Our next New Church Journey Program is coming starting October 2, 2016!
Over the five Sundays in October, we will join New Church groups across the globe in following a program exploring symbolism from five New Testament parables about “The kingdom of heaven,” as well as descriptions of what a heavenly community looks like from the works by Emanuel Swedenborg.
Workbooks will be on sale at church, starting in late September (they have reduced the price to $10 for the book; ebooks are also available at http://bit.ly/2bWi9Kp).
You can follow the daily readings in the workbook by yourself, or you can also join a small group that includes discussions, activities, and spiritual growth-oriented tasks for the week. Workbooks (and sermons) should be newcomer friendly: this is also a great opportunity to invite a friend!
Interested in hosting or participating in a small group? So far we have groups meeting on Tuesdays and Fridays, plus online groups on other nights. Let Lamar Odhner know (firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-731-0122).
Each of the five weeks explores a communication task drawn from the parable:
Week 1: Am I listening? Listen with an open mind and open heart. Be soft ground. (Matthew 13: 1-9)
Week 2: Is it true? Question your stressful thoughts and find your truth. Sell the junk; buy the pearl. (Matthew 13:45)
Week 3: Is it kind? Identify your feelings and come from love. Keep oil in your lamp. (Matthew 25:1-14)
Week 4: Is it useful? Identify boundaries and make requests. Maintain your vine-yard. (Matthew 20:1-16)
Week 5: Am I willing? When you’re ready, come to the feast! All are welcome. (Luke 15:15-23)
Go to http://bit.ly/2bWi9Kp for more information on the workbook and program.