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Archives: November 2016

Nov 30, 2016 - Alisa Joyce

By this Sunday, we will have experienced an entire week of Advent. Advent, the season of waiting...

On Sunday morning, November 27th, our annual Advent Wreath Making Intergenerational event took place. I was giving out Advent Calendars to our children and explaining that they tell a little part of the Christmas story behind each fold-back door, designed to be opened one a day. One of our children, John, eagerly asked "But can't I open them all right now?" His mother and I laughed as I...

Nov 23, 2016 - Kent French

First off, I wish you and yours a joyous Thanksgiving. Here at United Parish, we gather for our 33rd (34th?) annual community meal. Under the strong, ship-shape leadership of David and Sasha, it promises to be an amazing and beautiful day. It keeps me wondering if we should offer a community meal on a more regular basis throughout the year…

Then on Sunday, we will start over. We will begin the new...

Nov 18, 2016 - Kent French

Last Sunday, we came together in the wake of the election, at the conclusion of the campaign season, to re-group, to re-member, to re-ground ourselves in the virtues of our faith, the values of God. If you missed it or want to remind yourself, you can check out the following links. We sang “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy,” “My Shepherd Will...

Nov 09, 2016 - Kent French

Centering Prayer tonight, 7:30-8:30pm in the ChapelPrayer Service for Love and Healing, Thursday - 6:30-7pm in the ChapelSunday Worship, 11am

Like many of you, I am dumbstruck by the results of the campaign season. What does this say about our country? And more importantly, what are we going to do about it?

Some people in our country today are rejoicing. Some people are weeping. However you are feeling, this is a time to come together. Tonight, we invite you to come for...

Nov 03, 2016 - Kent French

Years ago, a married couple wrote a book called Your Money or Your Life about transforming one’s relationship with money and achieving financial independence.

One of the main premises is that money, whether earned, inherited or otherwise, is a representation of time.

The authors encourage us to think of the time we spent earning money (or investing it, or letting it...