One Night Only is a wonderful opportunity to come together online to learn and discuss a new topic each month!  It’s a wonderful way to connect with others as we find ways to grow together in many different areas!  We will gather on Zoom Monday, December 12, at 7 pm.

December is the month of Waiting and Watching….     As we celebrate the beautiful season of Advent, we reflect on what it is to watch for the coming of Christ.  We reflect with those who 2000 years ago waited for God to send a messiah.  Ancient prophets put the hope and wonder of God’s promises into beautiful poetry and colorful images:  dead stumps with green branches still growing, dry desserts filled with flowers, God taking on the darkness of the world with a new light.  These are words of abundant hope and expectant joy!  Join the conversation as we dig into the beauty of Isaiah’s words and reflect how they are still hope and joy and wonder for us.  Contact the church office at 585/872-5180 for the Zoom information.

Looking ahead, on Monday, January 9, we will welcome Nick Coulter and Izzie Davies of Person Centered Housing Options to talk together about homelessness and the differences we can make.  Conventional help for homeless individuals and families require certain benchmarks be met before providing housing.  PCHO operates on the Housing First idea that with safe, permanent housing, it is more possible to put a life back together.  Tune in to hear more about this innovative approach to housing and find out how you can be a part of this effort!

Looking way ahead, we will gather online to read together Brian McLaren’s book, Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices.  Believers have practiced spiritual disciplines for millennia.  Why?  What are they?  And should we return to some of these practices, some thousands of years old?  We will meet January 30, February 6, and 13 to talk together about how returning to these ancient ideas can deepen our spiritual journeys.  McLaren’s book is available on Amazon, as well as on both Nook and Kindle, and from most booksellers.