Vacation Faith School

Milk-Jug-Igloo

Save your gallon milk jugs! The kids at VFS will be making an igloo!

“Making Home” is the theme of our 2016 Vacation Faith School, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 27-30 (Monday-Thursday). Our kids and guests will learn:

  • All of God’s creatures have homes that suit them.
  • The church is our faith home.
  • Our family home is where we learn, grow and love.
  • Some people don’t have homes. Why is that, and what we can do to help?

We’ll have crafts, games, activities, music, story time, snacks and lunch. Finally, we’ll top it all off with a campout on the church grounds the night of Thursday, June 30.

Parents and grandparents: Call the office to register your child(ren). We’re asking for a $10 donation-per-child to help cover the cost of food and supplies. Scholarships are available.

Volunteers: We need folks to help plan, set up, supervise and prepare snacks and lunch. See Pastor Gage or Susan Smith if you can help.

Living the Questions

The Adult Education class is embarking on a new study beginning Jan. 3. “Living the Questions” is an open-minded alternative to studies that attempt to give all the answers. We will explore our faith in an environment of openness, respect and wonder.

Featuring 35 of today’s leading religious voices, Living the Questions comprises 21 sessions that each begins with a 20-minute video, which leads into powerful and probing discussion. The first set of sessions is called “Invitation to Journey” and includes these topics:

1. An Invitation to Journey (Jan. 3)
2. Taking the Bible Seriously (Jan. 10)
3. Thinking Theologically (Jan. 17)
4. Stories of Creation (Jan. 24)
5. Lives of Jesus (Jan. 31)
6. A Passion for Christ: Paul (Feb. 7)
7. Out into the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians (Feb. 14)

The Adult Education class is open to anyone and meets at 9:15 Sunday mornings in the Cottage.

Painting the Stars

Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith

Celebrating the communion of science and faith, “Painting the Stars” explores the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality. Featuring over a dozen leading theologians and progressive thinkers on video, the seven-week program will take place during Adult Bible Study on Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Cottage. Each session will include a 20-minute video, readings and discussion about these topics:

  • Toward Healing the Rift
  • A Renaissance of Wonder
  • Getting Genesis Wrong
  • An Evolving Faith
  • Evolutionary Christianity
  • Imagining a Future
  • An Evolving Spirituality: Mysticism

This education series will begin on Sept. 13. Everyone is invited to attend

Star Party & Wildlife Walk

Ogden Valley’s North Fork Park was certified in May as a Starry Sky area. In September there will be two events on Saturday evenings:

* STAR PARTY: On Sept. 12, starting at 8:00 PM, the Star Party will have telescopes from Weber State University and the Huntsville Library.

* WILDLIFE WALK: On Sept. 26, starting at 6:30 PM, the Wildlife Walk will have Utah Division of Wildlife Resources folks with hides and skull of animals and audio calls from birds to get some conversations going with our fine-feathered friends.

The events are free, and you can contact Marion Horna for additional information

All God’s Creatures

animalsOur kids will have a beastly good time at this year’s Vacation Faith School – “All God’s Creatures.” One is never too young to start learning the importance of stewarding our resources, and we’ll do that by looking at different animals and their habitats.

Animals play an important part in many Bible stories, and we’ll learn a few of those stories, too. Our leaders,
Elizabeth and Gary Dohrer, are planning all kinds of fun activities, including God’s Playground and some very special visitors. Plus, we’ll have lots of crafts and games and music and fun. Lunch will be served.

VFS runs Monday and Tuesday, July 20-21. All kids potty-trained through sixth grade will start at 9:00 AM both days. Kids 5 and younger will finish at 12:30 PM. The older kids will then go on an outing each day, finishing at 4:00 PM.

Please call the church office (801-392-5012) to register your children.

Health Focus Groups

Are you a resident of Weber or Morgan County? Do you have an interest in helping your local health department better understand the health of your community? Please consider participating in the Weber-Morgan Health Department community health assessment.

Participation involves attending a one-hour focus group, during which you will be asked to share your perspective on your community. The two focus groups to choose from are on Nov. 4 and Nov. 6. Both will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at the Red Cross/United Way Building, 2955 Harrison Blvd.

Participants in the focus group will each receive a $20 gift card to a local grocery store as thanks for their time. Light refreshments will also be served during the focus groups.

An RSVP is appreciated. Please contact Laura Santurri, a faculty member at Weber State University, at 801-616-6795 or laurasanturri@weber.edu to let her know which focus group you will attend.

Changes to Sunday School & Worship

This month you will notice some changes in our worship order and the timing of Sunday School. Rather than join us in the sanctuary at the beginning of the service, the kids will go immediately to class at the start of the hour. Then they will come up and join the service in time for Joys and Concerns. After our prayers, we will have our “Children’s Chat,” when the kids will report what they learned in Sunday School. Then we will form our Friendship Circle as always.