The Community United Presbyterian Church

Deuteronomy 24:19

                                                       19 When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back                                                             to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that                                                                                    the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.

 

 

Though spring is the season of new things and rebirth, autumn has  always been my favorite season. There is a coolness to the air. The leaves  begin to turn various shades of color. Children return to school When I was  young, Spring was a time for planting, summer a time for tending – along     with running through tall fields of corn, chasing cows and being chased by bulls, and swilling in lakes at the end of the day. When I returned to school,  I ran for the cross country team. I made a lot of friends, but also had a lot of     time to think on the long runs along back country roads. Every now and     then my coach would pass me in his VW Bug and hold some water out his window while his AM radio played on. Then I would go back to the pastoral scenes and my own contemplations. It was often meditative – prayerful.

It seems that autumn was always a time of change. Even now, I look forward to all that will be happening in this community: Sunday school will be starting again and we have some wonderful plans for the season to come. Most important is the change that God makes in our own lives, this community, and in the lives of those we meet. We are truly blessed. Let us ask ourselves, how can we better share these blessings with others? How can we bring others to the Word of God? How can we better love others?

I look forward to a blessed fall season with each of you.

Grafton

 


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It is not too early to start thinking about the 2017 HUNGER WALK at Keystone Park. We will walking on Sunday, October 8th. Check in is at 12:45 and the walk will begin at 1:00. This year the money raised will be distributed to the      Westmoreland Food Bank, the Emergency Food Bank in New Alexandria and Rise Against Hunger. Pledge sheets will be available in September to start getting your friends and neighbors to support you. We encourage you to wear your bright orange shirts to advertise this event and support the sponsors that are listed on the back.  The New Alexandria Ministerium  invites  everyone  to a Unity Picnic after the Hunger Walk. There will be games and hot dogs and good fellowship with the community.

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     Bible Study will begin September 11 at 10 AM   "Cloud of Witnesses"
The Community of Christ in Hebrews

The Letter to the Hebrews is a significant book of the Bible, and is also significantly different from every other book in the Bible. It consists of thirteen chapters, all of which are packed with theology, metaphor, comparisons, and spirituality. Therefore, I’ve decided to approach the letter thematically, not sequentially. We will explore nine major themes, relate those themes to other parts of our faith tradition, and tie them together with the overarching motif of community. The community for which the letter was written interacts, in a sense, with all the communities of which you are a part, because you bring those groups with you wherever you go—they have helped to form you into the person you are. The community in which you study and worship, your family and friends, social and therapy groups . . . all are part of you.

Our prayer is that the study of community in Hebrews will help us strengthen our own communities.



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                                                   Grief and Loss Group 

Though grief and loss is something each of us face in our lives it is never easy.    Sometimes it helps if we are not alone during this difficult time. All are welcome to join our grief and loss support group, regardless of religious affiliation. The Reverend Dr. Grafton Eliason has published extensively on this topic and will be leading this group. The group will start meeting on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 2 PM, at the Community United Presbyterian Church on the Keystone Park Road in New Alexandria. This group will meet for six(6) weeks.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND OUR CHURCH

    • September 6: PW  Fall Gathering @ 7 PM
    • September 9: New Alexandria Community Days from 12-3 PM
    • September 10: Sunday School  Kick off Breakfast at 10 AM
    • September 10: Worship returns to 11 AM, with Communion
    • September 11: Bible Study at 10 AM (9 Weeks)
    • September 11: Grief and Loss at 2 PM (6 Weeks)
    • September 23: Presbytery Meeting at Pine Springs, 10 AM
    • October 8 : Community Hunger Walk and Unity Picnic with Music at  Keystone State Park
    • October 15: S’Mores & More Lunch & Halloween Costume Swap        (for all ages)
    • October 21: Redstone PW Fall Gathering at CUP
    • October 22: Harvest Home, Guest Speaker with Dinner after Worship
    • October 28: New Alexandria’s Halloween Parade at 1 PM

     

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Deacons need your help!

Have a student going back to College or someone separated from us for a time? THE DEACONS are  collecting names and address of our college students, service men and women, and others who are far from us at this time. Please contact a Deacon or the church office with your information.

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2nd Annual Community Safety Palooza

      On September 9th, 2107, from 12-3 pm,  the New Alex Center for Active Adults will hold their 2nd annual “Community Safety Palooza”. It is a community wide event with a focus on safety and fun for the entire family. The event will take place at the       Community Center and surrounding areas. We will be handing out free water bottles and a card with upcoming events in our church. Anyone interested in helping, contact the church office at 724-668-7752.

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