Book Discussion on “To Be Told”

To-Be-ToldStarting Thursday, October 23rd, 7-8:30pm in the loft @ Main Street Bistro in Silverton.

Pastor Bob will be facilitating a conversation around the book “To Be Told” by Dan Allender. For those planning to join us, please make sure to order the book (or borrow it from the Silver Falls Library) and be prepare to discuss the introduction and the first two chapters next Thursday. Main Street Bistro is open until 8pm, but has kindly agreed to stay open for our group.

From the Back of the Book: “This is a book worth reading. Because this is a journey worth taking. To know who you are. To make sense of your life. To discover the role God is giving you in His story. That is a life worth living. Thank you, Dan, for a wonderful book!” – John Eldredge, bestselling author of Wild at Heart

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Wyldlife for Jr. Highers!

primary WyldLife_color_bigSFC families with 6th-8th Graders, this year we, along with other churches in our area, are encouraging our Junior High Youth to involve themselves in the Silver Falls Wyldlife Program (Young Life). This is a Christian, outreach group that meets every other Saturday night from 7-8:30pm at the Mark Twain Gym. It’s fun, it’s crazy, and it’s a great place to hang out and meet new friends.

10293631_10152473084263622_2137618573783679428_oSeveral SFC youth already attend. If you are a parent who would like to have their child get connected to this, please contact our own Rebecca Ortega at 503-873-7256.

The upcoming dates for Wyldlife are:

  • October 18
  • November 1, 15, 29 (the 29th will be a movie night for Wyldlife at the Young Life building on 2nd Street – time TBA)
  • December 15.

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*ALL NEW * Meeting for Study and Children’s Church

We are excited to introduce our new Meeting for Study and Children’s Church curriculum starting this coming Sunday (Oct. 12).

Join us on Sundays at 9:00am as we gather for our Meeting for Study. This year we will be only offering one option for everyone titled, “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.” Throughout the rest of the fall we will explore:

  • The Problem of Emotionally Unhealthy Spirituality
  • Know Yourself that You May Know God
  • Go Back to Go Forward
  • Journey through the Wall
  • Enlarge Your Soul through Grief and Loss
  • Discover the Rhythms of the Daily Office
  • Grow into an Emotionally Mature Adult
  • Go the Next Step to Develop a “Rule of Life” 

Here is a video preview:

As well, Miss Debbie will be introducing “The Story” for Children on Sunday mornings during our  Children’s Church program. [Children's Church takes place during our Meeting for Worship. Children (ages K-6) are released before the sermon] We are excited to teach our kids the main stories from the Bible through this new curriculum. Here is a preview:

We look forward to you and your family joining us this coming Sunday as we begin these new ways of “Making the Road by Walking TOGETHER!”  See you Sunday!

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Prayers and Queries of Examen

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For those wanting this past Sunday’s prayers and queries of examen for reminders during the week:

Prayer of Thomas a Kempis
(from the Imitation of Christ)

Grant me, O Lord, to know what I ought to know,
to love what I ought to love,
to praise what delights You most,
to value what is precious in Your sight,
to hate what is offensive to You.
Do not suffer me to judge according to the sight of my eyes,
nor to pass sentence according to the hearing of ignorant people;
but to discern with a true judgment
between things visible and spiritual,
and above all, always to inquire what is
the good pleasure of Your will.
Amen.

Questions from the “Examen of Consciousness”
(modified from the Ignatian/Jesuit traditions)

1. Do you know that you are in the Presence of God?
2. What are you grateful for today?
3. Where is the Holy Spirit speaking to you, right now, about your attitudes, actions, motives, honesty or patience?
4. How are you “working out your salvation with fear and trembling” (i.e. deep respect and humility under God)?

St. Ignatius’ Prayer

Lord, teach us to be generous.
Teach us to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that we do Your will.
Amen.

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Call to Worship

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Here is the “Call to Worship” from this past Sunday which Laurel Summers heard from the Lord and asked to share. Many of you have asked for it.

This striving “for” and “against” must cease.
Be quiet in My presence.
Do not multiply words of demand.
Do not sing to Me of love and faithfulness and harbor resentment and anger in your heart.
I dispense justice and mercy as I will.
I am not here to do your bidding
You are to do Mine when I give you an assignment.
Be still and know that I am God.

