The Story of God, The Story of Us – Book Study

Story_of_God_Story_of_Us_-_2400x2400_cover_1024x1024We are excited to announce our third book study for this year, Sean Gladding’s,  The Story of God, The Story of Us.  We have spent the year looking at the importance of “story.”

  • Our first book study we looked at our own stories with, To Be Told: God Invites You To Coauthor Your Future by Dan Allender.
  • Our second book study we looked at another person’s story with, Aloof: Figuring Out Life with a God Who Hides by Tony Kriz.

And for our third book study we will delve into looking into the Biblical story with a new set of eyes.  Here is a brief description to peek your interest:

“The ever present ache of exile rises above the comforting sounds of the river, as the image of the house of the LORD in ruins breaks the peace. . . . Despite the warmth of the fire, he feels a chill. He wraps his cloak around him and looks into the eager faces of his people, then closes his eyes. ‘Picture this scene . . .'” Before the Bible was a book, it was flesh and blood. In this book, you can travel with Sean Gladding between the lines of the Scriptures to listen in on the conversations of people wrestling with the Story of God for the first time. Whether sitting around a campfire in Babylon, reclining at table in Asia Minor or huddled together by candlelight in Rome, you’ll encounter a tale that is at once familiar and surprising. The Story of God, the Story of Us can be read alone but is especially rich shared with a group. Sean Gladding presents an account of the Bible that pays attention to its audience as well as its message. He introduces you to people who may remind you of yourself or your family, friends and coworkers. As much as the Bible is a story about God, it’s also a story about you–and all of us–as we encounter God in a new way.  (from Amazon.com)

Again, we will be gathering at Main Street Bistro (in the loft) on Thursday nights from 7-8:30pm.  Feel free to order the book and begin reading (Amazon). Each Thursday conversation will look at a set of chapters to enhance the conversation. We look forward to you joining us on April 30th for our first discussion and for the following four consecutive Thursday nights through the end of May.

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Join Us This Week – As We Prepare for Resurrection!

Good Friday Service – April 3rd, 6:30pm

it_is_finishedJoin us for a contemplative Good Friday Service focusing on the seven last words of Jesus on the cross. This will include scripture readings, queries, silence, and reflective music.

At the same time, we will be offering Date Night for parents – so feel free to drop your kids off in the preschool room and join us for this special service before heading to support our community at Silverton’s First Friday.

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Easter Egg Hunt – April 4th, 10-11:30am

eggsJoin us (weather permitting) in the picnic area at Silverton Friends Church for our annual Easter Egg Hunt and reading of the Easter Story. Come for the hunt, for story time and for fun games.

This event is open to 2 year old thru 4th grade. More details contact Deborah Climer, our children’s pastor at the church office.

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Easter Morning Breakfast & Family Activity – April 5th, 9-10:30am

1912308_776515602367806_2430736197479670874_oBefore our Easter Meeting for Worship, bring your family and join us for a nice breakfast in our Fellowship Hall (We will begin serving at 9am). Then families are welcome to join us in the CYC Room for a Family Activity from 10-10:30am.

Easter Morning Meeting for Worship  – April 5th, 10:45am

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SFC Welcomes Tony Kriz

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Just over a year ago, SFC welcomed Tony Kriz to speak during Peace Month.  At that time he was promoting his book Neighbors and Wisemen.  Tony has released his second book, Aloof, Figuring Out Life with a God Who Hides.  We at SFC have been engaging the book through a study on Thursday night’s at Main Street Bistro.

To conclude our book study we are proud to announce that Tony will be joining us for our conversation on March 19th.

We will gather from 7-8:30pm at Main Street Bistro, Silverton.

All are welcome!

Tony will have books available. Join us for the conversation whether you have been a part of the study or not. It is always a lively conversation with Tony Kriz. For more on Tony and his latest book check out his website: http://tonykriz.com/

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The Satellite by Anthony De Mello

Planet-earth

I look at nature and reflect on the existence in it of a force so silent and invisible that human beings were not aware of it till lately; and yet so mighty that the world is moved by it: the force of gravity.

Because of it the bird flies in the sky,
Mountains are held in place,
Leaves flutter to the ground,
Planets are kept in orbit.

There is no better symbol of God’s power and presence.

Scenes of suffering flash through my mind:
Torture chambers;
Concentration camps;
The ravages of famine;
Scenes of war,
Of hospitals,
And of accidents.
And I see him there as silent and invisible as gravity.

