Dignity Passion Update, January 2018

Ministry & Education

If you would like to check up on what this Dignity Passion Group has been doing, you will need to check out the previous blogpost on our church website; Their trip to the Anshai Emeth Jewish Center in Peoria. The visit was the culmination of the 3-part study on Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism. We want to thank this Passion Group for offering such a rich, educational opportunity to broaden our horizons.

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Dignity Passion Groups Update, July

The following post is taken from the Canton Chronicle, Vol 2017 #5. 

DignityFostering wholeness, balance, and peace through respect of God’s creation. 

Ministry & Education

Connie and Ed have completed their study group discussions of what it is to be Brethren.
Attendees of Connie’s class were able to examine handouts, videos, excerpts from the Bible, and shared experiences in their discussions of Brethren theology. A chapter-by-chapter reading and examination of the Book of James in the New Testament during Ed’s
classes reminded us of the roots of our beliefs. Everyone agreed that the two classes provided food for thought, even when we came from different directions about our personal beliefs.

Carol’s study of Buddhism provided us with a look at how we share many tenets of Buddhism. The study meetings of background information and the book club discussions of Siddhartha culminated in an inspiring trip to a Chicago trip to a Buddhist temple.

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Dignity Passion Groups Update, June

The following post is taken from the Canton Chronicle, Vol 2017 #4. 

Dignity: Fostering wholeness, balance, and peace through respect of God’s creation. 

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CCOB Dedicates Blessing Box, May 7, 2017

The following is Pastor Kevin’s dedication text.

It was a magazine article about a blessing box that set this project in motion. The article was shared with the Community Passion Group, the article sparked interest, interest developed into conversation, conversation developed into action, and we gather here today with the result of that action standing in front of us — a blessing box.

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CCOB Blessing Box Provides items for those in need

Anyone in need of staple food or household items is welcome to stop by our new Blessing Box and take what you need. Or, you are welcome to add items to the box, as well.

The Blessing Box is located on the east side of the church facing Third Avenue directly under the large stained-glass window.

Items in the box are available for anyone in need or going through a difficult time. All items are free. We simply ask that you take only what you need so that others may find what they need as well.

Stop by to view the items in the box. If you know anyone who would benefit from any of the items, share this information with them.

If you have any questions or concerns, or would like more information, please call the church office at 309-647-4828.

DE Ponderings, February 2017

Taken from the February 2017 edition of the IL/WI Reflector

I am concerned with the level of priority our national leaders are giving to protecting our country. Know that I value safety but the present protectionist ethos seems to give substantial importance to retaining what we have come to believe is rightfully ours. In my humble view, this attitude portrays a sense of selfishness, and, subsequently, leads to greater division within the global human community. Recent protests around the globe in response to certain political maneuvers seem to support my hypothesis. I’ll readily admit that I’m basing my conclusions on observations rather than fully researched and scientifically calculated information. Nevertheless, my concern remains.

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Dignity Meetings Kickoff

After the Congregational Forum meeting on November 13, we transitioned to a large-group kick-off meeting, where Carol Davis shared a recap of the purpose of our Dignity Quest and encouragement and positive thoughts about the journey we have chosen to take in our congregational quest for DIGNITY.

Following that, we broke into small groups that focused on each of the 5 Passion areas: Relationships; Ministry & Education; Environment; History & Tradition; Community.

Following the half-hour meetings, all groups combined to enjoy Spaghetti Fellowship! A big THANKS is in order for Jackie Davis for organizing the meal.

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