Friday, October 20, 2017

Making a Difference

In the Jewish tradition there is a phrase that describes what CCU is seeking.  This idea is central to a “just peace” church.  Acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world are known in Jewish tradition as “Tikkun Olam”. This idea comes from classical rabbinic teachings meant to assure protection to those who may be at a disadvantage.

One way we at CCU "patch the world" is by our mission giving.  We set aside close to ten percent of our budget funds for mission.  This allowed us to create the Robinson Fund.  Through this fund we help to heal the world and protect the vulnerable.  So far we have made this happen in the following ways:

      Assistance for Legal Help with Immigration for a Pastor       $2,500
      Donation for "Gift Cards for Guns"                                            $200
      Food for Pathways to Justice                                                      $75
      LTLC Fundraiser Walk                                                               $500
      Travel Expenses for Lao Church Visiting Pastor/Consult       $1,274
      Donation to Medical Fund for Charlottesville                             $500
      Merrimack Valley Project Fundraiser                                      $1,000
      Merrimack Valley Project Membership                                      $590

Now there are new expenses related to our Sanctuary Network project.  The Robinson Fund will help to cover these.

Perhaps there is no better example of "just peace" work than the Sanctuary Network.  As I sit and type I can hear our volunteer contractor putting up a wall up in what will be our guest’s room.  Check the video below for progress.  This will be an effort that will require the cooperation of those within and outside of our church.

Soon the Just Peace Committee will be working on a covenant that represents CCU's commitment to becoming a courageous church.  Stay tuned.

Will Miller



Thursday, October 5, 2017

One Year Community Yoga Celebration

Our CCU Moderator, Valerie Jones, attended the one year celebration for the YOGA class which meets in our building.  This class is one of a number of offerings that makes up what we have come to call "Lowell Learns."

Lowell Learns is a way we offer our members activities that enrich their inner lives.  We also offer the the Lowell community an opportunity to come into our building and to take advantage of our "inner self enriching" classes.  The community gets to know us a bit better and we get to know them better.

Valerie's thoughts on the one year anniversary of the Lowell Learns Yoga class are below.

One Year Community Yoga Celebration 


Friday night September 29, 2017 there was a joyous celebration of community at Christ Church United in Lowell. It has been one year since Kimsokun Ket, better known as Kim, started
teaching community yoga free of charge supported by voluntary donations. I began yoga classes for the first time on week two. In the beginning it was difficult to perform the poses but with persistence in one year I am able to complete the flow of most moves. The healing affects of yoga physically and emotionally are priceless. Yoga helps to channel peace love and joy internally.

As changes occurred within so did the seasons. The warmer weather had us venture outdoors , "Yoga by the Sea" which attracted people to join into the community.  At the one year celebration Kim chose to showcase the many talents of the yogis. As we sweated next to each other, everyone of varying skill, we were unaware that we were in the presence of such extraordinary talent, such as life skill mastery, art, poetry, and music. Through Kimsokun's Vision of giving freely of her gifts to empower others she was able to add to her community and to ours. Friday night's one year celebration was alive with diversity and talents that filled our church with the laughter and love of a thriving community.  Come and join us at Christ Church United for community yoga on Thursdays at 6 PM for a life changing opportunity.

Valerie Jones

Making a Difference

In the Jewish tradition there is a phrase that describes what CCU is seeking.  This idea is central to a “just peace” church.  Acts of kind...