A recent study published in “The Lancet” spoke to what many of us know. What is it that we know? That this Covid era witnessed a dramatic increase in depression and anxiety. (LINK)
It is easy to think – for those battling with depression and anxiety – that we come to these struggles alone. Evidence suggests otherwise and points to a larger grey malaise settling over many communities.
As a Pastor, I don’t have air-tight “solutions” to offer – a chipper list of “Three Ways to Live Your Best Life Now.” What I do know is there are times for professional help, and you remain the best judge when its time seek professional support.
I know as well what spirituality offers.
A spiritual life continually comes down to the realization that there is always a bigger “holding” as it were, an acknowledgement that God is with us. Likewise, a spiritual life can pull us into closer connection with others around the very core of the human experience. A phrase employed way too much because it is way too accurate is that we are here to appeal to the “better angels of our nature” both individually and as a community. Spirituality points directly at those “better angels.”
So, a spiritual life will not eliminate the depression and anxiety many of us experience. What it will do is draw us closer to God and to each other as we experience those things.
Simply put – the spiritual life offers this – it is better to travel through darkness with friends.
The sun will shine again.
Thanksgiving Food Collection #newchurchlivegives
There are 3 ways to get involved this Thanksgiving:
1. Donate any nonperishable at church on Sunday or to the office during the week. (Office address: 2790 Huntingdon Pike, Bryn Athyn)
2. Shop via our Amazon wish list and have items delivered directly to our office.
3. Donate to an organization local to you, take a picture and tag us #newchurchlivegives. We will share the images at church and on social media.
Do you live local to the Philadelphia area? Are you interested in volunteering at St. Francis Inn? St. Francis Inn is a homeless shelter serving dinner to the homeless in Kensington. They serve dinner “restaurant style” to the addicted and homeless population. There are groups going down at least twice per month. For an up to date list of service opportunities follow along on the Facebook group “New Church Live Friends of Saint Francis Inn”
News and Events
Book Discussion with Pastor Chuck – The Art of Gathering
Join us for an inspiring conversation on “The Art of Gathering.” Whether you have read the book or not, this is a critical conversation for our time as we seek ways to gather and connect in an era that feels so new.
Book: The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker
Cost: Free! We will send you a FREE book when you sign up
Meeting: Wednesday, November 10th @ 8:00 PM via Zoom
Reach Out and Get in Touch!
Ever want to schedule a meeting with Pastor Chuck? Maybe you just had a baby and want to discuss baptism, maybe you are going through a rough time an need some pastoral counceling or maybe you just want to talk about spirituality together. Or maybe you simply want to follow along and get to know Pastor Chuck a bit better, hear the books he’s reading or feel more connected. Now it’s super simple!
If you want to schedule a meeting with Pastor Chuck for any individual pastoring use this LINK you can set up a 15, 30 or 1 hour meeting at a mutually convenient time.
Another way to stay connected is to follow Pastor Chuck on social media:
**New Sunday Service Alert! See below
Join us for “Family Bible Stories with Pastor Chuck.” Each week we do a short, kid-centered service designed to help your children understand God’s love for them and their call to love others.
Also, remember, you do NOT have to tune in live to watch these services. If you miss it or want to watch later in the day/week that is totally fine. Once broadcast the service will remain on all of the above platforms permanently. We hope you will enjoy these whenever is convenient to you!
Pictures from Pastor Chuck last week
Want to make donating even easier? We’ve created a QR code just for you!
Did you know that when you shop with Amazon they donate a percentage back to NewChurch LIVE? Simply use this link at in your browser: smile.amazon.com/ch/45-4966388.
Amazon Smile is now available on the Amazon App!!
Here is the info for to support NCL in the App:
Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select “New Church Live” as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They’ll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.
How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programs & Features
3. Select “New Church Live” as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app
By using the links above a percentage of your purchases will automatically be donated back to NewChurch LIVE (at no cost to you!) Easy for you! It’s a WIN-WIN!