Christ Lives In Me!

 The weekly Newsletter of 
A Welcoming Family of Faith!
June 9, 2016
We hope to see you next week for our final pot luck of the year on Saturday, June 18. See below for our theme and more information!  And PRIDE season is here. See below for some community events coming in June and July for our LGBT Community and Allies.
 Don’t forget about our new addition to our weekly newsletter -LINKS to Sunday’s hymns.   When possible we will try to put any new hymns we are singing in the GOOD NEWS.  So in addition to knowing and reading this weeks scriptures you can also preview the hymns and be more prepared to sign.  MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE!!!!  These links are in the left column toward the bottom of the newsletter.
Please take the time to read the articles and information in this week’s “GOOD NEWS” including clicking on our prayer list and pray for the requests listed there.
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This weeks readings and question of the week:
Take time to mediate on God’s word and prepare for worship this Sunday.  And as you meditate on them, consider the Question of the Week:   Which Gospel character am I in my relationships with others, humble sinner or judgmental Pharisee?  How can I reach out in mercy to those spiritually sick and care for those physically afflicted?

 2 Samuel 12:7-10.13
 Psalm 32
 Galatians 2:16.19-21
 Luke 7:36-50
 Galatians 2:20-21
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.
Question: “What does it mean to be crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20)?”

Answer: In his letter to the Galatians, the apostle Paul wrote that he had been “crucified with Christ,” and, as a result, Paul no longer lived. Does this mean that Paul hung on the cross with Jesus and was crucified along with Him physically? Obviously not. What, then, did Paul mean by “crucified with Christ”? The life and death alluded to here are spiritual, not physical.

JUNE POT LUCK:  Saturday, June 18  –
Good ‘Ole Summertime!

Our last potluck before the summer break will be on Saturday, June 18th at 6:00 PM.  Please join us for great food and great fellowship!
Our theme will be  the Good ‘Ole Summertime!   Wear you favorite cool summertime outfit, bring your sunglasses, and share a favorite summer time story or family tradition – or both!
We will be hosting families from Family Promise this night.

Reading Pride Interfaith Service 
July 9th, 7:00 PM 
All Souls will be hosting the Reading Pride Interfaith Service this year.  The Service will be held in Calvary’s main sanctuary and a light fellowship hour will be held after the service down in the Pine Room. There is a sign-up sheet available in the Heritage Room for people who wish to donate desserts. Any donations will be greatly appreciated! 
We hope you can attend!

Help needed for the All Souls Booth at Reading Pride

Reading Pride Celebration  
Sunday, July 17th 
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM 
Centre Park
All Souls will again have a booth at Pride that will include a children’s activity. We will need volunteers to help with the children and to help staff the booth.  You can volunteer for a certain time or spend the whole day! A sign-up sheet is available in the Heritage Room. 
Sunday Service will not be held on July 17.

Ecumenical Catholic Communion Synod – Parish Representatives sought

Every other year, the ECC holds a Synod, a type of National meeting.   We can send up to 4 delegates (two for House of Pastors, two for House of Laity).

The 2016 Holy Synod will be at the American Airlines Training and Conference Center in Fort Worth Texas, October 10-13.  If you are interested in attending please see any member of the Board of Directors for more details.   We need to finalize who is attending soon – as there is some work and research expected of each delegate before the Synod begins to help with the passing of legislation.

LGBTQ 50+ Coffee Group

Wednesday, June 22
9:00 am – 11:00 am
2nd Floor Conference Room
40 N 9th Street
Reading, PA 19601
Free off street parking

Last year we had our first Parish Picnic.  It was great fun and a success and the parish demanded another one!  So we hope you can join us for our 2nd Annual Parish Picnic on Saturday, September 17.  If you would like to take charge of any aspect of the day (kids games; adult games; food arrangement; etc) – we would welcome volunteers!!!!  See any board member today!
Other Fall Dates to save!
Saturday, October 6 – Pot luck
Saturday, November 6 – Annual Meeting
Saturday, December 10 – COOKIE BAKE 

How are you doing answering this  past week’s 
question of the week? 
For whom should I take the initiative in feeling pity and acting out of compassion, despite the risk?