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Posts by Deborah Swift (Page 2)

God and the Changing Self

9/30/22 I’ve been thinking a lot about changes, lately. Well, really about changes and peoples’ self-definitions and how they change. At this time in upstate New York, the physical/seasonal changes are pretty obvious, really. The leaves changing colors are the most obvious, but there are also changes in light — not just the angle of the lighting, but the quality of it as…

Like getting Back-to-School Supplies

Maybe it’s because I was a teacher earlier in my life; maybe it’s because I feel like a perpetual student; maybe it’s just that I like to buy new pens and notebooks, but this season is always exciting to me. After weeks of necessary and important breaks from our routine, we’re gearing up to reinstate them, though a few will be modified.…

“Like a Rest in the Place where the Music is Born”

The summer of 2022 is so very different from the last few years, isn’t it? At least from the “church” standpoint, it is beginning to feel a little more like an “old welcome” or a “homecoming” to some kind of relaxed calmness when we can all breathe a little deeper (even without a mask sometimes). Sometimes churches change the times in which…

DVD Ministry

MISSION | VISION | CALLING To provide a meaningful weekly, Presbyterian worship experience to individuals and groups who do not have access to the internet. WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW 04/04/23Because of the pandemic, we learned of a group of our people who were unable to connect with us online. Several do not have internet access and therefore could not watch our weekly services…

Water from the Well

MISSION | VISION | CALLING Getting aligned with God through the Holy Word, online, we seek to be guided by Jesus’ example of Justice-Love. We do that while building community with each other and sharing our own life experiences. WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW 04/08/23For a year-and-a-half we have hosted an online Bible Study on Friday at noon called Water from the Well. After…

Senior Spirituality

MISSION | VISION | CALLING Intentional aging is not for the faint-hearted. Learning about our aging processes, we support each other through significant life changes, and therein find meaning where we might otherwise have missed it. We focus on the spiritual dimensions of aging. WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW 04/08/23This spring, at the initiative of Pastor Deborah Swift, a group of “Women of a…

Ring for Joy!

MISSION | VISION | CALLING Ring for Joy! recognizes that music is the international language which everyone understands. Using handbells, we convey that language while spreading the messages of love, peace, understanding, and harmony. WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW 04/08/23The Ring for Joy Handbell Choir had another wonderful year of ringing together! We played for Fellowship of Faith worship services on average once every…

Matthew 25

MISSION | VISION | CALLING This Act of Faith takes its name from Matthew 25:31-46 which calls us to actively engage in our community and the world around us. We do this by embracing three areas of action: building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism and eradicating systemic poverty.”* WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW 04/08/23As a designated Matthew 25 Congregation, we are part of a…

Mt. 25 Discussion Groups

MISSION | VISION | CALLING It is our goal to strengthen our commitment to the Matthew 25 initiative through intensive and challenging study groups. WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW 10/10/22Back by popular demand, a second group is expanding its understanding of systemic racism and how to work against it through their study and discussion of Molly Secours’ book White Privilege Pop Quiz. Members of…

Living Bread Ministry

MISSION | VISION | CALLING We can all use a tangible reminder that we are nourished by the Living Bread of the Risen Christ. WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW 04/08/23The Living Bread ministry bakes bread regularly and offers a variety of loaves wrapped in new dish towels at Fellowship of Faith worship services to anyone who may be in need of encouragement or special…