Over the Coffee - July 2019

Most of you are well aware that North Baptist Church has been sharing part of our

educational building this past year with the Juniper School, an elementary school using

the Waldorf method of education – a learning method built on creativity, enthusiasm

for learning the natural world, and seasonal celebration. That is a simplification, but

the joy of the children we have seen using our facility and grounds this past year has

been infectious. We have had some K-3 children in several classrooms. The Juniper

School would like to expand and become a certified Waldorf K-8 school, and in order

to do that they need to have an upgraded facility that can pass various inspections.

Some months ago the director, Nicole Graf, contacted our council with the request that

the North Baptist Church sell our church facility and grounds to them so that they can

undertake this expansion. In a special business meeting on June 23rd, the active

members of North Baptist Church voted to empower the church council to proceed

with pursuing this offer. Any sale would require another church vote once terms of a

sale are drawn up. It is our intention to continue to meet at North Baptist Church and

partner with Juniper to share the facility with them. At the same time, with our loss of

so many long time members over the past decade, and our average congregational age

continuing to climb, it makes great sense to pass on the stewardship of the building

itself to a younger group. We have always held that the church is a fellowship of

believers and not a building, but we do have a special connection to 76 Charleston

Avenue that stretches back 65 years. We anticipate continuing to meet here, although

the sale of the property will make some changes for us. Let us all continue to pray for

the Lord's will for our future.

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The July Common Lectionary Readings are as follows:

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July 7 2 Kings 5:1-14; Psalm 30; Galatians 6:(1-6) 7-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

July 14 Amos 7:7-17; Psalm 82; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37

July 21 Amos 8:1-12; Psalm 52; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42

July 28 Hosea 1:2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19); Luke 11:1-13

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The July Scripture Readings and Message Titles are as follows:

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July 7 Luke 10:1-20 - “Heal the Sick Who Are There”

July 14 Amos 7:7-17 - “Checking Our Plumb Line”

July 21 Hosea 3:1-4 - “Checking Our Real Love”

July 28 Jonah 3:1-4:11 - “Checking Our Bias”

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Pastor Cy