Take me out to the ballpark…

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Volcanoes vs. Vancouver Baseball Game with Fireworks

Friday, June 19          6:35pm          $10/per ticket

Please join the Fellowship Committee for a FUN, FAMILY NIGHT in honor of DADS, GRANDFATHERS, MENTORS, UNCLES, FRIENDS … the Friday of Father’s Day weekend … JUNE 19 for an awesome VOLCANOES BASEBALL GAME with FIREWORKS following the game!

Please fill out a form and return it along with your payment to the church/school office by FRIDAY, MAY 22 to assure a reserved seat.

Forms will be available at the church/school office, in the Sunday bulletins and at the table in the back of church.  Sign up quickly as tickets are limited.  Thank you!

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An Invitation to Scripture Art Journaling

10999090_969544913056602_1683862557147829867_nCome join us in an “open studio” environment at Kim Shaw’s home in Mt. Angel once a month.  Our first get together is set for Friday, May 22 beginning at 6pm.

Meditating on God’s Word through creative play is the key.

This is not about combining devotional time or reading plans. There is no pace to keep up with and no required reading. This is about creatively enriching – not replacing – our individual God time. Sharing what our creative time with God brings about,  will be a sweet thing! This challenge is open to EVERYONE! Artists, scrapbookers, stampers, art journalers, the creatively interested and those with no creative experience…you will love this!

To get an idea of what we’ll be doing (more or less) you can go to a website that started the whole idea. Each Tuesday throughout 2015, Rebekah R. Jones posts a weekly Bible art journaling challenge, on her blog (www.rebekahrjones.com) with FREE artistic instruction and inspiration.  That’s 52 weeks of life-changing creative fun filmed in her art studio in England, where she can talk participants through what she created on the Bible page of the week and how to do it.  As God highlights topics in her reading she searches scripture and shares with us!  Any level of experience is welcome!

She does this challenge right along with us all year and her creative tutorials are meant for beginners and experienced alike.  You can join at any point in the year and respond to as few or as many challenges as you like.

11060297_953861584624935_3772027102988166776_nSee this as a once-per-week (or once-a-month) bonus to your time with God as your meditate on His Word with creative pleasure. You’ll be able to follow along, gain inspirations and go on to complete your own pages individually and with others from SFC, who will be meeting once a month for support, help, laughter, and companionship! You can interpret the challenge in any way you desire. We’ll enjoy God’s Word together in creative new ways and grow as a community in our relationship with God!

There will be more detailed information available in May and some samples to look at – stay tuned!

 

 

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A Psalm to Ponder…

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The Lord is my constant companion.
There is no need that He cannot fulfill.
Whether His course for me points to the mountain tops of glorious ecstasy or to the valleys of human suffering,
He is by my side,
He is ever present with me.
He is close beside me when I tread the dark streets of danger,
and even when I flirt with death itself,
He will not leave me.
When the pain is severe,
He is near to comfort.
When the burden is heavy,
He is there to lean upon.
When depression darkens my soul,
He touches me with eternal joy.
When I feel empty and alone,
He fills the aching vacuum with His power.
My security is in His promise to be near to me always, and in the knowledge that He will never let me go.

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This was shared as part of the sermon, “The Shepherd’s Call” from April 26, 2015.  This is a modern rendition of Psalm 23 from the book Psalms/Now by Leslie Brandt and Corita Kent.

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The 35th Annual Mayfair Auction and Plant Sale – COMING SOON!

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Just around the corner is the 35th Annual Mayfair Auction and plant sale! This year’s theme, “Rooted in Christ” seems very fitting with the changes that have occurred. The Silverton Christian School Board has selected a committee of 9 parents to work together in coordinating the different aspects of the auction:

Jaime Hudson ~ Chair

Lori Roth ~ Donations

Lizbeth Elias & Jessica Reneau ~ Oral/Silent Auction Coordinator

Jolene Ferschwailer ~ Check in/out & Data Entry

Rachael Beede ~ Hospitality

Stephen & Emily Ward ~ Video Production/Marketing

Linda Brusven ~ Plant Sale

The planning team has been working really hard together bringing in new ideas and enthusiastic energy for planning this event.  Please note that the date for the auction has changed to Saturday May 9th, doors open at 5pm.  Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased starting April 12th.  Contact Jaime or Teresa in the office for your tickets.  We are still collecting auction items for donations so if you would like to donate items please drop them by the office as soon as possible.  We are looking forward to the changes and energy of the auction this year and hope you will too.

~Jaime Hudson – SCS Board Chair

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Spring Renewal

“Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” – Martin Luther

0260badafffcbd853bcec399f6e053b3Spring is a time of renewal. I enjoy how the spring rains come causing the crocus, tulip and daffodil bulbs to push their way through the wet soil, how the grass comes back to life and turns a lush, deep green, and how the city is painted with color as all the flowering trees, bushes, and shrubs spring forth with millions of blooms. It all refreshes my soul. It gives me hope. It reminds me of resurrection.

The dead limbs and last year’s dried up foliage must make way for new life to come forth. And the same is true in our lives. We too need the dried up and dead areas to be removed so that our lives can flourish and blossom. Spring is a good time for us to get out our pruning shears and work on those dead areas of our souls. It is time to fill up our compost receptacles with the bad habits, the distractions, the wasted spaces of life, and find time for contemplating a renewed life. It is time to try new, life-giving things.

Maybe it is time to exercise a little more – time to take a walk and get to know your neighbors. It may be time to take an afternoon drive or a long walk at Silver Falls and breath in the fresh spring air. How about a new hobby or a new project?

Ask yourself, “What is something that gives me LIFE?” and then go do it!

Jesus’ resurrection wasn’t just for eternal life after we die, rather it was about bringing life into every aspect of living from now unto eternity. Because Jesus lived, we have hope for eternity, and for tomorrow, and most importantly for the present moment! Our call as people of the resurrection is to live life to the fullest and for His glory each and every day. As N.T. Wright said, “The message of Easter is that God’s new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you’re now invited to belong to it.”

In what new ways are you planning to “renew your life” this spring? How are you answering the invite to belong to this resurrected life, now? Maybe a walk in the garden will inspire you.

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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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