politics” by Haney Lopez, the author argues that politicians and plutocrats consciously use coded racial appeals to persuade white voters to support policies that favor the extremely rich, yet threaten their own middle class interests. Is Lopez right? Is this reinvented racism more insidious and dangerous than ever? Or are we moving toward a post-racial society as some would have us believe? Presented by Don Diddams, moderated by John Stinespring. 

  August 10, 10:30 am, Sunday Service 

 Sermon:

 

DancersLiving and Aging in a Messy World. Let’s Dance!

Sermon by Rev. Bill Morgan

We’ll take a little walk with the Hebrew Bible author of Ecclesiastes as he challenges the religious view of his day (and ours) that life operates by a schema in which good people have good things happen for them and bad people suffer bad things, a schema that involves a god whose goal and business is to reward good and punish evil. With careful insight and skillful metaphors, this author denies such a schema and offers an alternative that I’ll summarize as, “Let’s dance!”

Rev. William Morgan is an ordained Presbyterian minister who has served a number of churches around the United States focusing on issues of peace and justice and working for economic, racial, ethnic and gender equality. He taught at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Ga., and for the last eight years has been teaching at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, focusing on Ancient Israel and the Development of the Hebrew Bible, and on courses in Contemporary Christian Ethics. His wife, Dr. Jane A. Rose, is the Dean of Arts and Sciences at USFSM.

(Picture of dancers courtesy Wikipedia.)

 Music (during 10:30 service):

 

Los Rumberos (Flamenco guitars). David Grimaldi is half of Latin Redezvous, with Elise Amaral (pictured here. She performed for us last week). David and guitarist Joe Yana (not pictured) will perform flamenco dance music. Also performing will be Don Bryn on the piano and Charlie Allman on the organ.

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

 

Nursery - Loving care for infants and toddlers is available.

PreK-5th grade: The children will pack supplies they collected to send to a service person overseas.

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 10, 9:30 to 10:15 

 

 

 

School Vouchers -- a Blessing or a Curse?

 

Presented by Rev. Stephen Baines, a director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He is also a national spokesperson and author on issues of faith and politics, religious liberty, and church-state separation. Moderated by Verna Safran.

 

  August 17, 10:30 am, Sunday Service 

 Sermon:

 

Is Food a Religious Issue?

Sermon by Rev. Roger Fritts

American churches have a long history of interest in food. In 1829, Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham invented a cracker to suppress unhealthy carnal urges– the Graham Cracker. In 1869, the Rev. Thomas Welch persuaded Methodist churches to adopt his non-alcoholic "wine" for communion services, calling it "Dr. Welch's Unfermented Wine"–Welch’s Grape Juice. In 1894 Seventh-Day Adventists developed a new food to adhere to the vegetarian diet recommended by the church–Corn Flakes. These days, because 48 percent of all public school children across the nation are eligible for free or reduced lunches, many religious groups are focusing on childhood hunger. The sermon will explore food, hunger and religion.

 Music (during 10:30 service):

 

Paul Lewis and the Three Sopranos (vocals). Paul is our former choir director and a fine male vocalist. He'll add his voice to that of the Three Sopranos women. Additional music by Don Bryn, piano, and Charlie Allman, organ.

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

 

 
 

Nursery - Loving care for infants and toddlers is available.

PreK-5th grade: Program 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 17, 9:30 to 10:15 

 

Children on the Edge: Why Sarasota Children Go Hungry

Sandra Frank, the Chief Executive Officer of the All Faiths Food Bank, will explain how critical food insecurity is for children in Sarasota County, what issues of systemic privilege and oppression contribute to this situation, and what programs are working to address this humanitarian challenge. Following the presentation, Sarah Slate will moderate an open discussion of the subject. She is chair of the Backpack Program at our church, which provides weekend food supplies to children at local elementary schools,

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

 

Nursery - Loving care for infants and toddlers is available.

PreK-5th grade: Program 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 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.

 

  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.