POSTPONED: From Inclusion to Justice: Receiving the Ministry & Leadership of Disabled People
Due to illness, Rev. Dr. Erin Raffety will be postponing her time with us. Check back for a rescheduled date. Read her class description below and check out her book here.
American Christianity tends to view disabled persons as problems to be solved rather than people with experiences and gifts that enrich the church. In the session, we will explore the social model of disability, the problems with paradigms of inclusion, and the promise of justice-oriented ministry. We will witness to how God not only makes disabled people in the image of God, but how Jesus calls disabled folks into ministry, and the Spirit transforms them in leadership. Childcare will be provided. All are welcome.
Potluck with Light of the World Family Church, February 18
One of the many blessings of our WorkWell job training program is the means to forge connections with other congregations, especially those that are more racially diverse than our own. We have an opportunity to have fellowship with Light of the World Family Church in Hamilton, which has been a major supporter of WorkWell. We will travel to Light of the World after worship and share in a potluck; we’ll also hear a short program about WorkWell. Please join us! RSVP here.
Update from LANA (Lawrence Alliance for New Americans)
Come to the lounge on March 3 after worship to get an update from LANA about PCOLs refugee ministry. So much has been happening over the past several months, you’ll be sure to want to hear all about it!
A Few Kind Words discussion and book signing
Tracey Gates, author of the book The Power of A Few Kind Words: Create a More Meaningful Life One Letter at a Time, challenged herself to write an unexpected, handwritten letter of appreciation to a different person every day for one year. What she found on her transformational journey was that we all want to know we matter and being interested in those around us is one of the kindest and most nourishing things we can do both for ourselves and others.
Join Tracey on March 10 in the lounge as she talks about her newly released book which she describes as part memoir, part self help and a heaping dose of positivity in this time of depleting negative news.
Men’s Retreat 2024: Being Well
Attending to wellness of body, mind and spirit
With Sam Morrison, Will Abbott and Jeff Vamos
Friday March 8-Saturday March 9 at the Watershed Institute
We have a decades-long tradition of men’s retreats here at PCOL, and this year’s retreat will be slightly different than in past years. We’ll be staying in our own beds, and we’ve booked space for the weekend locally at the beautiful Watershed Institute in Pennington. As always, the main focus will be being together and furthering friendships and community. But for our program, we will reflect on Being Well…Attending to Wellness of Body, Mind and Spirit.
The retreat will be led by Sam Morrison, Jeff Vamos and Will Abbot (Intern). Wherever you are in your journey of wellness, this is a time to learn, discuss and reflect in a relaxed way about our goals and strategies for attaining a life of wellness, as we also contemplate how our Christian tradition relates to wellness.
The tentative schedule for the weekend:
Friday Evening, March 8
- Program at the Watershed, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Saturday March 9
- Morning program and lunch together, 8:30 am- 12:30 pm
- Afternoon free time and optional hike
- Dinner and Axe-throwing at Stumpy’s (separate cost), TBD
Cost is $95, includes Saturday lunch. Saturday dinner and axe-throwing is extra.
If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Vamos (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Will Abbott (email@example.com)
April 19-20, 2024
Check back for more information
If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Finbow via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small groups provide opportunities for fellowship, study, prayer, sharing and discussion. Below are ongoing groups open to new participants.
Women of the Word (WOW)
The Women of the Word Bible study group is starting a new study. This is the perfect time to connect with women who laugh, study, pray, share and laugh some more. Starting in January 2024, we will meet via Zoom on the first and third Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm and in room 106 at 12:30 pm on the first and third Wednesday of the month. If you are interested, please email Sarah Finbow at email@example.com for more details.
Men’s Bible Study
The Men’s Bible study will meet on January 28th, March 3rd, April 7th and May 5th at 8:45 am in the Youth Room. This meeting is open to adult men. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Vamos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowship groups meet monthly to foster connections and nurture Christian friendships. Various groups meet at different times. For more information about joining a group, please contact Sarah Finbow at email@example.com.
Create and Relate
Create and Relate is a crafty group of women who meet each Monday morning from 10:00 am – 11:30 am in the church lounge to do handwork and to enjoy fellowship. They raise money for missions each year by selling their handiwork at the Fall Fest and at the Christmas Mission Boutique. New participants are always welcome and members attend as they are able. No skills are necessary; some create, some relate, and many do both! For more information, please contact Andrea Rabitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.