Peace United Church of Christ

News from the June 25th Bulletin

Encountering Different Traditions

To learn about different faiths and practices in order to help us appreciate our own, the Confirmation class made two visits last weekend. On Saturday we went to the Islamic Center of Topeka. Imam Hazim, who has welcomed our confirmation classes in the past, once again was a most generous host. Although it was during Ramadan, and although Muslims fast from sunup to sundown every day of the month, we were given juice and fresh fruit and homemade cookies. (“You’re not fasting!” said the Imam.) We were also invited to the evening meal that breaks the fast, but that was not held until 8:45 in the evening.
We learned a lot. More so than on other visits in years past, Imam Hazim spoke critically of those who practice violence against others in the name of Islam. We agreed that those who practice these things are no more Islamic than those in, for example, the “Christian Identity Movement” are Christian.
Imam Hazim has written a book for non-Muslims like us entitled “Islam in the Heartland.” We’ll have a copy in the library after the pastor finishes reading it.
On Sunday morning we got all dressed up to attend Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Manhattan. It was a strange beginning: at 10:40 we were the only ones in the building! It seems that the pastor commutes from Kansas City (She’d never heard of Alma Cheese!) and many folks carpool and all seem to arrive about the same time.
Anyway, the congregation is about the size of our own. They have a small (but powerful) choir. The congregation is racially integrated. They made quite a deal over Fathers’ Day, handing out gifts and dedicating fathers to their calling “In the Name of Jesus.” The passing of the peace is quite a ritual. “They are SO friendly!” said several of our class members. Some spoke of hoping to return again in the future. No one complained about the service lasting an hour and a half, but they DID complain that their pastor did not let them remain for a Fathers’ Day brunch to which we were invited. Their pastor had promised some fathers back at Peace Church that their children would be home for dinner that day.

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Family Fun Nights

The Consistory thought we ought to have some fun nights as a congregation, as we have other years. Here is the date of the first: Friday, July 21st. We’ll go to West Ridge Lanes and Family Fun Center, where there is bowling, miniature golf and go-carts. We’re reserved there from 7:00 - 9:00, although we can change this. The cost is $12 per person.

VBS Dates Announced

We will hold Vacation Bible School at the END of summer vacation - mornings of August 7-11. We’ll then have our NEXT Family Fun Night the evening of August 11. There will be VBS songs, games, food and ice cream.

Church Day at White Memorial Camp

The last Sunday of August, August 27th, is becoming the time every year when UCC churches in our area are invited to a day of worship, fun, and fellowship at Camp White. This will be our final summer “Family Fun” event. As we’ve done now for several years, we’ll have a cookout, potluck, and a day to enjoy swimming, hayrides, prairie surfing, boating, etc.
The Confirmation class and mentors will be holding their retreat at the camp the day and night before. This is the retreat where we have time for prayer and consideration of what it means to confess a faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Plants, Anyone??

Our plants in the annex are getting too large, and we are considering updating our plants as a memorial to Elvera Gehrt. Anyone who has a use for any of the plants in the annex - please take them.

Camperships

Once again, Peace Church will share the cost of camp with anyone attending a Camp White event, including “Last Blast” July 30-August 5 or the young adventure three day camp that same week. (for those having completed K-3.)
When registering, use the code. The code is available in the office. Peace Church, through the general fund and through memorials for Betty Dieball, will pay $200 of a full week’s camp, or $100 of a junior camp.

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