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Tom Gorham, Program Director at Options Recovery Services
Options Recovery Services: Breaking the Cycle of Addiction, Mental Illness, Crime and Homelessness
Drug and alcohol addiction, crime and poverty are inextricably linked. The swelling number of homeless offenders and the enormous increase in drug-related arrests since the 1980s speak to the cycle of substance abuse, poverty, homelessness, violence and arrests. The severity and prevalence of substance abuse problems among criminal offenders is evident throughout the criminal justice system.
Since 1996, Options has offered a solution to this serious problem through a comprehensive relationship with the courts and community. Our mission is to rehabilitate and restore the dignity of people who have fallen as far as they can. Our treatment approach is rooted in individual empowerment and the recognition that the client is the instrument of change.
Sunday School – Older Elementary Children
Starting Oct 6th, Sunday school for our children grades 2-5 will take place during church in our new classroom in the Parish Hall. We are planning “units” beginning with 4 weeks in October and will learn about prophets, beginning with Elijah! Children will join their parents and the younger children from Children’s Liturgy in church at the Peace. We will continue with the theme of “God’s love for us and how God stays with us, no matter what, to bring us back to God’s divine love.”
We will have fun! Would you like to be part of a team of teachers? Our curriculum offers all the lessons plan and possible activities and leaves room for your special way of sharing God’s love. Let’s explore God’s story with our children as they encounter God in story, Scripture, worship and service! firstname.lastname@example.org
Our hearts go out to those suffering from hurricane Dorian. If you’d like to contribute — please don’t give to Saint Timothy‘s but do give to Episcopal Relief and Development. They will use your generosity effectively.
Sunday Evening Worship
First Sunday of the Month starting at 5 p.m. (October 6, November 3, December 1; this is a trial service for 3 months)
The service will last approximately 45 minutes with Darita (our Music Ministry Associate) picking and playing contemporary music. The whole service will be projected (but there might still be music with notes on paper for those who know how to sing). This service helps families create a deeper community with more youth fellowship and events. It is open to everyone, but middle and senior high youth will get priority on serving in worship. There are some great serving opportunities for younger ones too, like Gospel procession, bringing up bread, and ushering. There will be food after worship! It will be a complete worship experience for all ages.
Click HERE for the September issue of Tidings.
The Way of Love
A message from Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry
Life Transformed: The Way of Love
Learn more at: www.episcopalchurch.org/life-transformed
Easter! What an amazing moment it must have been to be one of the women who went down to the tomb that first Easter morning. They came expecting death and sorrow. Their messiah and friend had been killed, and now the best they could hope for was to give him a proper burial. Instead, they find an empty tomb, two angelic figures proclaiming Jesus’ resurrection, and an invitation to new life. Their expectations were blown away. This encounter with Jesus changed them so much that they were compelled to GO back to their fellow followers and proclaim the good nev1s. Their testimony would eventually spread to every corner of the earth so that wherever we go, the love of God will meet us there. In this journey,· you have been called to engage with the mystery of death and resurrection as mirrored in the Easter Vigil. We have been called from darkness into light. From fear into joy. From sin into restoration. From death into life. Our job now is to follow the examples of those women and go into the world proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus. Let this be the season that you go and live the full gift of the resurrection.
REFLECT: Easter is not just one day. It is a season of 50 days, significantly longer than the 40 days in Lent. Our Church’s calendar is designed this way to help us remember that we are called to GO and live a life that is centered more on resurrection joy than on fear. During this Eastertide, find ways to live into the Way of Love you have walked this Lent.
The end of our Lent journey is only the beginning, as we take all the transformation we have experienced and imagined and use it to join God in healing and reconciling the world. How will you GO and tell the story of the empty tomb out loud? How have you been changed and how might you change others?
We have two Sunday morning services
– 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
- 8:30 a.m. Service: A quiet and contemplative service with a touch of music
- 9:15 a.m. Coffee hour: Time for all to socialize and have a light snack and beverage
- 10:00 a.m. Service: A blend of the current 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. services
- 11:10 a.m. Education time: Fun, educational classes for all. Ends by 11:45 a.m.
Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon on the Power of Love
Just in case you missed it, check out the video of the Royal Wedding:
Bishop Michael Curry delivers impassioned sermon on the Power of Love.
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