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The Phoenix Flamings

a newsletter from
Phoenix Community Church

Friday, February 10, 2017

A progressive Christian experience...
Welcoming and affirming the LGBT community...
Embodying God's all encompassing love, as exemplified by Jesus, in the way we interact with each other, our neighbors, and all creation.

Upcoming Events

Note: all events at 2208 Winchell unless noted otherwise.

Saturday, Feb 11
10:00 am: Dream Group @ Howard's

Sunday, Feb 12
6:00 pm: Worship

Tuesday, Feb 14
6:45 pm: Movie Night

Wednesday, Feb 15
4:00 pm: Prayer Group

Thursday, Feb 16
7:00 pm: Book Study @ Linda's

Sunday, Feb 19
5:00 pm: Spiritual Life Committee
6:00 pm: Worship

Wednesday, Feb 22
4:00 pm: Prayer Group

Thursday, Feb 23
7:00 pm: Book Study @ Linda's

Friday, Feb 24
7:00 pm: Steering Committee

Saturday, Feb 25
10:00 am: Dream Group @ Howard's

Sunday, Feb 26
6:00 pm: Worship

Sunday Worship Schedule (tentative)

Communion is observed on the first Sunday of the month.

Feb 12: "Extravagant Gratitude"
Feb 19: "Transfigured"
Feb 26: "A Living Life"
Mar 5: "Turning to God"

Ongoing Missions

Peer Ministers for 2017 are: Linda Cross, Arlene Scholfield and Aud Wierenga. Please contact a peer minister or Pastor Ken if you need assistance or just a listening ear.

Remember Loaves & Fishes by bringing in canned goods (no glass). Put them in the "Loaves & Fishes" bin and they will be delivered to the food bank.

Save your empty printer ink cartridges to help pay for our office supplies. They can be any brand of ink cartridges that have not been previously refilled. We need to purchase at least $100 at Office Depot / Office Max to get $10 credit so when you check out give the clerk the church's phone number (269-383-3222) and your purchase will be credited to the church's account. Receipts can also be given to Linda Cross within 30 days of purchase to enter online.

Contact Info

Phoenix Community Church
2208 Winchell Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Phone: 269-383-3222
Office Email:

Pastor: Ken Arthur
Pastor's Email:

Web Site:


Looking for ways to make a difference? There are many opportunities to stand up for justice in our current political situation. One way you may not be aware of is the United Church of Christ Justice and Peace Action Network. Their February newsletter included information about health care, women's rights, Standing Rock, environmental and climate concerns, and more. To learn more about this network and sign up for their email newsletters visit

For February, Dream Group will meet on the 11th and the 25th instead of our normal dates due to scheduling conflicts. Meetings will still be at 10 am at Howard's home.

The next Movie Night is Tuesday, February 14. We'll meet at 6:45 pm in the church office. The movie is to be announced. Please feel free to bring a snack to share.

The Book Study group has begun reading "Without Buddha I Could Not be a Christian" by Paul F. Knitter. This is a great time to join in! Purchase of the book is not necessary as we read together during our meetings.

Upcoming Committee Meetings: (all meetings are at the church office)
  • Spiritual Life Committee: 5 pm on Sunday, Feb 19.
  • Steering Committee: 7 pm on Friday, Feb 24.
  • Mission & Outreach Committee: 7 pm on Friday, Mar 31.
The season of Lent is almost upon us. Make sure you put the following dates on your calendar.
  • Ash Wednesday Service, Wednesday, March 1
  • Palm Sunday, 6:00 pm on Sunday, April 9
  • Love Feast, Maundy Thursday, April 13 @ Skyridge Church of the Brethren. To help Skyridge prepare for dinner, a sign-up sheet will be circulated later.
  • Good Friday Service, 8:00 pm on Friday, April 14
  • Easter Sunrise Service, 7:00 am on Sunday, April 16, with breakfast to follow from 7:30 am to 8:30 am. A sign-up sheet to contribute food to the breakfast will be available in late March.
  • Easter Celebration, 6:00 pm on Sunday, April 16
Our first Congregational Meeting and potluck dinner of the year will be Sunday, March 19, after worship.

