HOW NOT TO BE A CHRISTIAN

       "Please do not resent us for giving you this tract," the first sentence read.  Well, that was nice enough.  The people handing out tracts on the quad recognize that having stuff jammed in one's hands can be annoying.  "We love your soul," it continues, "and we want to tell you that if you have never been born again, you are on your journey to a place where you will burn forever."  
    Funny how that message doesn't win a lot of converts.  Fear-inspired faith is no faith at all, but a selfish response to a perceived threat. As we read in 1 John, "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment."  And because God is love, we find other ways to invite people to faith.  We do so by living the joyful, abundant life, modeling Jesus' love as best as we can. We do so by speaking out against the racism that continues to rear its ugly head on our campus.  We do so by serving our neighbor and speaking up for the vulnerable.
    That's our work at Christ Chapel, and we hope you will join us.  Our worship services are on Sundays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.  Other events planned are listed below.  All are free or at a small cost and are open to students of any faith or no faith.  Let us know how we can help you on the journey.
 
 
 
 
COOKING FOR THE HOMELESS - AUG. 6th
Join us in cooking supper for the homeless of San Marcos at First Lutheran Church, 130 W. Holland, starting at 2:00, or meet us at the Southside Community Center, 518 S. Guadalupe, at 4:45.  
 
 
 
 
EVENING PRAYER WITH A PROFESSOR
Join us at 5:30 on Wednesday, November the 8th, for a conversation with Dr. Lesli Biediger-Friedman.  Dr. Biediger-Friedman teaches in the School of Family and Consumer Science. The focus of Dr. Biediger-Friedman’s research includes policy, systems, and environmental approaches to explore innovative strategies to build public health nutrition infrastructure, address food security, and improve dietary practices of maternal and child populations. She will be addressing one question: "How does your confession of faith affect your profession?"  Fresh bread and butter will be served beforehand, as always.
 
 
 
 
WINE MAKING! 
Join us on November 15th at 5:30 for making our year's supply of communion wine.  We'll get the whole process started, and then bottle the finished wine next spring.
 
 
 
 
GOD GOES TO THE MOVIES: 
NOVEMBER 16, 7:30
Join us on November 16th for God Goes to the Movies, where we will watch Rogue 1.  What sort of theological themes are there in a Star Wars movie?  Lots, it turns out.  Popcorn provided.
 
 
 
 
BEIGNETS AND BIBLE STUDY - November 20th, 4:00 p.m. 
As part of our new "Food and Faith" series, we'll be making beignets and studying a parable of Jesus.  What's a beignet?  A bit of pillowy fried deliciousness, covered in powdered sugar.
 
 
 
 
NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS
December 2nd, 10:00 a.m.
We're taking a trip to Natural Bridge Caverns, and the best part is that it's free!  Pastor Jaime's sister is the business manager there and has set us up with passes, which saves us $23.99 per person.  You can thank her personally that day.  Reservations required, and you will need some money for lunch at the Gristmill afterwards and $2.00 for transportation there and back.  See more about Natural Bridge Caverns at naturalbridgecaverns.com and more about the Gristmill at gristmillrestaurant.com/menu.html
 
 
      
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