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12/10/13 WHAT'S HAPPENING AT SCUCC!
We will host the Annual Christmas Eve Beach Service at Lighthouse Beach December 24 at 5:00 PM. The service will feature candle lighting, carol singing and a novel telling of the Nativity Story by Senior Pastor, the Rev. Dr. John H. Danner. The service is beginning half-an-hour earlier than in previous years in order to accommodate bikers and walkers. There will be a special bike corral set up at the end of the newly improved and widened shared-use/bicycle path leading to Lighthouse Beach.
Also new this year will be the availability of parking at the Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce with trolley service to the beach.
The offering taken during the service will benefit two agencies working with the needy. FISH, Friends in Service Here, a Sanibel based organization, and the Salvation Army.
Attendees are reminded to stay off the dunes and the beach grasses, and walk only on designated paths to and from the beach.
Later that evening at 9:00 PM a Candlelight Service will be held in the church's sanctuary which is bedecked with a fifteen foot Chrismon Tree and poinsettias. Special music will include Konstanze Niedung singing "O Holy Night" and German-born Peter Hilger leading the congregation in "Stille Nacht"--"Silent Night". The service will include lessons of the season and a brief meditation by Dr. Danner
All services are open to the public. The church is located at 2050 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel. Four further information call the church office at 239-472-0497 or visit the church website at www.sanibelucc.org.
SHINE! FOR K-5 and Preschoolers Our faith-based afterschool program for Preschool and K-5th graders from 3pm-5pm on Wednesdays from October through April. Cost is $40.00 for registration (see link for registration form below) and materials (Maximum $80.00/family). Scholarships available. We start each Wednesday with a half-hour of free time for play or homework. Then Pastor Deb leads the kids through the next hour and a half to discover how God’s love shines both on us and through us to others, as we witness in Scripture and in our daily lives. Preschoolers join Ms. D. to enjoy their own activities. We use faith lessons, arts and crafts, games, devotions, music, service projects and more! We also have special “guests” from our church family and from the community who will share their faith experiences with the children. And to help make it a little easier on tight family schedules, we offer an optional “Pizza Club” at 5:00pm each week open to the kids and their families- older and younger siblings as well as parents are welcome! There is no charge, but we ask for a freewill donation to help us with costs. We offer Pizza, beverage and dessert for those who would like the chance to eat before leaving (or for those dropping off Middle/High Schoolers for our “Journey” program at 5:30pm). We offer this as an option to help busy families-reservations not needed but available on first come basis. For more information, or if you’d like to volunteer to help, please see or call Pastor Deb (239) 472-0497.
JOURNEY for Middle School & High School Students Faith is a life-long journey. For Middle-school and High school youth is a time to start forming their own paths. Youth’s journeys take a variety of forms, complete with the own experiences and questions. At Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel we offer “Journey” “as a chance for 6-12th graders to get together Wednesday evenings and share their journeys through fun, friendship, worship, service projects and faith lessons. Our time together is shaped by the youth as we meet them where they are, and help them explore where they go next. We meet 5:30pm – 7:30pm each Wednesday during the school year. The first half hour is time to just “hang” and have some fun together. Then led by Associate Pastor Deb Kunkel, we spend time exploring what it means to live on a Christian faith journey. We’ll do this in a variety of ways including games, social media, storytelling, arts, and spiritual practices. Middle and High School youth will either meet together or be split into groups by age depending on the activities. Youth are encouraged to bring friends and guests. Youth are also welcome to join in the optional “Pizza Club” at 5:00pm for families for a freewill donation. For more information, or if you’d like to volunteer to help, please see Pastor Deb, Sanibel Congregational UCC, 472-0497 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY: This study class will resume October 15th. The class will focus in the coming year on the Gospel of Mark. This oldest of the gospels features a brisk style and served as the basis for both Luke and Matthew. Participants need not have had any prior experience in Biblical study, and are encouraged to bring their own Bible. See you here, Tuesdays starting October 15 at 10:00AM upstairs in Fellowship Hall.
A special three-week course exploring Amy-Jill Levine's book The Misunderstood Jew will be held at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ in December. The course will be taught by the congregation's Senior Pastor, the Rev. Dr. John H. Danner and will be offered on Wednesdays, December 4-18, at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM (identical sessions).
