October Programs and Events

October 9, 2014

Butterfly Meal Needs You!
Sundays | 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, and 12:30 PM | Social Hall

Every Sunday from April through November, a team of dedicated volunteers of all ages gathers to make bag lunches. Some team members venture to local parks to give the lunches to anyone who is hungry.

The Ark
Sundays | 11:30 AM-12:30 PM | 3rd Floor Studio

Children in grades K-6 explore the Bible through the arts-singing, acting, dancing, drawing, or drumming-except for first Sundays of the month. On first Sundays, families are encouraged to worship together in the Sanctuary. For more information, contact Jim Kast-Keat at jimkastkeat@middlechurch.org.

Sunday Adult Education
In God's Household - First Sundays | 1:00 PM - What does it mean to live in God's household? Each month explore a particular aspect of this question. Meets First Sundays only.

Reading the Bible from the Middle - Sundays | 1:00 PM - A sermon talkback and Bible study to discuss this Sunday's text and sermon themes, facilitated by this Sunday's preacher and other Middle staff. Does not meet First Sundays.

The Opening Act - Sundays | 4:30 PM - Gather every week before Art & Soul to explore various themes about faith, life, and spirituality in creative and engaging ways.

Village Chorus for Children and Youth
Sundays | 1:00-2:30 PM | Community Room

This musical and performance workshop for ages 6-14 offers basic elements of vocal production, singing in various languages, and music that teaches and transforms. For more information, contact John Del Cueto at jdelcueto@middlechurch.org.

Third Sundays Being Groups
Sunday, October 19 (Third Sundays) | 1:00-2:30 PM

Erasing Racism - Middle's positive multiracial community can afford to go deeper, to get real about erasing racism. This group will meet monthly to use art and literature to spark this conversation.

Middle Business Network - Business professionals meet to discuss faith, ethics, and the corporate workplace.

Mothers & Spirituality - Deepen connection and grow spiritually by focusing on parenting and its intersection with faith.

Praying Dangerously - Join this group as they discuss the poem Praying Dangerously and then pray for one another.

New Member Orientation
Sunday, October 12 | 10:00 AM OR 5:00 PM

Part 1: Welcome and Connect - Information and conversation for those who joined the Middle Movement this month.

Freedom School: Painting Portraits
Sunday, October 19 | 2:00-5:30 PM | 3rd Floor Studio

Children and youth in grades K-12 learn to paint self-portraits and explore self-identity. For more information and to RSVP, contact Jim Kast-Keat at jimkastkeat@middlechurch.org.

Pub Theology
Tuesday, October 14 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Jimmy's No. 43
43 East 7th Street between Second and Third Avenues

Gather for good drinks and conversation about God, life, and everything in between. This month: "If Jesus Preached Sermon..." RSVP to Jim Kast-Keat at jimkastkeat@middlechurch.org.

Film Premiere: Every Three Seconds
Wednesday, October 15 | 7:00-9:30 PM | Sanctuary

Award-winning filmmaker Daniel Karslake (For the Bible Tells Me So) tells the stories of five regular folks whose lives went from ordinary to extraordinary based on one simple decision: to engage. Each chose action over apathy, and in the process, each one has had a significant and lasting impact on two of the most challenging, yet solvable, issues of our time: hunger and extreme poverty. Q&A with the filmmaker after the film. Free. RSVP is appreciated at http://bit.ly/MI-3Seconds.

Middle Church Gospel Choir
Thursdays | 7:00-9:00 PM | Community Room

All are welcome to attend Thursday rehearsals and join this volunteer, no-audition required choir. For more information, contact John Del Cueto at jdelcueto@middlechurch.org.

Art & Soul with Community Jam!
Sunday, October 19 | 7:00-8:00 PM | Sanctuary

This is an open invitation to any musician who wants to learn Art & Soul music or become part of the band. RSVP to Dionne McClain-Freeney at dmcclain-freeney@middlechurch.org.

Middle Community Chorus Retreat
Sunday, October 26 | 2:00-4:30 PM | Community Room

Come sing with us! For more information or to RSVP, contact Dionne McClain-Freeney at dmcclain-freeney@middlechurch.org.

Creative Writing Workshop
Thursdays | 6:30-8:30 PM | Conference Room

Participants meet weekly in a supportive, creative, and fun environment where ideas move from head to paper. They build connections as they work to express the writer that lives in all of us. Coordinated by writer and Middle member Harold Slazer.

Upper Room Prayer Group
October 30 (Last Thursdays) | 6:30-8:00 PM | Parlor

This monthly opportunity to pray in community uses The Upper Room prayer devotional as its guide. Middle member Judith Brown-Leigh leads this group to deeper and higher places.

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