Weekly Updates – 9/18/19

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree” – Martin Luther  

This Sunday 9/22

Worship with us at 8:30am and 10:30am. At 9:30am there is a Coffee Hour, Sunday School, Adult Bible Study group & Choir Rehearsal. Kids Song time upstairs (all ages welcome!) at 10AM, Confirmation Class from 11:30-Noon, First Communion at Clay Hands Pottery at Noon.

Events This Week

Thursday 9/19: Gathered in Prayer @ 10am

Next Sunday 9/29: Worship at 8:30am & 10:30am, Coffee Hour at 9:30am, Choir Rehearsal at 9:30am, Kids Song time at 10AM, First Communion class at 11:30AM.

Save the Date

10/3:  God on Tap at the Tavern at Windsor Park at 8:00pm

11/10: Harvest Dinner at 5PM

11/15-11/17: Congregational retreat at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center

11/24: Hanging of the Greens/Dinner at 5PM

12/15: Community Christmas Carol Sing-Along

Book Club

Join us Tuesday nights in October as we read The Sin of Certainty by Peter Enns. The group will meet for discussion on October 1,8, 22 & 29 at 6:30PM. The book is available on Amazon for $11, or contact the office to order one for you. 

In this book, Enns explains how Christians mistake “certainty” and “correct belief” for faith when what God really desires is trust and intimacy. Enns offers a fresh look at how Christian life truly works, offering a model of vibrant faith that views skepticism not as a loss of belief, but as an opportunity to deepen religious conviction with courage and confidence. This is not just an intellectual conviction, he contends, but a more profound kind of knowing that only true faith can provide. Combining Enns’ reflections of his own spiritual journey with an examination of Scripture, The Sin of Certainty models an acceptance of mystery and paradox that all believers can follow and why God prefers this path because it is only this way by which we can become mature disciples who truly trust God. It gives Christians who have known only the demand for certainty permission to view faith on their own flawed, uncertain, yet heartfelt, terms.

Ways to be a blessing

-Bring in donations of packaged underwear, socks or diapers for the Foster Love Closet in Alden.

-Bring in donations of gluten free pasta, snacks and canned soup for the Tiger’s Den Food Pantry in September. Their October needs are Flour, Oil, Sugar, Salt, Boxed Mashed Potatoes and Boxed Stuffing Mix.

-Sign up to bring a “special treat” to our weekly Coffee Hour. Sign up can be found in the Narthex, or email the office for available dates.

Office News

While our administrative assistant, Meghan Hardy, is on maternity leave our office will be covered by a group of faithful volunteers. To maintain consistency, clear communication, and efficient administration the Executive Committee in conversation with the Church Council has also asked Dawn Schregel to serve as an Office/Ministry Coordinator until Meghan returns. If you have questions or need to submit information regarding the life of our church please contact the office at stjohnamherst@gmail.com or 716-632-6557. The office is open from 9AM-1PM Tuesday – Friday and 9AM-noon on Saturdays. 

Peace and Love,

Your St. John Staff

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