Please join us on Monday, September 11th to discuss Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander. This book is the autobiographical story of a neurosurgeon whose brain is attacked by a rare illness and who, while in a coma, encounters an angelic being who guided him into the realm of spiritual existence. Prior to his journey, the author could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God or the soul. Today, recovered from his illness, he believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence, but only a transition.
For meeting times and locations/directions please contact the church office - 973-627-1041.
The Spring season of the Spirit-Filled Book Group ended with a lovely gathering at the parsonage. We enjoyed delicious appetizers and desserts contributed by those in attendance. After a time of eating and sharing conversation the group voted on the book titles for the Fall months. Lori Rapp led us in a discussion of When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. The discussion was heartfelt, informative and enlightening. Our meeting ended with a meaningful closing prayer led by Glenda Haase.
We look forward to reconvening in September when we will meet to discuss Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander. The Fall reading will also include, two novels, Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas and When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin, as well as The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. Stay tuned for more information. We hope there are many who will consider joining us in the fall!
We will be meeting on June 12th for our final gathering for the 2016-2017 season. As we share appetizers and desserts, we will discuss When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, who in the final stages of his neurosurgical training is diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. The book chronicles the author’s transformation from a naive medical student pondering what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. The book is an unforgettable, life affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient.
Anyone interested in attending this gathering may contact either the church office or Sandy Vogel.
Soup Supper followed by a discussion with Heidi B. Neumark, author of Hidden Inheritance.
Heidi B. Neumark is a Lutheran pastor who has served at Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhatttan since 2003. She has a strong social outreach and a meaningful theology that she assumed had been passed down for generations until her daughter discovered their Jewish heritage. Hidden Inheritance is the story of Heidi's journey to discover her family's past after finding out that her grandfather had died in a concentration camp. Heide's search for the truth caused profound ponderings on her tirty-year vocation as a Lutheran pastor. Hidden Inheritance takes the reader on a journey that wearve personal narrative, social history, and biblical reflection to challenge us to explore our own identity, vocation and theology.
Recently the SFBG read and discussed Hidden Inheritance by Heidi B. Neumark, a Lutheran pastor on New York's Upper West Side who after discovering her Jewish heritage, undertook a personal and spiritual journey to research her family history.
A special event will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. hosted by the SFBG! The congregation is invited to join us in welcoming Heidi at a simple soup supper followed by a discussion about her book and her quest to uncover her family’s past. It will be held in Dreisbach Hall here at DCC. Please speak to either Gabriele Carll or Sandy Vogel if you have questions). More specific information will be forthcoming and will be posted on the church bulletin board, in the weekly bulletin and on social media. Please plan to join us for this wonderful opportunity!
Please join us on Monday, March 6, 2017 to discuss Hidden Inheritance by Heidi B. Neumark, a Lutheran pastor on New York's Upper West Side with a strong social outreach and a meaningful theology that she assumed had been passed down for generations, but who, after her daughter undertook genealogical research, uncovered her Jewish heritage. During Heidi’s subsequent research she discovered that her grandfather was a Jewish engineer who died in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Her Grandmother survived and moved to Switzerland where she never mentioned her identity or the war years. More than a personal journey, Heidi’s search for the truth quickly became spiritual. It caused profound ponderings on her thirty-year vocation as a Lutheran pastor. It was a shocking revelation that her Jewish roots and successive family loss and trauma now inherently connected her to the multi-ethnic, marginalized community she had been ministering to for three decades. Hidden Inheritance takes the reader on a journey that seamlessly weaves personal narrative, social history, and biblical reflection to challenge us to explore our own identity, vocation, and theology. For more information contact either the church office or Sandy Vogel.
Please join on Monday, February 6, 2017 to discuss An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff, the true, heartwarming story of the bond between a harried sales executive and an eleven-year-old boy who seemed destined for a life of poverty. When Laura Schroff brushed by a young panhandler on a New York City corner one rainy afternoon, something made her stop and turn back. She took the boy to lunch at the McDonald’s across the street that day. And she continued to go back, again and again for the next four years until both their lives had changed dramatically. Nearly thirty years later, that young boy, Mau-rice, is married and has his own family. Now he works to change the lives of disadvantaged kids, just like the boy he used to be. For more infor-mation contact either the church office or Sandy Vogel.
Please join on Monday, January 9, 2017 to discuss The Memory Keepers Daughter by Kim Edwards. On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institu-tion and never to reveal the secret. But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this story that unfolds over a quarter of a century in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that long-ago winter night.
The list of reading selections for the Spring 2017 is final. Any-one interested in joining either the morning or evening discus-sions for any or all of the books should contct the church office or Sandy Vogel.