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Guest Preacher: Rev. Ben Groth on Sunday, July 26

Rev. Ben Groth is the pastor/redeveloper of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in New Orleans, LA. He is also a PhD student in the History Department at Tulane University studying the relationship between Christianity and white supremacy. He and his wife Chloe, a violinist and Suzuki Violin teacher, are thrilled to be living in New Orleans along with their two toddlers. Previously, Ben …

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Become a Blood Donor

Have you ever considered donating blood? This is a great time to do it, because there is a shortage of all blood types. Accidents and surgeries have not taken a holiday because of the pandemic. Claudia Bubeck donated for the first time at the start of the pandemic and has continued to donate. This month she got her Wonder Woman t-shirt …

Photo Collage: 4 images A black and White historical photo of the Capital Crawl with Anita Cameron climbing the steps of the capital in DC on March 12, 1990, A color photo of red, white and blue flag with stars in the shape of the universal sign for disability, A black and white photo of Rev. Harold Wilke signing a document with his foot and red, white and blue image with text reading ADA 30 1990-2020 Americans with Disabilities Act Celebrate the ADA! July 26, 2020

Get Your Disability Pride On! Celebrating 30 Years of the ADA

In July, we joyously celebrate Disability Pride Month and this year, the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law July 26, 1990. Yes, our hard work has paid off. This landmark Civil Rights Law, the ADA, provides all citizens who have a disability or become a person with a disability equal access to public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and …

Socially Conscious Cinema August 2020 – Come Join Us!

Participate in thoughtful discussions on topics that engage the heart and mind with your thinking friends. The discussion about the documentary “The Force” brought forth unexpected insights that motivated attendees to delve deep into their personal history with Police. We all recalled negative and/or positive interactions that have shaped our attitudes about Police today. We considered many possibilities for change, …

Open Chapel: Time Horizons

Wednesday, August 5, 6 pmhttps://zoom.us/j/906176831 Many people are saying time has gotten weird during the pandemic. Without many of the usual markers of the passage of time – going places, seeing people, etc – it can feel like time is suuuuper slow or super quick or both at the same time! Religion and spirituality also have a lot of messages …

Results of Pandemic Engagement Survey

Last month, we invited the congregation to participate in a Pandemic Engagement Survey, in hopes of evaluating how we’re doing as a church serving the spiritual needs of our community, and how we might continue to adjust and experiment in the days (weeks, months, years?) ahead. We received 78 responses, and lots of thoughtful feedback – which we are still …

Save the Date: Healthy Congregations Workshop, Saturday, September 12

Be part of an amazing daylong online training in family systems and conflict resolution by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center’s superlative teacher Richard Blackburn! This session will be for member churches of the Northern California Nevada Conference UCC and offered at a special rate for our members. Scholarships available for those of limited means–don’t let money be an obstacle to …

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Accompaniment Team Urgent Needs

Our Accompaniment Team has been following up every lead possible looking for housing for Melissa and her family. Every time we ask her what her top goal is, she says “a stable place for my children to live.”  Because of your generosity, we have $4000 available for her to move in to a room or shared house. We imagine this …