In October we reflected on the theme of Renewal. As we turn toward November, we reflect on what it means to be a “People of Grace.” Rev. Laura Bogle will lead our Nov. 1 service with a sermon entitled “A People of Grace,” then we will continue our learning as we hear from Dr. Phillip Sherman (Associate Professor of Religion at Maryville College) and Rev. Chris Buice. In addition to worship services, there are a number of opportunities for faith development and service/leadership this month.
- 9:30 am – Coffee with the Board
- 10:00 am – WORSHIP: “A People of Grace” (Rev. Laura Bogle) --This will be our annual All Souls service when we remember those who have died.All are invited to bring photos or mementos of loved ones you wish to memorialize this day.These can be of people you personally knew, long ago ancestors, or public figures of history that have had an impact on you.
- 11:00 am –Potluck - Rev. Laura will facilitate reflections and conversations about the worship service during our potluck time together.
- Calling all Chili Makers! For our monthly potluck we are having a Chili Cook-Off. Break out your favorite recipes or experiment with a new one because there will be several categories to WIN (Best Meat Chili, Best Vegetarian Chili, Most Unique Chili, & Best Chili by a Youth Cook under 25 years of age). Bring your 1-2 quarts of chili in a crock-pot. (There is no stove at the Smith Center.) Other items needed include shredded cheese & other toppings, cornbread/ other breads, crackers, and yummy desserts, too!
- 10:00 am – WORSHIP: “The Temptations of Liberation” (Dr. Phillip Sherman, Associate Professor of Religion at Maryville College)
- 10:00 am – WORSHIP: “Shakespearean Insults and Daily Affirmations” (Rev. Chris Buice) – How do we cope with the negativity present in our day-to-day life aka snarky comments, sarcasm, put downs and micro-aggressions? How do we find grace in a graceless world? This Sunday we will explore ways to ground our lives in positivity in the midst of negativity with some helpful insights from the Elizabethan bard.
- 11:00 am – Teen Meeting – Teens will meet to talk about the monthly theme of Grace, the Musical Memories program at Asbury, and how the two fit together.
11:00 am– Children are invited to stay after the service to work with Charlotte Goff and Crystal Colter on a special craft that may serve as a holiday gift for a loved one… shhh… don’t tell what it is… it’s a secret!
- 10:00 am – 4th Sunday Discussion Group Returns!
- 10:00 am – “Alive Inside” screening – Don’t miss this second opportunity to view an inspirational documentary about the power of music to connect patients with dementia back to something deep in their identity. Following the 78-minute film, Ash McDaniel and Crystal Colter will facilitate a discussion of the film, including an update on FUUF’s Musical Memories program at Asbury Place and opportunities for those interested to get more involved with the project.