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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:

WOMEN'S CHORAL GROUP CONCERT - CANCELLED
Please note that the Annual Women's Choral Group Christmas Concert normally held at WCC every holiday season will unfortunately *not* be happening this year.

WORSHIP COMMITTEE on NOVEMBER 26 @ 12:30 P.M.
Next Sunday, November 26, is the last Sunday in the month, so we will have our Worship Committee during Coffee Time after worship. This "committee" is fluid and the meetings are OPEN TO ALL who would like to have input into how church "is done".

CHRISTMAS DECORATING on DECEMBER 2 @ 10:00 A.M.
We will be decorating the sanctuary and the outside on Saturday, December 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some of you have already volunteered, but if you would like to help, please see Pastor Sean.

MOVIE NIGHT on DECEMBER 16, 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 The Family Man (2000). 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!


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The Weeks Ahead

Bible Study

Tue 11/21 10:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 11/26 11:00 a.m.

Worship Committee

Sun 11/26 12:30 p.m.

Worship Service

Sun 12/3 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 12/10 11:00 a.m.

Movie Night

Sat 12/16 6:00 p.m.

Worship Service

Sun 12/17 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 12/24 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 12/31 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 1/7 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 1/14 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 1/21 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 1/28 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 2/4 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 2/11 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 2/18 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 2/25 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 3/4 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 3/11 11:00 a.m.

Worship Service

Sun 3/18 11:00 a.m.

 Pastor's Ponderings / Ministry Message

More About The Pastor

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.

 

Pastor Sean On Giving
We at Wedgwood Community Church have a reputation for our generosity. For as small a church as we are, we consistently place in the top 25% of Evergreen Churches when it comes to contributions to various offerings. I say this to encourage us to give yet again as two new giving initiatives have been presented to the Evergreen Churches. The first initiative is called the “Haiti Challenge.” $60,000 is needed to complete the building and furnishing of a school outside of Cap Haitian, Haiti. This has been a project many years in the making. If 30 churches would donate $2,000, enough money would be raised. A mission trip to Haiti is planned for the spring of 2018, which serves as a soft deadline for when the money needs to be raised, although money can still be donated to the project after this deadline. The second initiative is for immediate relief work in Puerto Rico after the devastating Hurricane Maria. There are about 140 American Baptist Churches in Puerto Rico, all of which have been severely impacted. The ABC USA is seeking to raise 1 million dollars and is asking each region to give $15,000. Again, if divvied up among 30 churches, it would amount to $500 per church in the Evergreen Association. For this initiative, a deadline of approximately 6 months has been given.

In addition, University Baptist Church has pledged to match one dollar for every dollar given to the Puerto Rico projects (up to $5,000), and to match two dollars for every two dollars given to the Haiti Project (up to $10,000). University Baptist Church is extending this offer until December 15. If you would like to give to either of these projects, please make the check payable to One Great Hour of Sharing and put in the memo line either “Haiti” or “Puerto Rico.” The great news is that in donating through One Great Hour of Sharing, no money goes towards administrative costs. Your whole donation goes toward the projects.

I am reminded of the scripture that was read during the call to give part of Friday evening’s worship service at Evergreen’s Annual Meeting last month. The scripture was from 2 Samuel 24 where King David was trying to purchase a piece of land upon which he could build an altar to the Lord. Because it was King David making the request, the land owner offered to give it to him for free. But David replied, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God which cost me nothing.” True sacrifice to the Lord is costly. Giving monetarily is sacrifice. Let us consider how we might make sacrifice to the Lord in this way.

Query the Clergy
“Paul writes in II Corinthians 12 that "I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven - whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know this man was caught up into Paradise - and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter." I understand the concept of two heavens, one on earth and one where Christ dwells. But what is this third place? (YU)

This passage in 2 Corinthians 12:1-4 is part of a wider section, starting in chapter 10 and going all the way through the end of the letter, where Paul is having to defend himself against some Corinthians who were attacking his ministry and overall character. The attackers were claiming that Paul was an inadequate figure who was too weak, who suffered too much, who was not eloquent in speech, or debonair enough to be a true representative of Christ. Put simply, the claim was that Paul was not spiritual enough and therefore not favored by God. For most of chapters 10-13, Paul argues that suffering and weakness are the very hallmarks of true representation of Christ. But Paul also addresses the claim that he is not spiritual enough. This anecdote he tells is an example of Paul’s incredible spirituality and relationship to God. Based on his use of the third person and the stumbling, stammering way these verses unfold, it is clear that Paul was very uncomfortable sharing this story. Yet he must have felt it necessary to do so to counter the mean-spirited attacks against him. So intense was this experience that Paul does not even know whether it was a vision or an out-of-body experience. What is certain is that he was taken up to the “third heaven” and shown things by God that he could not repeat.

Your question of what is the third heaven is a good one. The idea that heaven is in layers does not exist in the Old Testament. However, in the Jewish intertestamental literature (Jewish texts written between the Old and New Testaments that did not make it into the Bible), the idea begins to develop. Some texts hint that there are three heavens (or layers of heaven), some texts say five, and still others say seven heavens. Little is historically known about why this idea developed and whether heaven was literally thought of as existing in layers or separate compartments or whether these were metaphorical ways to talk about one singular heaven. That Paul talks about a “third heaven” and then restates it by using the word “Paradise” two verses later suggests that wherever Paul was taken to or whatever he saw, he thought of it as the loftiest place in heaven. Rather than thinking that Paul had some elaborate theology of heaven, it may just be the case that Paul and the Corinthians had a mutual understanding of terminology (not stated anywhere else) whereby the “third heaven” was a way of saying the highest place in heaven, closest to God. Unfortunately, not much more can be said about it because commentators just don’t have enough information about Jewish theologies of heaven.

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