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SEEKERS CLASS – EVERYONE IS WELCOME

The Seekers Class is taking on as its next book study The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. If you would like to purchase a copy of the book please let Pamela know. The cost is $15.00.

David

ROUND-TABLE AT 9:15 AM SUNDAY WITH JENNIFER WHITE

Our guest speaker Jennifer White, Executive Director of ICT S.O.S, will be meeting with us prior to the start of our service for an informal round-table discussion.  This will take the place of the normal Seekers meeting.  It promises to be an interesting and enlightening discussion.  We’ll start at 9:15am in the Grace Room.  All are welcome to join!

SEEKERS CLASS – EVERYONE IS WELCOME

The Seekers Class is taking on as its next book study The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, an associate professor of law at Ohio State University We will begin our study of this book on March 30, 2014. If you would like to purchase a copy of the book please let Pamela know and we will order copies in bulk. The cost is $15.00.

David

SEEKERS CLASS – EVERYONE IS WELCOME

Our theme for Lent is “Grounded in God’s Love.” Getting grounded in God’s love means exploring the depth, breadth and height of our love and care for creation, ourselves and others. In this spirit the Seekers Class is taking on as its next book study The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, an associate professor of law at Ohio State University. She makes the case that incarceration functions in today’s society much as slavery did in the past. The broader purpose of her book is to expand the conversation about race, the criminal justice system and democracy. We will begin sharing our study of this book on March 30, 2014. If you would like to purchase a copy of the book please let Pamela know and we will order copies in bulk. The cost is $15.00.

David

SEEKERS CLASS NEWS ALERT:

Attention all Seekers, in the absence of our fearless leader, Rev. David, we will NOT undertake chapters 17-20 of the Spong book on Sunday, February 2.  We will wait until David and Sally return and resume the study of the Gospel according to John on Sunday, February 9.

Muffin Overstreet

NEW BIBLE STUDY TO BEGIN SOON

We will begin a new Bible study on Sunday, January 5th at 9:00 am. Our text will be The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic by John Shelby Spong. Six copies will be ordered. If you would like us to order one for you, please let me or Pamela know so that we can place an order for you. The cost is $15.00 for the book. You do not need to order this book to join this study. If you have never been part of a Bible study, if you are curious about the Gospel of John, if you would like to have some fellowship time before worship, join us. David

Want to DIG IN THE DIRT?

The Seekers Class is getting up a group to participate in the Kansas Archeology Training Program Field School.  This year’s Field School is at the Billy Dixon Trading Post south of Hays in Ellis County and Melanie Naden is one of the instructors.  The School runs June 1-16 and early registration is due by May 1.  The cost is approximately $50 for an individual plus an overnight stay in Hays. There will be an organizing meeting after worship on Sunday, April 21 for those interested.  To prepare for the meeting please check the following links to get to KATP 2013:  kshs.org –>Research tab –> Archeology tab –> Training Program tab –> KATP 2013.  Please note there are 4 parts to the registration packet.

DID YOU EVER WONDER?

Did you ever wonder what all the healing miracles and teachings in the Gospel of Mark have to do with me? Did you ever wish you knew just a little bit more about the Bible? Here is a chance to explore these and other questions. And it is happening right at PVCC! You can join the conversation at 9 AM on Sunday before worship, or at 6:30 PM on Sunday evening, beginning February 10th. In addition to reading the Gospel of Mark we are using Ched Myers, Say to this Mountain, which is a user friendly guide to Mark, and an abridged version of his more detailed study, Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus.

 

There will be no pop quiz or final exam. Nobody will be asked any embarrassing questions. But there is a good chance that you will understand this earliest gospel much better than you did before, and you will have an opportunity to visit with your neighbors about faith and life in ways that matter to you and to our church community. I hope you will join us.

David Hansen

Gospel of Mark, decoding the message!

One of my all time favorite bumper stickers reads, “If you can read this, thank a teacher.” My wife, who is a teacher, taught me that the way we learn to read is by “decoding” the jumble of letters on the printed page. First we learn that the letters have names and sounds. Then we learn that when some letters are put together, they make words. And then we learn that the words have meaning. When we are learning to read it is rewarding to decode the words we see. Then reading becomes a way of life. Some of us learn to read in more than one language, but the decoding process is always the same.

We learn to read the Bible in the same way—by decoding it. We know that the letters make words, but the meaning of the words is not always self-evident. Because we don’t have tools to help us decode the message, we don’t read the Bible—even though we may feel like we should. This Sunday we will begin reading the Gospel of Mark. We will learn how to decode the message of this gospel and discover what it has to teach us about being a biblical community. I hope you will join us in the Seekers Class, but if Sunday morning at 9:00 is not a time that you can join us, let me know and perhaps we can find another time when we can meet as a group.

David Hansen

An Invitation to join a study of the Gospel According to Mark

I would like to invite as many members of the PVCC community as possible to share in the 8 week study of the Gospel According to Mark which starts this Sunday, January 27. If you are unable to make it to the Seekers Class on Sunday morning and we can find an alternative time to meet with 7 to 12 people, let’s start a second group. Let David or Muffin know. If you would like to join the study but who are unable to attend a discussion, please let one of us know.

Our supplemental book is Say to this Mountain: Mark’s Story of Discipleship, by Ched Myers, et. al. (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1996).

David Hansen