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Mission & Social Actions: Vote No on American Health Care Act

The Mission and Social Actions Committee is urging a no vote by Congressman Newhouse on the American Health Care Act. Call or write to Congressman Newhouse. 14 million Americans, mostly Medicaid recipients, losing healthcare in 2018 fails our Christian duty to "the least of these" (Matthew 25).
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Safe Church Policy

Shalom United Church of Christ is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all children, youth, and adults who attend and participate in our ministries and activities sponsored by Shalom.  The Safe Church Policy reflects our congregation's committment to preserving Shalom as a safe sanctuary for all who enter.

Creating a safe environment is not just the responsibility of those directly involved in ministry activities; it is the responsibility of the entire congregation.

By enacting the Safe Church Policy for Shalom, we hope to bring awareness and provide a safe sanctuary for all.

You can view Shalom's Safe Church Policy here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwxJM-1d0S3oX0lpVzZVNkEtSk0/view?usp=sharing

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Mid-January Adult Education Update

Our Sunday morning adult education class is continuing the study of the New Testament using a DVD course obtained from “The Great Courses”. The 24 lectures of this DVD course approach the New Testament from a historical perspective and will address such significant questions as who wrote these books, under what circumstances, and for what audience, as well as questions concerning their historical accuracy. The teacher for the course is Bart Ehrman, professor of Religious Studies at The University of North Carolina.Below is the lecture schedule for the remainder of January:

January 15 –Lecture 15: Paul and the Crisis of His Churches –First Corinthians
January 22 –Lecture 16: Pauline Ethics
January 29 –Lecture 17: Paul’s Letter to the Romans

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January Adult Education

Our Sunday morning adult education class is continuing the study of the New Testament using a DVD course ob-tained from “The Great Courses”. The 24 lectures of this DVD course approach the New Testament from a historical perspective and will address such significant questions as who wrote these books, under what circumstances, and for what audience, as well as ques-tions concerning their historical accuracy. The teacher for the course is Bart Ehrman, professor of Religious Studies at The University of North Carolina.

Below is the lecture schedule for January 2017:

January 1 – NO CLASS
January 8 – Lecture 15: Paul and the Crisis of His Churches –First Corinthians
January 15 – Lecture 16: Pauline Ethics
January 22 – Lecture 17: Paul’s Letter to the Romans
January 29 – Lecture 18: Paul, Jesus, and James

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Love is Required

At Christmas time, it is difficult to think of the child Jesus as anything but “perfect” in every way—complete understanding of the structure of the universe, the laws of nature and the social customs of his day. The scripture gives us a more normal picture of Jesus’ growing years. “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” (Luke 2:52) Jesus, like all normal human beings “had some growing up to do.” In the preceding verse, it says that Jesus was “obedient to his parents.” We don’t often think of Jesus as needing correction as far as behavior or habits are concerned. This should give us something to think about in the raising of our own children. If the young child Jesus needed correcting, patience and understanding, how much more our own offspring!

As we think about the baby Jesus at this time of year, we need to also remember the patience, understanding and love required of all parents all through the year, every year!

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Shalom Learning Community News

On October 23rd, Shalom is taking a field trip to the Pumpkin Patch at the Mercantile in North Pasco. We will leave here at 11:30 am. Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Admission is $7 per person, plus the price of a pumpkin, if you wish to purchase one. Families are encouraged to bring their kids along, but there will be space in a few cars with priority for unaccompanied kids. We hope to return to Shalom by 2:30 pm or 3:00 pm.

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