This week

Sunday, November 19, 2017

          Worship Time:8:30 & 10:45 am
          Christian Education: 9:30 am for Children, Youth & Adults

Rev. Erin WathenScripture: Luke 19:1-10

“Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he…”

Raise your hand if this brings back some of your earliest memories of church? And, raise your hand if you still can’t spell Zacchaeus right, to this day!

It’s the first thing we learn about Zacchaeus. He was small. He climbed a tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus, “because he was short of stature.”

But, here’s a twist. The late Rev. Fred Craddock was a Disciples of Christ minister, whose name is known far and wide as one of the best preachers of all time. And he says, in the Greek text, there is some tricky sentence structure here. It is unclear who is the subject here.” Zacchaeus climbed the tree to see Jesus…because he was short of stature.

Maybe Jesus was the short one.

That is Dr. Craddock’s story, anyway. Of course, Craddock himself measured 5’ 3” in his sock-feet, so you can see why he’d be partial to the notion of a short Jesus. I get it.

Still, it invites some reimagining of a story we think we know so well. What other assumptions might be turned around, if we take a fresh look at the text? “Turning around” is exactly what we’ll talk about this Sunday. We’ll talk about the radical transformation that made Zacchaeus change the whole direction of his life, and give half of everything he owned to the poor. Has a major life shift ever made you more generous? Or, what shifts when someone you weren’t expecting to be generous winds up giving everything?

This is the last week of our Stewardship series Go and Do the Same. If you haven’t turned in your pledge cards yet, we need those soon so that we can make plans for next year’s budget. And also, because we want to celebrate! Join us after worship for our annual Thanksgiving potluck. (More info here). We’ll be hosting some of our Muslim friends from the Dialogue Institute. They have been generous to us on many occasions, and we can’t wait to welcome them to our tables.

Peace,
Erin
Rev. Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor

Also this Sunday
• Adult Education: Join us at 9:30am in Friends Hall, more information on the Adult Education page
• Disciples 101: Sunday's 9:30am, Pastor Erin's Office
• Thanksgiving Lunch: Noon in Friends Hall
• Angels Roller Skating Party: our 3rd-5th graders will meet @ Skate City, 2:00pm
• Journey with Mark Harmon: Sunday's 4:00pm, Room 202/203

Upcoming Events:
• IHN Training- November 14: More info on the Mission Page.
• Art Sale- November 26-December 17: A benefit for Saint Andrew Youth Mission
• SAGE Wine & Cheese & Meeting- December 1: Information on the SAGE Page.
• Youth Sunday - December 3: Our amazing youth will lead services.
• Blood Drive - December 4: Sign up HERE. Use the sponsor code standrew.
• A Christmas Concert - December 10: Save the Date! 4:30pm, benefit for Saint Andrew Youth Mission

Taking Action and Speaking Up:
Information on how to contact your government officials on the MISSION & OUTREACH page under Hand of Welcome.

On-Going Events:
• Grief Group - meets the first Sunday of the month, led by Jody Gyulay, 11:45am, Room 102
• Mission & Outreach Opportunities:
check the MISSION & OUTREACH page for more information.
• SAGE (Saint Andrew Group for Ecology): Opportunities & events on the SAGE Page.


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