Springdale News for Sunday, September 25th
Did you think we'd forgotten you this week since the email wasn't out around lunchtime on Thursday? Not a chance! It's just been very busy around the office here as of late, and I didn't get this completed until later in the day on Thursday.
In any case, this Sunday, our sermon will be based on Luke 16:19-31:
‘There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.” But Abraham said, “Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.” He said, “Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.” Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.” He said, “No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.” He said to him, “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” '
This isn't one of the Jesus most well-known or referred to parables. Sermons based on this parable often focus on the issue of money - the comparison of the financially rich and poor. That's absolutely a major aspect that Jesus is teaching about. But the issue goes beyond only money. I believe the parable is also about the issue of living our lives with the peace and justice that God created us for and intends us to know and enjoy. One thing that I noticed as I read this parable this week is that, contrary to my memory and assumptions about what's actually written into the story, there's really no indication that the rich man had ever consciously mistreated the poor man in any way that may have caused his punishment in the story. In fact, there really isn't any indication that he and Lazarus had ever even personally met. They were just living out their respective lives in the reality of their two very different circumstances.
It's certainly no secret that this very issue is a major point of discussion and debate within our current culture. In social justice discussions, whether within the church or otherwise, we often consider overt, intentionally hostile acts of injustice that need to be addressed. But we also consider the much more subtle forms of injustice in the world - those passive, subconscious, or institutional/systemic forms, which are arguably more damaging and dangerous than the intentionally hostile acts of individuals.
Is there, in fact, a parallel between this story and the conversation happening between, for example, whites and blacks in our current society, and the issues and concerns experienced by both? I think there is, and we'll touch on that a bit this Sunday. I hope to see you then.
Music This Week:
(please follow the links provided to hear these if you aren't familiar with them)
Gathering Music - Jesus Messiah
Opening Song - This is Amazing Grace
Sermon Hymn #772 - Live into Hope
Offering Music - Be Thou My Vision
Communion Hymn #520- Taste and See
Sending Song - You are Holy
Prelude - Carillon, Op. 19, No. 3
Opening Hymn #401 Here in This Place
Response Hymn #582 Glory to God, Whose Goodness Shines on Me - Yes, we did this last week - so now you'll know it for this week. :)
Sermon Hymn #772 Live into Hope
Offering Music - A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Doxology #643 Now Thank We All Our God
Sending Hymn #853 - We Are Marching in the Light of God (Siyahamba) - Put your hands together and bask in the love of God as we sing this joyful favorite.
Assisting in Worship This Week:
Greg Nickels (9:00)
Sarah Abraham (9:00)
Hester Haick (11:00)
Judy Martiny (9:00)
Dennis & Penny McNulty (11:00)
Dan Butke & Jenny Pritchett (9:00)
Greg & Susan Cohen, Ed & Nancy Lewis(11:00)
Mark Hebert (9:00)
Dan Butke & Jenny Pritchett (9:00)
Spiritual Nurture This Sunday (and beyond)
Peace & Global Witness Offering
The Peace & Global Witness Offering, one of our four denominational special offerings, will be received today and October 2, World Communion Sunday. Our congregation will retain 25% of this offering to support local peacemaking ministries Another 25% of the offering will go to our Mid-Kentucky Presbytery, and the remaining 50% will go to the Presbyterian Mission Agency for peacemaking throughout the world. Offering envelopes are available in the pews. Checks should be written to SPC with Peace & Global Witness offering written in the note section.
PYC Walk for Hunger
Please help support our PYC as they participate in the 2016 Hunger Walk today, September 25th, at Tom Sawyer Park at 2:30, to benefit the Dare to Care Food Bank. We have a great group of youth, and we should all be proud that they're committing to be part of this important part of eliminating hunger and food insecurity in Louisville. One in six families here in Kentuckiana struggle for the food they need to be healthy, and all of you can help make a difference. Let's all give the PYC our moral support and encouragement. But let's also remember that you can't write a check on moral support. Please, if you're financially able to do so, go to the team page, by clicking here , and make a financial contribution to help them meet their goal of raising $500 for the food bank. Come on, put on your Springdale T shirts and join the youth in the walk!
Red Cross Blood Drive Today
Today is the day! If you're able, please, participate in the American Red Cross Blood Drive . If you are age 17 or older, 110 lbs. in good health, and meet several other guidelines, please plan to give blood on Sunday, September 25, from 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM. So you'll have time to give blood, and then head over to the park to walk with the youth!
Also - Pastor Meet & Greet Today
Note that if you're scheduled to attend the meet & greet at the Kirkpatricks, today is the day, 2:00 - see you there!
Edgar & Betty Vaughan have transitioned to their new home at the Forum. They would appreciate visits from their extended Springdale family, as well as any offers of transportation to attend church. if you'd like their new address or might be able to offer our friends a ride, contact the church office for more details.
