Common Thursdays

Come join an open community gathering starting with soup and bread at 5:45 pm, followed by discussion or activity at 6:15 pm - 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall.
 
If you want to join the pastor in making soup or bread, and for conversation, kitchen office hours are 12 pm - 2pm.
 
The Stone Soup Pot
Your contribution to the meal, if you can: Either bring ingredients to the church kitchen on Sunday, or by noon Thursday. We’ll prepare a vegetarian soup, so bring boxes or cans of vegetable stock; onions, potatoes, carrots, other root vegetables, greens, farm stand produce, cans of beans, bags of lentils or beans; flour, yeast, oil, or butter.
 
January: As a part of our theme of Loving Ourselves, we'll be looking at seven spiritual needs, seven spiritual principles and seven soul nurturing strategies.
 
March: Other Perspectives
3/7/19, 5:45 p.m.: Spiritual Practices: Christian Meditation Practices for Lent, part
1: Why should anyone—especially Christians—meditate? Does meditation have spiritual and theological value? Is it mentioned in scripture? Is it different from prayer? We will try a couple of practices and set up a 40-day practice for Lent. Suggested reading: One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation by J. Dana Trent,
chapters  1-4.
 
3/21/19, 5:45 p.m.: Asking the Hard Questions: Normal, Remembering or Not? Based on his awardwinning book, Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory: What’s Normal, What’s Not, and What to Do About It, Dr. Andrew Budson will explain how individuals can distinguish changes in memory due to Alzheimer's versus normal aging, what medications, vitamins, diets, and exercise regimes can help, and the best habits, strategies, and memory aids to use, in seven simple steps. Dr. Budson is Director of Education at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, among other roles. Co-sponsored by West Acton Baptist Church.
 
April: Journeys
4/4/19, 5:45 p.m.: Spiritual Practices: Christian Meditation Practices for Lent, part 2: We
will check in on our meditation practice and do a couple of different practices together.
Suggested reading: One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation by J.
Dana Trent, chapters 5-6.
 
4/18/19, 5:45 p.m.: Asking the Hard Questions: Maundy Thursday: Were You There? We
will journey with Jesus from the Last Supper to the Garden and from the Trial by Pilate to the Cross. Joint Service with West Acton Baptist Church.
 
May: Vision
5/2/19, 5:45 p.m.: Spiritual Practices: Christian Meditation or Prayer: How do we sustain practices of both prayer and meditation? What importance does meditation and prayer have to us as individuals and a community? Suggested reading: One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation by J. Dana Trent, chapter 7
 
5/16/19 5:45 p.m.: Asking the Hard Questions: What is Our Vision for Church in the
21st Century? What does it mean to be church? What would nurture your spiritual life,
encourage love for neighbors and work for justice in this community and world?