Holy Week Schedule

Maundy Thursday Service:
7pm at Brentwood Christian Church

Good Friday Service:
6pm at National Avenue Christian Church

Easter Sunday Services:
Worship at Brentwood at 9:00 & 11:00 a.m with Children’s Easter Egg Hunt at 10:15 a.m.

Standing in solidarity with our Jewish sisters and brothers

The Interfaith Alliance of the Ozarks has announced that those who wish to stand in solidarity with our Jewish sisters and brothers following the tragic and senseless acts of violence that took place yesterday in Kansas City are invited to gather outside of Temple Israel this evening as participants from the synagogue gather for the Passover Seder, which begins at 6pm. Those wishing to stand in solidarity with their Jewish sisters and brothers are invited to meet outside of Temple Israel at 5:45pm and stay until about 6:15pm.

Temple Israel is located at 5910 S Farm Road 193, Rogersville, MO 65742.

Ash Wednesday Service, today at 6:30pm

An article from Sara Miles on the significance of Ash Wednesday:

Today isn’t exactly the most enticing of Christian holidays: it’s got no beautiful decorations, no gifts or trees or beloved carols, no festive parades or fancy hats. There aren’t Champagne toasts, sugarplums, or party tables laden with hams and roast goose: in fact there’s no food at all. Nobody gets a nice greeting card for Ash Wednesday: you just have some dirt smeared on your face and are informed, bluntly, that you’re going to die.

And yet Ash Wednesday has become one of the most oddly visible days in the Christian calendar, attracting new attention from believers and reaching people who don’t consider themselves part of the Church… [continue to read full article here]

Upcoming Course: “Ethics & Religion: What is the Right Thing to Do? Does Religion Help Us Figure It Out?”

Academy for Faith and LifeEthics and Religion: What is the Right Thing to Do? Does Religion Help Us Figure It Out?

A few questions we’ll consider: Does one have to believe in God in order to be an ethical person? If not, how do we determine ethical norms? If the Bible sometimes reflects the prejudices of its day, how is it authoritative in helping us determine right from wrong? Should the Bible be disregarded in our pursuit of ethical truth? How do we determine right from wrong in a world with competing viewpoints?

Registration: $45 (all proceeds directly support The Center for Diversity and Reconciliation)

Registration deadline: January 13 (to sign-up, send an email to brentwoodchristianchurch@gmail.com)

Sessions begin: January 15 (6:30 – 8:00 p.m.)

Books:
Being Good, by Simon Blackburn
Truth, by John D. Caputo
Justice, by Michael Sandel
Saving Jesus (from those who are Right), by Carter Heyward

This course is part of the Academy for Faith and Life at Brentwood Christian Church, which provides an opportunity for participants from both the congregation and the wider community to engage theological and ethical topics in an in-depth manner not usually found in conventional church study groups. The Academy for Faith and Life explores topics related to religion and culture that is similar to what might be found at the university (and at times even the seminary) level and at the same time provides tools for cultivating individual and societal transformation, all based on an approach to Christianity that values both the mind and the heart.

Two courses are generally offered each year (concurrent with fall and spring semesters) and meet on Wednesday evenings for 8-10 weeks. Each is taught by Rev. Snider unless otherwise announced. Participants are expected to read three to four books per course. All registration fees directly support the Center for Diversity and Reconciliation, an organization dedicated to promoting, advocating, and working toward economic dignity, race equity, social justice, and equal rights for all people in the greater Springfield area. A limited number of scholarships (based on financial need) are available.