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News from Spirit of Joy — February 22, 2013

posted Feb 22, 2013, 8:57 AM by David Cobb   [ updated Feb 22, 2013, 8:57 AM by Jackson Cobb ]
I had a great time yesterday. Several of us were at the state Capitol as part of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition Day on the Hill. I won't go into it here, but I will here on my blog. The bottom line: I feel more like a Minnesotan now that I've met my legislators.

Of course, I could feel more like a Minnesotan just by driving in all this snow! I'm coming to like it. That's something, right?

I hope your day is doing well, and that you're looking forward to this weekend as much as I am. As a family, we have a full weekend with Encore at Eagan High School, a speech tournament at Eastview High School, and of course, to keep ourselves centered through it all, church on Sunday. 

Here's what we have coming up as a church community:

Game Night Tonight
Unless I send out an email later saying the roads are just too slippery, we're still on for games and fellowship tonight at 7:00. If you want to bring a game to play, by all means, bring it!

Muffins and Mimosas Saturday
The women of the church are invited to Debbie and Angela's tomorrow morning at 10:00. A good time will be had by all.

Sunday Focus
The Sunday morning 9:30 study hour will look at the idea of covenant, particularly the covenant traditions associated with Abraham in Genesis. The children's Sunday School will focus on one covenant story in particular, from Genesis 15, and feature special guest storyteller Carol Oslund. Then in worship, we will look at how, by relying on God's unconditional love, we are able to move From Despair to Hope.

Centering Prayer
The Centering Prayer group meets Monday night from 7 – 8 p.m.

Wednesday Night Series to Begin
From the website, where we have a new Wednesday Nights page:
Wednesday nights at Spirit of Joy are a time of community-building. We share a meal, enjoy each other's company, and engage in serious study together. Everyone is welcome.

The current season begins a study of Howard W. Stone and James O. Duke, How to Think Theologically, 2nd ed. The second edition has updated case studies, added resources, and expanded the final chapter into two.  They write:

"theological reflection is not only a personal but also an interactive, dialogical, and community related process. The voices of others are heard. Some of these voices, like those of the biblical writers, come from texts of centuries past. Others are those of our contemporaries. Still others are our own. These voices offer us food for thought to be heeded or debated or improved upon or set aside as unhelpful" (p. 4). 

Your voice is welcome, too! To order as an ebook, go to Google Books Nook, or Amazon's Kindle Edition. To order hard copy, tryAmazon or another online retailer. You may also download the study guide by Rev. Ben Hubert.

Readings for each week:
  • Feb 20  Stone and Duke, How to Think Theologically, 2nd ed., Introduction
  • Feb 27  Chapter 1: Faith, Understanding, and Reflection
  • Mar 6    Chapter 2: Fashioning Theology
  • Mar 13  Chapter 3: Resources for Theological Reflection
  • Mar 20  Chapter 4: Theological Method
  • Mar 27  Chapter 5: The Gospel
  • Apr 3     Chapter 6: The Human Condition
  • Apr 10   Chapter 7: Vocation
  • Apr 17  Chapter 8: Theological Reflection in Christian Community
  • Apr 24  Chapter 9: Forming Spirit
Again, I hope you have a lovely weekend. Be warm. Be safe. See you on Sunday, if not before!

Blessings and Peace.