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It’s a Valentine’s Day Special at The Congregational Church!

 

Adult Sunday School, February 9 at 9:15

This first class of the new year will be a special Valentine’s Day Study.  We will spend two Sundays (February 9 and 16) examining the Story of Jacob and Rachel found in Genesis, chapter 29. We will also take a look at the history of love and romance in the bible (and maybe in our own lives as well). 

Here’s what happened:  Jacob is in love with Rachel and promises Laban, her father, that he will work seven years before marrying her. Laban agrees, so Jacob begins his work. “So Jacob workedImage seven years for Rachel. But it only seemed like a few days; he loved her so much.” But the sneaky Laban gives Leah, his older daughter, to Jacob instead; but Jacob is so in love with Rachel, Jacob agrees to work seven years longer to marry Rachel even though he is at same time married to Leah ( surprisingly, polygamy is not actually a sin in the bible).

This story of devotion and pure love in Genesis is a wonderful topic for our Sunday school “Valentine’s Day”. It demonstrates commitment, perseverance and an inspiring, heartwarming love found in the Bible.  Come to class ready to learn and share! 

There will be Valentine’s coffee and sweet rolls to start us off.  Also, childcare for all ages of kids. 

(the class is taught and catered by Reverend Jane)

See you at 9:15 on February 9th!

 

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Blogging With Jane

 

It’s a Valentine’s Day Special at The Congregational Church!

Adult Sunday School, February 9 at 9:15

This first class of the new year will be a special Valentine’s Day Study.  We will spend two Sundays (February 9 and 16) examining the Story of Jacob and Rachel found in Genesis, chapter 29. We will also take a look at the history of love and romance in the bible (and maybe in our own lives as well). 

Here’s what happened:  Jacob is in love with Rachel and promises Laban, her father, that he will work seven years before marrying her. Laban agrees, so Jacob begins his work. “So Jacob worked seven years for Rachel. But it only seemed like a few days; he loved her so much.” But the sneaky Laban gives Leah, his older daughter, to Jacob instead; but Jacob is so in love with Rachel, Jacob agrees to work seven years longer to marry Rachel even though he is at same time married to Leah ( surprisingly, polygamy is not actually a sin in the bible).

This story of devotion and pure love in Genesis is a wonderful topic for our Sunday school “Valentine’s Day”. It demonstrates commitment, perseverance and an inspiring, heartwarming love found in the Bible.  Come to class ready to learn and share! 

There will be Valentine’s coffee and sweet rolls to start us off.  Also, childcare for all ages of kids. 

(the class is taught and catered by Reverend Jane)

See you at 9:15 on February 9th!

 

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Blogging With Jane

 

Christmas Eve was Awesome!

Thanks to everyone who participated! 

It’s a quiet week in Lake Woebegone….oops, I mean at Grafton Congregational.  The church office is open and Kris will be working hard as always.  But Pastor Jane is on vacation for a few days.  Back on Saturday though and ready for a great service on Sunday.   Her sermon is called “The Nine Mile Miss” and it’s about the magi and their very poor sense of direction.  They traveled to Jerusalem to find Jesus when they should have gone to Bethlehem.  Ever miss the presence of God because you’re looking in the wrong place?  Come to church this Sunday for great preaching, fabulous music and meaningful fellowship.  See you at 10:00 AM (no Adult Sunday School this week).

Worship at 10:00

30 Grafton Common

The front door is always open!

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2013 in Blogging With Jane

 

Watch Pastor Jane’s Sermon for Today: “No Room at the Inn”

Don and I trudged through the snow this morning to the church (one of the many advantages of a parsonage three houses away) and made a video of my sermon, “No Room at the Inn”.  The text is Luke 2:1-7.    Enjoy!

Pastor Jane

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2013 in Blogging With Jane

 

Adult Sunday School

Adult Sunday School this Week

9:00 Sunday morning in the Fellowship Room (room with the fireplace)

We are continuing our Advent Study with a look at gift giving.  What was your favorite gift as a child?  As an adult, what was your favorite gift to give?  Anything about gift giving that you don’t like?

We will explore these questions and others including the biblical basis of gift giving.  If you want to prepare for the class here are some interesting links.  But if you feel like just showing up without doing any reading—feel free.  Just grab a coffee in the church kitchen and come on over to the Fellowship Room!  See you there! 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/victorianchristmas/history.shtml

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2013/12/06/december-14-2012-christmas-gift-giving/14073/

 

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2013 in Blogging With Jane

 

Adult Sunday School

 

We are continuing our Advent Study with a look at gift giving.  What was your favorite gift as a child?  As an adult, what was your favorite gift to give?  Anything about gift giving that you don’t like?

We will explore these questions and others including the biblical basis of gift giving.  If you want to prepare for the class here are some interesting links.  But if you feel like just showing up without doing any reading—feel free.  Just grab a coffee in the church kitchen and come on over to the Fireplace Room!  See you at 9:00 Sunday morning in the Fireplace Room 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/victorianchristmas/history.shtml

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2013/12/06/december-14-2012-christmas-gift-giving/14073/

 

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2013 in Blogging With Jane

 

It’s Not Just About the Cookies

Did you know that at the Congregational Church of Grafton, it is the job of the Board of Deacons to host coffee hour every Sunday? That seems like a lot of extra work for deacons who are already busy enough. I watch in awe as they run around on Sundays serving the sacrament, taking prayer requests, cleaning glitter off the floor.  Let’s face it, the deacons are the ones who make worship work.  They do all the difficult and tedious things so that the minister is free to do her thing (for which this minister is very grateful).

The many jobs of the deacons are astonishing in scope, but then—so are their qualifications.  According to the Apostle Paul, deacons must be “blameless, dignified, strong in faith, and seldom drunk” (1 Timothy 3:8-12).  Our deacons are all those things and more.  They are talented, hardworking, organized, faithful and as far as I can tell—never drunk.  Paul would approve. 

So why are these already overworked people responsible for Coffee Hour?  Because Coffee Hour is part of worship.  My favorite description of worship is that “worship is the moment that we honor with extravagant love”.  But you can’t honor with extravagant love in isolation.  It is our community with each other that gives authenticity to our worship.  Therefore, worship continues into the rest of our time together—together as community.  And that would be Coffee Hour.   So we should start thinking of Coffee Hour as an extension of our worship—as our extravagant love.  Extravagant love for one another.  Thank you, Deacons, for helping us continue our extravagant love beyond our time sitting in the pews. 

Stay for Coffee Hour.  It’s not just about the cookies.

Pastor Jane

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in Blogging With Jane

 
 
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