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Archive for 2012 May

Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2012’

Get tough…or not

Wednesday, May 30, 2012–My daughter Meredith completed her first marathon this past Sunday. I am one proud mom. It is said that the last 6.2 miles of a 26.2-mile marathon are the “second half” of the race. It is in these last 6.2 miles that a runner’s grit, training, courage, and mental and physical toughness are really tested. At one …

“Dreams and Visions”– Acts 2:1-21, Romans 8: 22-27 — May 27, 2012

On that Jewish festival of Pentecost, or First Fruits of the harvest, the disciples and followers of Jesus who gathered in that upper room in Jerusalem were faithful Jews waiting for a Jewish messiah. (Mark Suriano, cited by Kate Huey in Weekly Seeds, 5/27/12) With the arrival of the Holy Spirit, like a mighty rushing wind, appearing to be tongues …

Waiting

Wednesday, May 23, 2012–According to the Christian calendar, we are between Ascension Day, when Jesus “ascended” into heaven and told his followers to wait for the Holy Spirit to come, and the Day of Pentecost, when the Spirit arrived in fiery power and “speaking ability.” Until then, according to Luke’s gospel, they were in the Temple, “continually blessing God.” Luke …

“Why are you looking up?”– Acts 1:1-11, Luke 24: 44-53– May 20, 2012

  South African minister Peter Woods tells this story– When European missionaries came to South Africa, they were faced with a theological conundrum. The indigenous people…believed that ‘God’ who they named [various names, including] The Biggest One,…and The Way-opener lived in the ground. Caves and holes were sacred spaces, which is why they were adorned with lithographs, which in turn …

Walter Wink

Wednesday, May 16, 2012–One of the wave of loved ones who have been carried to that Distant Shore recently is Walter Wink– Biblical scholar, activist, teacher, author–who died this past weekend. Walter would have no idea that he was one of my “loved ones,” but a 10-day course I took with him in 1997 was life-changing for me, and there …

Minutes to the 175th Annual Meeting

OF THE SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH,UCC OF BENNINGTON, VERMONT   January 29, 2012 (These minutes do not become official until approved by a future meeting of the congregation.)   Actions taken are shown in bold print.   The meeting was preceded on January 22rd by an advanced review of the proposed 2012 Operating Budget,  On January 29 it was preceded first …

“At Home in God”–Acts 10:44-48, John 15:9-17–May 13, 2012

  Everything is changing around us. When I heard this week that fully one-half of recent college graduates are without full-time jobs and that a college education is no longer almost a sure guarantee of a decent job, I realized that one of the bedrock assumptions I had grown up with was no longer so solid. I had known that when …

Spring Plant Sale

Second Congo’s 4th Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 19th  attracted a large number of people from the local community to the pop-up garden in Webster (social) Hall.  Folks bought a wide variety of plants at below market price and had the benefit of advice from Second Congo’s talented and experienced gardeners in choosing plants and learning how to care for …

Mothers

Wednesday, May 9, 2012–No two mothers are alike. Some are “domestic goddesses,” others have no homes to keep. Some run marathons, others have no legs (and some mothers “run” marathons in wheelchairs). Some mothers are warm and loving, others are so wounded that they lash out in abuse. Some mothers have physically given birth to children from their own bodies; …

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Youth Sunday Enjoyed By All

The Youth shared their message of discovering God’s Abiding Love on Sunday, May 6th with both their “Green Eggs and Ham Remix sermon,” and the “Love without End” story during a Time for the Children in All of Us.   We have many talented musicians in our youth group who shared their music ministy during the service.   We thank our Organist and Handbell Director, Cindy Riddle, …

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