Please bring your prayers to worship on Sunday afternoons. Please direct all prayer network requests for immediate crises during the week to prayerchain(at)christchurchburlington(dot)org or to the CCP office by phone 802-862-1898.
Worship Planners meets most Tuesday afternoons in our space in the lower level of St. Paul's. If you have ideas for how we could enhance your worship life - in music, liturgy, themes to be explored in the context of worship - please attend our meetings or speak with one of us. For more information call 658-4169.
Each week we focus on a word or theme in our service, and invite anyone with a related photo to share it. This week’s word is “PRESENCE” Please send photos on this theme to office(at)christchurchburlington(dot)org so that they may be shared.
Rev. Marjorie MacNeill is available to provide pastoral care at this time, as well as any of the deacons. Please contact the church office if you require contact information for any of these people.
Tuesday, December 24 @ 6pm. Our Christmas Eve service is one of the highlights of our year. It will include all the traditional CCP Christmas fare: readings, stories, carol singing and candlelight, as well as some new touches. Pastor Marjorie MacNeill will lead our service. Afterwards, we will enjoy a time of fellowship with holiday potluck offerings. Please bring a favorite treat to share: heavy hors d' oeuvres, finger foods and sweets. CCP will provide ham, rolls and beverages. You are encouraged to invite your family to join our CCP family for a cozy Christmas celebration!
The PC (USA) annual Christmas Joy Offering will be received on Sunday, December 15. A special envelope will be provided. 50% of your gifts provide critical financial assistance to retired church workers and their families who have financial and housing needs. 50% supports opportunities for racial/ethnic diversity at Presbyterian schools. You can read more about this offering in the bulletin insert. Thank you for your support.
As always, we will be decorating our space with greens, candles and poinsettias for the Christmas Eve Service with Verna Thomas' expert assistance. If you would like to make a donation to purchase poinsettias, please contact Mary Beth Barritt at mbbarritt(at)yahoo(dot)com
As in other years, JUMP will again be selling holiday items at CCP for the next three Sundays to help support our services. This year there are a few new things. In addition to Country Six Bean Soup, we also will have Italian Tomato & Pasta Soup, Quick Pumpkin Spice Bread Mix and Cranberry Orange Almond Snack Mix. The Pumpkin Bread mix has two other recipes attached that can be made with the it: Nutty Pumpkin Muffins and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. The soups and mixes will sell for $10 and the snack mix for $5. Notecards will be 8 cards per packet for $10 and we will also have Alternate Giving cards. Looking forward to seeing you and thanking you for supporting JUMP!
Saturday, December 14, at 7pm
Northend Studio A
294 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington, VT
The Christmas Cycle is an opportunity to move into the spirit and depth of Christmas. It is comprised of a series of stories offered one at a time over seven years. The stories are presented with the hope of offering people a deeper experience and understanding of the nourishing and transformative possibilities of Christmas.
This year’s story is The Annunciation. What beauty is growing in the darkness preparing to be born? What can it mean to become a vessel? How can we meet this moment in a way that seeds us with greater possibility?
A pre-talk will be given about The Christmas Cycle as a whole, the story’s relationship to the Cycle, and the richness of the story’s images in this darkening, dreaming time of year. Victoria Fraser has been presenting The Christmas Cycle since 1982. For more information: vkfrase(at)gmail(dot)com
Friday Night Movies at CCP
6:00 - 6:30PM: Potluck supper
6:30 – 9:00PM: Film & Discussion
Bring a friend and a dish to share.
Best to park in the garage!
December 13, 2019
Wag The Dog (1997)
David Mamet’s Oscar-nominated political satire about the presidency, the media and show business was deemed “uncomfortably prescient” when the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal broke less than one month after the film’s release. If you watched “Wag the Dog” in 1997, you’ll marvel at how little has changed in twenty-two years. When the film’s fictional president is accused of sexual misconduct with a young girl, his Washington fixer, Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro) devises a strategy: “We just gotta distract ‘em…Change the story, change the lede.” The distraction takes the form of a fabricated war, orchestrated by a famous Hollywood producer, Stanley Motss. (Dustin Hoffman)
Motss: “The President will be a hero. He brought peace.”
