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Join us for Worship
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
10:00 AM September 16, 2018

Sunday's Scriptures:

This Jesus comes urging us to give of ourselves, put others first, and take up burdens on behalf of another. No wonder he is not only disbelieved but also rejected: he isn't just an unusual king, he is the anti-king, almost the exact opposite of the kings of the world. And no wonder his kingdom still has trouble attracting applicants. He says here that in order to enter you need to be last, not first. Later he'll lift up the most vulnerable -- children, the outcast, and the diseased -- as models of exemplary citizens. Who really wants to be part of this club? Jesus is proclaiming an anti-kingdom, again so utterly opposite of what we imagine a kingdom should be. - David Lose

With this ominous invitation, the cost of discipleship got much, much bigger. Embracing Jesus means embracing that cross. Mark doesn't say it, but I suspect that after these words, the crowds around Jesus got smaller. - Joe Roos

In a world in which we are constantly bombarded with information—some of it beautiful and much of it terrifying—how do we witness to Christ? We can become numb to the horrors that tear apart our siblings and families around the world and in our own communities. It is tempting to focus on the shiny, pretty things (and sometimes that might be a temporary necessity for mental health). However, Jesus reminds us that we cannot remain with the shiny, pretty things. “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). In today’s world, part of our cross might be the constant cultivation of compassion. - Pearl Maria Barros

Hosting families in need of shelter

For six weeks out of the year we host women and families in need of shelter. We provide a place to sleep and home-cooked meals with help from the Immaculate Conception Church in Annandale, the Lebanon Reformed Church, Stanton Reformed Church, and the Whitehouse United Methodist Church. This is in cooperation with Family Promise of Hunterdon County, a local affiliate of Family Promise.

Volunteers share in the following: 

  • Unloading and room set-up
  • Meals: preparing and/or serving
  • Overnight hosting
  • Weekend hosting (2 hour segments)
  • Grocery shopping
  • Room clean-up and "the move" to the next church
  • Laundry
There are many ways to help!  
You can even watch some videos with some familiar faces to get an idea of the volunteering opportunities:
The Pledge:
While interacting with members of my own faith, or ethnic, or gender community, or with others, if I hear hateful comments from anyone about members of any other community, I pledge to stand up for the other and speak up to challenge bigotry in any form.

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