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Archive for 2017 March

Monthly Archive for: ‘March, 2017’

“Reject racism”– 1 Corinthians 12:14-20, Luke 14: 7-14– March 19, 2017

In a recent survey of American households, 6% of white people said that racism is still a significant problem in the United States. So that means that 94% thought it wasn’t still a significant problem. In another study around the same time, 12% of the white people thought that Elvis Presley might still be alive. So that means that twice …

“Share Earthly and Spiritual Resources”- Acts 4:32-35, Luke 12:13-21– March 12, 2017

I confess I didn’t anticipate the number of barbs sticking out of that harmless-sounding phrase on our “Be the Church” banner. “Share earthly and spiritual resources.” Of course that’s what we we’re about–don’t we teach “sharing” as a value to our children? “Protect the environment” or “Reject racism” stood out in my mind as much more challenging subjects, even controversial. …

“Fight for the Powerless”– Leviticus 19:33-34, Matthew 4:1-11 — March 5, 2017

I remember walking through the Syracuse airport at 10:30 at night, looking for the passengers I was to pick up. And then I saw them in a dim hallway–2 vigilant adults and what looked to be a pile of blankets, suitcases, and, upon closer inspection, children. And so I met Abdullah and Miryam Hajer and their 4 children, ranging in …

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Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras (which falls on February 28, 2017) is French for “Fat Tuesday,” reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. It also refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, celebrated all over the world but especially famous in Rio de Janeiro and in New Orleans, during the weeks before Ash Wednesday. In countries such as England, Mardi Gras is also known as Shrove Tuesday, which is derived from the word shrive, meaning “confess.”

At Second Congregational Church, we celebrated Mardi Gras Sunday during February 26 worship, a celebration full of music and color. Music Director Matt Edwards, who is originally from Louisiana, led the choir and congregation in exuberant music. Altar flowers, given by Deb Perkins, were in the Mardi Gras colors of purple (representing justice), gold (symbolizing power) and green (symbolizing faith), as was the icing on the “King cakes” baked by the choir for the Sunday social after worship.

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Tom and Nancy 60th

On Sunday February 19 we celebrated the 60th wedding anniversary of Tom and NancyJean Steffen. After his retirement in 1994, Pastor Emeritus Tom Steffen has shoveled snow, made Sunday coffee for Sunday morning and other events, set up tables for the Sunday socials after worship, organized tables for events such as the Antiques Show and the Snowball Bazaar and taken on numerous other tasks. NancyJean is chair of the Board of Trustees, head of the huge Serendipity “recycled treasures” section of the Snowball bazaar, resource person for the church caretaker and office administrator, was one of the overseers of the sanctuary renovation, Director of the handbell choir for 20 years, and a person who notices what needs doing and gets things done in so many areas of our church endeavors. We can also celebrate this year being the 52nd anniversary of their “marriage” to Second Congregational Church.

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  What does it mean to “Be the Church”       : Care for the poor.  Fight for the powerless       : Share earthly and spiritual resources       : Protect the environment       : Reject racism       : Celebrate diversity       : Forgive often       : Love …

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