Worship and Picnic in the Park on August 12

It’s pretty common for people to say that they experience God in nature, so let’s worship God in a natural environment. On Sunday, August 12, we’ll be worshiping God across the street from our church building in the California Nursery Park. Start gathering at our usual time (10:00 a.m.); worship will begin once people are settled in. The congregational hymns will be acapella or accompanied on guitar.

You’re encouraged to bring a chair (a few metal folding chairs will be on hand, but only a few) and a beverage and a side dish or dessert to share for the post-worship potluck picnic (the main dish and water will be provided). The picnic will be followed by clean-up and games.

It should be a fun time for everyone!

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What you need to know about Flea Market 2018

For more than 50 years, downtown Niles has hosted a large antique fair on the last Sunday in August. On that day, downtown Niles is closed to traffic, antique and food booths are set up, and hordes of people descend on the town.

Niles Discovery Church has a big flea Market in our own building at the same time. To prepare for the sale, our congregation and friends clean closets, garages, and storage places, then they donate the unused, but good items to the church. These wonderful treasures are marked, displayed, and sold in our Fellowship Hall. This year, the Niles Flea Market will be Sunday, August 26.

Starting July 23, you may begin bringing your unwanted treasures to the church on Sunday mornings, weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., whenever office staff is in the church, or by calling Alta Jo Adamson to arrange to open the church. Make sure everything is clean and in good working condition.

We accept tools, some books (See “Flea Market: Donating Books And More”), toys, games (with all the pieces), jewelry, hats, purses, musical instruments, china, glassware, antiques, tools, collectables, knickknacks, holiday decorations, linens, blankets, small appliances, patio accessories, office supplies, children’s toys, small furniture (that you could lift yourself), trunks, shoes, chairs, desks, exercise equipment, and sporting goods. You-name-it! What NOT to bring: clothing, sofas, large and heavy furniture, drapery rods, sinks and toilets, and soiled and non-working items.

We rely on your donations arriving EARLY so that members of the church, who are our own best customers, can shop and buy during the month of August! Plus, when there are at least two volunteers working on pricing and displaying (typically weekdays, 10:00-2:00), neighbors can shop, too. This is an important fundraiser for the church.

Which brings us back to “Fellowship.” All the people who volunteer to make this happen experience a wonderful dose of fellowship. Do you have a truck or van to help haul items to the church? Would you like to help price and sort merchandise? Volunteer to help out!

Volunteers are especially needed on Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, to work in two-hour increments throughout the day. Generally speaking, the whole congregation is needed to roll up their sleeves and pitch in, and it’s actually loads of fun! Add your name to the volunteer sign-up lists on the Fellowship Hall bulletin boards, or see Alta Jo Adamson to gather more information.

Worship plans for Flea Market weekend

A simple, meditative worship service is being planned by Pastor Jeff, Joy Barnitz, and Sandy Thomas for Sunday, August 26. Members and friends of the church are invited take a break for the energy and chaos of the Flea Market to remember that God is present through all of life’s energy and chaos.

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Special Offerings – July 2018

The July Special Offering will go to replenish the Pastors’ Discretionary Fund. This money is used by our Pastors to help out families in emergencies. During the past year, our Pastors have been able to help church families keep phones connected, prescriptions filled, and lights on thanks to your generosity. They’ve even helped pay for a cremation.

This offering will be officially received on Sunday, July 8. As with all our special offerings, you are welcome to give at any time (always make checks payable to Niles Discovery Church). You can also give online: go to our church webpage and click the “donate” button at the top of the page.

Niles Discovery Church receives a special offering each month. With that many possibilities for special giving, you may need to choose which ones are most important to you. You can see the schedule of special offerings at http://j.mp/speoff2018 or call the church office we will mail you one.

Thanks to your generosity, our June Special Offering for the evangelism and church renewal ministries of our two denominations: the UCC’s “Strengthen the Church” offering and the DOC’s “Pentecost” offering, raise a total of $383.

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Comedy and justice issues mix in documentary

What would happen if a couple Muslim-Americans comedians toured the south and southwest of the United States and presented free stand-up comedy shows? Well, you don’t have to imagine what would happen. You can watch what happened when the Second Saturday Documentary Series presents The Muslims Are Coming! on Saturday, July 14, at 1:30 p.m. at Niles Discovery Church. The screening is free (donations are accepted) and open to the public.

The film follows comedians Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah and some other Muslim comedians in their performances in big cities, small towns, liberal enclaves, conservative hotbeds, rural communities, and everything in between. In the process, we explore the issue of Islamophobia as we watch them hilariously challenge racial, gender, and religious stereotypes. The film includes some added humor from Jon Stewart, David Cross, and Lewis Black.

The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Fremont activist Moina Shaiq. Ms. Shaiq is a former President of the Tri-City Interfaith Council and continues to hold “Meet a Muslim” forums around the Bay Area and across the country to combat Islamophobia.

Though The Muslims Are Coming! was released in 2012, the themes it addresses are still relevant today – perhaps even more relevant than they were six years ago. Come for a laugh, a sigh, and some good discussion!

The Second Saturday Documentary Series is co-sponsored by Niles Discovery Church and the San Jose Peace and Justice Center. Learn more about the series at http://bit.ly/nilesssds.

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Coming Up: Worship and Picnic in the Park

On Sunday, August 12, we’ll be worshiping across the street in the California Nursery Park. Worship will start a little later than usual (at 10:30 a.m.) to give people who forget time to get across the street. The service will conclude with a picnic. Watch the August edition of The Bell for more details.

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Pastor Brenda to begin leave on July 30

The Rev. Brenda Loreman

Pastor Brenda will take two weeks of vacation and then begin her three-month sabbatical beginning July 30. Our pastors receive four weeks of vacation each year that we hope they use for amusement, recreation, to tend to family matters, and to remember to keep their lives balanced.

During each sixth year of service, our pastors also receive a three-month sabbatical. A sabbatical is different from a vacation. A sabbatical is a significant pause in the work of ministry that allows our pastors to focus on spiritual renewal, to allow for study of matters of personal, professional, and spiritual interest, and to reflect on their calls to ministry. Pastor Brenda will share some details of her sabbatical plans in her column next month.

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June Newsletter

We’re having some technical difficulties getting the newsletter published on the church’s main webpage, so we’re posting it here.

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