Wednesday Prayer at Noon goes online this week!

In light of the still unfolding presidential election we’re taking the Noon Prayer on Wednesdays online this week. Join us on Zoom or follow us on Facebook Live as Pastor Roger and Dr. Kate lead us in a time of prayer and reflection. (We’re using the same Zoom link we used for the Election Day Prayer Vigil. Contact us if you need the link.) 

The RenewalWorks Team invites you to bolster your spirits and join us in harnessing the power of prayer. While we cannot gather physically for corporate prayer, we can join together in spirit. To that end, we invite you to set aside 5 minutes each Wednesday at noon to pray for our church and its future. 

The Prayer of the Month can be used as a starting point for your own short prayer session, knowing that as many of us as possible will be pausing and lifting our prayers at the same time. If you can’t pray at the suggested time, please pray at whatever time works best for you. 

Here is the prayer for November: 

Everlasting and Sustaining God,

We come to you amidst great change. We look out our windows and see how you have touched the trees,  changing them into a panorama of colors. We look at children whom we love and we see the changes in their growth and maturity. We come together to worship you in changed ways that we may never have imagined. Although our world continues to spin, changing with each revolution, we sometimes struggle with change. There are changes that we embrace with eagerness, but others that we want to resist with everything in us.

O God, no matter what else may change, we know that you remain the same. You are the steadfast center of our faith, encouraging us when we falter, lifting us when we stumble and calming us when we are fearful and anxious. Open our hearts to embrace your constancy in our lives. Open our hands to perform your works.

Our church, too, addresses many changes, now and in the coming days. Stand beside us through these changes. Lead us into a deeper discernment of what you have in your plan for our congregation. Support us when we need to lean on you for strength;  inspire us to embrace change as an opportunity for greater service to our congregation, our community and our world.

With grateful hearts we lift these prayers to you.    Amen.

New Banners in Place!

We are so glad our new banners arrived and have been installed! On your next walk or drive by, take a look! Thanks to the RenewalWorks team and Pastor Roger.

#HCC #BLM #PrayForPeace #WorkForJustice #CallToAction

Gift Card Drive for Unity in Community Food Distribution

Make a difference for a family. Drop off a gift card or donate toward one online: www.cometochristchurch.org. Click on the green “GIVE” button, then choose “Shaker Food Drive” in the dropdown menu. Thanks for your generosity and thinking of others in this season of gratitude.

Election Prayer Vigil 11/2-3

In this time of anxiety and polarization, we invite you to participate in an Election Prayer Vigil. Every three hours on Election Eve and Election Day, we will gather for 5 -10 minutes of prayer for the country, elected officials, and the election. You are invited to join us on Zoom (link info below), look for a live feed on our HCC Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HeightsCC), or pray when you can on your own.

We’ll gather at 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Monday, Nov. 2 and at 9:00 am, Noon, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 3. We come together, asking God for courage and wisdom, thanking God for love and joy. As we move toward the election of leaders for the United States, may we all join in a season of prayer, committing to offer to God our fears and frustrations, our hopes and dreams. We invite you to pray for all our leaders and all matters being put to a vote, locally and nationally.

***Zoom meeting information:

From your computer:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86053195475?pwd=d0JYRVNOb1d1bU1RMHBjcTFuWm9OUT09

From your smartphone:
+19294362866,,86053195475#,,,,,,0#,,172008#

From your landline: +1 929 436 2866
Meeting ID: 860 5319 5475
Passcode: 172008

GodSightings

Where have you seen God recently? Our #GodSightings challenge gives you an opportunity to send a photo of your recent GodSighting for inclusion in our online gallery here (photo gallery) and on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). Or you can post on our social media sites or your own and tag us. We love seeking God in daily life and seeing where others have had a #GodSighting! Send questions + submissions to katehcc@sbcglobal.net

Service of Lament 9/27

Beginning at 5:00 pm. We hope that you will join us for this time to lament together our losses and the challenges of these difficult times.

This will be both in-person (you must register in advance) and on Zoom. In-person registration can be found at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hcc-service-of-lament-tickets-121657391533

Zoom information:
From your computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84210517609?pwd=cnFxbjBHYXJXMkt2RDIzSVd6d28zQT09

Meeting ID: 842 1051 7609
Passcode: 081044

From your smartphone:
+19294362866,,84210517609#,,,,,,0#,,081044#

By phone (audio only): (929) 436-2866
Meeting ID: 842 1051 7609
Passcode: 081044

HCC Honored for Refugee Support

We are delighted to be mentioned in the #40for40 Refugee and Immigration Ministries celebration! As a congregation, we have a long history of reaching out to our neighbors, near and far. There is so much work to be done. #loveyourneighbor #lovekindness #DoJustice #walkhumblywithGod

Both in its heritage & present,  Heights Christian Church, OH has offered a “Wall of Kindness” to its neighbors!!  DHMDisciples & DisciplesNews thank you for your hospitality thru the decades!!
Pictured here is the Wall of Kindness from Heights Christian Church, together with the Latvian Viburs family of refugees they assisted in 1949! The ministry of Heights CC in 1949 makes it one of the earliest images of our Disciples connections with refugees.
Even though this is the 40 year anniversary of the US Refugee Act of 1980, which established the processes of refugee resettlement and asylum which have guided our nation for the past four decades, the work of Heights CC demonstrates that Disciples were engaged in partnership with refugees since the years following the end of WWII. #ActionForRefugees #WeAreWelcomers #RefugeesWelcome

New Adult Study: “A House Divided”

Beginning Sunday, September 13
9:30 am on Zoom (use the Sunday morning worship link)

“How do we find common ground on the issues that divide us?” Using Mark Feldmeir’s book “A House Divided” we will explore how a politics of compassion can help us find shared values on today’s most divisive issues and inspire us to find practical solutions.  This study will be led by Pastor Roger, Kate Gillooly, Carolyn Troha, and Lloyd Ackerman.  Books available online (Chalice Press or Amazon)  from the church (please call first).

September 13 – Climate Change
September 20 – Racism
September 27 – Immigration and more in October

Watch a video about the book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=5o4HFnisrw0&feature=emb_logo