Red Cross Blood Drive
Please plan to give this Friday, November 17, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
St. Paul hosts the Red Cross every other month for the important work of saving lives through blood donation. We need volunteers to help staff the event as well as people to donate. Terry Smith is our coordinator.
Only two more weeks!
Even if you’re just joining us, you will be blessed by the wonderful discussions we’re enjoying on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 at church. (Not to mention that last week we had brownies.)
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Jacqueline Bussie knows that too many Christians live according to unspoken “laws” that govern the Christian life: #1: Never get angry at God; #2: Never doubt; #3: Never question; #4: Never tell your real story; #5: Always speak in clichés about evil and suffering; and #6: Always believe hope comes easy for those who truly love God.
Living according to these rules is killing real Christian life; Outlaw Christian proposes a rebellious, life-giving, authentic alternative. Through captivating stories and with disarming honesty, Bussie gives concrete, practical strategies to help readers cultivate hope, seek joy, practice accompaniment, compost their pain, and rediscover the spiritual practice of lament. Tackling difficult questions without political divisiveness, Bussie speaks to both progressive and conservative Christians in ways that unite rather than divide. And in doing so, she provides a new way to handle the most difficult and troubling questions of life in a broken world that God will never abandon.
This Sunday, November 19, following worship
The preliminary Annual Report has been emailed and is available at church. If you need a copy, call the office and let us know. We look forward to your voice being part of the discussion.
This group is a follow-up to our summer work on the study “Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations Toward a Social Statement.” We have decided to choose Human Trafficking as an issue that is critical and unfortunately local to get involved with. Lansing is home to House of Promise, a nonprofit organization that provides survivors of sex abuse and sex trafficking unconditional love, acceptance, and a place to heal. We are working on setting a date for an educational event and encourage you to pray and consider how you might become involved.
Good Neighbor Project Training
In December, Crucial Conversations with focus on this letter writing campaign to incarcerated individuals. Mr. Demetrius Titus, Program Coordinator from American Friends Service Committee Michigan, Criminal Justice Program in Ypsilanti, led a training earlier this fall. St. Paul has a history of visiting men in prison, and a heart for this ministry. Please contact us for more information, and to learn how to contact Mr. Titus to get set up with an inmate-letter writing partner.
Choir is underway, meeting on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Please join us for Christmas anthems!