The Church IS NOT DEAD!!!

I’m just back from the UCC’s Central Atlantic Conference Annual Meeting.  I am here to say that the Holy Spirit is alive and well, working in and through the UCC.  Lots of UCC churches throughout the conference (which encompasses much of Virginia, all of Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware, and New Jersey), big and small, contemporary and traditional, are doing amazing things in the name of Jesus Christ.  New churches are starting.  Churches that have been on the decline are growing.  And exciting conversations about race, physician assisted dying, poverty, and LGBTQ issues are happening throughout the conference.  THE CHURCH IS NOT DEAD!!!  Thanks be to God.

Guatemala Bound!

 

 

 

These are the VT Presbyterian Campus ministry students going to Guatemala with me on May 19-25.   Please keep all of us in your prayers. I look forward to experiencing God working in all of us and in the Guatemalans we meet.

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From left to right: James, me, Jessie, Sarah, Josh, Bella, Carly, Becca, Sarah, and in front, Ginny and Sarah.

Not pictured: Drew and leader, Kathy

Interfaith Organizing for Justice Workshop

The Unitarian Church is sponsoring an interfaith workshop on Saturday, May 16, from 9 AM-5 PM.

The featured speaker is Rev. Sandhya Jha: “Rev. Sandhya Jha is author of Pre-Post Racial America: Spiritual Stories from the Front Lines. She is founder and director of the Oakland Peace Center, a collective of 40 organizations in Oakland and the Bay Area of California. Rev. Jha is also Director of Interfaith Programs for East Bay Housing Organizations. The former pastor of First Christian Church of Oakland, Jha is author of “Room at the Table” and is deeply involved in antiracism/anti-oppression work.”

Who can represent Glade at this event? Please see Katie, Liz, or Pastor Susan if you have questions.

Join us for Earth Day on Saturday!

Join us for our Earth Day clean up (rained out from April). We will meet this Saturday, May 9, at 9:00 AM to clean up Blacksburg’s Shenandoah Trail. We will meet in the parking lot of the North Main Food Lion (corner of Patrick Henry and Main). Look for us in the south end of the parking lot, in front of the pharmacy. Katie will bring donuts, trash bags, and snazzy orange vests! See you there!

How do we, as people of faith, respond to the pain in Baltimore?

Yesterday, the UCC published an article which detailed the response of churches and the larger UCC denomination to the pain, protests, and riots in Baltimore.  (See the whole article at http://www.ucc.org/news_baltimore_area_clergy_work_for_peace_during_protests).  One UCC pastor says, “We as the church need to remind folks that this is a failure of the system — failure of the political system, the economic system, law enforcement system. And they need to own up to that if we are going to correct it. What is the credible message of the church in this context? ‘Love everybody’ does not work in this context. In reality, there is no easy answer.  Look at the larger pattern of no indictment and no arrests around the country,” Hagler said, pointing out that young folks engaged in the struggle feel they are under occupation, with law enforcement using military force in their communities. “Political leadership has failed — they could not stop what was happening last night. Only when the clergy and Nation of Islam got in the streets, people started listening. The only credible folks out there are the faith community.”

As Glade Church and as the larger church, we need to add our voices and our actions to stand on the side of those who are oppressed, who live in fear, who are treated in unjust ways.  That is where Jesus would be.

Words for Today

This is the benediction I used yesterday at the end the worship service that focused on our stewardship of the earth.  I wanted all of you to know that this long standing Celtic benediction is my prayer for you.

                     Deep peace of the running wave to you.

                     Deep peace of the flowing air to you.

                     Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.

                     Deep peace of the shining stars to you.

                     Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.

                     Now and forever. Amen.

Easter Sunday Worship

Even in the midst of the darkness of Good Friday, there is hope.  We live, knowing that Jesus Christ is risen.  He is risen indeed.  Join us on Sunday at 11 for a worship service of light, joy, and hope.  Come if you always come to worship at Glade.  Come if you haven’t been with us before.  Come if you are riddled with doubt.  Come if you are filled with faith.  Come if you are in the darkness of despair.  Come if you are overflowing with joy.  Come from the east and the west, the north and the south.  Come to worship the risen Lord.

Maundy Thursday Worship Service

 

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We come together to worship during this holiest of weeks on Thursday night at 5:30 to remember with Jesus the night in which he was betrayed, taking one more step with him toward the cross. We will receive the bread and cup, sing, pray, hear the words of scripture, and walk into the darkness together with our God.  By worshiping together during Holy Week, we acknowledge that we cannot understand the new life of resurrection without also experiencing the suffering, loneliness, and death of Jesus Christ.  Join us.

Join Us for Palm/Passion Sunday Worship

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Join us for worship this Sunday as we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and journey with him to the cross…Palm to Passion Sunday. It is important for us not to jump from the celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to the celebration of his resurrection on Easter.  There is a great deal of pain and suffering in between, without which his resurrection makes no sense because God brings life out of death, grace out of suffering, hope out of despair.  Come be with us to praise, to remember, to witness, and to grow in faith.

Sign up for the potato drop!

Glade has promised at least four volunteers to the first NRV potato drop, which will provide 100,000 servings of potatoes to area food banks. Please go to the potato drop site to sign up for a volunteer position. We will welcome walk-up volunteers, but everything will go more smoothly if we know who to expect on March 28. Volunteers should be available for all or part of the 7AM-11AM event.

Contact Info

Physical Address:
1600 Glade Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 11565
Blacksburg, VA 24062

Sunday Mornings
Radical Conversations: 9:30 AM
Worship Service: 11:00 AM

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