Volunteers are still needed for worship leadership –
ushers, flowers, fellowship, and community meals.
Bridges not Barriers – Sun, Jan 20, 3:00pm – Land Trust Building
Human Rights attorney, Molly Matter will share stories of her experiences with asylum seeking refugees and others at our US/Mexico border, the Northwest Detention Center, and inside a detention site in Arizona. She promises to provide information that will help audience members fully appreciate the severity of what we are amid, find hope and strength from one another, and be inspired to take personal and sustained action. Co-hosted by Vashon SURJ, Vashon Resettlement Committee, and Indivisible Vashon. Free and open to all. Donations to Northwest Detention Center Resistance will be appreciated.
Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration – Mon, Jan 21, 4:00pm – VCA
Collaboration of parents, artists, activists, and community leaders, including representatives from Vashon Island Schools, the Harbor School, Lelavision, VISD Racial Equity, the DOVE Project, Vashon Center for the Arts, and Vashon-Maury SURJ. The event will feature music/spoken word, storytelling, student art, opportunities for action, food/community conversations and MORE. This family friendly event is guaranteed to inspire, bring you joy, open your heart, and get your toes tapping. For more information, email Janie Starr at firstname.lastname@example.org or Leah Mann at email@example.com
Conversation about upcoming Special General Conference – Sun, Feb. 3, 12:00pm – Fellowship Hall
On February 23-26, 2019, there will be a global Special General Conference of the United Methodist Church to consider the single issue of the degree of inclusion of LGBTQ persons in the life of the denomination. Decisions made will affect membership eligibility, ordination, marriage, and the global structure of the denomination. At least four “plans” have been proposed ranging from punitive exclusion to contextual discretion to a complex tri-partite denomination to simple silence on the topic. It is also possible that no decision will be made, and the impasse of the past 45 years will continue. No matter what is decided, there is likely to be a schism of some sort resulting in various ramifications for the local church. Pastor Paul and Pastor Terri Stewart will present some information and attempt to answer questions about the future of the denomination and the implications for our congregation, pastors, conference, and bishop.