The Rev. Hodari Hamilton has had to cancel for this Sunday so we will be hearing from the Rev. Dr. E. Richard Knox instead. Rich retired to Virginia after 40+ years of ministry in northern New Jersey. Grounded in the powerfully transforming truth of God’s unconditional love, he seeks to make the teachings of Scripture relevant to today’s challenges and encourages all seekers and believers to embody their faith through constructive action for social justice. His ministry includes preaching and teaching. He taught ethics at Manhattan College and taught at Colgate-Rochester Divinity, Union Theological Seminary (Union), and New York Theological Seminary. He received his B.A. from Gettysburg College, M.Div. from Duke, and Ph.D. from Union.
Just as the magi brought gifts to the baby Jesus, we are encouraged to consider what gifts we can bring to God, to the world and to this community of faith. Amanda Beresford will help us celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 22. On January 29 Hodari Hamilton, pastor of First Baptist Church, West Main Street, will be with us in worship.
The church is now participating in Amazon Smile — a fundraising activity for non-profits. Every time you purchase something on Amazon, 0.5% of that purchase will be donated to Sojourners. It costs you nothing to do this – just bookmark this link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-1654071 and proceed like you would using Amazon.com and every time you order through this link, you’ll be supporting Sojourners. IT’S THAT EASY! Please use this link as that’s the only way your order will be credited to our account. Thanks for supporting this new fundraising initiative!
Congratulations to Seth, Sojourners member and a former member-in-discernment who was approved for ordination pending call January 15!
On January 22 following worship there will be an opportunity to hear about plans for a Memorial for Enslaved Laborers that will be created at UVA. A representative of the design team will be with us to give some background, talk about current plans, and solicit our ideas and responses. Please join us in the sanctuary.
Our Racial Justice and Prison Ministry Social Justice Groups will host one more gathering to view and discuss the last installment in this webinar series January 31 (Tues.), 6:00-8:00 pm. It is presented by Rev. Traci Blackmon, UCC Executive Minister of Justice and Witness on “Being an Ally.” You may also view it here: https://vimeopro.com/progressrenew/white-privilege-lets-talk.
Once again, Sojourners and friends of the congregation came through with “flying colors” and 211 kits were delivered to Fluvanna from the church. Because of the abundance this year, the Chaplain will have hygiene supplies to distribute throughout the year to those women who do not have the funds to purchase what they need. With monetary contributions, as well as stamps collected, we were able to send over $200 worth of stamps along with the six large boxes of cards and stationery supplies.
Just as the magi brought gifts to the baby Jesus, we are encouraged to consider what gifts we can bring to God, to the world and to the community of faith at Sojourners.
Rich Knox will return to the church to deliver the sermon on Epiphany Sunday, January 8 and Amanda Beresford will help us celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 22. Then on January 29, Hodari Hamilton, pastor of First Baptist Church, West Main St., will be with us for worship.
As the days shorten, and grow darker, we dwell in the hope that Jesus will come again, and that light will return to our lives. The worship team has crafted numerous opportunities for you and your family to slow down and to experience a meaningful Advent and Christmas. We hope you will join us.
We begin the first Sunday of Advent, November 27, with Rich Knox as our guest preacher.