UPCOMING WORSHIP

 

We are continuing our worship at the Family Life Center:

Fall Schedule & Regular Sunday School

 

*Still - One 10am Worship Service

*Still - at the Family Life Center

 

(*Renovations to our Sanctuary on Bell Street are running behind schedule. 

The new date for our return to Bell Street is November 4.)

 

 

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30

 

Rev. Hamilton Throckmorton preaching on

Love of Neighbor

James 5:13-20

Music by Combined Choirs

 

10AM

Worship & Sunday School

at the Family Life Center

 

SUNDAY OCTOBER 7

 

World Communion Sunday

Rev. Susi Kawolics preaching on 

Recap of Phoenix Affirmations

Hebrews 1: 1-4, 2:5-12

Music by Federated Bell Choir

Communion served

UCC Neighbors in Need offering collected

 

10AM    

Worship & Sunday School

at the Family Life Center

 

SUNDAY OCTOBER 14

 

Rev. Nayiri Karjian, UCC EOA/WRA General Minister, preaching 

Music by Combined Choirs

 

10AM

Worship & Sunday School

at the Family Life Center

 

 

 

 

Sermon Series for September: The Phoenix Affirmations

The vision for Federated Church this year is "Behold how they love one another." In keeping with this theme, our worship planning team has decided to offer a sermon series on The Phoenix Affirmations – a set of twelve principles based on the greatest commandment: Love God, Love Self and Love Neighbor.

 

The Phoenix Affirmations were created by a group of pastors, theologians and biblical scholars from many denominations to articulate a vision for what the Christian faith is called to stand for. These twelve principles fall into groups of four under the headings of the Three Great Loves identified by Jesus (Matthew 22:37-40).

 

A brief summary of these affirmations is as follows: Christian Love of God includes walking fully in the path of Jesus without denying the legitimacy of other paths; listening for God’s Word, which comes in a variety of ways; celebrating the God whose glory is reflected in all of God’s creation; and expressing our love in sincere and artful worship. Christian Love of Neighbor includes treating all as creations made in God’s very image; standing with the outcast and oppressed; preserving religious freedom; and walking humbly with God. Christian Love of Self encompasses the belief that we, and all people, are loved beyond our wildest imaginations, for eternity; that our minds and our hearts are sacred and both serve in the pursuit of truth; that we are called to care for our bodies, taking time to enjoy the benefits of prayer, reflection, worship, and recreation in addition to work; that we are born with a meaning and purpose, a vocation and ministry that serve to strengthen and extend God’s realm of love. Click here for a full version of these affirmations.

 

We will be looking at these through the lectionary readings on the following Sundays:

September 9 – Overview of Phoenix Affirmations — James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17

September 16 – Love of God — James 3:1-12

September 23 – Love of Self — James 3:13 - 4:3, 7-8a

September 30 – Love of Neighbor— James 5:13-20

October 7 – Recap of Affirmations for World Communion Sunday — Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12

 

Please join us for this series as we delve deeper into how to live in Christian love for God, for ourselves, and for others. May we take these commandments so to heart that the world might say – “Behold, how they love one another.”

ACCESSIBILITY AND ACCOMMODATIONS



Accessibility

Both the Bell Street campus and the Family Life Center campus are fully handicapped accessible and have marked handicapped parking.  The entire Family Life Center Campus is on one level.  The Bell Street building has an elevator inside the parking lot entrance that leads to all levels including classrooms, restrooms, offices and the Sanctuary.  The level Bell Street drop-off entrance leads directly into the Narthex.  Inside the Sanctuary there are spaces for individuals in wheelchairs.  Those finding it difficult to sit in pews may find one of the padded armchairs more comfortable.  Ushers and greeters are available for assistance before and throughout services.



Vision and Hearing Concerns

Our Sanctuary is equipped with a Hearing Loop system. This system turns hearing aids into loudspeakers, delivering sound right into the ear. A current is amplified and sent to a magnetic cable loop surrounding the Sanctuary and central section of the balcony. This magnetic cable is installed under the carpet. Sound received with this system has improved quality and clarity. 85% of all hearing aids are equipped with a Telecoil which picks up the magnetic field signal. A person so equipped must visit their audiologist to ensure the Telecoil is activated. The individual simply pushes a button on their hearing aid upon entering the Church and they are immediately wired in when they enter the ‘loop’.


Large print bulletins and hearing aid devices are available in the Narthex.  Reading glasses are also available there to be borrowed by those who may have misplaced their own.  



Communion Accommodations

For communion we use grape juice and bread. An alternative to the bread is available for those with gluten or wheat allergies.