Dr. Levine's book explores the importance of understanding the Jewish context of Jesus' life and teachings to fully appreciating his work. It also examines the rift that developed in Judaism resulting in the eventual breakaway of those who came to be known as Christians in the late first century.
Dr. Levine will serve as the guest lecturer for the annual Shared Scholar Lecture on Sanibel in late January, and this course is designed to provide groundwork for her presentation "Jesus the Jewish Storyteller."
Dr. Levine is University Professor of New testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and the College of Arts and Sciences; she is also Affiliated Professor, Centre for the Study of Jewish Christian Relations, Cambridge, UK
Holding the B. A. from Smith College, and the4 M. A. and PhD from Duke University, she has honorary doctorates from the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, the University of South Carolina—Upstate, Drury University, and Christian Theological Seminary. A self described Jewish Yankee feminist, Professor Levine is a member of Congregation Sherith Israel, an Orthodox Synagogue in Nashville, TN, although she notes, she is “often quite unorthodox.”
Dr. Danner holds degrees from the University of Maine, Bangor Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Religious Studies from Boston University. This course is part of his season long series titled Theological Studies.
The course is free and open to the public. There will be nominal fee for the book. The Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 2050 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel Island. For further information call the church office at 239-472-0497
Amy-Jill Levine to Lecture on Sanibel:The 2014 Shared Scholar Lecture on Sanibel Island will feature noted author, lecturer and teacher Amy-Jill Levine, PhD. Dr. Levine will speak on “Jesus the Jewish Storyteller: Hearing the Parables in their Context and Ours.” The lecture, part of an annual series sponsored by several faith communities on Sanibel and Captiva, will include a question and answer period. It will be held at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ on January 26 at 2:00 PM. Dr. Levine is University Professor of New testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and the College of Arts and Sciences; she is also Affiliated Professor, Centre for the Study of Jewish Christian Relations, Cambridge, UK. Her recent books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old testament Can Teach Us (co-authored with Douglas Knight). With Mark Brettler she edited the Jewish Annotated New Testament. Holding the B. A. from Smith College, and the4 M. A. and PhD from Duke University, she has honorary doctorates from the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, the University of South Carolina—Upstate, Drury University, and Christian Theological Seminary. A self described Jewish Yankee feminist, Professor Levine is a member of Congregation Sherith Israel, an Orthodox Synagogue in Nashville, TN, although she notes, she is “often quite unorthodox.”
SANIBEL CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL NEWS! Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ is happy to announce that we have received our state license from the Department of Families and Children (DFC #C20LE0116) for our new weekday preschool program. The Preschool has also been authorized as a VPK provider. Sanibel Christian Preschool provides children 3 years old and Pre-K with a warm, welcoming and nurturing environment. Our program follows the Lee County School System academic year, and runs 8:00am-2:45pm. After school care is available on Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for an additional fee.
As a ministry of the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, the school's practices and direction are based on the assumption that each student is a beloved child of God. We welcome and accept students and parents from any race, color, national, religious or ethnic origin. Students will be invited to share their family’s heritage and traditions with the other students through such activities as “Fridays Around the World.”
Our program is developmentally challenging and nurtures the spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual and artistic needs of each student. The Preschool Director, Laura Miltner, is already known to many parents and children in our community as a warm, open, energetic, and creative teacher. Elizabeth Kindt, also known to many parents, joins her as the teacher for 3 year olds.
Applications are available at the church office located at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. For further information, please call Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ at 239(472)-0497.
MORIJA TIMES - November 2013 Newsletter http://www.sanibelucc.org/docs/boarddocs/148/NOVEMBER_2013_MORIJA_TIMES.PDF
12/06/13 OUR REGULAR WORSHIP SCHEDULE
A HOLIDAY SEASON OF MEMORABLE SERVICES:
December 22, 2013, Pastor John H. Danner preaching 7:45AM, 9:00AM & 11:00AM in our Sanctuary
December 24, 2013, Annual Lighthouse Beach Christmas Eve Service 5:00PM, a free-will offering will benefit F.I.S.H. and The Salvation Army
December 24, 2013, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 9:00PM in our Sanctuary
December 29, 2013 Bell Sunday "A Stargazer's Story" (Dramatic Monologue) by Pastor John Danner at 7:45AM, 9:00AM & 11:00AM in our sanctuary
ALL ARE WELCOME!
REGULAR WORSHIP SERVICE SCHEDULE
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