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March 6, 2020
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March 6, 2020

Adult Formation Opportunities

 

Lenten Supper & Conversation Series | Wednesdays, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Parish Hall

An exciting – and “open-ended” – experience is before us this Lent:  A series of simple suppers and guided conversations, intended to forge and foster relations of understanding among local populations that, on the surface, have significant differences.  Yet, when given the opportunity, we may well discover huge commonalities and new partners and friends who are deeply invested in the health and well-being of our communities.

 

The invitation to “others” read:

This year’s series hopes to bring divergent communities together, breaking bread (and “supping” soup) together on Wednesday evenings.  The Jewish Federation is already on tap for March 4.  We await response from the Islamic community via the ICGT and friends there.  We intend to show the film, the Sultan and the Saint on yet another evening (sort of a “dinner theater” arrangement with discussion).  We’ll use a format successfully employed by the Jewish Federation and Christ Presbyterian last year – “breaking bread and engaging in conversation in order to advance our friendship and increase our mutual understanding…acts of generosity, hospitality, and the constant pursuit of social justice are shared core values…”  Table conversations follow supper, using these questions to guide discussion:

  • How do each of us express a core value to practice generosity and hospitality?  -as individuals?  -as communities?
  • Hate and fear, where does it come from?  How does God/higher power want us to respond?

Please join us for supper on Wednesdays, beginning with this Wednesday, March 4, at 5:30 pm.  Supper will be simple – soup, salad and bread.  Dinner conversation will provide opportunity to introduce one another (St. Tim’s folk mingled with our guests), prior to tackling the questions noted above.  We intend to wrap up by 7:00 pm.   Nursery care for wee ones will be available (but we appreciate a call a day or two in advance, to be prepared with additional attendants, if needed).  While an RSVP is not required, we would welcome a quick RSVP.  The plan calls for

  • March 4 – Gathering with friends of the Jewish Community/Federation of greater Toledo
  • March 11 – Viewing and discussing the film, The Sultan and the Saint
  • March 18 – Gathering with friends of the Islamic Community of greater Toledo
  • March 25 – Gathering with friends of the Perrysburg Coalition for Inclusion and Social Justice
  • April 1 – “Where have we been?  What have we learned?  -about others?  -about ourselves?  What difference will it make?

 

Adult Forum Series | Jesus in the Movies (Sundays, 9 a.m., Parish Hall)

During March, we’ll be viewing the 1999 commercial film, Dogma (the film that brought you “Buddy Jesus” and Alanis Morissette in the role of God) together – interrupting scenes for brief commentary and discussion.

April Sundays will bring additional Sundays around the theme “Doing Jesus” with Digital Media.  Bring your digital devices: smartphone, notepad, laptop.  We’ll pick up where we left off in February, addressing issues you have suggested, including

  • personal computer maintenance 101 – updates, deleting files, clearing cache, etc.
  • Organizing your files – hazards to avoid when naming them, etc.
  • Managing picture files
  • Idiosyncrasies, charms and amazing features of Unchecky, Chrome, etc.

Those who are digitally savvy are encouraged to come help coach those who are “less so.” Jump in anytime!

 

Connecting Communities | Connecting more deeply with God, each other, and our neighborhood

St. Tim’s vestry has chosen to raise up a “guiding team” to help us engage in a diocesan initiative called “Connecting Communities.”  Our team will be one of ten who commit to one another in a nine-month learning experience, coming together for three Saturday workshops and, in the months between them, inviting members of their own congregations into fun, simple experiential exercises.

Adults learn best by doing and reflecting together. The Saturday workshops and the congregational exercises will help us do just that. They have been developed and tested in dioceses over several years by Dwight Zscheile, Michael Binder, and the Innovation team at Luther Seminary in Minneapolis.

How will we benefit?

  • Experience practical ideas, inspiration, and tools for ministry.
  • Learn to discern and respond to God’s leading.
  • Connect with your neighborhood in ways that are effective, meaningful, and authentic to Episcopal spirituality.
  • Connect with the people surrounding our congregation and/or your home or place of work.
  • Discover the unique story God wants to tell through our congregation.
  • Build connections with other congregations.
  • Affirm our faith that God has a vital role for our congregation to play in the world.

Look for more information, reports and opportunities to explore our neighborhoods in weeks to come!