Adult

Baptism

Denise McClellan, Director of Adult Ministries

12/4/19

Our grandson, Miles, is being baptized Sunday.  Before this, our kids were brought for baptism.  Before that, my parents brought me for baptism.  Before that, my husband’s parents brought him for baptism.  And so on and so on.  Our faith is passed on from generation to generation.  Baptism has been on my mind for a few weeks because of something I saw recently.

My husband and I took a trip to England, Scotland, and Ireland in October.  While we were there, we visited St. Anne’s Church, an Anglican church in Cork, Ireland.  We went to climb the clock tower and to ring the Shandon Bells.  You can check out the photos below of Mike climbing the 132 steps and ringing the bells.  We certainly got our exercise that day!

After that, we went in the sanctuary.  There we saw an amazing baptismal font.  The font was made in 1629.  The pewter bowl insert was added in 1773.  The font is still used for baptisms today.  How many people, young and old, have been baptized in that font?  How many generations have passed on the faith in, and outside, the walls of that church?  What a gift.  I’m including a photo of the font and a photo of the sign explaining its history.

Who brought you for baptism?  Who passed on the faith to you?   Use the comment section below to share your stories.

Clock Tower at St. Anne’s Church in Cork, Ireland
Mike Climbing the Steps in the Clock Tower
Mike Ringing Shandon Bells
Baptismal Font at St. Anne’s Church
Story of the Baptismal Font at St. Anne’s Church

Navigating the Digital Age

Andrea Cain, Senior Pastor

10/30/19

The digital age has changed how we work, communicate, learn, and play.  It’s even changing how we parent.  We’re sharing this article on our Adult page, and it applies to all of us, with or without kids.  It’s helpful for parents of young children in thinking ahead and parents with older children who are in the midst of navigating the digital world.  The article connects the digital world and social media with faith in daily life.  This is a new perspective in thinking about how we use our phones and how we guide our children in that world.

Click the link below to read the article.

Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Navigating the Digital Age


Helping a Neighbor

Denise McClellan, Director of Adult Ministries

10/2/19

The Jewish High Holidays are here.  Tree of Life Synagogue was the site of a horrific shooting last year.  That congregation is still in mourning, but they’re opening their doors for worship.  In fact, they’re holding services at a nearby Episcopal church.  It’s an amazing demonstration of helping a neighbor.

Click the link below to listen to a story about this beautiful partnership.

Use the comment section below to share your stories of witnessing people of different faiths showing kindness and peace towards one another.

Helping a Neighbor

Peace in your Grief

Denise McClellan, Director of Adult Ministries

9/25/19

Stephen Colbert is better known for making jokes on late night television.  Anderson Cooper is better known for reporting the news.  In this powerful conversation, the two of them talk about their personal grief and how to get through such a difficult time in life.

Click the link below to watch the conversation. 

Use the comment section below to share your thoughts and experience with us.

Peace to you.

Peace in your Grief


Deep Sea Diving . . . In a Wheelchair

Denise McClellan, Director of Adult Ministries

8/26/19

During Sunday’s sermon, Pastor Andrea talked about how following the teachings of Jesus can change our perspective and make us think of things in new ways.  To demonstrate this teaching, Pastor Andrea referenced a TED Talk by Sue Austin.  She lives her life in a wheelchair.  Ms. Austin says the wheelchair is a tool for her that gives her freedom; yet, she discovered that others view it as a restrictive object of limitation.  To challenge this thinking, Ms. Austin came up with the idea of an underwater wheelchair for scuba diving.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Scuba diving in a wheelchair.  Talk about thinking with a new perspective!

Click the link below to hear Ms. Austin’s talk and to see the amazing video of her Deep Sea Diving . . . In a Wheelchair.

In case you missed the sermon, we’re including a link to it too so that you can listen to it.

When has your perspective changed? How was it changed? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Listen to Pastor Andrea’s Sermon–August 25, 2019


Remembering Rachel Held Evans

Denise McClellan, Director of Adult Ministries

8/19/19

Rachel Held Evans, Christian author and theologian, died a few months ago. Rachel was a popular, young voice in the Christian community. She grew up in a fundamentalist church, started exploring her faith, asked lots and lots of questions, and encouraged her readers to explore their questions with her. For some, her honesty gave them permission to not always have the answer.

We’re sharing some links with you to get to know Rachel a bit better. The first link is from a podcast called The Bible for Normal People. It’s one of the last conversations recorded with Rachel prior to her illness.

The second link is to another podcast called The Daily. It discusses the legacy of Rachel Held Evans.

The final link is to the message of hope delivered by Nadia Bolz-Weber, an ELCA pastor, at Rachel’s funeral.

Take a listen and share your thoughts below. Have you read any of her books? Do you want to recommend one to us? Please post a comment and let us know.

Interview with Rachel Held Evans

Legacy of Rachel Held Evans

Message of Hope

Join the Conversation

5 Comments

  1. I appreciate her comment about exploring, struggling with, and asking questions about the stories of the bible and not “expecting quick or easy answers” from it. This made me think of ChristCare groups at Desert Cross. In these groups we explore, share, question, make connections and more!

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    1. Shannon, thanks for sharing your experience. I, too, have found ChristCare Groups to be a safe place to have doubts and to ask questions. It’s been a comfort and a joy to experience that kind of open conversation.

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  2. We saw the church when we were in Cork. Your story and the age of the church is a reminder of the lasting grace and how important it is to pass the faith down to the ages.

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