Worship is a place for the humble.
Do not justify yourself in your heart.
Focus on Me – in Me you find perspective for everything else.
Feelings are not facts, however strong.
Do not be driven by those feelings.
Pray for My love to wash through you sweeping away the debris, filling you with light.
Self-referencing must stop – you are not the center of all that is.
I am.
Humble yourself, and in due time, I will lift you up.
Rest in the knowledge that here, today, as you are, you are deeply, completely loved.

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Resolving Everyday Conflict Begins Sunday

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Dear Silverton Friends Family,

I am really excited about the coming 4 weeks! It has been on my heart for years to share what I have learned from Peacemaker Ministries.  I first experienced this ministry back when cassette tapes were all the new and best way to study. The information was presented by Ken Sande, the founder of Peacemaker Ministries. He is a great guy but his voice is one that is very soothing and had a tendency to bring about “rest” as you listened.

The NEW Resolving Everyday Conflict series is on DVDs with a gentleman named Tim Pollard who has a great English accent and is quite entertaining as well as informative.  I have watched it 3 or 4 times now and learn something new each time. People who attended the series already have shared many positive experiences. The information has been useful in helping family relationships, church relationships, and work relationships.

Conflict can be a slippery slope.  I have noticed with myself that when I am in conflict I have a tendency to want to escape until it gets pretty overwhelming and then I want to come in and be attacking. The Resolving Everyday Conflict series has taught me what God calls us to in conflict; to stop and think about how can I glorify God, making sure I have taken care of my “cravings” and the importance taking responsibility for my part in a conflict and apologizing when needed.

I wanted to let everyone know that I will be here for the next 4 weeks and I am more than willing to listen, and be available in whatever way is needed. I will be available for children and adults.  We are on this life journey together and I am so thankful and blessed to be traveling with you all.

“We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”  I Thessalonians 1:2-3

Love in Christ, Deborah Climer

 

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Why sabbatical rest for the church?

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The Church’s beliefs and practices concerning the rest, delight, blessing, healing, holiness, and mercy of the Sabbath are rooted deeply in scripture:

  • Creation (Gen 2; Ex 20)
  • Israel (Ex 16, 20; Lev 25; Num 15; Dt 5; Is 58; Jer 17; Neh 10)
  • Jesus (Mt 11, 12; Mk 2; Lk 4; Jn 5)
  • Church (Jn 20; Acts 20; 1 Cor 16; Rev 1)
  • New Creation (Heb 4; Rev 21-22)

Academic institutions have led the way in providing periods of sabbatical for professors, and business institutions are beginning to see the benefits of sabbaticals for executives as well. But what is a sabbatical in the church context?

A church’s sabbatical rest is a time for rest, reflection, and refocus. It is time given to a church to have a break from the responsibilities of committee work and busy-ness of the church year. A church sabbatical rest is more than a long vacation or a “shutting –down.” Rather it is a time of rest and re-connection in new, a time for the “body” to recharge its batteries and get away from the stress and demands of church life, while re-connecting in ordinary and less demanding ways.

Just as our weekly Sabbath is important to our personal weekly schedules, a church’s time of sabbatical rest is necessary for the health of the church. It is not only necessary for the spiritual, mental, emotional, physical and relational health of the body, but it gives the “community of faith” the opportunity to be refreshed and renewed, while protecting them from burnout and thereby investing in the future health of our church.

The NWYM Local Church Care Committee shared with those gathered at our last business meeting that SFC is entering this time of “sabbatical rest” over the summer months from June 1st through Labor Day. This does not mean we stop gathering on Sunday mornings to worship together, but rather come together with less focus on work and an intentional effort to “breathe together” again.

My prayer is that we will take the summer months to seek the Lord’s will for SFC. To rest, reconnect in new ways (backyard BBQs, at the park or garden, or in our neighborhoods and communities), recharge those batteries and find refreshment and renewal in all that God has given us as a community. And when we do gather this summer on Sunday mornings that it would be a time to remember how important each of us are to the greater work and ministry of Silverton Friends Church.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Bob+

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