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June 18, 2019, 3:00 PM

Human Categories - Thought for the Week, 6/18/19


Thought for the Week – June 18, 2019

 

This Sunday’s reading from Paul’s letter to the Galatians features one of the Christian Church’s central beliefs about baptism. Paul boldly states that, in Christ, “there is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female.” All of the categories that had divided us for all of human history are washed away in the waters of baptism. Unfortunately, society in general and Christian Churches in general do not always live into this part of our baptismal covenant. How can we live into Paul’s assurance that divisive human categories are erased by our baptism? What might our world look like if we truly embodied the power of baptism?

 

Announcements:

 

Calling all households with youth and young adults! Please keep your eyes open for a survey about “Home, Heart, and Community,” our inaugural summer program with local Episcopal Churches. Your input is needed to make sure we meet your family’s needs so please turn in the survey as soon as possible! You can also provide your responses via email to Reverend Foley (priest.spbb@gmail.com) or by calling the church office (732-356-0247).

The next Mr. Subs fundraiser is TODAY. Mr. Subs generously sends a portion of their proceeds for the day to Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. There is no coupon required so be sure to stop by between 10 AM and 8 PM for your lunch and/or dinner! Mr. Subs is located at the corner of Tea Street and Union Avenue in Bound Brook, across from the ShopRite.

There is a planning meeting for “Home, Heart, Community” on Saturday, June 22, at 10 AM in Rennell Hall. Anyone interested in making the inaugural summer program with local Episcopal Churches a success is welcome to attend. Hope to see you there!

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Coffee Hour is an important opportunity for fellowship, providing time together for conversation and catching up. Donations of time and food are welcome. Please sign up on the sheet to the right of the kitchen window in Rennell Hall. For suggestions, please see Nancy McEwan, Jean Hinkson, or Reverend Foley.


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