RE News: Sun Nov 26

As we learned from our Native American guest last week, George Stonefish, Thanksgiving history is filled with misconceptions and fraught with the horror of genocide that make an unsure footing for celebration. For many people, the personal celebration of the holiday is dampened by loneliness or family difficulties. Gratitude can be tinged with the sadness of loss and struggles that have yet to be overcome. We realize that thankfulness is not something to take for granted because we find it through a thicket of life's uncertainties. In this year's moment of Thanksgiving, I wish you warm connections that provide physical and spiritual nourishment. May you be blessed to receive whatever opens your heart to gratitude when it is most difficult to find.

1) This Sun Nov 26. K-9th grade are in Fellowship Hall for Deck the Hall Crafts Part 1. Come help create the decorations for the sanctuary. Youth Group will meet in the Youth Room to discuss Thanksgiving history and realities.

2) Holiday Giving Opportunity - Gently Used Children’s Books and Toy Drive. Imagine the joy you can bring to parents who cannot afford holiday gifts when you enable them to give to their children. Please bring gently used children's books and toys for the Ecumenical Food Pantry. New/like-new stuffed animals are also needed.

Please bring donations to the RE Lobby through Dec 3. On that Sunday children are asked to bring a book that was or is special to them to share during Children’s Worship before it is donated.

Contact Mary Cavallero marycava4@gmail.com for information or to help with this project.

3) Deck the Halls - Dec 3 after RE
Join us in the sanctuary after RE to create and hang decorations. Fun for all ages and something families can do together!

An opportunity for spiritual growth.

Join us to discuss Becoming Wise, by Krista Tippett, and
related topics. “...This is brilliant thinking, beautiful storytelling and practical insight.” - BrenĂ© Brown

In Becoming Wise, Krista Tippett has created a master class in living for a fractured world. Fracture, she says is not the whole story of our time. The enduring question of what it means to be human has become inextricable from the challenge of who we are to one another.

Related podcast and other related materials, CLICK HERE. Bring
a related reading of your own.

For questions or further information, please contact Sabrina Cleary at clearytheory@gmail.com.

Director of Lifespan Religious Education and Faith Development

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