October: Social Shalom

a sketch drawing of two hands reaching toward each other, reminiscent of Adam and God in Michaelangelo's fresco "The Creation of Adam" with the text "Social Shalom"

For October our Shalom focus will be on interpersonal relationships. From the Sunday sermon series and Morning Prayer topics to virtual events and recommended readings, there are many ways to participate!

This month, Pastor Johanna’s sermons will focus on Jesus’ advice for interpersonal relationships in the Sermon on the Mount. How do we handle conflict? Can we build healthy relationships with difficult people? How would Jesus have us interact with those in our orbit? Spend some time this month sitting at the feet of the Savior and fostering shalom in our relationships with others. The Wednesday Night Small Group will be following up on this theme with an expanded exploration of the Sermon on the Mount. Contact Rebecca to get involved.

We also have a couple of virtual events to help us foster shalom in our church community. First, on Saturday, October 10 the Connections Team is hosting a FallFest Family event on Zoom, complete with bag of home-baked goodies and fall decorations for each participating household. Contact Ann Johnson to reserve your bag, and learn more about the event on our Events Calendar here. Clicking this link will take you to the Events page on FPCC’s website.

Then on Sunday, October 18 we invite you to join a very special workshop cohosted with FPCC by Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church and 2MIPeople, Pastor Johann’s non-profit ministering to the mentally ill. Mental health expert Christine Scudder of U.C. Berkeley will join us for a special afternoon workshop learning how to support people with diagnoses like schizophrenia that feature psychotic symptoms. Learn more here. Clicking this link will take you to the Events page on FPCC’s website. Please plan to attend this important event in the life of our church. Contact the church office at fpcc@fpcconcord.org for the Zoom link.

Looking for something active to do? We invite you to take some time this month to write a letter to someone who has been an important figure in your life, perhaps someone you haven’t spoken to recently, letting them know how much they mean to you.

And last but not least, find a list of recommended books and films on relationships here with a few favorites from the FPCC staff. Get inspired, connect with others, and bring some shalom to your cherished relationships this October.