SMCC FAMILY PICNIC
Sunday, September 23, 5:00 - 6:30 pm, South Green
Join SMCC's fall kick off with a fun evening of free In-N-Out Burgers, live music by Virginia Road Band, train rides for the kids, and lots more! Meet at the south green next to the parking lot. RESERVATIONS for burgers NOW CLOSED.
Third Grade Bible Presentation Celebration
Sunday, September 30, 9:00 am Traditional Worship
On this special day, we invite all the families of our third grade students to join us for breakfast at 8:00 am in the Community Room, and to stay for 9:00 am worship. We will be celebrating the receiving of their Bibles in both the Contemporary and Traditional worship services.
Each year, we also give the children an opportunity to not only receive Bibles but also to send Bibles to people in different parts of the world who are waiting to receive copies of God’s Word in their own languages. As in years past, we are partnering with Ministry of Hope to purchase and distribute a Children’s Bible in Chichewan (Malawi’s primary language) for $8.50 or three Bibles for $25. We invite you to participate by making a check payable to SMCC and indicating “Ministry of Hope” in the memo.
Falling Apart or Moving Together? The Story of the Post-Reformation Church
Sundays, September 23 – November 4, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Fellowship Hall
The Reformation—and then what?! We know what happened in the Reformation: Martin Luther stood firm, Catherine Zell took Luther's ideas to heart and interpreted scripture, John Calvin transformed Geneva . . . but what happened afterwards? Did people shake hands and agree? Or agree to disagree? Not so much. This fall, we will look at the aftermath of the Reformation in both the Catholic and Protestant churches—in Europe and around the world. Led by Dr. Becky King Cerling. Topics will include:
September 23: Reformed Consequences: the context and issues facing post-Reformation Europe (class ends early at 5:30 pm).
September 30: The (never-ending) 30 Years War.
October 7: The emphasis on orthodox beliefs—as a way of guaranteeing belief and belonging.
October 14: The swing toward warm-hearted pietism—focused more on love of God and neighbor than on strict beliefs.
October 21: Reforming Catholics: The Council of Trent and the Jesuits
October 28: International Celebration Dinner Event !
November 4: The Church moves on—and out from Europe
BE A PART OF THE LEADERSHIP TEAM!
Help lead small groups of students through the week. It all starts with a conversation with Pastor Becca
HANDBELL CHOIR - RESUMES SEPTEMBER 25
Rehearsals on Tuesdays, 7:00-8:15 pm, Choir Room
A handbell choir open to everyone sixth grade and older! Adults, high schoolers, and junior highers alike are welcome and encouraged! Why handbells?
1)Bells are fun to ring.
2)Bells are loud. Who doesn’t love being loud?
3)Playing in a handbell choir help everyone young and old to learn great MUSICIANSHIP and TEAMWORK skills!
4)The music for handbell choirs is ridiculously beautiful and interesting!
5)Did we mention bells are fun? And LOUD?
Contact Elizabeth Kerstein
“Our Malawi Story”
Sunday, September 30, 10:30 am, Fellowship Hall
Ever heard of “mice on a stick?” Or witness a complete lunar eclipse beneath an African velvet sky? Wonder what God is up to on the other side of the world? Come hear stories - some heartbreaking, some inspiring, and some hilarious - from the Malawi GO Team’s adventures in July. See beautiful and wonderful pictures, fascinating anecdotes, and a deeply meaningful story to report. Step into Africa and experience the drama!
Inquirers/ Membership Class
Saturday, October 6, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Registration deadline: Monday, October 1
Want to meet the Pastors? Interested in learning more about San Marino Community Church? Considering membership? Then this upcoming class on October 6 is for you! The pastors present an overview of Christian belief, history, and an orientation to SMCC. Those who decide to join will be introduced to the congregation the following week at Sunday worship, October 14. Childcare provided upon request. Register on-line, or print form and return to the church office.
Tuesday Evening Bible Study
An Invitation to Joy: Reading the Bible of Our Times
Begins October 9, 6:00 - 7:00pm, Community Room
We live in times that are anything but joyful, and yet the Bible keeps insisting we are made for joy. God wants joy for each of his children. Jesus promises joy as the key to human completeness. This is the story of the Bible. We need this promise more than ever. But how do we even read the Bible anymore in an age of pervasive skepticism? Each week in this class we will read a selected passage from the Bible—a story, a Psalm, a parable, a letter—and work together to become better readers of the Bible. In the process, we will try to reclaim the promise of Christian joy for our lives and for our world. Contact Dr. Phil Eaton