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 “FAREWELL". Please send photos on this theme to office(at)christchurchburlington(dot)org so that they may be shared.
October 21 is Rev. Deadra Bachorik Ashton’s final Sunday with us. The service will include a Ritual of Farewell. A time for fellowship, goodbyes and refreshments with a special cake will follow the service. Please join us.
During the transition, following the departure of our pastor, Deadra Ashton, Rev. Marjorie MacNeill will be filling our pulpit on a regular basis. A schedule has been developed through the end of the year. Beginning on October 28, Marjorie will be leading worship and preaching for us several times a month. Marjorie is no stranger to CCP. She has preached and attended services here numerous times and even remembers visiting CCP back when we met on North Avenue. She and her partner, Carole Carlson, consider themselves part of CCP’s extended family. As an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ, Marjorie specializes in Intentional Interim Ministry and has extensive experience working with congregations in transition. On Marjorie's “off” Sundays, CCP's pulpit will be supplied by some of our favorite local clergy and CCP's own Commissioned Lay Pastor, Frank Sadowski. Rev. Ken White, pastor of College Street Congregational Church will fill the pulpit on November 18. Frank Sadowski will be preaching on December 2 as well as leading worship at our Christmas Eve service.
The next book chosen for the Fall session of the Social Issues forum is How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. The four session series will begin Wednesday afternoon October 24 at the home of John and Ann Owen. There will also be a Sunday group if enough people are interested. Here is up a short description of the book:
"Donald Trump’s presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we’d be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang—in a revolution or military coup—but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism. The bad news is that, by electing Trump, we have already passed the first one."
If you are interested in this study, please email John at jrowen18(at)gmail(dot)com and indicate which group you wish to be part of.
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.
Friday Night Movies @CCP!
6:00 - 6:30PM: Potluck supper
6:30 – 9:00PM: Film & Discussion
Bring a friend and a dish to share.
November 2, 2018
The film features Lucky, a 90-year-old atheist, played by Harry Dean Stanton, who has out-lived and out-smoked all of his contemporaries, and his relationship with the quirky characters that inhabit his tiny desert town. The fiercely independent curmudgeon finds himself thrust into a journey of self-exploration as he wrestles with his own mortality. In a tragic twist on art imitating life, Stanton died at age 91, just two weeks before the premiere of his last movie. As one reviewer observed, it was a “jazzy benediction” to Stanton’s storied career. Alternately poignant and humorous, this meditation on loneliness, legacy and human connection will give us much to talk and think about.
Rotten Tomatoes: 98%. Running Time: 86 minutes.
New Date! December 14, 2018
Paddington 2 (2018)
The adventures of a charming and clever bear, adopted by a human family, who spreads joy, kindness and marmalade wherever he goes in London’s Windsor Gardens. Touted as one of the 10 best films of 2018, Paddington 2 is based on the timeless, best-selling series of children's stories by British author, Michael Bond. The animation of the bear is seamlessly and brilliantly integrated with the delightful human actors to create a cinematic Christmas gift of pure joy. Your face will hurt from smiling.
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. Running time: 105 minutes.
*R2R criteria: Meaningful, relevant and discussion-worthy films. Available on DVD. Rotten Tomatoes ratings - 80% or more. Running times -2 hours or
Questions? Contact Sue or Al Brooks
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