Our theme this month is Living with Intention and this past Sunday we talked about taking a pause. We reviewed some examples of what anchor is and does. An anchor is a heavy device that is attached to a boat or ship by a rope or chain. Why would a boat or ship captain have an anchor thrown overboard or let down? When the anchor is thrown into the water. It sinks and grabs the bottom of the sea to hold the boat in place instead of sailing fast on its way.
To live with intention takes pausing (dropping our anchors) so we can replenish and sort out what is important from what is not so important. We can think of it as dropping anchor, to use a sailing metaphor. Sometimes we have to pause and take a minute to rest and also make sure we are going the right way!
When we want to live by our intentions, we can sometimes think that it’s best to rush toward our goal as fast as we can. But the problem with that is we end up pooped out and sometimes we discover that we actually took the wrong path and are now pretty lost.
This is where pausing and “dropping anchor” helps. Taking a moment of pause lets us rest and regain our energy. It also gives us a moment to double-check that we are going the right way. It allows us to ask, “Is this what I really want to be doing?” “Is this REALLY where I want to go?” Dropping anchor helps us remember what is important.
Stuffed Animal Sleep Over
We will be receiving your child’s stuffed animal on 1/15/22 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the church parking lot. Please bring the stuffed/plush toy in a grocery bag with your child’s name on it. Pick up will be 1/29/22 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Let’s see what kind of shenanigans they get up to this time.
Arts and Walls
The Arts and Walls committee has been organizing an online gallery in the Courier while we are worshipping mainly from home. They call it “Off the Walls”. The committee would like to feature children’s and youth’s art or poetry as well as the artwork of adults. They need a photograph of the artwork at 300 dpi, a brief description of the work by the child (the medium, size, and anything they would like to say about it, and a brief bio of themselves). Generally, the bio is written in 3rd person, as if someone else wrote it. The committee would like to feature a different child’s artwork each week for a month. Other months we will be featuring the art of adult members of the congregation. The committee is also open to publishing poems by the children – or a poem and artwork that complement each other. Let’s arrange when we could start displaying the children’s artwork.
2021-2022 Religious Education Registration: We would like the guardians who are planning on their children and youth to participate in the virtual religious education program and in-person events for the 2021-2022 year and those planning on their children to attend only in person Religious Education events to register with our online form here.
Children’s Chalice Chapel begins at 9:45 AM on Sundays and is usually done around 10:15 AM. Sometimes we go a little longer due to having too much fun. We are always done in time for the church service at 10:30 AM. Here is the Zoom link and password to get in. https://zoom.us/j/474929477?pwd=b2FhT2FwQjFIT29USWp6Y3ZMS25SQT09
Paul R. Greggs
Director of Religious Education