Let's face it: making friends can be hard work! Especially as an adult; busy schedules, differing ideals, or challenging seasons can make it hard to prioritize meaningful connection with others, which often leaves us increasingly isolated and unattached as we move through life. On January 22 (following Traditional Worship) and January 29 (following Contemporary) we will be providing a time for casual conversation to consider the future of Community Church's small group ministries.
We want to hear your vision, passions, and even your hesitations about joining a community group. Whether you long for a group of newly married couples or young parents, a community combatting homelessness or human trafficking, or want to gather with friends for great food and conversation, we hope to explore the ways in which we can share life together and bring invaluable depth and richness to our life of faith.
Join us for refreshments during one of these times of open discussion! Should you have any questions, please email our Associate Pastor Rev. Dr. Erik Wiebe.
With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, attention quickly turned to the about face of the Russian Orthodox Church. During the Soviet Union, the state attacked the church. In a complete turnaround, Vladimir Putin has embraced the church, and Patriarch Krill, the leader of the church, has endorsed both Putin and Russia’s war in Ukraine. What is going on? Most of us know little about Russian Orthodoxy.
On Sunday, January 29 at 3:00 P.M., Community Church will host Dr. John Burgess, Professor of Systematic Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He has spent three years in Russia and is the author of Holy Rus: The Rebirth of Orthodoxy in the New Russia. To prepare for his visit, you may purchase his book for $20 starting in December. Additional information will be forthcoming in our weekly emails.
Community Church will be relaunching its Stephen Ministries Program this Spring! Have you ever felt called to care for those who are grieving or hurting, but weren't quite sure what to say? Stephen Ministries calls church members to train to provide high-quality, one-to-one, Christ-centered care to people in the congregation and the community experiencing life difficulties.
If you are interested in participating please fill out our application form by clicking here to download. The deadline to submit this form is Friday, February 10.
Questions? Email Associate Pastor Erik Wiebe.
In the ups and downs of American democracy, Abraham Lincoln has been our North Star. He points us to what is enduring in our democracy. If the public Lincoln of the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Address is well known, on these two Sundays we will engage the private Lincoln that has been overlooked. In Ron White’s newest book, Lincoln in Private, he introduces us to 111 notes Lincoln wrote for his eyes only: never dated, title, or signed. We will look over Lincoln’s shoulder to hear him discuss American slavery, a Presbyterian minister arguing that slavery is ordained by God, challenges facing the birth of the Republican party, notes for a lecture to lawyers, his remarkable “Meditation on the Divine Will,” and after being defeated in a run for the Senate, writing, “My life is nothing but a failure, a flat failure.” In four years, he would be elected President.
Let's face it: making friends can be hard work! Especially as an adult; busy schedules, differing ideals, or challenging seasons can make it hard to prioritize meaningful connection with others, which often leaves us increasingly isolated and unattached as we move through life. We will be kicking off the New Year with an inspiring and hopeful new sermon series. During this series, we will learn from central friendships throughout the Bible - the joyful & supportive, to the challenging & painful - and we will discover what God has to say about cultivating these essential relationships that bring wholeness and balance to our lives.