Murder under the Big Top - Coming Soon!
Our second annual Murder Mystery Party is Friday, November 11, from 7-11pm. As with last year, proceeds will benefit the PYC. The cost is a bargain - a mere $15 per person for a full evening of fun, entertainment, mystery, and.... murder. :) Childcare will be provided that night as well.
The theme is the circus - Murder Under the Big Top! Please RSVP yes if you're free to come that night (and invite your friends!) We need to get an idea of how many are coming by late September to send out parts for the night of!
If you can't come or don't want to play along, we will need help with setup, cleanup, decorations and food, so please contact Laura Hagan at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Springdale 101" - New Member Class Coming
Several people have voiced a possible interest in becoming new members of our congregation, so we'll be conducting membership classes in the near future. The dates are still to be determined, but they will consist of three class sessions, each of which will be casual and enjoyable - well, at least I think they will be, anyway. If you'd like to be part of these upcoming classes, contact me or the church office.
Pastor Meet & Greets
Want some face time with the new pastor the old-fashioned way - with people actually sitting together and talking instead of gazing at Facebook or Twitter? Great! Sign-up in the gathering area for one of the Meet-n-Greets scheduled in the homes of church members on Sunday afternoons this Fall from 2:00-3:30. The groups will be small - no more than 12 people - and will be a wonderful opportunity to chat, laugh, and share our stories together. If/when the slots are all filled, we WILL arrange more opportunities to meet the demand.
Follies Will Be Here Soon
This year, Follies is scheduled for Sunday, October 9 at 7pm - and we need your help! This year's theme is "Through the Decades at Springdale". Everyone, young, old, and in-between, is invited to be part of this fun annual variety show. Suggestions for acts would be skits, songs, or funny stories from Springdale or the broader Louisville community - use your imagination!
Important dates to note:
Thursday-9/22 at 12 p.m. Deadline for entries - see below
Sunday-9/25 at 12:15 p.m.: Planning meeting for Follies-put the program together!
Saturday-10/8 from 10 a.m. to Noon: Follies rehearsal
Sunday-10/9 at 7 p.m.: Follies - Yay!!!
Come on, Springdale, let's see your talent, whatever that might be! The deadline for signing up is Thursday-9/22 at 12 p.m. Please contact Denise Whittington at email@example.com to sign up.
An Invitation from Our Rabbouni Friends
The Rabbouni Catholic Community is currently hosting a talk series, "Freedom from Guilt, Freedom to Love." The first talk was on September 14th, but there are two more talks scheduled:
Online, Direct Deposit, and Online/Mobile Giving
Options for financially supporting the church other than dropping something into the traditional offering plate are quickly becoming the norm for many people. In order to make your stewardship efforts as easy as possible, Springdale offers online giving on our website and automatic transfer of funds. For an authorization form or information, contact the church office - 425-1760. An even easier option is to simply set up a regularly scheduled automatic payment to the church, as you might do for your cable/internet service or other recurring charges, through your bank's online/mobile banking feature.
Food Pantry Donations
Springdale is glad to be a supporter of the Portland Avenue Presbyterian Church's Food Pantry. Look for the shopping cart in our Gathering Space, which is where we collect items to contribute. Currently, there is a need for: canned fruit/vegetables, peanut butter, tuna, cereal, rice, or macaroni and cheese; and personal items such as shampoo, toothpaste, dish soap, deodorant, laundry soap, DIAPERS, etc. Also needed: clothing for children and men, and especially linens and bath towels. We hope you'll be a part of this important part of our mission efforts.
Food Truck Fridays!
What a neat idea! Our friends at Harvey Brown Presbyterian, 311 Brown's Lane, are currently holding monthly events called Food Truck Fridays. The final two for the year will be September 16 and October 21. Food from six or more food trucks, beer, soft drinks, and live music are available from 6-9pm. If you've got some spare time on those dates, you might want to swing by and check it out.
Springdale Calendar This Week
Sunday, September 25
* 9:00 a.m. Worship
* 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Blood Drive
* 10:00 a.m. Spiritual Nurture
* 11:00 a.m. Worship
* 12:15 p.m. PYC - Hunger Walk
* 12:30 p.m. Follies meeting
*2:00 Pastor Meet & Greet @ Kirkpatricks
*2:30 p.m. PYC Hunger Walk
Monday, September 26
* 7:00 p.m. Belles & Beaux hand bells
Tuesday, September 27
* 1:00 p.m. Classy Seniors
* 7:00 p.m. Praise Team
Wednesday, September 28
* 7:00 p.m. Adult choir
Saturday, October 1
* 8:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast
Sunday, October 2
* 10:00 a.m. Spiritual Nurture
* 11:00 a.m. Worship
* 12:15 p.m. PYC
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