What’s Happening this Week
From Rev. Laura Bachmann
He has told you, O Mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
These words echoed in my soul as I watched the violence unfold in our nation’s capital last Wednesday. The vision of a Jesus flag waving in the wind as an armed and angry mob stormed the capitol could not have provided a starker contrast to the world our God calls us to create. We know, beloved community, what God requires of us – to do justice by giving voice to the oppressed and creating space at the table for the silenced, to love kindness by feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger and visiting the imprisoned; to walk humbly with God by embracing God’s love as the defining characteristic of our lives, showing compassion and understanding and putting the needs of those on the margins ahead of our own desires. As the new year unfolds and we face a virus surging amid ever increasing infections and deaths, we are challenged to face also the blooming infection of uncontained hatred and violence that has been quietly thriving across our country. God calls us to confront this plague with the balm of loving kindness, the power of prophetic truth, and the humility of an open mind and a willing heart. We are called to be the change we want to see in the community around us. Let us start this week with intentional efforts to root out our own prejudice, to dig deep for the compassion and understanding God calls us to offer our enemy, to commit to speaking truth in the face of oppression, discrimination, and marginalizing behavior. Transformative change happens only in the context of relationships, let us start building the ones we need to bring change into our world by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Also available are all of Laura’s weekly messages since she joined us in August. They can be found on a new page of the GPC website called From the Pastor …
This week …
|Monday, January 11||6:00 p.m.||Trustees Meeting via Zoom|
|Wednesday, January 13||6:00 p.m.||Bible Study via Zoom (Mark 4:1-20)|
|Sunday, January 17||10:00 a.m.||Online Worship|
|Fellowship Hour (right after worship ends)|
|2:00 p.m.||Confirmation Class via Zoom|
Later in January …
February Harbinger Due: January 20
Bible Study: January 20 at 6:00 p.m.
Ordination & Installation of Officers: January 24 at 10:00 a.m.
Bible Study: January 27 at 6:00 p.m.
Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
|January 13: Mark 4:1-20
January 20: Peter 3:13-22
January 27: Matthew 4:19-20February 3: Psalm 96
Please refer to the weekly bulletins & email blasts for Zoom connection information.
|Mission Ongoing Events
We are now signed up to do food box deliveries for ROCSalt on the second Saturday of each month. If you are interested in helping please contact Tom Ward at 261-2171 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Coming Soon! New Adult Spiritual Growth Opportunity
The Spiritual Growth Ministry will be leading a 6-part class called “Testimony: Vocabulary of Faith.” We will explore the “Reformed faith by remembering, reclaiming and rearticulating what we believe about who God is and who we are so the patterns of our lives embody the liberating love and grace of Jesus Christ.” Look for more details in the February Harbinger.
|“Crossing the Color Line”
Join Bethany Presbyterian Church on January 21st at 7 pm. Brennon Thompson’s 2018 TED talk, “Crossing the Color Line” will be viewed followed by a group discussion. Join Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/2439114010 Meeting ID: 243 911 4010 OR Join Zoom by phone only by calling +1 (646) 558-8656 on your land line and (646) 558-8656 on your cellular phone (there may be a long distance charge) and enter the following Meeting ID 243 911 4010 when prompted, followed by the # sign.
|POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2021 – DATE TO BE DECIDED!
A Gates Presbyterian Church Women’s Virtual Retreat
|Weekly Fellowship Hour
Right after worship ends. Please refer to weekly bulletins & email blast for Zoom connection information.