Weekly Newsletter 10-4-19

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NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet and Black Tie Tickets now available

We have five spaces for the Freedom Fund Banquet, which is on Saturday, October 19 and raises money for the NAACP and the important work they are doing in Springfield. There is one ticket remaining for Springfield Black Tie on Saturday, November 9. It is Missouri’s premier fund raising event benefiting local and state-wide charities which serve the LGBTQIA+ community. Please contact the church office (brentwoodchristianchurch@gmail.com) if you would like to purchase a ticket and be part of a Brentwood table at the Freedom Fund Banquet and/or at Black Tie.

Overcoming misogyny & violence against women

Our congregation is invited to a special series on the ethics and impact of pornography this weekend in Springfield that is being hosted by our friend and former minister for youth and college students, the Rev. Dr. Micki Pulleyking. The event is dedicated to overcoming misogyny and violence against women, as well as promoting healthy sexual ethics, particularly as related to the widespread affects of pornography in our culture. It is free and open to the public.

The Gospel speaks against all forms of supremacy, violence, racism, classism and the objectification and dehumanization of any bodies. Yet when it comes to pornography, the churches are often silent. This is why Rev. Pulleyking has invited Dr. Robert Jensen, a well-known scholar in media and ethics, to talk about the ethics of pornography at Westminster Presbyterian Church. As Rev. Pulleyking notes, this is related to other social justice issues churches claim to care about: race, class, and gender. It’s ubiquity on the internet is openly misogynistic, overtly racist, and promotes violence against women. Last year, at a conference, a media professor from New York concluded, “the long-term impact of our culture’s porn addiction will be greater than our opioid crisis.”

Dr. Jensen is the author of several books including, Getting Off, The End of Patriarchy, Pornography: The Production and Consumption of Inequality, and The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege. He is passionate about educating for a better world.

The Ethics and Impact of Pornography seminar will begin on Friday from 5:00-7:00 on MSU’s campus, Glass Hall 102. You may park free anywhere; lot 20 is just west of Glass.

On Saturday morning, coffee and donuts will be served in Westminster’s gym at 8:30. Dr. Jensen will teach from 9:00-12:00.

See picture for more info–and bring your own questions. Feel free to invite friends, teens, parents, grandparents as well!

Snowtubing at Wolfe Mountain!

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Children of all ages are invited to inner tube down Snowflex at Wolfe Mountain on Saturday, September 28. Plan to meet at the church at 9 a.m. to caravan out to Wolfe Mountain on Hwy 65. Our scheduled time to slide down the mountain is 10:00 a.m. This will be in conjunction with Trinity Presbyterian Church. Cost is $15. We want everyone who’d like to go to be able to do so! If anyone needs help covering costs, just let Sarah, Emily, or Phil know (brentwoodchristianchurch@gmail.com).

Weekly Newsletter 9-6-19

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Relay of Kindness service project in support of immigrant families

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Brentwood (as part of Faith Voices) will be participating in the Relay of Kindness to get much needed supplies to Mission: Border Hope in Eagle Pass, TX to help migrant families who are in need. This Sunday, September 8, our youth are assembling the kits. Lunch is provided.

We currently have enough supplies to meet our goal of 50 kits — many thanks to each of you — from Brentwood and beyond — for bringing in supplies!

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Weekly Newsletter 8-30-19

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Rock the House tickets now available!

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You can purchase tickets online (or in person at Brentwood).

RSVP on Facebook

Concert begins at 6:30 p.m.

Silent Auction featuring local artists begins at 5:30 p.m.

100% of the proceeds benefit the following organizations:

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Featuring performances by:

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Broadway performer Kim Crosby, Ron Butler, David Savage, Robert Reed, The Foggy River Boys, Greg Austin, Greg Burris, Emily Bowen-Marler, Bruce Murrell, Jimmy Frink, and more.

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Weekly Newsletter 8-23-19

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New series begins Sept 4th: “Creating Spiritual Practices to Heal & Transform the World: How Engaging the Ancient Gospel of Christ is Essential for Dismantling White Supremacy Today”

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The hold of white supremacy remains strong in the United States today, and it is deeply wedded to versions of Christianity that emerged in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In this series, we’ll draw on the work of the theologian Thandeka (as well as others) and explore:

  • The history of slaveholder religion and its connections to current manifestations of white supremacy and the Religious Right;
  • How liberal versions of Christianity can still be complicit in white supremacy today;
  • Tools for creating spiritual practices to heal and transform the world focused on (1) the gospel of Christ, (2) the witness of scripture, and (3) living traditions of organization and activism rooted in liberation and justice.

Sessions will run on Wednesday nights at Brentwood Christian Church:

  • Sept. 4th through Oct. 9th
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. (in Room 10)
  • Facilitated by Rev. Snider

Several of the reflections are derived from the following texts (those interested in engaging more deeply might wish to read them during this study):

This event is free and open to the public. Childcare is provided.

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