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School for Christian Growth Fall 2018 First Term

Tuesday evenings 7 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
September 25–October 30

Classes are free and open to all. We serve a light vegetarian dinner before the class, for which we request a $5 donation. We value the conversation and sense of community we share during the meal and clean-up and find it deepens our connection to the classes that follow. Dinner starts at 7:00 and classes begin at 7:45.

We are offering the following two classes this term. You need not be a member of Seekers Church to participate.

Genesis Stories

Led by Deborah Sokolove and David Lloyd

The stories in Genesis ask questions that resonate within us: Why do we feel a divine spark within ourselves? Why do we feel estranged from God? Why do we hate our brothers and sisters? How does God work through us for larger purposes?—to name just a few. As we explore the text in modern English, we will share our experiences with these and other questions. There will be reading and written assignments each week. This class meets the requirement of a Hebrew Scriptures class for those seeking to become a Steward.

Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time

Led by Marjory Bankson and Glenn Clark

Marcus Borg’s book Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time begins with this challenge: “Talk to us about Jesus and make it personal.” Borg had never engaged the text from the perspective of his own story before. And that’s how we will begin this class. What is your story? How have you encountered Jesus at different times in your life?

Borg focuses on three overarching stories in the Hebrew Testament: the Exodus, the Priestly period and the Exile period. We will examine those as frameworks through which a community might encounter Jesus. Through this mosaic of stories, we hope you will be able to meet Jesus again with fresh eyes. We will be using Borg’s book and the Bible as texts. Come join us for the journey!

Carroll Cafe — Friday, October 12

Magpie

45th DC Anniversary Concert

The acclaimed duo MAGPIE is Terry Leonino (harmonica, mandolin, fretted dulcimer, and rhythm guitar) and Greg Artzner (lead guitar). Terry’s voice is an impressive instrument whether she’s singing jazz, folk, or contemporary songs. Greg’s high baritone and captivating interpretation give power and beauty to the full spectrum of Magpie’s eclectic repertoire. Magpie has always embraced a veritable musical rainbow, with impressive proficiency in genres from classic country to swing to blues to contemporary.

Doors open at 7:00 PM.

Tasty treats available in the kitchen!

Show time is 7:30 PM.

Make your reservations now at the Carroll Café website.

 

Seekers Gallery in August

Artists in Exile: Art as Fabric for Healing

August 2 – September 30, 2018

Opening Reception is Sunday, August 5th at 12:00
Curator & Artist talk at 12:30

This installation is part of a series of exhibits of art by Iraqi refugees. The exhibits will be in the Washington DC metro area from August 2018 through July 2019. The exhibits are a project of Mel Lehman/ www.commonhumanity.org  For more information about the series of exhibits please contact
eggersm@ix.netcom.com or 703-426-1732.

To arrange a viewing, other than Sunday mornings after worship services, please contact Sandra: sandra@seekerschurch.org.

Domestic Giving 2018

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 2018 the community affirmed support for 25 domestic missions and ministries listed here. For easy access to more information, the name of each organization is linked to its website.

HOUSING

L’Arche of Greater Washington
Manna, Inc.
N Street Village
Silver Spring Village
Center for Wisdom’s Women

EDUCATION/CULTURE

First Book
For Love of Children (FLOC)
Free Minds Book Club
Hispanic Summer Program (Union Theological Seminary)
Luce Center for Arts and Religion
Maryland Choral Society
Museum of the Palestinian People
Muslim Women’s Coalition

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR

Dayspring Overlook Retreat House
Christ House & Christ House Art Program
Discipleship Year
Festival Center
Potter’s House

OTHER

Arlington THRIVE
HIPS, DC
Caron Foundation LGBT HIV/AIDS Retreats

ADVOCACY

Center for Medicare Advocacy
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake
PICO – Sanctuary DMV
WORDE (World Organization for Resource Development and Education)

Here are the domestic missions and ministries we are supporting this year. to visit their web sites, click on the name of the organization.

International Giving 2018

Seekers Church continues to support many missions and ministries in the United States and other countries. Once again, this year the amount budgeted for international giving is almost 20% of what we expect to receive in offerings over the course of the year.

Once our overall 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 18th the community met to determine how our international giving will be distributed. At that community meeting we affirmed support for 12 international missions and ministries:

Middle East

New Story Leadership – Israel/Palestine
Rhiza Collective Documentary Film – Israel/Palestine

Africa

Bokamoso Youth Foundation – South Africa
Othandweni Day Care and Guest House – South Africa
Volta Region Early Childhood Education Outreach Program – Ghana
Programme Nutrition & Eye Care (PRONEC) – Uganda

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
El Mundo para Puerto Morelos – Mexico
Center for Development in Central America (CDCA) – Nicaragua