Water Communion Sunday scheduled

PLATTSBURGH — A Water Communion Sunday will be held on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh, 4 Palmer St. The Rev. Nicoline Guerrier and Kris Lutters, director of religious exploration, join the congregation in welcoming in a new academic year, through the fellowship’s Water Communion. This annual service celebrates the gifts of being in community. Attendees are invited to bring a small amount of water representing a place that is special to add to a common bowl. (The fellowship will have some on hand for any who arrive without water).  


Search for Meaning discussion scheduled

PLATTSBURGH — “Search for Meaning,” an informal reading and discussion group, meets Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh, 4 Palmer St.


Attendees engage in a search for truth and meaning and encourage each other toward spiritual growth.


New worship times

PERU — The Peru Community Church announces the fall/winter/spring worship service schedule is now in effect. All are cordially invited to join with us in worship and special events, many during the next several weeks.

Sunday Worship services are at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary, at 12 Elm St. Pleasant/Main Streets,  (Routes 22 and 22B) in the town of Peru.  Coffee and conversation follow each service in the church’s Fellowship Center across the street at 13 Elm St.

Prayer Study is at 9:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Center Chapel. Children’s Sunday School (grades K-5) is held during the 10:30 a.m. service, with nursery care also provided during the 10:30 a.m. service.

The Reverend Peggi J. Eller is continuing her sermon series on the topic of sacraments.

Later this fall, the sermons will focus on prayer.

Special events upcoming include the inaugural meeting and potluck lunch of the Church Women United on Sept. 15, float-making for the Peru Applefest Parade on Sept. 21, an Ice Cream Social coffee hour on Sept. 22, the Granny’s Attic garage (and bake) sale at the church on Sept. 28, First Friday Free Family Films on Oct. 4, and a benefit concert by “Beartracks” in the Fellowship Center on Oct. 18.

 Follow us on Facebook (“The Peru Community Church”) and Instagram “@perucommunitychurch.”

Sermon selections are available for download from the website www.perucommunitychurch.com.   

Questions?  Please call Pastor Peggi Eller at the church office, 518-643-8641.


Rev. Michael Dowd 

PLATTSBURGH — Rev. Phil Richards facilitates “ProFuture Faith,” a fall adult study, which begins Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. and runs to 8:30 p.m. at the Plattsburgh United Methodist Church, 127 Beekman St., Plattsburgh.

Eco-theologian, author, and TEDx speaker, Rev. Michael Dowd will lead the discussion in a DVD and internet-based course that bridges the gap between head and heart, science and faith. Participants will be guided on a journey that accepts what is inevitable, avoids what is futile, and be inspired to attend to what is urgent. 

The session topics for the course are as follows: 

Part 1 - Coming Home to Reality 

Session 1. Un-Trivializing God - Reality as Thou

Session 2. The Purpose of Religion and Necessity of Science 

Session 3. The Epic of Evolution - A Cosmic Timeline 

Session 4. Thus Sayeth Reality - What is Inevitable; What is Needed

Part 2 - Practical Wisdom

Session 5. Thus Sayeth Reality - What is Futile; What is Urgent

Session 6. Why We Struggle - Un-Trivializing Mythic Wisdom 

Session 7. Impermanence and Death as Sacred - Embracing Limits

Session 8. Staying Sane, Sober and Inspired in Contracting Times

Michael Dowd is a bestselling eco-theologian and pro-science, pro-future "evangelist" whose work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and on television nationally.

His book, "Thank God for Evolution," was endorsed by six Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. Dowd has delivered two TEDx talks and a program at the United Nations.

He and his wife, science writer and climate activist, Connie Barlow, have spoken to some 2,500 groups across North America since 2002, including nearly 500 Unitarian Universalist churches.

Rev. Dowd has also conducted two acclaimed online conversation series: “Evolutionary Christianity” and “The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness."

Sign up by calling (518)563-2992 or emailing Rev. Phil Richards (pastorphils@gmail.com)

Cost to register is $20. Registration ends on Sept. 20.



 Grief recovery meetings schedule

PLATTSBURGH — GriefShare, a grief recovery seminar and support group, meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at First Assembly of God, 164 Prospect Ave., Plattsburgh.

GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Seminar sessions  include “Is this Normal?” The challenge of Grief, “Grief and Your Relationships,” “Why?” and “Guilt and Anger.”

For more information, call First Assembly of God at 518-563-5799

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