Today's Program: The Communal Gifts of Entanglement and Mutual Aid
Presented by Vic Suter. Service Leader: TBD.
Vic Suter sheds light on the ways in which non-human species contribute gifts of community. By delving deeper into our entanglements with other lifeforms that compose our interconnected web of life, as well as exploring the theory and practice of Mutual Aid, Vic hopes to provide food for thought and catalyze conversation. This service will explore the communal gifts we often overlook, as well as the lessons we can learn from species other than our own. Let’s reflect on how individuals and communities move through the world, and the ways that we can learn from one another while building stronger communities.
After the Service at 12:30 p.m. - Youth Group: The Youth Group (grades 8-12) group meets. Contact Travis Boswell for more information.
Today's Program: Our Water Communion
Presented by Paulette Marty
In this annual service, everyone will be invited to pour water into a bowl to represent a place they spent time this summer and share what they want to bring back from that place to our community. This gathering of water symbolizes how we as individuals blend into a community. Please bring some water to share during this special tradition.
Community Giving Sunday: This week our collecgoplayhouse.org/tion goes to the Children’s Playhouse.
After the Service at 12:30 p.m.: The Youth Group (grades 8-12) group meets. Contact Travis Boswell for more information.
Today's Program: Labor and the Working Poor
Presented by Marti Johnson. Service Leader: Dawn Wicklow.
Marti Johnson will share stories illustrating the employment challenges and triumphs faced by the homeless and low-income people participating in Hospitality House's Rise program.
After the Service 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. - Youth Lunch and Activities in Junaluska Park
Fellowship Volunteer Opportunity! The Youth group—teenagers in grades 6-12 from both our congregation and the High Country United Church of Christ—will eat lunch and meet at this time in Junaluska Park, led by Travis Boswell. Travis is looking for adult volunteers to assist with group; if you can help, email Travis.
Today's Program: My Story
Presented by Patrice Gaines. Service Leader: Greg McClure.
Patrice Gaines, social activist and student at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte, will share her road to redemption and healing with us. “As a teen I struggled to believe I mattered or had any worth in this world. I sought comfort in drugs, particularly heroin, and love, which led me to one abusive relationship after another and a horrific rape and abuse. The road to recovery began after my arrest and conviction on a drug charge in Charlotte. On my path to change I was helped by strangers whose names I’ll never know. The journey has been long and especially painful because the community has not always welcomed me. But there were always those in the community who stood with open arms, hugs and an encouraging pat on the back.”
After the Service - Serendipity Potluck Lunch in Founders House: Bring a favorite dish to share, but even if you don't have one, there's always enough to go around.
Today's Program: What is Hell?
Presented by Suzanne Paszkowski and Dawn Wicklow. Service Leader: Connie Green.
A message of HOPE for these trying times we are living in! Dawn and Suzanne heard this sermon by Rev. Roberta Finkelstein, a UU interim minister. They were so inspired that they asked for her permission to present it to our BUUF congregation. It seems even more timely than ever and they wanted to share her thought-provoking and encouraging message with you!
Community Giving Sunday: This week our collection goes to local helping-hand initiative Quiet Givers.