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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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A message from Pastor Duane


“This fits the pattern of how God responds to human suffering: We come looking for answers; God sends a hot meal through a warm body. We come looking for reasons for our hunger; God sends provision to feed us. We come looking for a sermon that will explain the complexity of the cosmos to us and satiate our desire for understanding; Christ responds with, "This is my body, given for you; this is my blood, shed for you."

People try to offer us an explanation; God offers us a Eucharist.”

Jonathan Martin, How to Survive a Shipwreck: Help Is on the Way and Love Is Already Here 

In this season of COVID, It seems that the norm is the more I learn the less I know. As we live with canceled Football seasons, changes in school schedules, and online-only church, it is easy to get weary. This week it was like God whispered to me “up your game.” In other words, if you want different results you will have to change up the routine.  

Early in the Pandemic, I encouraged us to listen to less news and more God. I encouraged us to seek out beauty in music, creation, and each other. I encouraged us to create a community in new ways. So I am relearning my need for these things that give me life. I am reaching out to friends that God has put on my heart. I am finding a way to serve (this week I gave blood). I am taking the time to become aware of the beauty of our world. 

Rising strong is a spiritual practice and this week we will work on the second step of the process: the rumble invites us to get honest about the stories we make up about our struggles. Then, we work to determine what parts of that story are assumptions, self-preservation, truth, and what needs to change so we can lead more whole-hearted lives.

Join us for worship. Share us on social media. Invite a friend. Wear a mask. Let’s be the church in this odd time.  

Grace and peace,

Rev Dr. Duane A Anders (he, him, his)

P.S. Thank you for your giving to support and feed the kids at the Tijuana Christian Mission!

Family Meet & Greet Online
THIS Thursday, August 13th at 7pm • Via Zoom • Multi-Campus Event

If you're an incoming 7th grader or if your family is new to the Cathedral of the Rockies, please join us online or a Virtual Meet & Greet.

We'd like to Zoom with all our incoming families -- first with the adults (parents, grandparents, guardians) so we can share details about the program and answer your questions, and then we want to introduce ourselves to your teen(s) and let them know what they can expect when moving up into Salt & Light Youth Ministry!

RSVP to Tracy Quissell to receive the Zoom link.

Farewell Car Parade for Paul & MacKenzie
THIS Thursday, August 13th at 7pm-8pm  • Downtown Campus

Save the date to bid farewell to our retiring Music Director, Paul Aitken, and his wife MacKenzie in a physically-distanced, yet personal way!

Cars can line up on the Franklin Street side of the church along the curb, facing east. Volunteers will be on hand to assist you in finding your space in line and to direct you in proceeding. Please come according to the timetable below. 
If your last name begins with:
A-H: come between 7:00-7:20
I-Q: 7:20-7:40
R-Z: 7:40-8:00

As part of the event, you are also encouraged to create a beautiful "prayer flag" which will be sent with the Aitkens on their way to their new home. Click here for prayer flag instructions.

If you won't be able to attend but would like to make a prayer flag, they can be dropped off at the church anytime Mon-Fri between 11am-3pm.

Kurbside Kickoff

THIS Sunday, August 16th • 1-3PM • Downtown Campus

Here's the's back to school time, and despite all of the unknowns that come with it this year, we're here to make back to school fun. Come as you are in the family car to the Family Life Ministry's Kurbside Kickoff! We'll be outside of the Downtown Campus on Hays Street masked up and handing out back to school goodies and ice cream cones (plus puppuccinos for your furry friends). All families are welcome! We look forward to seeing your smiling faces!

Idaho Foodbank Sorting Session
Thursday, August 20th • 12pm to 2pm • Downtown Campus

Join a small Cathedral team at the Idaho Foodbank on Thursday, August 20th from 12pm to 2pm as we help get food distributed throughout Idaho where it is needed most. All safety measures are used at the Foodbank so you will have a great experience!

Lunch Bag Ministry
Monday thru Friday • Drop-Off Bin • Downtown Campus

Our Lunch Bag Ministry needs your continued support. We are seeking donations for our lunch bags, including:
  • boxes of granola bars 
  • single serve fruit and pudding cups
  • tuna pouches 
  • pop-top cans of pork n beans
You can drop off these items in the donation bin at the Main Entrance of the Downtown Campus, Monday Thru Friday. We continue to feed hungry folks every day and our supplies are running low. Thank you for your continued support.

Contact Cindy Todeschi with more info.
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