Emily Gilbert’s Memorial Service Homily by Marjory Zoet Bankson

June 29, 2019

Emily was quite specific about her wishes for this memorial service: red balloons, lectionary scriptures (whatever they might be on that given week); support the Goodwin House Foundation or Heifer International rather than spending money for fancy flower arrangements; listen to Marion Anderson sing “My Lord, What a Morning” and Simon & Garfunkel’s version of “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” She was always direct and clear about her preferences.

Her choices give us a thumbnail sketch of Emily. Red was simply her favorite color, not a political statement. By choosing the common lectionary, we know she saw herself within the common body of Christians, not someone who needed special attention.…

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“The Interrupted and Distracted Mind” by David Novello

June 30, 2019

The Third Sunday after Pentecost

In today’s Epistle reading, Paul tells the Galatians that they are called to freedom. He instructs them to stand firm and not use their freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence. He warns not to submit again to a yoke of slavery. Paul wrote concerning desires of the flesh, which he said were opposed to the Spirit. I know these are controversial passages, with debate over what exactly the Greek word “sarx”, commonly translated into English as “the flesh”, truly means.

I won’t touch on this debate, but rather will address a newer type of self-indulgence that makes many of us slaves – a self-indulgence of the mind.

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International Giving 2019

INTERNATIONAL GIVING
2017

Seekers Church continues to support many missions and ministries in the United States and other countries. The amount budgeted for international giving this year approaches 20% of what we expect to receive in offerings over the course of the year. Once our budget for the year was approved, and the overall amount available for international giving had been determined by the Stewards of Seekers Church, all Seekers were invited to request support for missions or ministries where they are personally involved.

After worship on February 19th the community met to determine how our international giving will be distributed. At that community meeting we affirmed support for 13 international missions and ministries:

Global

World Organization for Resource Development & Education (WORDE)

Middle East

New Story Leadership - Israel/Palestine

Rostropovich Vishnevskaya Foundation – Palestine

Africa

Bokamoso Youth Foundation – South Africa        

Othandweni Day Care and Guest House – South Africa

Gospel Power and Truth Ministries – Uganda – Uganda

South Asia

Hope International Development Agency – Myanmar

Central America

PAVA (Programa de Ayuda a los Vecinos del Altiplano) – Guatemala

Collegio Miguel Angel Asturias – Guatemala

San Lucas Toliman Reforestation Project – Guatemala    

Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) – Haiti

Cooperativa de Servicios Múltiples “Tininiska” R. L. – Nicaragua  

El Mundo para Puerto Morelos – Mexico            

 

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Domestic Giving 2019

Seekers Church continues to support many missions and ministries in the United States and other countries. The amount budgeted for domestic giving this year is about 22% of what we expect to receive in offerings over the course of the year. Once our budget is approved each year and the overall amount available for domestic giving has been determined by the Stewards of Seekers Church, all members of the faith community are invited to request support for missions or ministries where they are personally involved.

For 2019 the community affirmed support for 26 domestic missions and ministries listed here. For easy access to more information, the name of each organization is linked to its website.…

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Down the Road Together

A Ministry of Seekers Churchr

The Down the Road project emerged in 2018 from a series of meetings within the Seekers Church community in which we discussed our hopes, fears, plans, and ideas about how we might be a more supportive community for those among us who are dealing with issues of aging or disability in themselves or others.

The first accomplishment of this project has been to create a website (www.downtheroad.life) to provide a forum for Seekers to share information, ideas, resources, plans, and feelings about their own later years or those of their friends and families. The website is open to all, except for the Seekers Chat Room, which is for Seekers only.…

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