For our March gathering, we will be reading Flannery O'Connor's first novel Wise Blood. There are a few copies in the church narthex. Wine and cheese will be provided.
"This classic of twentieth-century literature is the story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his inborn, desperate fate. He falls under the spell of a "blind" street preacher named Asa Hawks and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter, Sabbath Lily. In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, and to prove himself a greater cynic than Hawks, Motes founds the Church Without Christ, but is still thwarted in his efforts to lose God. He meets Enoch Emery, a young man with "wise blood," who leads him to a mummified holy child and whose crazy maneuvers are a manifestation of Motes's existential struggles. This tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, blindings, and wisdom gives us one of the most riveting characters in American fiction."
( Matteson Residence)
Questions to be discussed:
-What are the parts of life that keep you feeling like you're heavy hearted, where the phrase "ashes to ashes and dust to dust" seems to resonate?
-Where and how do we find new life and hope in the midst of these times?
-What does the Psalmist, and others, tell us about those times in the "shadow of death"?
Be sure to let Jim know if you can make it - and what you'd like to bring to share - appetizer, fruit, salad, wine, dessert, beer. We'll make sure to have enough to round out the menu.
Interested in learning more about the Orinda Community Church? Do you wonder what it means to be a member of the church? Come for conversation and light breakfast, and get all your questions answered. Contact Rev. Jim Brommers Bergquist (email@example.com) with questions, or to RSVP.
Are you in need of support? A group has been formed to remind us that we are not alone as we journey through life’s challenges. This group is designed to give you a confidential forum for discussion, support, and encouragement, as you meet with others. Facilitated by Lee Cruise.
"In The Apostle, Robert Duvall electrifies, providing a portrait of a volatile man possessed by the sacred. His character E.F., "just call me 'Sonny,'" dominates the film and everyone in it. Like a natural force from the southern heartland, he moves through people's lives with the subtlety of a Gulf Coast thunderstorm. Violent, embracing, and ornery, he transforms those drenched by his words and spun by his swift passage. Charged with God, he is Flannery O'Connor's bull, bringing grace even to those who would avoid it." (Joel Martin) For this performance, Duvall won the Oscar for Best Actor.
Popcorn and drinks will be provided.
What are those books that look at spiritual truths from a new perspective; teaching, revealing, and expanding our spirit and our faith? We will read a different book every few
weeks, then offer a chance to gather and discuss. Our first book is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. A discussion will be held after church on Sunday, Feb. 11,
11:30 am in the Music Room. Next books will include works by David James Duncan, J.D.
Salinger, Marilynne Robinson, Hermann Hesse, Harvey Cox, and Flannery O’Connor - to name a few