We at Shalom Community Church strive to fulfill a vision of shalom, to embody the love, compassion and justice of Jesus in our personal and community journeys. Without exception, all who share this vision are welcome to participate in the full life of the church. We value the creative tension and the strength that result from sharing differences in beliefs within the community and we are committed to pilgrimage peacefully, simply, together.
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In a Mirror Dimly
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.”
I’m drawn to this passage because it feels like a validation for me, and a validation of me. Sometimes I feel as if I’m adrift in a sea of people who are so self-assured and confident that they know the answers—American society tends to promote this kind of cockiness—and in this sea I’m happy to find connection with fellow swimmers who are not ultimately sure, who have questions, doubts, insecurities, can show weakness and be vulnerable. Not that I want to surround myself with fellow swimmers who are all just drowning in despair and uncertainty, but I appreciate it when people can utilize strength as well as acknowledge weakness, share what they know and do not know. Read more
Time for School Kits!
This year we will be gathering supplies for the Mennonite Central Committee school kits. There will be a box out on Sundays to collect the items and we will have the youth put them together during the congregational meeting on September 14th.
Contents (NEW items only):
- 4 spiral or perforated notebooks (8 1⁄2 x 10 1⁄2 in and 70 sheets)
- 8 unsharpened pencils
- 1 ruler (flat, flexible plastic; indicating both 30 cm and 12 in)
- 12 colored pencils (in packaging)
- 1 large pencil eraser
125,513 kits were shipped last year to Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Ethiopia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lebanon, Burundi, Ukraine, Haiti, Russia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), U.S., Serbia and El Salvador.