Mineral Point United Church of Christ
Worship at 10:30am
September 2022 News
St. Francis Xavier Church – Mt. Washington, KYOUT ON THE WAY
    One of my favorite ways of speaking about the ‘spiritual life’ is that of a journey.  Your daily life is a journey – you move from place to place, move among various people, attend to work and play, take time for rest and time to eat.  You are concerned about ‘ordinary’ things – about your children’s education and how you do your job and how to pay your bills, what to eat and when to rest.  You focus on earthly, material things for the most part, perhaps uncertain about how to ‘create’ a space for something ‘spirit-filled.’  
       My experience, over these many years of seeking to live a life that gives glory to God, is that the ‘spiritual life’ isn’t a ‘side task’ – one that you have to create another ‘block of time’ to fill, but rather the ‘spirit life’ is ‘layered upon the journey of your daily life.  This morning, when we were waiting for our car to arrive and it seemed like it was taking longer than normal, I had to remember AND practice what we’d talked about on Sunday – gratitude.  So, rather than complaining, I prayed for some people that are hurting, I prayed for those working on our car, I prayed and gave thanks for a beautiful day.  Fifteen minutes went by quickly.
         I’ve practiced patience while standing in a grocery store line watching the line next to me move quickly. I’ve practiced forgiveness after my divorce and that took a long, long time to learn.  I’ve learned to let go of my need to be in control and learn to trust, God and others.  I’ve received the grace that set me free from self-destructive beliefs. I’ve watched people receive healing and I’ve learned to love the unlovable.  I’ve practiced being present when I’m cleaning the bathroom and I’ve practiced gratitude when I wasn’t feeling grateful.  None of this draws me out of my everyday life – except when I have learned to draw away in solitude.  All of them have happened right there in the middle of everything that was going on!
             Every day, I hope we will be learning together how to attend to ‘spiritual life’ right in the midst of your everyday journeys.  We will learn to expect God to show up in unexpected places and to be able to move us from one path to another.  We’ll learn how to grieve and how to practice love in the way that Jesus loved.  We’ll learn about transformation and gifts and ministries that the Spirit invites us to discover, right there covered over and hidden in the depths of our own lives.   While our children go to school to learn ‘reading, writing, math and science and how to play a sport, I’ll be inviting you all to consider how to build a ‘spiritual filled life’. 
         We’ve spoken a lot about the Holy Spirit this summer, and we will continue to do so.  We’ll be looking at what it means to be the Church, and what it means to use our gifts.  I’m so thankful for all of you who have been part of the ‘Spirit school’ this summer and pray that the Spirit might draw you to be a part of what’s happening at Mineral Point UCC!

    What a joy to see the Church being the Church!   So many of you I watch stepping up and taking on responsibilities that help the Church and us grow.    I’ve been especially thankful for the number of people who made “Christmas in July” a great event for the Church!  What fun we had, and how many hands and bodies came together to make it happen.  I still have a ‘glow’ from the joy of that Sunday.  And thanks to the Community Choir who led us in worship on a Sunday in August!  Thanks to those who work behind-the-scenes to make a meal to serve to the community and all of those who help serve. The music was superb and the Spirit of the music led us deeper into reflection.  Thanks to all of who were at the Congregational Meeting in August.  I was delighted to see the hard work of ‘discernment’ being done so well in the midst of that meeting.  Truly the Spirit was at work.  And of course, the Spirit was in each of you as we celebrated the life of Mary Kathleen Dunn.  I had a chance to meet more of you and an opportunity to do some visiting with folks, while I watch the flurry of serving a meal and of knowing the prep that went into having such a loaded table!  And of course, thanks to all of you who were willing to stay and clean-up. 
       Jim and I are truly enjoying our time with you and are thankful for your generous and loving spirits.

        We don’t have all our plans put together as to the ways in which we will be doing faith and spirit formation for our children, youth, young adults and adults, but we’ll be ‘kicking off the new church year with a picnic after worship on Sunday, September 11th.  There will be some grilled hot dogs and chips and drinks.  We’ll gather outside by the outdoor patio if it’s nice enough.  Rain – inside.  Plan to join us for worship and for a time of fellowship following!  
2022 Council Members
Kandy Keuler (President)                   608-553-1300
Bill Buckingham  (Vice President)      608-437-4895
Betty Hogan                                        773-620-4821
Diann Wenger                                     608-574-2627
Jim Bennett                                         608-987-3756
Trudy Tibbits      608-987-2810           608-574-1987
Lynne Buckingham                              608-443-8980
Penny McConnell                                608-574-5319


4 Julia Marr                                 
11 Jessie Potterton                           
18 Larry McNeil   
25  Juli Schult
2 Karen Tennessen                       
9 Deb Ivey              
16 Kandy Keuler             
23 Trudy Tibbits    
30 Duane Fitzsimmons

6 Bill Buckingham
13 Chuck Tennessen        
20 Dick Josh
27  Betty Hogan
Keep all the members in our congregation in your prayers.  There are several that would enjoy a card or a call.
If you would like us to add someone on the prayer list at church, please call Penny at 608-574-5319.

It is with a heavy heart that we honor in memory the loss of Mary Dunn, as a long-time key partner of our Community meal project. Mary has been a mainstay of dedication and commitment in making our monthly meal events possible. 
(As well as with so many activities in our congregation's life)
September brings us to a 10-year anniversary of offering meals in our community. Much has changed in that time,  many faces have passed on,  how the meal is served has evolved, but the core of preparing a meal to be offered and shared by all remains the same.
THANK YOU to everyone in our congregation and wider community who has made this possible!
The September meal will be served on Wednesday the 28th, 
From 5 to 6pm, and will be available as Dine In, Curbside, or by Delivery. 

Neighbors in Need Special Mission Offering

In 2022, the Neighbors in Need “BEHOLD!” offering focuses on an economic justice. With inflation impacting all of our households, we wanted to provide a way to discuss this through a faith lens. Join us by promoting this year’s NIN “Behold!” campaign at your church. As you may recall, one-third of the offering supports Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds are used by Justice and Witness Ministries to provide grants to UCC churches and organizations as well as supporting a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. 

Most churches collect the offering on October 2, 2022 as part of World Communion Sunday, but contributions can be made at any time.
The next WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP meeting will be at 9 am on Tuesday, September 13 in the chapel. We will discuss Fabulous Fifties pasty dinner, future pasty sales, possible turf under the flower containers and other topics.  Join us if you are available.
The Fabulous Fifties Pasty Dinner will be held on Friday, September 30.  The meal will include pasty, cole slaw, sliced cheese, pickles, ketchup, chili sauce, bars, coffee and water.  We will make 200-250 pasties and sell the extras for $6 each.  HELPERS and FOOD DONATIONS ARE NEEDED for Fabulous FiftiesWatch for a sign-up form in early September.  Be thinking about the opportunities listed below  
    1. Table set up the evening of Wednesday, September 28,
    2. crust making and potato peeling am on Sept. 29th
    3. pasty prep and baking am on Sept. 30th
    4. Meal serving about noon on September 30
    5. Clean up on September 30 
    1. Pan of bars (10-12)
    2. Chili sauce (5 quarts)
    3. Ketchup (4-5 large)
    4. Sliced cheese (8 pounds)
    5. Pickles (6 large jars) 
  1. Serving Items needed—If you see any of these, pick them up and bring to church
    1. Large and medium plastic serving trays
    2. Sturdy clear plastic serving spoons and forks
    3. Clear plastic serving bowls (all sizes)
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