August 28, 2016
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP - We will continue to have one worship service at 10:00 a.m. on Labor Day Weekend, Sunday, September 4th. Then beginning on Sunday, September 11th, we return to two services with one at 8:30 a.m. and one at 11:00 a.m. We will continue to have two services until Sunday, December 25th, and January 1st when we will have one service at 10:00 a.m.
WORSHIP THEMES - Through September we will continue to investigate foundational theological themes found in the book of Genesis.
COMMUNION CELEBRATION: We will celebrate the sacrament of communion on Sunday, September 4th, by means of intinction.
SMALL GROUPS - If you are interested in participating in a small group that shares life, reflects on God’s Word, and prays together please connect with Pastor Abbott.
ADULT CE CLASS THIS FALL - The two adult CE classes will join for 10 weeks this fall, starting September 18th, to study Jim Wallis’s acclaimed book, “America’s Original Sin – Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America.” Events in the news over the past few years can leave little doubt that racism still exists in our country. It may seem far, far away from Cottonwood Presbyterian Church, but we are called as Christians to examine our hearts, assumptions, habits and fears, and be part of the solution right here where we are.
All are welcome to join the conversation, which will be facilitated by Pastor Tom, Sue Martin, and others. So that we can order about the right number of books, please sign up during Fellowship, or call the church office to reserve a copy. Cost of the book will be $10-$15. Some copies will be available to borrow. Class will meet in the Fellowship Hall beginning September 18th at 9:45 a.m.
“SPIRITUALITY FOR THE TWO HALVES OF LIFE”- In Falling Upward Richard Rohr helps us understand how our spiritual journey changes as we age. One group gathers to study this book on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. and one on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Both groups meet in Pastor Tom’s Study.
PRAYER GROUP - Each Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in the prayer room of the church you are invited to gather with others in a time of focused prayer. These gatherings last about an hour.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH FALL MISSION PROJECT
Kids Eat! No Child Should EVER Go Hungry
Children are back in school seeing their friends, meeting new friends, anticipating what the year will hold for them, and catching up on their summers in the lunch room. There is a large population of children who leave the school grounds for the weekend, go home, and do not have enough food to eat. Hunger is a major issue for children in Salt Lake.
Our children and youth at Cottonwood are embracing a mission project called Kids Eat which kicks off during the September 11th Sunday service. Kids Eat provides hundreds of meals in backpacks each weekend to at-risk kids attending Boys and Girls Clubs and Neighborhood House Children’s Programs. Our goal is to provide the food items that go in 50 back packs. Please look for youth on Sunday September 11th following service to choose a handy list which shows items you would like to purchase for the packs. Please have them at the church by October 2nd. The Discipleship Ministry Team hopes you will all get involved with this much needed service. To learn more about Kids Eat go to:
Kids Eat! - https://www.kidseatutah.org
PRAYER SHAWL GROUP meets September 7th at 1:00 p.m. in room 1.
WOMEN’S LUNCH BUNCH - Thursday, September 8th, 11:45 a.m. at Hot Dynasty located at 3390 S. State St. (restaurant is around back of the building). Please RSVP to Virginia Hartsook at 801-274-0489 by noon, Wednesday, September 7th.
THE FALL KICK-OFF will be held on September 11th during Fellowship. Exciting new opportunities are on the horizon! We are in the middle of dreaming about, studying, and working on some creative new approaches to helping all of us - kids, teens, families, and adults - grow and learn and share about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, what God has done and continues to do in our lives! Look for details in the upcoming weeks! We are excited to share.
ANNUAL OVERNIGHT CHURCH RETREAT - We hope everyone will be able to join us on Friday night, September 30th at the Homestead Resort in Midway. Please see registration form which is in the brochure you received today. Return the filled out form to the church office or call the office to let us know if you plan to attend. We also need you to reserve a room with the resort. So please call 800-327-7220 and tell the Homestead that you are reserving a room with the Cottonwood Presbyterian Church Group.
Just to reiterate, registration has two steps, first, registering with the church and second, registering with the Homestead. We truly want everyone to come, which means we do not want money to be a hindrance. So if you would like to come, but finances are getting in the way, please talk with Pastor Tom.
This community time together is a powerful force in helping us grow together in our relationship with God and with each other. Please join us for the retreat.
MEN’S GOLF GROUP meets every Tuesday, at 3:30 p.m. at Mick Riley Golf Course, 421 E. Vine St., Murray. No reservations necessary!!! Just show up for a fun time of golf and fellowship
Be sure to visit our Veggie Sale on Sundays before & after services. We have a great selection of home-grown (and mostly organic) vegetables and fruits. All proceeds go to local Valley food charities. And stop by the Labyrinth to meditate and enjoy the flowers and quiet.
MISSION AND OUTREACH
CROSSROADS URBAN CENTER – Food for the month of September is snacks for the homeless packages (granola bars, fruit snacks, etc).
CROSSROADS THRIFT STORE – Items for the month of September are Back-to-School clothes.
GOLDEN CELERY COMPETITION - A sincere thank you for your participation in the Golden Celery competition. Through your efforts, Crossroads Urban Center Food Pantry was able to collect 13,163.9 lbs. of food for the month of July. They had 13 churches compete, with a total of 17 churches collecting. The pantry is now stocked to a level it has not seen in years and it would not be so without the efforts of our congregation.
Cottonwood collected 1294 lbs. of food and achieved "GOLD CELERY" status on Crossroads' new tiered award system. Congratulations to Murray Baptist, who regained the title of Golden Celery champion! Honorable mention goes to Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, who came in at a close second.
AFRICAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR
Sunday, September 4th
7:00 p.m. at Cottonwood Presbyterian Church
Admission will be free for all ages;
A free-will offering will follow the Choir’s concert.
Please contact Deb Abbott if you are available to help on
concert day or if you are willing to serve as a host family.
Come join the African Children’s Choir as they perform in our community during their US Tour. Experience a performance that shows the beauty, dignity and potential of each African child!
The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. Nearly every performance is concluded with a thunderous standing ovation! In spite of the tragedy that has marred their young lives, the children are radiant with hope, musically gifted and always wonderfully entertaining.
The free-will offering will help support the Music for Life Institute. The African Children’s Choir has been Music for Life’s major international program during its 30-year history. Music for Life Institute (MFLI) has relief and development programs in seven African countries. MFL has currently educated over 52,000 children and hundreds of thousands of lives have been impacted by Music for Life Institute’s international relief and development programs.