This our last week of our series on Resurrections Stories in our formation offerings. We hope that this has been a time for each of us to recall and recognize the resurrection stories in our own lives. As the disciples told their experiences, we also hope that each of us will learn to share our stories with others. For it is through sharing story that we deepen out relationships and grow in our community - and through sharing stories of our own faith journey that we become better disciples and make more disciples.
Next Sunday, May 17 will end our formation program year until the fall. Throughout the summer there will be a formation opportunities offered for various age groups and in various times and places.
Children's Formation ... Sharing our Faith
This week, Sunday, May 10, the children will gather with Michael for music in the parish hall. This has been a great time all year for learning about music, playing games and praising God. We gearing up for the Children's Choir in the fall. Be sure to keep your Thursday evenings open, so your children can be in the choir next year.
Next week the children will have a celebration in the playground - weather permitting.
Youth Formation ... Growing our Faith
Youth will be in the youth room on Sunday, May 10 sharing conversation and Stories of Resurrection. Come and join us!
The best way to help your young person grow in faith is through a camp community. Please talk with Sue if you have any questions, but set aside the week now. The Diocese has put together a great program with wonderful leaders in a superb facility. The cost for the week is $575 per camper. You can register online here
Junior Camp (Rising 4th -6th graders) - July 26-31, 2015.
Middler Camp (Rising 7th- 9th graders) - August 2-7, 2015
Adult Formation ... Living our Faith
Stories of the Resurrection continue on Sunday, May 10 as we welcome The Rev. Susan Flanders will be our guest speaker. She has recently authored the book - Going to Church: It's Not What You Think! She will share some stories from her book that speak to our topic of Resurrection Stories. Her book is considered to be a modern Pilgrim's Progress which interweaves family drama, theological insight, and a critique on conventional "churchiness." There will be opportunities to purchase her book and have it signed!
As she says in her book, Susan believes in Resurrection with her whole heart, even as she steers away from a literal understanding of that story and of much else in Scripture. She has found God's power to bring new life out of situations of death to be at the core of Christian belief and to be a very real part of her own life experience. She hopes her memoir will speak to others about how they might understand this central mystery and how going to church really can be more and different than what many disenchanted folks think.
What would Jesus do about economic inequality? Explore the economics of the Gospel with us. The issue is much in the news - more and more people are too poor to live, even working full time. On Sunday May 17, we begin a discussion and speaker series on issues of economic justice. Our session this week will be facilitated by members of the St. Dunstan's small group on economic justice. We'll have a short presentation of some of the work the group has been doing and each of us will also have an opportunity to discuss what economic justice means in our own lives. We'll also begin a conversation about what the parish and the diocese might be able to do to help mitigate some of the worst effects of economic injustice. You don't want to miss this session!