Upcoming Events: 12.21.2018

December 19, 2018 |

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at 5 & 10 pm
…Childcare available at the 5 pm Celebration
As always, two Candlelight Communion Celebrations will be offered on Christmas Eve, the first at 5 pm and the second at 10 pm. Childcare will be available at the 5 pm service, starting at 4:30 pm for children “walking to 10 years of age.” But a word to the wise: Come early for the 5 pm Celebration if you want a seat!

Have You Pledged?
…Your Support Is Needed Now More than Ever!
If you are among the more than 130 folks who have completed your Commitment card, THANKS! If not, we hope you will complete one this Sunday indicating your desire to support the ministries of Jubilee! Community in 2019. Our goal for 2019 is to raise $350,000. Not going to be in the congregation this Sunday and need a card? Give the office a call at (828) 252-5335 or email us at [email protected] and we will get one to you. Ron Katz, Coordinator of the Jubilee! Social Justice Team recently wrote to the Team, “We are so fortunate to have the Jubilee! Community that brings us together not only on Sundays but on many other days to celebrate with each other and make this world a better place. It is so important that all of us support our “Community” financially. The 2019 pledge process is well underway, and while many have contributed, there is always room and a need for more. If you have
not pledged, please consider doing so. There are no recommended levels, just the amount that feels right for you.”

Shift from the Pain of Loss of Faith or Trust, into Peace
…Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22 & 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Are you stuck in emotional pain from the loss of faith or trust in an institution, people, God, life, or even yourself? Join me for a transformative 4 week journey where you’ll learn how to move healthily through this pain & into peace, open your heart wider, & live more fully & purposefully, aligned in your True Self.  Each week builds on the last, so if interested, please plan to commit to attending all 4 classes. Sliding scale $10-$20/class or $40-80 in advance with 50% donated to Jubilee. No one turned away for lack of funds. The Class will be led by Jubilant Barbara Brady, a Minister of Teaching at Jubilee!, Grief Recovery Specialist and Life Coach.

Living a Multifaceted Gender Identity in a Female Body
…For female-bodied people who experience anything and everything except it all being black and white
Is your gender identity mysterious or often complex? Are you in a female body and also love or identify with masculine expressions or terms? Understanding and connection are such healing and uplifting forces for us,  because many of us have often felt alone or misunderstood in this complexity. Join the series of conversations; 4 Monday evenings in January 2019 – 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th from 7pm to 8:15pm at Jubilee! Suggested donation of $40 for all four classes.  Facilitated by Sarah Thomas, LAc. Please share this information with those who need to see it!

Office Closed & Open…
Jubilee! will be closed on Tuesday, Christmas Day and Wednesday, the day after. The office will be open on Thursday and Friday, December 27 and 28 from 9 am to 1 pm. We will also be open on Monday, December 31, during those same hours.

New Year’s Day Bonfire
You are invited to attend the New Year’s Day Bonfire at 5 pm on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019, at Hanger Hall which is located at 31 Park Avenue, North, less than a mile from Jubilee! We will sing, burn the 2018 Prayer Flags that hung in our Celebration Center all of last year, offer our hopes and prayers for the new year and enjoy the warmth of the fire and friends.

“Talent Project” Money
If you have any Talent Project money (i.e. money to keep folks warm this winter) to turn in, please place it in an envelope, mark it as “Talent $” and place it an offering basket by Sunday, January 6th, 2019. We would like to get it in the hands of folks who need it. The dollars will be split with 40% going to the Eblen Foundation, 40% to the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries and 20% to the Furnace Repair Fund of Mountain Housing Opportunities.

Seeds for Celebration Available
The Seeds are now available on line or in print in the Hospitality Room starting Sunday, December 30th. The Seeds for Celebration will tell you everything you might want to know about our Celebrations for the Via Creativa which starts on Sunday, January 13th. The theme for the quarter is “ Uncovering, Unearthing, Unveiling.” And, if you have a gift of music, dance or story to offer, email Howard at [email protected]

From the Transition Team
Applications are now being received for Howard’s position. As of the printing of this newsletter, 14 folks have applied or expressed an interest. The deadline is January 11th, 2019. More details will be forthcoming.

Book Discussion Group
The book group will regroup again on January 7th to begin reading Arlie Russel Hochschild’s Strangers in Their Own Land. Hochschild (a political progressive) spent five years immersed in the community around Lake Charles, Louisiana, a Tea Party stronghold.  Her goal was to break through the “empathy wall” to understand the thinking and feelings of the American right.  From the Economist:  “An astute study of America’s culture war drawn from the perspective of the white conservatives who feel they are losing it.”  Please join us! Questions? Call Claudia Sherry at (828) 713-3720.