1. News : What is Godly Play? A Parent Orientation, August 26

    Godly Play’s Montessori-inspired method for teaching worship education uses storytelling, reflection, art, writing, singing and/or creative play to invite children into the story of God’s people… our story!

    Created by Jerome Berryman, an Episcopal Priest, in 1972 and honed through years of interaction with children in diverse settings, the goal of Godly Play is to teach children to use faith language—parables, sacred stories, and liturgical action—to help them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.

    Godly Play is a way of worshipping with young children. While full of developmentally appropriate interactive learning, Godly Play is first and foremost a way for both adults and children to grow in love for God and one another. It provides a way for young children to bring their lived experiences into conversation with God. They do this by experiencing God in the Biblical stories and in the natural creative work of children, play.

     Godly Play is based on the understanding that children have an innate sense of the presence of God. All they lack is the language of faith to help them identify and express it so it can be explored and strengthened. The Godly Play approach teaches classical Christian language in a way that enhances the child’s authentic experience of God so it can contribute to the creative life of the child and the world.

    Godly Play will take place during the 11:00 worship service beginning Sunday, September 9, 2018 and will include children entering kindergarten and first grade.  Following the Children’s Message, this group will go to the Godly Play Room located on the lower level of the Mission Building.

    We will hold an informational gathering on August 26, 8:30 am for parents of rising kindergarteners and first graders. Childcare will be available beginning at 8:15 am.

    For more information about Godly Play or to find out how you might help with this faith-forming opportunity, contact Cindy Soloe (

  2. Sermons : “Bread, or the Bread of Life”

    Psalm 51:1-12; John 6:24-35

    So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”

    Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

    Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to them, “Sir, give us this bread always.”

    Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

    The Word of God for the People of God.
    Thanks be to God.

    The crowds are trying SO HARD to get everything right. When did you come here, Jesus? What must we do to do what you do? What are the signs? How will we know? They want to get it all right. They want to know who Jesus is, where he’s been, what the right way is to do things. The crowds are people with lots of questions, who really, really, really want to do a good job.

    But Jesus is tricky. He doesn’t provide checklists to the overachieving crowds; he invites them on a journey, he calls them to trust. As John’s Gospel begins the Word becomes flesh, disciples called, Jesus turns water to wine at a wedding, the first of seven signs. The Temple is cleansed, Jesus heals a royal official’s son (sign 2), and heals a paralytic (sign 3). After a longer teaching section, John writes in 6:1, Jesus went over to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. WE, John’s readers, have been a part of the journey on the sea overnight – that happens between Jesus feeding the 5000 that Betty preached on last week and Jesus walking on water with the disciples right after. In verse 24 – really 22 – the scene shifts back to the crowds, back on the other side of the sea, who have gone to sleep and don’t know the water-walking happened. They just know that the guy who fed them yesterday is gone. As they rub the sleep from their eyes, they get in the boat to figure it out, and when they find him they ask what he is doing. Jesus is wary: you’re here because your stomach’s growling. You didn’t understand what these signs were for. He steps back to make the point: “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”

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  3. Newsletters : August 8, 2018 Newsletter

    August 8, 2018 Newsletter

    In This Issue: Concerns & Celebrations, All-Church Family Fun Day, Celebrating Betty, Making Room Capital Campaign, Churchwide Clean-Up Day, Mission Stitches, Community Clothing Sale, Youth Ministry News, In the Library, Westminster School for Young Children, Update from Chris on Staff Transitions, What is Godly Plan, Teacher Training, Adult Learning Opportunities, Summer Book Club, Girls Scouts’ Enrollment, Preaching Schedule, Worship Volunteer Schedule

  4. News : Collections for Community Clothing Sale

     It’s time to clean those closets and start  gathering donations for the Community Clothing Sale on September 29. If you have any children’s clothing (birth-teen), sports equipment, games, backpacks, or shoes to donate, please drop them in the yellow donation bin in the Mission Center. Please label clothing bags by size and gender.


  5. News : Fall Women’s Retreat: Save the Date!

    All women are invited to our fall program, “Nothing is Impossible with God: Opening Our Hearts to God’s Call,” on Saturday, October 13, led by Mary Todd Peters and held at Chapel in the Pines. Bring a friend! Details and registration will be available soon.