The Southwest Association Spring Gathering will be a workshop titled "I know you're welcome at the table, but do I have to sit next to you?" led by Rev. Janice Springer, former pastor of Phoenix Community Church. We will host this workshop which will be from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, April 22. For more information, including how to register, please visit Rev. Springer will also be the guest preacher at our Sunday, April 23, worship service.

Pastor Ken will be on sabbattical from the first of May through July. Steering Committee and Spiritual Life Committee are making plans for this time of renewal for both the pastor and the church. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Pastor Ken.

News From The Wider Community

Doing Our Own Work: An Anti-Racism Seminar for White People helps white people move through places where we often get stuck, so that we can step up with courage, humility, and compassion to participate in movements led by people of color and help move other white people to greater anti-racist awareness and action. The next offering is in East Lansing over 3 weekends: March 17-18, April 21-22, and May 19-20. Scholarships are available. For more information and to register please visit Check the Calendar of Events at the same website for other offerings of the seminar, including a five consecutive day version in Hastings in July.

Food For Thought

Honoring Sabbath: This is a short reflection inspired by the sermon on Sunday, January 29, 2017. The full recording of the sermon can be found at

We've all had the experience of being too busy in life, trying to catch up to some goal such as wealth, happiness, wholeness, or even God, only to have it continually elude us. But what if, in our busyness, we've actually been running from what we want and not toward it? In Judaism and Christianity the idea of Sabbath is to take a regular day off from our busyness and "work" to devote to God and our spiritual lives while we rest and reenergize ourselves. It reminds us how important it is to slow down so that our blessings can catch up to us. Sabbath is a gift from God that allows to reorient ourselves away from the demands of a culture centered on greed and power and renew our love and compassion for life.

Especially in this time when our world seems even more chaotic and our busyness continues around the clock seven days a week, it is important to take time to stop, rest, and open ourselves to the presence of the Spirit. It's critical for our spiritual health to be able to renew our energy and make sure we're on the right path in life, to take the time to ask "who am I" in this time and place. Sabbath time in our lives hopefully means regularly attending worship to be in community with other seekers so that we can support each other, but it might also mean spending time in prayer and meditation, taking walks in the woods, or even just finding quiet time to sit and let your mind go. Whatever you find reenergizing and spiritually uplifting might be part of your personal sabbath time.

Sometimes we may also need longer periods of rejuvenation. I thank the church for allowing me such an opportunity this year as I go on sabbatical from May through July. During this time I will be attending a couple of conferences as well as hopefully spending time traveling and doing reading and writing in addition to just resting as I engage that Sabbath question of "who am I?" This is also a time that the Phoenix Church Community might want to take some time to look for new energy and ask "who are we?" A time of sabbatical can be filled with excitement and anxiety, hope and fear, for both the pastor and the church but it is also critical for our spiritual health to take this time to stop and rest, letting the Spirit guide us as we look forward to a renewed ministry together post-sabbatical.

Whether we it be a Sabbath day or a longer period of Sabbatical, we all need to allow ourselves time to open ourselves to Spirit and heal from the chaos that constantly batters our souls. Never forget to slow down once in a while so your blessings can catch up to you.

Events Calendar

To keep up on Phoenix Community Church events, you may also view our online calendar at If you have an event that should be added to our calendar, email the information to the church office. All events are at 2208 Winchell unless specified otherwise. Note: non-Phoenix community events may be listed on the calendar below but will not appear on the online calendar.








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10 am Dream Group @ Howard's

6 pm Worship
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6:45 pm Movie Night

4 pm Prayer Group

7 pm Book Study @ Linda's
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5 pm Spiritual Life Committee
6 pm Worship
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4 pm Prayer Group

7 pm Book Study @ Linda's
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7 pm Steering Committee

10 am Dream Group @ Howard's

6 pm Worship
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4 pm Prayer Group

7 pm Book Study @ Linda's
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10 am Dream Group @ Howard's

6 pm Worship
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4 pm Prayer Group

7 pm Book Study @ Linda's
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