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COLLEGE HILL NIGHTS


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A new gathering of students from across the region that exists to help a generation live by faith, be known by love, and become voice of hope.

Invite your crew to the last CHN of the year and join us for a night of teaching, music, film, and stories.

Sunday, November 17 / 7pm

Avon Theatre, Thayer street

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KNOCK WITH YOUR FEET


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A Thanksgiving food drive for your people

There is an old saying that says, “When you are invited to someone’s house, come knocking with your feet” – the idea being that your arms are so full of food, that the only way you can knock is with your feet. This Thanksgiving, we want to bless our neighbors by “knocking with our feet” all over Providence as we deliver Thanksgiving meals to those in need.

THE BAGS

you shop, assemble, and bring the bags.

We will be collecting Thanksgiving bags over the next 3 Sundays. Bring full packed bags with you to Sunday service and drop them in designated bins in the lobby. We are looking for any non-perishables that go with a Thanksgiving meal – see the list below. Please feel free to spread the word to your networks – for example, you could collect items at your workplace or school over the next couple weeks as well.

THE DISTRIBUTION

whose door?

1. Who are you or your home group/ outpost going to bless this Thanksgiving?1. Pray for them.
2. Be at your congregation onNov 24 to pick up the bags you need.
3. After you drop them off text (401) 584-3855 and share the pics/story.
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FUTURE BUILDERS GALA


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The FUTURE BUILDERS GALA is our thank you to all those who give regularly to help build the future of Sanctuary. Join us for this special night on November 22 to build a legacy together through our generosity.

The gala is where all 3 of our congregations come together for a night of new vision, dinner, dancing and stepping out together as a church to dream for PVD and beyond.

Let’s keep dreaming | 11.22 | 7pm

*Pvd location and special guest speaker to be announced

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ALPHA / EXPLORING GOD


If you are just beginning a spiritual journey or are interested in exploring Christian spirituality, please join us for Alpha.

WHAT IS ALPHA?

Alpha is a 10 week dinner and discussion series designed for people who wouldn’t describe themselves as Christians. Our volunteers provide Alpha guests with exceptional hospitality and a friendly and respectful environment in which to discuss the big issues of life and the Christian faith.

WHO IS ALPHA FOR?

Alpha is for anyone who would not describe themselves as Christian. Alpha is for people who may not come to a Sunday service or a home group.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Alpha runs across ten weekly sessions with a weekend away midway through. Each session includes food, a short video and a discussion where guests can share their thoughts. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. No question is out of bounds and everyone is free to discuss as much or as little as they wish. There’s no pressure, no follow up and no charge.

 

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Right Before You Walk On The Moon


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July 20th, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing of the Apollo 11 mission, when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon.

It’s interesting that a few minutes after landing on the surface, before they actually stepped out, Buzz Aldrin, who had been a Presbyterian minister before he was an astronaut, actually took communion there in the lander.

Retelling his experience, he says,

“I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread and the wine. I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine slowly curled and gracefully came up the side of the cup. Then I read the Scripture, ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.’”

“I ate the tiny Host and swallowed the wine. I gave thanks for the intelligence and spirit that had brought two young pilots to the Sea of Tranquility. It was interesting for me to think: the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements.”

“Perhaps, if I had it to do over again, I would not choose to celebrate communion. Although it was a deeply meaningful experience for me, it was a Christian sacrament, and we had come to the moon in the name of all mankind… But at the time I could think of no better way to acknowledge the enormity of the Apollo 11 experience that by giving thanks to God.”

I think we would be hard pressed to find any human who has not at some point been struck with awe and wonder at the sight of the moon. It has inspired art, literature, music, and poetry religions throughout history and across the world.

And this man who was able to experience the moon in ways that very few have, this man who was at the literal zenith of technological advancement and human achievement, found his awe and wonder culminated in partaking in a simple and ancient ritual: REMEMBERING the sacrifice of Jesus through communion.

This man who was able to experience the moon in ways that none of us have, this man who was at the literal zenith of technological advancement and human achievement, was moved to worship.

At the height of scientific progress, he is not overcome by his own accomplishment, but rather reminded of his absolute dependence. He is moved to consider and meditate upon what is perhaps the ultimate underlying, most fundamental reality of the universe – the self-giving love of the God who created it all.

Psalm 136:4-9
Give thanks to the Lord of lords…
To him who alone does great wonders…
Who by his understanding made the heavens…
Who spread out the earth upon the waters…
Who made the great lights…
The sun to govern the day…
The moon and stars to govern the night…
His love endures forever.

May we dive deep into the beauty and mystery and grandeur of the cosmos, letting it lead us to the cross. May we take pause at the both moon hanging in the sky, and at everything down here on the dust of this earth below, and be moved to wonder at the grace of God.

May we lift our eyes to the heavens and remember the one who set them in place.
May our response be one of joy and gratitude, of awe and of praise.

 

  • Mike Valdes
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IN OUR TIME


199 YEARS AGO A REVIVAL SWEPT THROUGH OUR CITY. WE ARE ASKING GOD TO DO IT AGAIN.

 

We have created a INOURTIME.CO as a resource to help catalyze the church to seek God for awakening. On it you will find a prayer guide, fasting resources and upcoming gatherings, trainings and more.

Join us

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Over the summer the Providence Phoenix newspaper (think The Village Voice for PVD) came to our Sunday gathering and interviewed  Pastor Andrew. We were grateful to have them write such an affirming and favorable article. (more…)