2009-03-20 / Community

First Congregational Sets Lenten Activities

The First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach has commenced a busy Lenten season by scheduling a number of interesting educational activities for the benefit of church members. Participants from the community at large are also invited to participate in these activities.

At a coffee hour following the church service on Sunday, March 8, representatives from the New Sanctuary Movement explained how they are working through faith communities to inspire a humane public discourse about U.S. immigration policy, while also resisting unjust deportations. A lively debate ensued among those present.

On Sunday, March 22, Priscilla LeMarie of Hospice Care Network will describe her organization's new Cultural Diversity Program, aimed at educating individuals (particularly from the Latino and Asian communities) about hospice services, advance directives, and palliative care for those facing serious illness.

On April 19, the church will welcome Eric Bell, Unit Director of the Far Rockaway Clubhouse of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. He will describe his group's efforts to help the disadvantaged children of the Rockaway peninsula.

Additionally, beginning on March 24, Pastor Joseph Medlin of First Congregational will be moderating a 10- week program of study and group discussion based on readings from the book "Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary" by Marcus J. Borg of Oregon State University. The meetings will be held on Tuesdays, from March 24 through May 26, and participants can choose either a lunchtime group at 1 p.m., or an evening group that meets at 7 p.m. This promises to be "an incredible journey to discover who Jesus was, what he taught, and why he still matters today."

First Congregational is located at 320 Beach 94 Street in Rockaway Beach.

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