Sign Up Now for Fall EfM Class

Every one of us is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. We start in September and meet once a week until May. As lay people we face the challenging task of interpreting the richness of the church’s faith in a complex and confusing world. We need a theological education that supports our faith and teaches us to express our faith in day-to-day events. The EfM program is preparation for the ministry to which we all are called. EfM is a four-year program: Old Testament, New Testament, History, and Theology.

We are now recruiting for the Fall where we will do bot Zoom and In-person meetings (we hope for in person!). For more information, please contact one of our mentors:

Adele Sadiq (410-924-3313), Bluette Blinoff (610-212-6366), Ann Sieracki (302-547-5692), or Connie Clark (502-235-9674).

About EfM

The seminar group is the nucleus of the Education for Ministry program. A group consists of six to twelve participants and a trained mentor who meet weekly over the course of a nine-month academic year. These meetings are usually from two and a half to three hours in length. Through study, prayer, and reflection, we move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God’s kingdom that adds meaning to our lives. We have resource guides and assignments based on the year we are in. We all set our own learning goals and we spend between two and four hours in study and preparation each week. By examining their own beliefs and their relationship to our culture and the tradition of our Christian faith, participants can learn what it means to be effective ministers in the world. In coming to terms with the notion that everything we do has potential for manifesting the love of Christ, we discover that our ministry is at hand wherever we turn.

Seminar groups work under the leadership of mentors who are trained to guide us through the materials. We are not teachers. We are trained lay people who understand the materials and the program. We administer the materials and course developed by the School of Theology at Swanae University. The program content sweeps the Christian tradition from the earliest period to the present. We learn the disciplines of reading scripture, interpretation, theology, church history, ethics, and liturgy.

The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides us with the education to carry out our ministry. It is that vocation for which we pray at the end of the Eucharist: “And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.”

SOUP GROUP INFORMATION

We are delighted to announce that we have restarted our soup and salad offerings on Thursdays from 2:30-5:30 p.m.  To keep everyone as safe as possible, we are doing pre-orders with curbside pickup or we will deliver to customers in our area!

Ordering:  The menu will be available Tuesday night (around 9 p.m.) each week.  If you are not on our email list to receive the weekly menu (with a link for ordering) you may sign up here. We are using a new FORM that allows you to select the item size and quantity for each item, provides an order total, and asks you to select an expected pickup time or request delivery.  PLEASE PLACE YOUR ORDER BY 11 a.m. on Thursday.  Once you submit your order, you will get a confirmation email.  

Payment:  You may pay by (1) credit card (enter your information on the order form), (2) check made out to CCPKI, or (3) cash (exact change only, to keep us all safe).   

Pickup:  If you are picking up on a Thursday, come in the church driveway and we will wave you forward into the front circle. A runner will get your name and bring your order to your car and you will exit right back out the driveway.   We are also offering a pickup time on Friday afternoons from 4 – 5 p.m.

Delivery:  Since we have an amazing group of volunteers who live around the area and are willing to make deliveries, we are offering free delivery of your order. 

We look forward to seeing you!

The Soup Groupies

Online Service for the Longest Night – Dec. 20, 7:30 pm

Our Longest Night Service will premiere on YouTube at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, 12/20.  The You Tube Chat feature will be available during the premiere so that you can greet other parishioners.  If you are able, we encourage you to join us for the premiere so that we can watch the video together.  If you are not able to watch the premiere, the video will be available any time after 8 p.m. for viewing at a time that is  convenient for you.

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SOUP GROUP CANCELLED

Soup Group MARKET CANCELLED for Thursday, Nov 19th, 2020

We plan to return on TUESDAY NOV 24TH

 
This is s painful message to share. Out of an abundance of concern for the health and safety of our church parish and the Soup Group, Fr. Mark issued the direction on Sunday to close the church office and suspend activities in the church for this week. Happily, there have not been any positive Covid cases here but we going to take this week off to get the building sanitized and reinforce all our staff and visitor procedures. With infection rates on the rise all around us, it just seemed like the prudent thing to do so that we can be solidly prepared to continue with best practices and stay healthy. We are cautiously optimistic that we will be back in business next week to keep that Chicken Salad coming to you! 

Thanks for your support and patience! Hoping that taking this short break now will fortify us so we don’t have any long-term shut downs later.

All the best,
Lindy and all the Soup Groupies