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Discovering Disciple Bible Study

 You are invited to an introductory presentation about the Disciple Bible Study on Wednesday, June 21st at 7:15 pm. Everyone is invited to attend. Along with “Discovering Disciple” we will have delicious desserts.

Next fall we will be offering this Disciple Bible Study on Tuesday mornings from 9:00-11:00 am, and a slightly shorter version of the study on Wednesday nights from 7:15-8:30 pm.

Disciple is an overview of the whole Bible. Participants have their own study guide with daily readings, and the weekly class includes video lectures from outstanding scholars.

Come for a taste of “Disciple” and see if this is a study you might want to participate in.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is around the corner. This year’s theme is “Maker Fun Factory.”

Dates are  Monday, July 31st through Friday, August 4th from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers are needed!  This is a fun week to join in and be part of the church community.

Thanks to those who have already joined in. Please sign up to help where you can!

Bee Part of VBS!

Joseph Kalichstein in Concert

The noted national pianist Joseph Kalichstein will perform on Wednesday, June 14th at 7 p.m. in the Church Sanctuary.

Mr. Kalichstein is on the faculty of the Juilliard School.  He serves as the Chamber Music Advisor to the Kennedy Center and is the Artistic Director of the Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Concerts. Prior to winning the Leentritt Award, he had won the Young Concert Artists Auditions and as a result gave a heralded New York recital debut, followed by an invitation from Leonard Bernstein to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the New York Philharmonic in a nationally televised concert on CBS.

Mr. Kalichstein is brought to Westerly by Music on the Hill, a non-profit organization started approximately 42 years ago at St. Luke’s Church in East Greenwich, R.I. It has grown over the years to now involve a Classical Music Festival held in June of each year.  It conducts approximately six to seven concerts, usually held in area churches in E. Greenwich, Warwick, Cranston and Providence.

Music on the Hill is excited to bring this noted musician to Dunn’s Corners Church. Tickets are $25.  Students with ID are admitted free.  Tickets may be purchased at  www.BrownPaperTickets.com  Search for  Music on the Hill . Or use the order form in the program booklets available in the Church office.

Visit www.MusicOnTheHillri.org for a listing and description of the other concerts for the Tenth Anniversary Festival.

 

Teen News

Our Summer youth retreats are fast approaching! Our middle school trip to Massannetta (Virginia) will take place Tuesday through Friday, July 11-14, and the high school trip to Montreat (North Carolina) will take place Sunday through Saturday, July 23-29. Interested teens and parents should sign up immediately. Please see our Youth Director, Michael Walton during Sunday service or email DunnsCCTeenTeam@gmail.com for additional details.

The incoming 6th grade students are eligible to join our Teen Team beginning in June. Our first activity will be a trip to Block Island on June 3rd. Please contact our Youth Director for sign up information.

The high school members of our Teen Team have begun a community collaborative program with students and student leaders from Juanita Sanchez High School in Providence. The group’s initial meeting has taken place at DCCCP. Please keep this group in your thoughts and look out for upcoming projects and initiatives!

Our youth group has a mission statement! We felt it important to capture the essence of our group in a statement and collectively decided on this: “The DCCCP Teen Team is a youth group geared towards acceptance, inspiration and fun—serving God, our community, and each other.”

Presbyterian Women

We will break for the summer and Presbyterian Women will meet on Monday, September 11th at 1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Our fall programs will include Karen Matteson, who will share information about her work with young girls, and Cindy Hatfield will explain her mission project, which provides clothing for young women in Africa.

Please circle the date on your calendars and plan to join us.

Kid Kare Summer Camp

 Kid Kare Summer Camp enrollment begins for students kindergarten through 4th grade. Fun-filled activities every week.

Please help spread the word about this affordable program that will have a new and exciting curriculum for the summer.

Contact Christine Fish at dccelcdirector@yahoo.com or (401) 714-7954.

Christian Education News

The Christian Education Committee meets on the first Sunday of the month at 11:15 a.m. in the Kid Kare room. We welcome new members! The next meeting is May 7th.

Church School continues throughout the school year each Sunday at the 10 am Worship; we will wrap up in June. Summer Church School for children through grade three will be offered at 10 am Worship, if we have enough volunteers!

God’s Path Seekers (GPS) will wrap up our 2016-2017 school year program on Friday May 19th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a fun night planned for the whole family! All are welcome, please sign up in Fellowship Hall so we can have a rough idea of how many people to plan on! Looking forward to seeing you there!

Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be held from Monday through Friday, July 31st through August 4th. Signups are not going up just yet—save the date. Maker Fun Factory is our theme this year. We will be looking for volunteers and donations as the summer approaches. Hope you will have a chance to join us!

Summer Mini-Rally Day: We are having a mini-rally day where you can get information on Christian Education activities noted above, register for VBS or summer trips, register for Kid Kamp, and find out more about worshipping in the Chapel-in-the-Pines. There will be information tables set up for various trips/groups, so plan to stop by on Sunday, May 21st to get more information.

