Playing with toys is hardly laborious, but giving them away sometimes is. Teach your kids the value of charity, as they have fun trading their toys. They will hardly notice that one or more of their toys make their way to another’s house; Bethany House.
Please join us:
Saturday, September 7, for the New Church of Montgomery’s
5th Annual #ToySwap
benefiting Bethany House Services.
10 am – 12 pm
845 Congress Avenue, Glendale, OH.
Bring as many toys as you want to trade and one to donate.
All toys left after the Swap will be donated to children staying at Bethany House shelters.
Most children, after finding out that their toys will go to children who have no home and no toys, will gladly give away at least one toy, if not more at our #ToySwap!
In this age, where our futures can be unsure, finances unstable and friendships unnatural, why should be we charitable to our fellow human? Doesn’t it make better sense to look out for ourselves; be safe, and not take chances in a dangerous world? In the mid-1700’s, Swedenborg argued that charity, doing good with thought of no reward, was one of the foundations of religious practice. In practicing charity, especially with the “other,” we might just prevent the next atrocity.
Glendale will gather for an informal worship service on Sunday at 11 AM. 845 Congress Ave, Glendale, OH 45246.
In John 21 we are told that days after his death, Jesus came to the men who had failed to catch any fish. He told them to cast their net on the right side of the boat, and they gathered a net full of fish! The symbolism here is that “He meant they should teach the good of charity, and by doing so would gather in people.” We will explore that concept – the good of charity – and support each other in building relationships by that means.
Worship will be followed by breaking bread together, sharing a delicious meal of tacos!
Practical Spirituality Discussion Group. The current topic is “CHARITY”. Our main interest is to discover what charity really is in terms of day to day living in the modern world, and how to practice it. What are the pitfalls and benefits? Do we, or should we, all approach it the same way? A man named Emanuel Swedenborg says, “The ‘first’ of charity is to look to the Lord and shun evils because they are sins….” Huh? Well, yes, he can be a difficult author and definitely provides a theological slant. We will be looking at what he probably means and how he explains it as part of our exploration. We’ll try to apply Swedenborg and resources from a variety of traditions as we exchange opinions and explore this subject.
Our meeting thisThursday evening is at 6:30 PM in Mason and is open to newcomers. We thrive on variety! If you’re interested call(513) 630-8777 and leave a call back number if you don’t get an answer. We can get you directions to the meeting place.
We will meet this evening, from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, at 1255 Hamilton-Lebanon Rd E, Monroe, OH, 45050 to discuss the topic of Zoroastrians and Charity. There’s good seating for a group and plenty of snacks, goodies, beverages, meal choices, etc. for anyone who wants to get something to drink and/or eat.
Mark your calendar now for the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, for this new Spirituality Group meeting. Topics will change and adapt as our discussion develops.
 The form which charity takes is so plainly visible in the next life that charity itself is that which produces the form, as well as being that which is portrayed within it. Indeed that form is such that the whole of an angel, especially the face, is so to speak charity – charity which is visible to the eye and perceptible to the mind. When it is beheld that form is one of indescribable beauty which stirs with charity the inmost life itself of the beholder’s mind. Through the beauty of that form truths of faith are displayed in a visual image from which they also are perceived. People who have lived in faith in the Lord, that is, faith that inheres in charity, in the next life become such forms, that is, forms of beauty. All angels are such forms, endlessly varying; and it is these forms that constitute heaven.~~Emanuel Swedenborg, Arcana Coelestia, n. 553 (Elliott, trans.)