Well this has been a quieter week than the last. We had a good Quarterly Business Meeting on Sunday. Thanks to Gregory for his excellent update after 6 weeks on the job. Among other things we voted to send some of the Annex Fund Mission money to Freedom House, a local program that provides transitional housing for women and girls freed from human trafficking. As we get closer to the Super Bowl which will be played in our backyard next year, I believe we will hear more and more about efforts to contain the usual influx of human trafficking that comes with such an event. We have asked that our money be designated for the house (in Santa Clara County) that houses minors. We will also be hearing more about this issue from the Mission Task Team and our friend, Charlotte Jackson, who has been through intensive training on this issue.
Sunday we will re-visit the text that Dr. Forbes mentioned a couple of weeks ago – the story of blind Bartimaeus from Mark’s gospel. This is one of those times when Jesus proclaims to the one healed, “You’re faith has made you whole.” Are there ways in which our own faith serves to make us whole – maybe even when we don’t get the healing we hope for? Without question, Bartimaeus was going to be heard and seen. He was at least going to plead his case, much like Job before him.
Gregory will be leading Adult Spiritual Formation as we begin a new twelve part series from the Living the Questions folk. This one is entitled Saving Jesus Redux, in which various scholars lead us in search of a “credible” Jesus for the 21st century. This week’s session is “Jesus through the Ages.”
Come, Sunday at 10:00 AM for worship and Sunday School and stay for Adult Spiritual Formation. Share the joy with your family friends, colleagues, neighbors or a stranger off the street.
May we continue to grow together as God’s people.