Early Church Visions – from Rev. Welch

 

Dear Friends and Members of the United Church of Norman-UCC

I wanted to post this Sunday’s lectionary. It comes to us from the book of Acts.

Acts 2:42-47

2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 2:43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 2:44 All who believed were together and had all things in common;
2:45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 2:46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 2:47 praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

The House of Representatives is voting on a measure that would have 24 million lose their health insurance, with an expected increase up to 50 million within the decade. The congressional phone number is (202)225-312. The passage from Acts reminds us of a vision of the early church, where all had enough, where no one could be counted as poor.

It’s a stark contrast with the priorities of our government these days. But then that suggests the amount of distance that exists between our existing society and the ideal that the New Testament pointed towards.

Blessings,

Rev. Dwight Welch

 

 

Church Events

May 7th Sunday Conversation Sunday

Join us at (9:30 for brunch and a conversation with award-winning academic and author, Nyla Ali Khan. Nyla is from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. She is an internationally recognized expert and author on the Kashmir conflict, India and Pakistan. Bring a dish to share and join us.

Nyla was made a member of the Advisory Council of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. She will be speaking to us about women and politics and the comparison between Kashmir and Oklahoma on this topic.

 

 

Book Club May 8th

We’re discussing the new novel by Anthony Doerr at Nancy Logan’s home 3200 Summit Bend at 7pm.

 

 

Food and Shelter Needs

Resident and Shelter Needs include soap, cleaning supplies, furniture, diapers. Kitchen Needs are dry sealed foods. Care Packets for the homeless include deodorant, self care products, snack foods

 

 

A New Recycling Box

Given the number of paper products we use for our morning gatherings and conversation box the Social Justice committee has set up a recycling box to discard those items. Look for it on Sundays!