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Lenten Book Study

Lenten study bookYou’re invited to join a Lenten study led by Ellen Shaner, Curtis Jones, and Susan Cassens. We’ll meet on Tuesday evenings March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 7 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm with a break in the middle for a snack. You don’t have to attend every week to be part of the study — attend as many sessions as you’d like.

Please RSVP to Susan at susanc@sanjosefirst.org. Respond by February 23 if you’d like her to order you a book. If you’re able to make a donation, books will be $10.

The study book is Entering the Passion of Jesus A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week by Amy-Jill Levin. Dive deep into the history of the last days before the crucifixion.

Jesus’ final days were full of risk. Every move he made was filled with anticipation, danger, and the potential for great loss or great reward. Jesus risked his reputation when he entered Jerusalem in a victory parade. He risked his life when he dared to teach in the Temple. His followers risked everything when they left behind their homes, or anointed him with costly perfume. We take risks as we read and re-read these stories, finding new meanings and new challenges.

In Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story. She shows us how the text raises ethical and spiritual questions for the reader, and how we all face risk in our Christian experience. The book provides a rich and challenging learning experience. There’s also a DVD to go with the book.

Advent and Christmas 2019

Sunday, December 1: Advent begins with Hope
On the first Sunday of Advent, we’ll celebrate with a bilingual service

Sunday, December 8: The Sunday of Peace
The second Sunday of Advent and our Annual All-Church Conference
Refreshments will be served after the 10:00am worship services and the Church Conference will begin at 11:30am. Join us as we celebrate our ministry together and look forward to 2020 and beyond. District Superintendent, Rev. Shinya Goto, will preside at this important meeting. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Sunday, December 15: The Sunday of Joy
We’ll celebrate the third Sunday of Advent with a Christmas lunch provided by the church. You’re invited to bring cookies for dessert.

Thursday, December 19: Las Posada
The celebration begins with a procession holding candles and singing Christmas carols. Meet at Wesley UMC at 6:00pm if you would like to walk. The service will follow at San Jose First UMC from 7:00-9:00pm. Experience the Mexican representation of Christmas with its traditional costumes, Biblical readings, and songs.

Sunday, December 22: The Sunday of Love
The fourth Sunday of Advent

Tuesday, December 24: Christmas Eve at 8:00pm
Special music, carols, juBELLation choir, and candles

La Posada San Jose

New Study: Intro to Wesleyan Theology & The UMC

Join Rev. Jeffrey for this 4-week class: Introduction to Wesleyan Theology & the United Methodist Church

This class is intended to locate the Methodist Movement in general, and the United Methodist Church in particular, within a larger view of Christian history and introduce participants to theological reflection in the Wesleyan Tradition.

Mondays 6:30–7:30pm in the Wesley Room:

Monday, November 18
Monday, November 25
Monday, December 9
Monday, December 16

Mission Trip to El Maguey

Mexico Mission TripIn December, Pastor Gerardo, Jeff Huget, Kristeen Pemberton and Ray Castellon will be making a return trip to El Maguey.

The goals of the trip are to purchase more books for the library, with additional shelves, and to make major upgrades to the equipment used in the ESL program. Right now, Kristeen uses a tiny screen which makes it difficult to see the students.

We’re asking you to support the trip with prayer and financial donations. The estimated cost of the trip is $4,000. We’ve collected $740 so far!

If you would like to make a financial donation, you can put it in the offering on Sunday. Be sure to mark it “Mission Trip.” After donations are collected on October 13, the group will consider possible fundraising.

Questions? Talk to Kristeen, Gerardo, Ray or Jeff Huget.

LGBTQ Youth Space

A New Partnership with the LGBTQ Youth Space – you can help!

Youth Space is an organization in our neighborhood that provides services to LGBTQIA youth, and we are working to establish a relationship with them. They need toiletries, and our Inclusion Team would like to invite everyone to bring items to the bin near our Welcome table outside the Sanctuary:

  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Floss
  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Dry shampoo
  • Skin lotion