Event Calendar

Mar
30
Mon
Women’s Bible Study – virtually!
Mar 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

We are going to try to offer Monday’s Bible Study via conference call. It is super easy!

  • The dial in phone number for our conference service is (480) 302-6988.  Just call in at 10:30 a.m. on Monday
  • Your participant code for service is 929062

Once you come on the line, announce your name to the group. It is helpful to either be in a quiet space or to put your phone on “mute” except for times that you are speaking since background noise is also picked up/amplified on the line  Jan will be the moderator for the call since she is leading. I hope you can call in!

As we face the possibility of many weeks without meeting in person, we’d like to propose that we stay in touch in the following ways.

  1. Email me any prayer requests and praises and I will send them out to our group.
  2. If you read something in a devotional that you think would speak to the group, send that to me and I will share it.
  3. Pick up the phone and check on each other occasionally so that we can hear each others’ voices.
  4. Any other suggestions, please let me know.

Here is a wonderful devotional from Father Richard Rohr:

A Message from Richard Rohr about COVID-19

Love Alone Overcomes Fear  
Thursday, March 19, 2020

It is shocking to think how much the world has changed in such a brief time. Each of us has had our lives and communities disrupted. Of course, I am here in this with you. I feel that I’m in no position to tell you how to feel or how to think, but there are a few things that come to mind I will share.

A few days ago I was encouraged by the Franciscans and by the leadership team here at the CAC to self-quarantine, so I’ve been in my little hermitage now for three or four days. I’ve had years of practice, literally, how to do what we are calling “social distancing.” I have a nice, large yard behind me where there are four huge, beautiful cottonwood trees, and so I walk my dog Opie every few hours.

Right now I’m trying to take in psychologically, spiritually, and personally, what is God trying to say? When I use that phrase, I’m not saying that God causes suffering to teach us good things. But God does use everything, and if God wanted us to experience global solidarity, I can’t think of a better way. We all have access to this suffering, and it bypasses race, gender, religion, and nation.

We are in the midst of a highly teachable moment. There’s no doubt that this period will be referred to for the rest of our lifetimes. We have a chance to go deep, and to go broad. Globally, we’re in this together. Depth is being forced on us by great suffering, which as I like to say, always leads to great love.

But for God to reach us, we have to allow suffering to wound us. Now is no time for an academic solidarity with the world. Real solidarity needs to be felt and suffered. That’s the real meaning of the word “suffer” – to allow someone else’s pain to influence us in a real way. We need to move beyond our own personal feelings and take in the whole. This, I must say, is one of the gifts of television: we can turn it on and see how people in countries other than our own are hurting. What is going to happen to those living in isolated places or for those who don’t have health care? Imagine the fragility of the most marginalized, of people in prisons, the homeless, or even the people performing necessary services, such as ambulance drivers, nurses, and doctors, risking their lives to keep society together? Our feelings of urgency and devastation are not exaggeration: they are responding to the real human situation. We’re not pushing the panic button; we are the panic button. And we have to allow these feelings, and invite God’s presence to hold and sustain us in a time of collective prayer and lament.

I hope this experience will force our attention outwards to the suffering of the most vulnerable. Love always means going beyond yourself to otherness. It takes two. There has to be the lover and the beloved. We must be stretched to an encounter with otherness, and only then do we know it’s love. This is what we call the subject-subject relationship. Love alone overcomes fear and is the true foundation that lasts (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Gateway to Action & Contemplation:
What word or phrase resonates with or challenges me? What sensations do I notice in my body? What is mine to do?

Prayer for Our Community:
O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. [Please add your own intentions.] . . . Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, amen.

Listen to Fr. Richard read the prayer.

Story from Our Community:
The Daily Meditations have been a perfect companion as I experience solitude, prayer, and contemplation alone. My spiritual director encouraged me to sit with the pain of grief, to really feel and welcome it. As I felt the pain deeply I also began to feel some relief from having faced this pain which I’ve held at bay for so long. Grief and pain are gut-wrenching, yet solitude shows me that I can make it through the worst of it, that I can face my “most raw and real self.” –Laura N.

Apr
1
Wed
Wednesday Women’s Bible Study
Apr 1 @ 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm

We’ve had to cancel our in-person study due to the Covid-19 pandemic but we are staying in touch by email. Contact Teressa for information.

Chancel Choir
Apr 1 @ 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm

We’ve had to cancel our in-person gatherings for the time being but if you’d like to join in our virtual gathering, contact Barbara Manaker for details.

Apr
3
Fri
JIPC Men’s Retreat Postponed @ Mepkin Abbey
Apr 3 – Apr 5 all-day

Mens retreat Spring 2020

We hope to be able to reschedule our retreat in the fall. Please stay healthy and safe!

Apr
4
Sat
Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study
Apr 4 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

We can’t meet in person during the Covid-19  pandemic, so we encourage you to study the weekly scripture passage for Sunday and to pray for all our folks. We hope to be back in person soon!