Brean: “But there never was a war.”
Motss:“All the greater accomplishment!”
The timely material, combined with crisp pacing, snappy dialogue and an all-star cast ensure an enjoyable – if often disconcerting - evening. “Why does a dog wag its tail?” Brean, the fixer, asks at one point. “Because the dog is smarter than the tail. If the tail was smarter, it would wag the dog.” Rotten Tomatoes: 85%. Running Time: 97 minutes.
In January 2020 Social Issues Forum will begin a 4 session study of the book Blowout by Rachael Maddow. The sessions will be held at the Owen’s residence Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 PM beginning January 8. If there is enough interest, there will be a second group meeting at the CCP space at St Paul’s cathedral Sunday afternoons before worship. Following is a brief description of the book:
With her trademark black humor, Maddow takes us on a switchback journey around the globe, revealing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas along the way, and drawing a surprising conclusion about how and why the Russian government hacked the 2016 US election. She deftly shows how Russia's rich reserves of crude have, paradoxically, stunted its growth, forcing Putin to maintain his power by spreading Russia's rot into its rivals, its neighbors, the West's most important alliances, and the United States. Chevron, BP, and a host of other industry players get their star turn, most notably ExxonMobil and the deceptively well-behaved Rex Tillerson. The oil and gas industry has weakened democracies in developed and developing countries, fouled oceans and rivers, and propped up authoritarian thieves and killers. But being outraged at it is, according to Maddow, "like being indignant when a lion takes down and eats a gazelle. You can't really blame the lion. It's in her nature."
Blowout is a call to contain the lion: to stop subsidizing the wealthiest businesses on Earth, to fight for transparency, and to check the influence of the world's most destructive industry and its enablers. The stakes have never been higher. As Maddow writes, "Democracy either wins this one or disappears."
If you are interested in participating please e-mail John Owen at jrowen18(at)gmail(dot)com or add your name to the sign-up sheet at the CCP worship space. Please indicate if you are interested in meeting Sunday afternoons.
Simple supper & music
Saturday, December 21, 3:00 – 6:00 PM
at Wally and Natalie Good’s House
12 Lakemount Drive, St. Albans, VT
Join Anam Cara Sojourners for a celebration of the Winter Solstice on December 21. This takes the place of our usual Holy Hike for the month of December. We’ll meet up at the Good’s house, take a short walk to view the setting sun on the shortest day of the year…and then gather in front of a fire for a simple supper and Celtic music with Michael Hartigan and Kim Hardy. What better way to welcome the return of the sun as we also await the coming of the Savior? Please save the date and time. For more information about Anam Cara Sojourners and to RSVP (so we know how many are coming), contact Kim Hardy at revkimhardy(at)gmail(dot)com
Looking for information about the recent Supreme Court decision to not enjoin the government's rule that asylum seekers must apply for asylum in another country (i.e. Guatemala, Mexico) they pass through before arriving at the southern border of the United States - 3rd country rule asylum ban? CLINIC has provided a brief summary.
First Presbyterian Church in Canton, Mississippi, is part of the Mississippi workplace raid response. The Office of Immigration Issues created a response guide that includes how you can help support the response and prepare for one in your community before it happens.
For those seeking ways to support immigrants in our community, please use the document below for a list of actions you can take right now.
Are you curious about meditation and interested in exploring it a bit? Or, are you familiar with meditation, and interested in practicing in a group? In either case, this group is for you!
We’ll meet on Fridays from 7:30-8:00 am, in our space at St. Paul's. Whether you have never meditated or have done so occasionally this is a time to learn or begin a spiritual practice that can bring real benefits to your life. All are welcome. For further information, contact Tom Barritt at 862-1336 or at tmbarritt(at)yahoo(dot)com.
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