Thank you to everyone who donated items for the Easter Egg Hunt and to all the volunteers who spent the morning making sure that the event ran smoothly. Though the day was rainy, the Easter Egg Hunt was a great success! We look forward to more events in the future. Thank you for your support!

Roxanne Tisch (on behalf of the Christian Education Committee)

Day Five: Monday, March 6

cross_13347acMatthew 4:12-25

Now when Jesus heard that John was delivered up, he withdrew into Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he came and lived in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying,

“The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
toward the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles,
the people who sat in darkness saw a great light,
to those who sat in the region and shadow of death,
to them light has dawned

From that time, Jesus began to preach, and to say, “Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

Walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers: Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers for men.”

They immediately left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them. They immediately left the boat and their father, and followed him.

Jesus went about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people. The report about him went out into all Syria. They brought to him all who were sick, afflicted with various diseases and torments, possessed with demons, epileptics, and paralytics; and he healed them. Great multitudes from Galilee, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and from beyond the Jordan followed him.

   World English Bible (WEB)

Meditation: “Here comes the kingdom of heaven!” The word I have rendered ‘here comes,’ has exercised many interpreters. Does it mean the kingdom is near, or does it mean the kingdom is present? Does it suggest a future or a present kingdom? It means both: it is on its ways, it is just about to break in, in fact it is breaking in, in some ways, as Jesus’ very words are spoken—‘here comes!’ The translation ‘here comes’ keeps the kingdom from being a static object either in heaven (is near) or on earth (is here); it protects the kingdom from the desecration of being so present it can be taken for granted and from the irrelevance of being so future it doesn’t matter… ‘Here comes the kingdom’ means the kingdom is breaking in right now through Jesus’ person and Word like a great landslide or like lightning from heaven. The kingdom is vital, alive, moving, and breaking in.” (Dale Bruner, “The Christbook”, p. 123.)

Commentary for Monday, March 6

cross_13347acDay Five: Monday, March 6, Matthew 4:12-25

“Here comes the kingdom of heaven!” The word I have rendered ‘here comes,’ has exercised many interpreters. Does it mean the kingdom is near, or does it mean the kingdom is present? Does it suggest a future or a present kingdom? It means both: it is on its ways, it is just about to break in, in fact it is breaking in, in some ways, as Jesus’ very words are spoken—‘here comes!’ The translation ‘here comes’ keeps the kingdom from being a static object either in heaven (is near) or on earth (is here); it protects the kingdom from the desecration of being so present it can be taken for granted and from the irrelevance of being so future it doesn’t matter… ‘Here comes the kingdom’ means the kingdom is breaking in right now through Jesus’ person and Word like a great landslide or like lightning from heaven. The kingdom is vital, alive, moving, and breaking in.” (Dale Bruner, “The Christbook”, p. 123.)

Diamond Luncheon

luncheonDiamonds (70+) Celebrate  Worship and Luncheon Tuesday, June 13th. 

11:30 a.m.Worship in the Sanctuary followed by Luncheon at noon in Fellowship Hall.

To launch the start of Summer, we will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, served with all the trimmings.

Sign up on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall or call the Church Office at (401) 322-0655; let us know if you need a ride.

WARM Center Dinner

helping_the_needyThe Deacons of Dunns Corners Church will serve dinner on Saturday, May 6th at 5pm for 30+ people at the WARM Homeless Shelter, Spruce Street, Westerly.

Sign up on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall to bring a dish. Deliver the dish to the church kitchen on Saturday morning. (Perishable items go in the refrigerator). The Deacons will serve the meal Saturday evening at the WARM Shelter.

 

Pancake Breakfast to Support Family Housing

pancakesPlease join us for a Pancake Breakfast on the second Saturday of each month, from 8 to 10am. The next breakfast will be held on Saturday, May 13th.

There is no charge but donations will be gratefully accepted to provide funds for the local Family Housing Support.  Working in collaboration with the WARM Center, we provide emergency housing to meet the most basic needs of families with children.

The Mission Committee of Dunns Corners Church hosts a Pancake Breakfast  on the second Saturday of each month. Breakfasts at other churches are held as follows:

Third Saturday of each month from 8 to 10am at the Church of the Holy Spirit Episcopal, 4150 Old Post Road, Charlestown.

First Saturday of each month from 8 to 10am at the Cross Mills Baptist Church, 4403 Old Post Road, Charlestown.

Worship Services available on CD

Preach the wordThe Deacons are organizing a ministry for those who are not able to be with us for worship on Sunday mornings. We will make a CD recording of our Sunday morning worship service and then either deliver it or mail it to those unable to attend. We are already receiving names of those who want to receive the recording.

Please spread the word about this, as we believe this can be a very meaningful way to strengthen our family of faith by sharing God’s love and reaching out. Contact the church office with names of those who might welcome these weekly recordings.

We are grateful to our new Deacon Bob Bonafede who is spearheading this ministry.