News & Announcements
- Church Conference, Sunday, November 22 at 10:45 in Fellowship Hall
- Community Thanksgiving Service Tuesday, November 24, 7:00 pm, First Friends Meeting
- Serve at Dayspring Saturday, Nov 28, 10:45-2:00
Prepare and serve a meal for homeless families; bring a dessert without nuts
- Brown Bag Craft & Hobby Group Tuesday, Dec. 1, 9:00-3:00, Schoolfield Room; bring your craft and hobby materials to spend time with friends
- Book Club Friday, Dec. 4, 1:00- 2:30 pm Room 209; to discuss Tomlinson Hill
- Hanging of the Greens
December 4, 6:30 pm; help decorate the sanctuary and building for Christmas; it’s a great activity for the whole family and everyone is invited
- Parents’ Day Away Saturday, December 5, 1:00-5:00; crafts, games, movie for children 1 year old-5th grade; volunteers needed to help youth lead; Signup on the Connection Card
- Visit with Santa Sunday, December 6, 10:45 am in Room 103
- Christkindle Mart December 6, 12:00-5:00 pm; Epworth’s own version of the German Christmas markets filled with homemade items from artisans and crafters; baked goods on sale; all proceeds support missions
- Caroling Visits to Homebound Thursday, December 10, 3:30-5:30 pm
- Advent Celebration Lunch & Caroling Sunday, December 13, 12:00; Fellowship Hall; lunch provided, Signup on the Connection Card
- Psychological & Spiritual First-Aid Saturday, January 9, 8:30 am - Noon; workshop to learn how to reduce initial distress caused by traumatic events and disasters, and enhance resilience; Signup on the Connection Card
- Couples’ Retreat to McCormick Creek State Park
February 19-21; $80/night with an optional one or two night stay plus $25/couple for dinner on Friday night. Space is limited! Payment to Pat Engel reserves your place.
- Save the Date: Youth Mission Trip June 25-July 2 to Wetumpka, AL
We have a great selection of books available for anyone to borrow from our church Library. Here are just a few highlights.
Epiphanies: Where Science and Miracles Meet by Ann Jauregui
To experience an epiphany is to have sudden insight into the essential meaning of something. In an intimate, lyrical integration of the science of psychology and transcendence of spirituality, the author introduces readers to nine individuals who have undergone astonishing transformations by exploring a world quite different from the one described by our five senses. This book exposes a reality outside of everyday existence that has momentous implications for life’s ultimate questions.
The Sunflower by Richard Paul Evans
This novel is set in Peru at an orphanage called El Girasol – The Sunflower. There are several intersecting storylines, including the poverty and pain of the street children served by the orphanage, the dedication and compassion of those on humanitarian missions, danger and adventure, and a love story. The over-all theme is: love is stronger than pain. The story is told through excerpts from a central character’s diary entries.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
A classic of black literature, this novel tells the story of Janie Crawford’s evolving selfhood through three marriages. She finally meets a younger man who engages her heart and spirit in equal measure and gives her the chance to enjoy life without being one man’s mule or another man’s adornment. By the end, Janie and the reader have learned “two things everybody’s got tuh do fuh theyselves. They got tuh go tuh God, and they got tuh find out about livin’ fuh theyselves.”
The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittister
In a world that glorifies youth and degrades old age, the words of Ms. Chittister are a precious gift. This book looks at the many dimensions of aging, the purposes and concerns, struggles and surprises, the potential and joys. Among many essential topics, it talks about the fear of tomorrow and the mystery of forever.