January 14, 10 am: The Wisdom of MLK: Lessons for Contemporary Survival

The tactics used and the teachings and wisdom exhibited by Martin Luther King (MLK) were a product of their time, but have relevance today with regard to how each of us deals with contemporary challenging social and political issues. This service will explore lessons learned from MLK and how we can individually and collectively utilize those teachings in our attempt to understand, survive, and perhaps start to heal our ever more divisive culture.

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December 31, 10 am-noon: Walk the Labyrinth

Ring in the New Year with Worship Associates John and Traci Montgomery and others in the Northwest Sanctuary as we give ourselves the gift of walking the labyrinth, which has been generously provided to us again this year by The Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta.

The labyrinth and its many designs date back to pre-historic times. Some think of the labyrinth as symbolic of a spiritual pilgrimage and walk it with an intentional “destination” in mind. Others use the labyrinth to help them quiet the mind and achieve a contemplative state.

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December 17, 10 am: The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming (Northwest’s All-ages Holiday Pageant)

A particularly irate latke (a potato pancake served at Hanukkah) is the star of this adapted Lemony Snicket story. There are many other holiday icons that appear and even speak: Christmas lights, holiday candies, Kwanza fruit, the Christmas tree and even the cookies and milk left for Santa. Our Northwest children and youth aim to delight us with our annual holiday pageant, reminding us that the gifts of the season include joy, magic and just plain fun. Come join us!

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November 26, 10 am: Making Space

While the holidays are certainly a time for joy and relaxation, gratitude and reconnection, they can also be incredibly difficult for many in our midst. The pressure to be happy, to celebrate, can be overwhelming for those
who are experiencing grief, depression, or sadness. How can we make space for those who may not be in a celebratory spirit? How can we make space for ourselves not to be joyful?

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