Scripture for March 29: Ezekiel 37:1-14 , Valley of Dry Bones

Apr
5
Sun
Sunday School & Bible Studies
Apr 5 all-day

Even though we can meet together for a period, we can still study God’s Word.

Click here for this week’s Bible Study.

Click here to get free Illustrated Ministry resources to continue Christian education at home!

Check back every week for new lessons and resources.

Please contact Elizabeth (birth to grade 5) or Allison (grade 6+) if you have any questions or need any assistance continuing Christian Ed. at home!

Worship & Music Committee
Apr 5 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

We’ll likely not meet in person on April 5. Watch for meeting updates.

Mission & Outreach Committee – Virtual Meeting
Apr 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

We will post details for this meeting as soon as they become available.

Apr
6
Mon
Women’s Bible Study – virtually!
Apr 6 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

We are going to try to offer Monday’s Bible Study via conference call. It is super easy!

  • The dial in phone number for our conference service is (480) 302-6988.  Just call in at 10:30 a.m. on Monday
  • Your participant code for service is 929062

Once you come on the line, announce your name to the group. It is helpful to either be in a quiet space or to put your phone on “mute” except for times that you are speaking since background noise is also picked up/amplified on the line  Jan will be the moderator for the call since she is leading. I hope you can call in!

As we face the possibility of many weeks without meeting in person, we’d like to propose that we stay in touch in the following ways.

  1. Email me any prayer requests and praises and I will send them out to our group.
  2. If you read something in a devotional that you think would speak to the group, send that to me and I will share it.
  3. Pick up the phone and check on each other occasionally so that we can hear each others’ voices.
  4. Any other suggestions, please let me know.

Here is a wonderful devotional from Father Richard Rohr:

A Message from Richard Rohr about COVID-19

Love Alone Overcomes Fear  
Thursday, March 19, 2020

It is shocking to think how much the world has changed in such a brief time. Each of us has had our lives and communities disrupted. Of course, I am here in this with you. I feel that I’m in no position to tell you how to feel or how to think, but there are a few things that come to mind I will share.

A few days ago I was encouraged by the Franciscans and by the leadership team here at the CAC to self-quarantine, so I’ve been in my little hermitage now for three or four days. I’ve had years of practice, literally, how to do what we are calling “social distancing.” I have a nice, large yard behind me where there are four huge, beautiful cottonwood trees, and so I walk my dog Opie every few hours.

Right now I’m trying to take in psychologically, spiritually, and personally, what is God trying to say? When I use that phrase, I’m not saying that God causes suffering to teach us good things. But God does use everything, and if God wanted us to experience global solidarity, I can’t think of a better way. We all have access to this suffering, and it bypasses race, gender, religion, and nation.

We are in the midst of a highly teachable moment. There’s no doubt that this period will be referred to for the rest of our lifetimes. We have a chance to go deep, and to go broad. Globally, we’re in this together. Depth is being forced on us by great suffering, which as I like to say, always leads to great love.

But for God to reach us, we have to allow suffering to wound us. Now is no time for an academic solidarity with the world. Real solidarity needs to be felt and suffered. That’s the real meaning of the word “suffer” – to allow someone else’s pain to influence us in a real way. We need to move beyond our own personal feelings and take in the whole. This, I must say, is one of the gifts of television: we can turn it on and see how people in countries other than our own are hurting. What is going to happen to those living in isolated places or for those who don’t have health care? Imagine the fragility of the most marginalized, of people in prisons, the homeless, or even the people performing necessary services, such as ambulance drivers, nurses, and doctors, risking their lives to keep society together? Our feelings of urgency and devastation are not exaggeration: they are responding to the real human situation. We’re not pushing the panic button; we are the panic button. And we have to allow these feelings, and invite God’s presence to hold and sustain us in a time of collective prayer and lament.

I hope this experience will force our attention outwards to the suffering of the most vulnerable. Love always means going beyond yourself to otherness. It takes two. There has to be the lover and the beloved. We must be stretched to an encounter with otherness, and only then do we know it’s love. This is what we call the subject-subject relationship. Love alone overcomes fear and is the true foundation that lasts (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Gateway to Action & Contemplation:
What word or phrase resonates with or challenges me? What sensations do I notice in my body? What is mine to do?

Prayer for Our Community:
O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. [Please add your own intentions.] . . . Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, amen.

Listen to Fr. Richard read the prayer.

Story from Our Community:
The Daily Meditations have been a perfect companion as I experience solitude, prayer, and contemplation alone. My spiritual director encouraged me to sit with the pain of grief, to really feel and welcome it. As I felt the pain deeply I also began to feel some relief from having faced this pain which I’ve held at bay for so long. Grief and pain are gut-wrenching, yet solitude shows me that I can make it through the worst of it, that I can face my “most raw and real self.” –Laura N.

First Monday Circle
Apr 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

August 6, 2018: Our meeting has been postponed a week to accommodate our hostess’s schedule. Contact the church office for location details.

Location varies from month to month. Contact the church office for details.