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The World of Biblical Israel

Adult Forum: The World of Biblical Israel

Beginning September 9th, Adult Learning will sponsor a multi-part series on ancient Israel. Led by Shelley Wessels, this series will draw on the Great Courses video series “The World of Biblical Israel,” which features Hebrew Bible scholar Cindy Chapman. Chapman attended Vanderbilt Divinity School and is now an Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Oberlin College, where she teaches courses on the Old and New Testaments, suffering and the book of Job, and biblical women, among other topics. She holds a B.A. from Kalamazoo College, an M.Div. from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and a Th.D. from Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University. Here’s a brief description of the course: [...]

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2018 Pick-A-Party Catalog

Come to church Sunday, April 15th to purchase your Pick-A-Party tickets!  Tickets will also be available right here starting April 15th at 11:30a.m. on a first come, first served basis.  If you miss the 15th you will have an additional opportunity on April 22nd after worship, but be aware that many events sell out quickly. [...]

Advent

Advent 2017

FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT — We begin by acknowledging where, and how, we are. Life in  Silicon Valley is fast, competitive, sometimes ruthless, and spiritually violent. Such life often leaves us stressed, scattered, lonely, and distracted. However, if we come to realize that we can get no further on our own, we might turn around and seek community. We might opt for a path that can eventually lead to wholeness. [...]

Spiritual Exploration Group

Beginning on Wednesday, January 7th, Rev. Tom will be offering a weekly opportunity to gather for spiritual inquiry, practice, and support. We will meet over lunch (bring your own) from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., engage in practices like the Lectio Divina, and discuss books and items related to spirituality in the 21st century. We’ll look at Christian scripture and history, and the spiritual traditions of many religious faiths. We will listen to one another and pray together. The intention is simple, to deepen our own sense of spirit, and our spiritual connections to the world.

STAR House

STAR House

The Community Services Ministry Team is once again supporting STAR House (St. Andrew’s Residential Programs) Foster Care in bringing Christmas joy to the youth in their care. We will be donating Christmas gift bags, each filled with a gift card and miscellaneous Christmas “stocking stuffers.” Empty bags may be picked up on Sunday, November 30, and returned either of the following Sundays, December 7th or 14th. Thanks for your support in helping foster youth have a happy holiday!

Sanctuary at Christmas

Christmas Eve Worship

Join us for the candlelight service at 7:00 p.m. or the communion and candlelight service at 11:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Both services include the Chancel Choir and the Christmas Story.

Rocking Horse

Holiday Toy Collection

Help make the holiday season brighter for children and their families! The Community Services Ministry Team is collecting new unwrapped toys and books for the Sacred Heart Community Services Toy Drive. Not sure what to get? Soccer and basketballs, as well as chapter books for pre-teens, are always very popular! Donations may be dropped off in Fellowship Hall on Sunday December 7 and 14. Thank you for your generosity!

Bailey and Rev. Dawn

Message from Rev. Dawn

What a poignant moment this is! Every conversation, every meeting, every worship service reminds me of endings, new beginnings, and the beautiful ministry I have had here at First Congregational Church of San Jose over the past few years. [...]