Thursday, September 1, 2016

I Don't Need Celebrate Recovery

I hear it a lot. From both ends of the spectrum.

“I’m fine, I’m not an addict.”  (Denial)
“Really, this is a stupid little problem, I should just get over it.” (Shame)

CR is a Christian 12-step program that has the advantage of covering the whole gamut between very visible, hard-core addictions and the quieter but no less damaging “hooks, hang-ups, and habits” that keep us from being whole and healthy.  We’re working on food addictions, low self-esteem, people- pleasing, anger, porn, recovery from sexual abuse, and substance abuse issues. We’re open for folks who can’t even name what is ‘wrong,’ but just sense that life isn’t all it’s meant to be.

Our meeting starts with worship to settle our minds and relax from the stress of the day.  We alternate between a story from someone who’s a bit down the road in recovery, or a lesson from the curriculum.  This is Scum, we are very informal, but reciting the principles, steps and serenity prayer together weekly gives us a sense of predictability and commonality.

We break into separate groups for men and women for an hour of “open share.”  Confidentiality is stressed, and we’re not here to fix, advise, or compare stories—we are here to listen.  We catch up on each other’s week and interact with the story or lesson we just heard. We share prayer requests.  No one has to speak, and no one is allowed to monopolize.

We end the evening with healthy snacks and hang-out time.

For those who want to go deeper, we offer step studies in which we work with a sponsor and a step study leader to really probe what it takes to experience release and recovery from our issues.

CR is for everyone who feels “stuck.” That stuck feeling often comes when there is an unresolved issue, a recurrent bad habit, or a lack of support.  Try it out any Monday evening, 7-9 at Scum. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

July Town Hall Meeting

We typically say "the offering helps keep the lights on," but what else? Lindsay Blackstone and Aaron Pott, Council members extraordinaire, explained Scum' budget at the last town hall meeting. Here's quick summary:

Total Monthly Budget: $8,311 (annual $99,734). The fiscal year runs March 1Feb 28.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Creating God in Our Image

"Let us make man in our image, in our likeness;"
so God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created him.
Genesis 1: 26&27

It has been said that ever since God created us in His own image, we have more than reciprocated.  It would be sad if it weren't so humorous.  We are ever prone to make God look, act and feel like a human. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Our Worship Service

The Church Council appointed a Worship Committee plan the new worship service, beginning June 5. The Committee discussed the WHYs before the WHATs, and made the following recommendation, which has been OKed by the Trio (Mike, Jesse and Fran) and the Council. If you want more information about, get in touch with Fran Blomberg, Tyler Warner, Todd Blackstone, Tyson Rasmussen, Adam Skinner or Tina Rea.


FIRST AND FOREMOST, the WORSHIP service is about GOD, not us.
We want an intentional, planned and cohesive service (not sloppy or rambling…).
We value authenticity—no fake people or cheesy maneuvers.
We value learning about and meeting God.
We realize the kingdom of God is bigger than Scum.  We have brothers   and sisters.
We want to leave both challenged and encouraged by God.

We value incorporating and not scaring off newcomers
We want ant newcomers/nonbelievers to see genuine worshippers enjoying God
We value people being spiritually stirred during the service
We value a Sunday service that is accessible to believers and non-believers
We value participation, but make it optional, not embarrassing

We value having multiple leaders up front (who are prepped and intentional)
We value earing each other’s stories
Worship leaders freedom for a variety of worship styles
We value praying for one another and believe that God hears our prayers
We value doing things our own way—”cultivating creativity and using everyone’s gifts”
We see worship and community in a meal as an extension of communion.

welcome from the worship leader
worship in song
brief prayer (the “Collect”)
Scripture reading(s) to accompany the sermon
extended prayers (various formats)
time of response:
      worship in music
      Communion (every week),
     other creative expressions
Lord’s Prayer
Doxology (“Praise God from whom all blessings flow…”)
closing prayer (“Benediction”)
Dinner every week

children go to nursery and Sunday School before service (4:50)
children 4 and up return to the service at 6:00;
3 and under stay in the nursery for the whole service.

Monday, April 25, 2016

An Overseas Perspective

For several years, Scum has been growing relationships in (of all places!) Cambridge, England.  Groups and individuals  have visited Scum through our connection with Ridley Hall, an Anglican training college in Cambridge, and the relationships are growing even deeper and wider through "friends of friends." 

AN OVERSEAS PERSPECTIVE From Scum’s newest Cambridge intern, Naomi Chamberlain: 

Monday, April 11, 2016

A Letter to Scum

Kayleigh wrote this letter to Scum during the all church family meeting in late March.  

Dear Scum, 

I am new to Scum. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Evangelism or Discipleship? Go or Grow?

Mon March 28, 2016 · By Adam Skinner

excerpted from his sermon on the four soils in Luke 8:1-15.

What are crops for? To eat, right? Not all of them,though—you’ve got to use some of the crop to replant the field for the next harvest, maybe even expand the field. In some ways, using it for our growth is the most important part. In other ways, going out and sowing farther and wider is, since without that, this will be the last year to get bread, and without food, where will growth be?