I conjure up a thousand painful scenes
From the history of my life:
Of boredom and frustration;
Of pain, anxiety, rejection;
Of meaninglessness and despair;
And in every scene I sense his silent presence.

I see his power like gravity
In every nook and corner of the world:
No place in space,
No point in time
Escapes, for it is all pervasive.

Then I see his love to be like gravity:
I hear Paul’s cry that nothing in creation
Can wrench us from God’s love (Rom. 8:31-39)

I remember with emotion
The times I fought his love
–in vain, for love is irresistible!

I see that God has never ceased to draw my heart.
The pull, like gravity, could not be felt.
But at some blessed moments
That I now recall with joy
The tug could not be missed.

When was the pull last felt?

Not yesterday? Why not?

I end by letting go,
Succumbing to this power of divinity,
As my body does to gravity.

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From Wellsprings: A Book of Spiritual Exercises

This was shared as part of the sermon, “The Gravity of Love” on 03/01/15.

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Resources for Spiritual Disciplines during Lent

This past Sunday, Pastor Bob shared some resources for those looking to work on, experience, or practice some Spiritual Disciplines during this season leading up to Easter. Here are three great books to help you develop a more spiritually disciplined life.

cofdCelebration of Discipline

From Amazon.com: Richard J. Foster’s Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth is hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality with millions of copies sold since its original publication in 1978.

In Celebration of Discipline, Foster explores the “classic Disciplines,” or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith to show how each of these areas contribute to a balanced spiritual life.

Foster, the bestselling author of several books (Prayer and Streams of Living Water) and intrachurch movement founder of Renovaré, helps motivate Christians everywhere to embark on a journey of prayer and spiritual growth.

Soul FeastSoul Feast

From Amazon.com: Few books in Westminster John Knox’s publishing history have been so embraced and so loved as Marjorie Thompson’s Soul Feast. First released in 1995, this spiritual classic continues to be a best-seller, as thousands each year accept her invitation to the Christian spiritual life. Offering a framework for understanding the spiritual disciplines and instruction for developing and nurturing those practices, Soul Feast continues to be a favorite for individual reflection and group study. Now engagingly redesigned to appeal to contemporary spiritual-seekers and repackaged for easier use in study and reflection, Soul Feast is a must-have.

sofdThe Spirit of the Disciplines

From Amazon.com: Dallas Willard, one of today’s most brilliant Christian thinkers and author of The Divine Conspiracy (Christianity Today’s 1999 Book of the Year), presents a way of living that enables ordinary men and women to enjoy the fruit of the Christian life. He reveals how the key to self-transformation resides in the practice of the spiritual disciplines, and how their practice affirms human life to the fullest. The Spirit of the Disciplines is for everyone who strives to be a disciple of Jesus in thought and action as well as intention.

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Ash Wednesday Reflection

handfulofashesAs Quakers we look for ways to personally reflect and meditate on our lives of faith. This Ash Wednesday (February 18), Silverton Friends Church will offer a time for individual reflection – a time to work out our salvation and respond to God’s grace.

This will be a tactile, self-led experience offered in the Green Room at SFC.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, open from 6:30am – 8pm

Participants will want to give at least 20 minutes for reflection as they journey through the seven stations which will focus on the elements of Clay, Water, Oil, Salt, Offering, Forgiveness, and Ashes. Each station will include original paintings (by Bob Henry), Scripture, reflections, and actions, concluding with the imposition of ashes.

We are planning to have the Green Room open most of the day (6:30am-8pm) for those who would like to come before or after work, as well as, throughout the day.

Ash Wednesday is traditionally the beginning of the Lenten season in the church, so come and start your Lent off in a reflective way.

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FAITHFUL, ABUNDANT, TRUE (for Women)

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NEW 6-WEEK FOCUS

Coming in MARCH for the Women’s Daytime Fellowship

This study will give us a 2-week taste of each of the following teachers.

  • Kay Arthur – faithfulness (from Hebrews)
  • Priscilla Shirer – abundance (from Ephesians)
  • Beth Moore – discerning truth from falsehood

Made to fit busy schedules, the workbook will take between 15-30 minutes daily – please consider investing 6 weeks.

Beside a change of pace, and a fresh focus, this study should help us determine what study or teacher we might like to choose from next.

Join us on Wednesday mornings at 9:30am in the Green Room.

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