As we continue to reflect on this week's scripture, we're talking with our associate pastor, Charles Conkin. This week we've been hearing stories of death and new life. We see the work of God bringing healing and wholeness to places that were once dry. As we consider those places in our lives where we have experienced grief and loss, we remember those in our community and our world who have also experienced loss. We'll also hear a song performed by Greg Hancock. Don't forget to call in your beatitudes for our podcast. We still need several for Monday's episode. Just leave a message at (859) 813-0150.
Today, as we think about generosity and unlearning hate, we’re talking with Ashley and Sharon Holonia. We'll hear a story that Ashley and Sharon shared in the aftermath of the election about a terrible note that was left on their car. They'll also share another story of an interaction they had with a neighbor about a welcome sign in their yard expressing solidarity with immigrants. While these are things that we wish they didn’t have to deal with and that nobody should have to endure, their graceful response inspires us to be the love and acceptance that we hope to see in the world around us—to trust what God says about who we are so that we can respond with dignity and kindness even when we encounter hate.Don't forget to call in your beatitudes for our podcast. We still need several for Monday's episode. Just leave a message at (859) 813-0150.
As we continue our theme of unlearning, this week we're talking about unlearning hate. Today, we're talking with our Associate Pastor Charles Conkin as we focus on openness. We'll be listening to Ezekiel's vision of the dry bones from Ezekiel 37, taking time to contemplate the arid places in our own lives and ask God for nourishment. We'll also enjoy a song from Raleigh Kincaid, written by Daniel Bailey. Don't forget to call in your beatitudes for our podcast. We still need several for Monday's episode. Just leave a message at (859) 813-0150.
Come join congregations from around Lexington as we help the Jackson Family build their home. The HEN group works together to build a home every other year and this year we are lending our skills and time to build a home at 647 Ohio St. There is no need to have special skills or knowledge about home building. The build takes place each Friday and Saturday. If you are interested or need more information, please contact Charles Conkin at email@example.com.
For our twelfth year, CBF Kentucky and partners including Kentucky Highlands and McCHDO will build a home alongside a family in McCreary County, Kentucky, identified by CBF's Together for Hope initiative as one of the twenty poorest counties in America. House by house, we are building affordable, sustainable homes; family by family, we are changing lives. This year's Extreme Build partner family is Kimberly Powell. Kimberly has had temporary custody of young Chloe for the past thirteen years due to the love in her heart for the child. She also has temporary custody of her 6-year-old grandson, Tajah. He has lived with her since he was 15 months old. For nearly seven years, Kimberly has performed any needed home repairs, excluding major repairs like water heaters and HVAC. Kimberly contacted our housing partners seeking a new home with three bedrooms instead of two due to the age difference of her children. She wishes to give the children a safe and comfortable environment in the coming years. CBF Kentucky is proud to partner alongside Kimberly, Chloe and Tajah for Extreme Build XII! WE NEED YOUR HELP! Through the contribution of funding and labor from CBF Kentucky churches and individuals, Extreme Build recipients carry an affordable mortgage on a solid, sustainable new house. We need volunteers both skilled and unskilled to make Extreme Build XII happen! If you can't go, give to support this effort. If you can't go or give, please pray for the safety of volunteers and for Kimberly and her kids during this exciting but challenging time. REGISTRATION DUE: MAY 26, 2017 Fees: $25 per person/per day (up to $100 total) includes donation towards house, meals, t-shirt. You are responsible for making your own hotel accommodations. If you are interested, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org. http://cbfky.org/kbf-events/2017/6/11/extreme-build-xii
In our ongoing effort to build relationships with the faith community in Lexington across racial lines, we have accepted the invitation to worship with the congregation of Quinn Chapel AME (744 Charles Ave, 40508) on Sunday morning April 2. The service will begin at 11 a.m., but you are also invited to breakfast at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday school. The worship will feature Mark Johnson preaching and will involve other staff members. The service will also include joining them for communion, which will contribute to lengthening the service time. Quinn offers communion with wine, but grape juice and gluten-free bread will also be made available. We will have a sign-up sheet for those planning to attend the breakfast so they can make adequate preparations. The offerings received at Quinn will benefit the ministries of their church. Our Sunday school classes are welcome to meet, but should dismiss by 10:45 in order to be there near 11 (sometimes they start a little later, so don’t worry if you are a running a few minutes late). Recognizing our visitors and others may forget, we will have an abbreviated service at Central at 11a.m. led by Aaron Austin. Please joyfully participate in our focused and intentional effort to break down barriers and gather in worship as the Christian community called to be one fellowship with our brothers and sisters in the faith.
This year, we will focus our Lenten journey on the process of “unlearning.” Unlearning starts with the recognition that we have, over time, developed very specific biases in the course of our lives. These perspectives have served us well, but they are not universal. Everyone has their own set of discriminations. The Christian practice of Lent is a purposed and discipline plan of letting go, of changing our patterns, of seeking to approach our life from a fresh angle. It may require a different pattern of behavior or response. It may seek to undo old and more familiar ways before new connections and pathways can be made.
You are invited during this season of Lent 2017 to reflect on and ponder anew the teachings of our Lord in the beginning of chapter 5 of the Gospel of Matthew. These celebrated sayings often beginning what the English words, “Blessed are…” might be the most famous of all of Jesus’ words. Yet, instead of inviting us into a deeper insight, their familiarity can actually lead us into a nearly neglectful form of inattention. We can be so certain we already “know them.”