October 2, 2016
WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY - The first Sunday in October is designated as World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our oneness in Christ with all our brothers and sisters around the world. Paul tells us that we are to “discern the body” when we partake of Holy Communion, mindful that we note our relationship to all our brothers and sisters in Christ in the celebration. One is not to go hungry while another is drunk! (I Cor. 11:21). This is scandalous behavior opposed to the Way of Christ. Thus it is appropriate that World Communion Sunday is also a time when we receive the annual Peace and Global Witness Offering as a way of continuing the ancient Christian practice of sharing what we have with brothers and sisters in need.
GENEROSITY PLEDGE DRIVE - A reminder that we are in the midst of our “Generosity Pledge Drive” where we prayerfully consider how God is calling us to respond to our Creator’s generosity. It would be a tremendous gift to Cottonwood if you were able to return a pledge card to the church office by Sunday, October 23rd. You can put your pledge cards in the offering plate, drop them at the office, or mail them back to us. Thank you ahead a time for your prayerful, generous support of the ministry and mission of Cottonwood.
GENEROSITY CELEBRATION - On Sunday, October 23rd, following the 11:00 a.m. worship service we will have a pot-luck celebration of God’s generosity in our lives. The Generosity Ministry Team will provide the desserts, drinks, and table-ware. We look forward to this fun time of sharing life together.
THE PRESBYTERY OF UTAH - Looking for a good part-time job? The Presbytery of Utah, a regional administrative and support organization for 21 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations within its bounds has a job opening. The position is Office Manager. It is part-time (10 hours a week). It has two dimensions: the usual office manager kinds of things and bookkeeping. The office is located in a building on the corner of South Temple and I Street in Salt Lake City. Contact Jeff Silliman, Interim Executive Presbyter, for detailed information. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and (801) 503-7499. The position will be open until filled.
ADULT CE CLASS - The two adult CE classes are meeting together for 10 weeks to study Jim Wallis’s acclaimed book, “America’s Original Sin – Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America.” The class meets in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday Mornings.
All are welcome to join the conversation, which will be facilitated by Pastor Tom, Sue Martin, and others.
PRAYER GROUP - Each Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in the prayer room of the church you are invited to gather with others in a time of focused prayer. These gatherings last about an hour.
SMALL GROUP: Monday night small group with Craig Bingham! We are starting up a 7-week-long small group focused on 1 John! The first meeting will be October 10th, and the last meeting will be November 21st. We will meet every Monday evening from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the church (specific room TBD). 1 John is one of the shorter letters of the New Testament, written in very simple, straight forward language--and yet it manages to be one of the most profound accounts of the Christian faith ever written. Come discuss and learn more about it! There will be sign-up sheets with more information in the Fellowship Hall. If you want to be a part of this, but just can't make it on Monday nights, get in contact with Craig to figure something out.
THE PRAYER SHAWL GROUP - Meets October 5th from 1-2:30 p.m. in room one.
WOMEN’S LUNCH BUNCH - Thursday, October 13th, 11:45 a.m. at Olive Garden located at 6305 S. State St. Please RSVP to Virginia Hartsook at 801-274-0489 by noon, Wednesday, October 12th.
CIRCLE 4 will meet Tuesday, October 18th at 12:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Pastor Jeff Silliman will be leading us through the Horizons Bible Study Guide - “Who Is Jesus”.
MEN’S GOLF GROUP
Every Tuesday, at 3:30 p.m.
Mick Riley Golf Course, 421 E. Vine St., Murray
No reservations necessary!!!
Just show up for a fun time of golf and fellowship.
MEN’S LUNCH - Wednesday, October 19th, 11:30 a.m. at Anna’s, 4700 South 900 East. RSVP to the church office at 801-278-4619.
Kids Eat! No Child Should EVER Go Hungry
The congregation has been very generous providing backpack food items for the KidsEat mission project. Our work is almost complete. Please join the children and youth in filling 100 backpacks today following the 11:00 a.m. service. Look for the children in room #10 or #12 and work alongside a child to help fill the packs. Let’s help assure that those children at risk do not go hungry on weekends. Thank you for supporting KidsEat with your gifts. In Christ, Discipleship Ministry Team
Saturday, October 15th, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
A Great gathering to celebrate the end of the Harvest!
Kids of all ages are invited…
Join us for pumpkin decorating, hay rides, face painting, and storytelling around a fire. Enjoy the last hot dog roast of the season.
Bring the whole family including grandmas & grandpas.
And be prepared for a few surprises.
MISSION AND OUTREACH
Mission took a load of selected women's clothing to Dress for Success. This organization provides professional clothing for women going on job interviews or beginning a new job which requires them to be dressed professionally. Presently located in a temporary office in Draper, the organization is looking for new, more centrally located, premises. If the congregation is willing to separate professional clothing from other clothing, which will continue to be donated to Crossroads, the Mission committee hopes to support Dress for Success in the future.
CROSSROADS URBAN CENTER – Food for the month of October is small juices (boxes, individual bottles, etc. CROSSROADS THRIFT STORE – Items for the month of October are blankets & warm clothes.