Upcoming Worship Services
What Does It Mean To Be A People Of Memory
November 4 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM
Rev. Clare Petersberger, Herb and Sue Shankroff, Linda Lotz, Executive Director of ACTC, and Joyce Duncan: TUUC and ACTC
Our spiritual question, this month, is “What does it mean to be a people of memory?” Memory takes us back in time while at the same time hopes something from us in the future. Today, Herb and Sue Shankroff will take us back to the beginning of our congregation’s affiliation with the Assistance Center of Towson Churches over three decades ago; what they do at ACTC to help hunger prevention and hardship relief; and how we can help ACTC in the months and years to come. Linda Lotz, Executive Director of ACTC, will be with us to recognize Herb and Sue’s contributions and to share what ACTC hopes from our congregation today.
November 11 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM
Rev. Clare Petersberger: In Flanders Field The Poppies Blow
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, when the Allies and Germans agreed to an armistice to end the fighting of World War I. During the summer I heard women in Northern Scotland planning how to line the streets with red poppies from the Orkney Islands down to Inverness to honor this anniversary and to remember those who lost their lives. Why are rituals of remembrance important? Our world is beginning to look a lot like it did before World War One with populist and nationalist governments gaining ground; Britain withdrawing from the European Union; Russia building up its military; our country’s tariffs on imports, limits on immigration, and threats of withdrawal from international alliances. So today we remember how in Flanders Field the poppies blew a hundred years ago. For they were, and are, a symbol pointing to the promise of a world at peace.
November 18 - 9:30 AM and 11:15 AM
Rev. Clare Petersberger, The Wood Family - The Leaning: Memory and Gratitude
When Maya Angelou thought back to what she remembered from Sunday School classes in 1950, it was not the catechism. It was not any particular sacred text. It was not a specific religious teaching about God. It was relationships. It was the experience of being loved. It was leaning into the women who taught her. In second service, we have the honor of dedicating Harper Wood to our care and nurture. This affords us the opportunity to remember those who loved and nurtured us decades ago and how, and for what, we hope Harper will remember us in another 50 years.
November 25, 2018 - 10:30 AM
Lora Powell-Haney, Ministerial Intern and Tracy Hall, Music Director: Memory and Ancestors
Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?
Thanksgiving is a time for stories: of our nation’s beginnings, of how Great-Uncle Mike and Great-Aunt Helen first met, of traditions passed down from generation to generation.
Join student minister Lora Powell-Haney and music director Tracy Hall, with guest musicians, as, through song—community choir!, word, and ritual, we weave a story of who we are, as individuals, as people of faith, as people of a nation of stories.