Dancing on the Edge Women’s Book Group: All are welcome for fellowship and discussion in the Second Cafe each second and fourth Monday evening at 7:00 p.m.


We are still accepting names for All Saints Day. If you have someone you would like remembered in a special way for All Saints, please email the office with their name or write their name on the bulletin insert on Sunday and drop it in the offering plate. We will incorporate the names in our design for the cloth for the communion table.


Fun, Food, Fellowship, Friends – The Perfect Recipe!

@Table Groups for 2020 are forming now! The 2020 season will run January-December. Get together with a group of church friends on a regular basis throughout the year. It is a wonderful time to meet and socialize with old and new friends alike and develop a special bond with this group. Get-togethers can be in a home, restaurant, or venue of the host's choice!

Who can join? Groups are forming now for adults, families with children, and young adults. If you don't wish to commit to a specific group right now, you can sign up for the alternate list.

Look for the @Table sign-up table after church every Sunday this month through October 31. We will be there to answer your questions and listen to your suggestions. Please email Linda Hostettler (hostettlers@comcast.net) to sign up or learn more! Current groups will stay the same through December 2019.


Join the Environmental Stewardship Team for a clothing swap on Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Café. You can drop off your swappable clothes and accessories from 5:00 p.m. We’ll be swapping from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Contact Michelle Hamman with your questions. Come join in the fun!


Adult Ed is Back!
The Fall semester theme for Adult Education is “Sacred Journeys, Mission,
and Christian Pilgrimage.” These classes meet weekly at 9:30 a.m. in the Activity Center.


October 20: David Carlton and Kathy Inanni talk about mission work in Guatemala. David Carlton will discuss the work of the Presbytery’s partnership with a q'eqchi presbytery in the Peten region, including efforts at education and empowerment and the experience of working with the people. Kathy will discuss her recent trip to Coban, Guatemala, where she participated in a reading workshop for teachers from both a public and a Presbyterian elementary school. Literacy is a passion for our Guatemala mission partner, Debbie Welch, as well as it is with Kathy. She will also describe a visit to a women’s sewing and weaving cooperative.

Lectionary Classes meet weekly at 9:30 a.m. in the Session Room, (upstairs in the Education Wing). Every week we will cover different scriptures. The schedule for October is below.

October 20: Jonathan Thorndike will lead this class. The scriptures will be Jeremiah 31:27-34, Psalm 119:97-104, Genesis 32:22-31, Psalm 121, 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5, Luke 18:1-8.
October 27: Phil Orr will lead this class. The scriptures will be Joel 2:23-32, Psalm 65, Sirach 35:12-17 or Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22, Psalm 84:107, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14.


Scriptio Divina: a Writing Workshop

The Scriptio Divina Writing Workshops have begun! Our VDS Intern Lizzie Apple will be teaching three more sessions each Tuesday for the rest of the month of October from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Dream Room.

Scriptio Divina is an extension of the practice of Lectio Divina. The language is borrowed from from Stephanie Paulsell, professor of the Practice of Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School. Scriptio Divina, literallydivine writing, posits that the discipline of writing is a sacred thing.

All are invited to any session they are able to attend! The remaining sessions are 10/15, 10/22, and 10/29.Participants will meet in the Dream Roomto write, reflect, and build deep community. You do not have to be a “good writer”; you do not have to think you are a “good writer." Writing as a sacred practice necessarily honors discipline over talent, process over excellence. All are welcome.RSVP to the Facebook event HERE!

Lizzie notes that as a student, she has been served by the deep community of writing workshops. Her hope for this project is to serve this church and this community with something that has served her. Please join Lizzie in co-creating the Scriptio Divina community!


Room in the Inn Tidbits—Our new season begins 11/6/19! If you are interested in setting up, hosting, providing dinner, shopping, driving or laundering sheets and towels, please sign up on the bulletin board outside the sanctuary or contact LeAnne McComb (leannemccomb@yahoo.com or 615-310-3297). Watch for job descriptions to be posted on the sign up board beginning this Sunday. We are also looking for coordinators for the following areas: set up, dinner and shoppers. Coordinators send reminder emails to volunteers each week and fill in as necessary (not usually more than 1-2 times between November and April). NOTE: We are no longer accepting donations of travel size shampoo, conditioner, lotion or soap. In order to be more earth-friendly we will be using large, refillable bottles. Thank you for helping us build community with our neighbors experiencing homelessness!


Save the Date for the Advent Retreat on December 14: “Why Julian? Why now?” The 14th century English mystic, Julian of Norwich, whose writings were lost for centuries, is now a bestseller. The words, “All will be well, and all manner of thing will be well,” are a glimpse into this ordinary woman’s heart and intellect, through which she perceived an astounding divine Love in the midst of plagues, political turmoil and other horrors. Generations before the Church ventured beyond fear-infested dogma, Julian’s visions showed her the living Christ. The experiences shattered what she had believed and captured her being as she sifted and wrote for decades in solitude. Miraculously, her manuscripts survived the fires of Protestant reformers’ zeal as well as the bombings of World War I. Come and discover what Julian’s insights might mean for you as we gather at the lovely Penuel Ridge Retreat Center (penuelridge.org) and wonder with her, “Why Jesus? Why now?” The Retreat will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost for the day is $20; scholarships available if needed.