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Year 2 of the Cultivating Cares Community garden!

The second year of the Cultivating Cares Community Garden has begun. Preparation and planting began on April 28, 2022. Follow along this year, and consider volunteering your time and energy to feeding our community. If you would like to volunteer at the cultivating care donation garden, please contact the Williamson County Extension Office at (618) 993-3304. Volunteer Tasks: Visit 3-4 times times…

Worship Update – March 2022

At our March Session meeting (3/9/2022), we had some significant discussion around masking and not masking, that probably reflects the congregation as a whole. There are some who will come back if we made masking optional, and some who would stay away longer. Depending on the individual risk factors, people will make individual decisions about masking, as they have been doing already…

Worship Update – October 17, 2021

An update about our worship – Session has determined that we will resume worship in person, with masks and distancing as requirements for our worship together. We are shifting back to lifting our voices in song, while we stay masked and distanced. We will continue to have Zoom as an option, and encourage you to make the best decision for yourself and your family about how you will be worshiping.

The Cultivating Cares Community Garden

We got a call on March 9th to see if we would be willing to provide space for a Community Garden to provide fresh food to local food pantries. Fresh food is expensive, and often too expensive for those who are food insecure or the agencies that provide aid to the food insecure. Session was excited about the idea, and since that…

Community Lenten Services 2021

We gather again this year for Lent, and to gather as the community of God gathered in mission, service, and worship together in Marion. This year, our worship will be online, and shared with our community in a prerecorded format. Videos will be posted to premiere at 6 pm on Tuesday evenings in Lent, as woudl be our time if we were…

Worship Updates

Friends, The Session wanted to relay to you some of our discussions about worship as we head into the fall and Advent and Christmas. We have been worshiping via Zoom for 7 months now, and we have begun to have a small group of people back in the worship space.  In the short term, we will continue holding a hybrid worship service.…

Online Worship Updates

For the foreseeable future, our worship will be based online. We are using Zoom as our worship platform. You can download Zoom from https://zoom.us/download or from your mobile platform app store. For the connection information please contact the church office. If you’d like to follow along in worship later, then we have two options: You can find our online worship recordings on…

June 26, 2022 – Nicodemus x3 – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

John 3:1-9, John 7:37-52, John 19:38 -42 Nicodemus is a religious authority. He enters this story in the middle of the night. He is curious about Jesus, and recognizes something in Jesus that draws him in. And yet, Nicodemus doesn’t get it after the first encounter. Something changes, and Nicodemus becomes brave enough to go against his peers, in the light of…

June 19, 2022 – Andrew x3 – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

John 1:35-42, John 6:1-10, John 12:16-26 We will continue looking at threes and disciples for a couple of weeks. This week is Andrew. There is a pattern of his behavior in the Gospel of John, in which Andrew consistently helps guide people to Jesus. He doesn’t get a whole lot of attention, but appears and guides people to Jesus. He takes his…

June 12, 2022 – They come in Threes – Trinity Sunday

John 18:15-27 and John 21:1-19 We talk about things coming in threes. Often deaths, or bad things, and infrequently good things do we mentioning coming in threes. Then, of course, there is the Trinity. These two passages have some threes in them, and some of the same characters and setting pieces, There’s Peter, there’s Jesus, there’s a charcoal fire, and some questions…

May 29, 2022 – Remember – 7th Sunday of Easter

Philippians 2:1-13 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who became obedient to death. Paul reminds the church at Philippi and the church at 1200 S Carbon what it is we are to be about. You’d think we wouldn’t forget – we’re supposed to worship weekly, and pray more often than that, but sometimes we do forget. Paul…

May 22, 2022 – Big Names and No Names – 6th Sunday of Easter

Philippians 1:1-18a Paul in prison, thankful for the Philippians’ partnership in the gospel. This the start of Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi. It shows an interesting side of Paul. Paul writes to them out of the beginning of the history of the Church. These letters are going to end up being foundational to the character of the Church, and I think…

May 15, 2022 – Full of Idols – 5th Sunday of Easter

Acts 17:16-31 Sermon at Athens: What you worship as unknown, I proclaim to you. Paul is safely in Athens while fleeing from Thessalonica. Paul is here in safety, awaiting the arrival of Silas and Timothy. Paul is in the synagogue and in the marketplace, preaching, evangelizing, arguing, and debating. He isn’t completely successful –Acts tells us they called him a babbler. So, they…

May 8, 2022 – Prisoner for Christ – 4th Sunday of Easter

Acts 16:16-34 Paul and Silas in prison at Philippi, jailor and his family are baptized Paul is on the road here. He has moved from being Saul to being Paul, and from persecuting followers of the Way to being a follower of the Way. Along with Timothy, he is traveling and evangelizing, when the come to Philippi, where a family is converted…

May 1, 2022 – Called to take a risk – 3rd Sunday of Easter

Acts 9:1-19a Paul and Ananias, each called into Christ’s service Saul is in a rage. Those Christians really tick him off. Blasphemous, heretical, unholy, spreading lies, and Saul is going to get them and get them good. Saul collects his letters and his authority and heads towards Damascus to look for followers of the Way. Then he has a ‘come to Jesus’…