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Welcome to Wedgwood!

At Wedgwood Community Church, we see faith as a journey;
and as a community of faith, it is our desire to be on that journey together, nurturing, encouraging, and giving strength to one another as we learn and grow and move further along our path. We seek to be a place where everyone feels safe to explore a deep connection to God and with each other, knowing that every person's story is different.

We would love to meet you wherever you are on your journey--
so please, come see for yourself who we are at Wedgwood CC!

ACTIVITY NOTES:

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE on MARCH 1, 2017 @ 5:00 P.M.
On Wednesday, March 1, we will be having an Ash Wednesday service. It will run from 5 to 6 PM and will be held in the Fellowship Hall. It will be a unique time of singing, reflection, and prayer as we prepare our hearts for Lent.

PASTORAL INSTALLATION on MARCH 4, 2017 @ 11:00 A.M.
On Saturday, March 4, there will be an installation ceremony for Pastor Sean Brown. It will go from 11 AM to Noon with light snacks to follow down in the Fellowship Hall. All are invited!

MOVIE NIGHT on MARCH 18, 2017 @ 6:00 P.M.
FREE EVENT - ALL ARE WELCOME! Please join us when the Wedgwood Community Church "Movie Club" will be watching a fun mainstream movie and relating it to our Christian life. This month's movie will be Sully. The event takes place in the Fellowship Hall on the BIG PROJECTION SCREEN. If you're able, make sure to bring a movie snack to share!

NEW FELLOWSHIP GROUPS FEBRUARY 15 to APRIL 15
A list of new groupings is now available. The goal is to meet 4 times between February 15 and April 15, roughly corresponding with the season of Lent. Each group has a leader whose name is in bold on the list. Please contact the leader or allow the leader to contact you to organize dates, times, and places for your first round of meetings.

Children Are Welcome
We encourage your children to attend the worship service with you each Sunday! Nursery care is available if desired from 10:50 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Please check with the greeter for directions. In addition, during the worship service, children will be dismissed to activities following the Young Disciples message.


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The Weeks Ahead

Tuesday Bible Study

Tue 2/21 10:00 a.m.

Faith Connections

Tue 2/21 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday Bible Study

Wed 2/22 6:30 p.m.

Worship Service

Sun 2/26 11:00 a.m.

Worship Committee Meeting

Sun 2/26 12:15 p.m.

St. Anne's Ministry

Sun 2/26 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday Bible Study

Tue 2/28 10:00 a.m.

Lunch Bunch

Wed 2/28 12:00 p.m.

Faith Connections

Tue 2/28 7:00 p.m.

Worship Service

Sun 3/5 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 3/12 11:00 a.m.

Movie Club Night

Sat 3/18 6:00 p.m.

Worship Service

Sun 3/19 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 3/26 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 4/2 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 4/9 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 4/16 11:00 a.m.

 Pastor's Ponderings / Ministry Message

More About The Paster

Rev. Sean Brown
 

It has been a wonderful experience to come back and get reacquainted to what I consider to be my church home. Now that I’ve settled in a bit I wanted to give a bit more information about my philosophy and emphases as a pastor. Since age 18 I have had a strong interest in the scriptures, particularly historical criticism of the New Testament. My Masters of Arts in theology focused primarily on the study of Jesus and the gospels. Later on, as I was pursuing my Masters of Divinity, I was looking for a way to incorporate the more academic stuff I learned in my Masters of Arts degree into a philosophy of pastoral ministry. What I discovered is that the Bible, in all its complexity, offers the reader the prospect of a new identity—the identity of how God sees us as opposed to how the world sees us. Through our faith, the Holy Spirit impresses that new identity on our hearts. I view the role of pastor as being one who teaches parishioners about and encourages parishioners to live into that identity. We learn about that identity through adult education opportunities like bible studies. Our identity is enhanced when we, as a church, engage in fellowship and worship activities with one another. And it is out of that identity that we seek to partner with the neighborhood to do ministry. Therefore, my role as pastor is one of integrating all the diverse things we do as Christians under the umbrella of identity. From a relational standpoint, this also means that I am available to be comforter, encourager, and counselor to the congregation and to simply be present to you when needed. I look forward to the years ahead of journey and growing together.

 

February 2017 Celebrate Love By Showing Love

While February is the shortest month of the year, one highlight to it is Valentine’s Day. I find it odd that our culture has a whole day designated to the celebration of this one virtue, love. Shouldn’t we also have days to celebrate other virtues like forgiveness, honesty, humility, and courage? What is it specifically about love that our secular culture has no qualms about celebrating? A cynic might say that it is profitable to have such a holiday that puts subtle pressure on people to buy plenty of jewelry and flowers and cards and chocolates. And I grant that our society reduces Valentine’s Day solely to the celebration of romantic or erotic love. Nevertheless, our society may be onto something to have a whole day designated to celebrate this one virtue alone.

In 1967 the Beatles released the song All You Need is Love, which went straight to the top of the charts. The Apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Whether you follow the gospel of John Lennon or the gospel of Jesus Christ, there is merit in believing that love is the supreme virtue. For God’s Church, every day can be Valentine’s Day. Every day presents opportunities for Christians to celebrate love by showing love. If secular society reduces Valentine’s Day to the celebration of romantic love, then the Church, without forsaking that important component of love, can help balance out love by emphasizing the other components. Chief among the other components of love is agape love. Agape love is brotherly love; it’s the kind of love God shows us. It’s the kind of love Jesus speaks of when he says, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). The Church can remind society that love is not just sentimentality, mushy feelings, or simply being nice to people. True love is unconditional, self-sacrificial, and focuses entirely on the one being loved. A Catholic encyclical from 1961 titled Mother and Teacher describes the Church’s ideal relationship to the world. It says the Church should act on behalf of the well-being of society, regardless of whether society is particularly appreciative or not. The encyclical even goes so far as saying that the Church, if need be, should lay down its life for society like a mother for her children!

My prayer for Wedgwood Community Church this month is that we remember Christ’s invitation to us to love others to the degree that we expend our very all for others.

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