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December Newsletter

Notes from West Mountain Christmas Joy “T’was the night before Christmas and all through the manger, the animals were stirring expecting a stranger. Calves, lambs and chicks nestled all snug in their straw, awed and amazed at the bright star they saw. A man and woman exhausted from the day… tried to relax…a baby on the way. When what to their wondering eyes should appear? But angels and shepherds and oxen and steer. The Angels up high, they sang and they towered and the shepherds, below, they quaked and they cowered… (some ...

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November 2015 Newsletter

Notes from West Mountain November: Gratitude Sunday November 22, 2015 Gratitude First Greetings ! The Apostle Paul’s letters begin in a most formal fashion following the norms of his time. He began with a ‘salutation’ or greeting, proclaiming the Gospel message and naming the recipients as well as himself as sender. Then he would, as custom demanded, offer his gratitude for those he was addressing. “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the ...

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October 2015 Newsletter

Notes from the couch at West Mountain Greetings Just prior to surgery in the pre-op, a nurse whirled into my curtained off cubicle and snapped an extra button onto my ID bracelet. Fall risk…FALL RISK! Me? ME? Are you kidding me? She said that they had just read the surgeon’s notes which said my injury occurred from an awkward fall. Hence…fall risk. Mercy, I was vexed… John’s last record of being with the resurrected Jesus, on the beach after Jesus and some ...

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September 2015 Newsletter

NOTES FROM WEST MOUNTAIN… Shrimp Boil!!! Our worship service on September 13th will highlight the United Church of Christ’s Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi. We will follow the service up with our second Back Bay Mission Shrimp Boil held to benefit the mission’s efforts. (Details below) This month Back Bay is the focus of our Board of Christian Concern’s Second Mile offering. The Back Bay Mission began serving needs in Biloxi Mississippi in 1922, and has hosted youth and adults doing mission ...

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Summer 2015 Newsletter

To One and All! Summer is upon us. In the weeks ahead, I am looking forward to some time away for a bit of R & R! But much is “doing” at Flagg Road. At Hartmeadow, cottage ‘I’ and cottage ‘J’ are still undergoing their refurbishments. And other summer maintenance in the village is underway. In the church building, we will be replacing our eighteen-year-old wall-to-wall carpeting. Colleen and I have been spending a good deal of time sorting through and boxing up ...

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June 2015 Newsletter

Notes from West Mountain… Full Table Communion leading into summer! In Rome, in the earliest days of Christian formation, Communion was a unifying meal in more ways than one. On the Sabbath, all came together for a full meal of sharing, fellowship, and of course worship. And for reasons of safety, they did so in small communities where they could gather privately out of the eyes of others. Yet for a certain period, to show our connectedness, the bread served for the ...

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May 2015 Newsletter

Notes from West Mountain… Early in the book of Ecclesiastes the leader of the assembly writes: “A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.” We know that relatively speaking this is so true. In recent months Hartmeadow Village has experienced a “generation going and a generation coming”. For most of us who attend our Flagg Road United Church of Christ, the changes likely have gone unnoticed. But since last August, four cottages have ‘turned over’.  And by the ...

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April 2015 Newsletter

Notes from West Mountain… “Arise my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter has past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance.”  (Song of Solomon 2: 10-13) Do you have spring in your step? Easter falls on the first Sunday ...

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March 2015 Newsletter

Notes from West Mountain The Season of Lent The Season of Lent moves us from Jesus’ ministry to his final week with the solemn events of Holy Week. Yet ultimately the season points us to Resurrection and the experience of the risen Christ. In faith we proclaim that with the resurrection we have Christ with us. In Matthew chapter 25 Jesus tells the parable of the Sheep and the Goats. He tells those who are blessed, “I was hungry and you gave ...

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February 2015 Newsletter

SILVER LAKE FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 1! CHILL OUT------WARM IN “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me besides still waters, he restores my soul.” Psalm 23 begins with these familiar words. What is it that restores our souls? What is it that creates in us open places to dwell within and to grow from? With this in mind the Board of Christian Service has reserved The Pines at Silver Lake Conference Center ...