Worship, Fellowship & Service in the Congregational Tradition
Friday Night at the Movies
All are welcome to our Friday Night at the Movies group. We meet the 2nd Friday of each month in the Pastor's Office at 7 pm to watch a movie previously decided by the group. Fellowship, food and discussion on the movie all take place.
We hope that you'll join us.
The group meets at Portillos (Rt. 64 & Kautz Roads) at 6 pm for a quick bite to eat if you'd like to join them. If not they'll see you at the movie!
It's Kind of a Funny Story
Stressed by adolescence, 16-year-old Craig Gilner (Keir Gilchrist) checks himself into a mental-health clinic. Unfortunately, the youth wing is closed, so he must spend his mandated five-day stay with adults. One of them, Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), quickly becomes his mentor -- and protege, while Craig finds himself drawn to a fellow teen, Noelle (Emma Roberts), who just may be the cure he needs to forget an unrequited crush.
May 11, 2018
Starting a new job can be a difficult challenge, especially if you're already retired. Looking to get back into the game, 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) seizes the opportunity to become a senior intern at an online fashion site. Ben soon becomes popular with his younger co-workers, including Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), the boss and founder of the company. Whittaker's charm, wisdom and sense of humor help him develop a special bond and growing friendship with Jules.
April 6, 2018 (*a week earlier this month)
Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) - in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the 7-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother, Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan), whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.
Like Sunday, Like Rain
March 9, 2018
Surrounded by wealth and living with abundant resources in Manhattan, 12-year-old cello prodigy and all around genius Reggie, lives a solitary, bookish life lacking only frequently absent parents and friends. Estranged from family, having slacker boyfriend troubles, and fired from her waitressing job, sometimes musician 23-year-old Eleanor needs a new place to live and a new job. Fate winds her lovely fingers around these two lives to unexpectedly place the inexperienced Eleanor as the new au pair for a skeptical Reggie and the music in their hearts and souls intertwines to create this beautiful story about discovery and acceptance.
Me Before You
February 9, 2018
Young and quirky Louisa "Lou" Clark (Emilia Clarke) moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will's cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined.
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in an exciting action-thriller about two passengers who are on a 120 year journey to another planet when their hibernation pods wake them 90 years too early. Jim and Aurora are forced to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction as the ship teeters on the brink of collapse, with the lives of thousands of passengers in jeopardy.
Set 1965 Los Angeles, Mr. Church begins with a stranger arriving on the doorstep of 10-year-old Charlotte and her single mother, who is battling breast cancer. They soon learn that the quiet man, Henry Church, has been hired by Marie's recently deceased partner to cook for them and help maintain the household. As Mr. Church's time with the Brodys extends from months into years, he becomes a father figure for Charlie during her formative years, nurturing her love of literature and making a lasting impact on her life. Even as Mr. Church tries to keep his own life separate from the Brodys, he eventually learns that the connection he feels to Charlie is what family is all about.
This Academy Award nominated movie is based on the true story of Saroo, a five year old who gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India to Calcutta. Away from home and family he learns to survive before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.
August 11, 2017
After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression that causes him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.
July 14, 7 pm
Roman Military tribune Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) remains set in his ways after serving 25 years in the army. He arrives at a crossroad when he's tasked to investigate the mystery of what happened to Jesus following the Crucifixion. Accompanied by trusted aide Lucius (Tom Felton) his quest to disprove rumors of a risen Messiah makes him question his own beliefs and spirituality. As his journey takes him to places he never dreamed of, Clavius discovers the truth that he's been seeking.
In God's Hands
Angie Cartwright was always blessed with a gift for song, but hard times have forced her to give up her dreams of a music career. Now, this single mother is hoping to turn her life around. With a teenage son struggling to become a man and a good-for-nothing fiancé, Angie moves back home to the family she left behind. She will need all the help she can get to face some shocking truths from her past and all the drama that can fit under one roof.
May 12, 2017
'May in the Summer'
A celebrated New York author finds her life thrown into chaos when she travels to Jordan, to plan her wedding. The toast of the New York literary scene, May lives the kind of glamorous lifestyle that most writers can only hope for. She's engaged to marry the Muslim man of her dreams when she journeys back to Jordan to plan her big day with the help of her family. Immediately upon her return, the cracks in her seemingly perfect life begin to show. May's headstrong, born-again Christian mother disapproves of her marrying a Muslim. May's sisters treat her more like a mother rather than a sibling, and her estranged father shows up out of the blue. Caught in the thick of dysfunction she thought she'd left far behind, May begins to question every decision she's ever made...including her plans to marry the man she loves.
April 21, 2017
The Genesis Code
Kerry Wells, a college student journalist and committed Christian, has been assigned to do a story on Blake Truman, the college's hockey superstar. Blake struggles with personal crisis but rejects Kerry's reliance on her faith. He is convinced that modern science has disproved the Bible and especially the Genesis story of creation. Together they discover that the creation story and science may be in perfect accord.The Genesis Codetakes on two current social and cultural issues: Evolution vs. creation, End-of-life decisions.Although this becomes a romance story, it gives a look to the age-old question of how science and a book of the Bible, Genesis, may both be correct and told in a format that a normal layperson will understand.
March 10, 2017
The group invites you to join them in March for "The Soloist." Los Angeles columnist Steve Lopez(Robert Downey Jr.) has reached an impasse in his life. His marriage is on the rocks, and he's disillusioned with his job. Then, while wandering through L.A.'s Skid Row, he spots a homeless man (Jamie Foxx) playing a two-stringed violin with a virtuoso's skill. Lopez initially thinks of the man, named Nathaniel Ayers, as just a story idea. But as he begins to unravel the mystery of Ayers' strange fate, Lopez realizes that a change is happening within himself. Join us on March 10 at 7 pm here at the church. We'll provide the popcorn!
February 10, 2017
"Babette's Feast" takes place in a remote 19th century Danish village and tells the story of two sisters who lead a rigid life centered around their father, the local minister, and their church. Both sisters had opportunites to leave the village: one could have married a young army officer and the other, a French opera singer. Their father objected in each case, and they spent their lives caring for him. Many years later - their father now deceased - they take in French refugee, Babette Hersant, who agrees to work as their servant. After winning the lottery, Babette wants to repay the sisters for their kindness and offers to cook a French meal for them and their friends on the 100th anniversary of their father's birth. It proves to be an eye-opening experience for everyone.
January 27, 2017
God's Not Dead
This is probably the most powerful movie that we have shared in two years. How far would you go…to defend your belief in God?
Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson. Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh find himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future. Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor. Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Can he actually prove the existence of God? Wouldn’t it just be easier just to write “God Is Dead” and put the whole incident behind him? GOD’S NOT DEAD weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action. The film will educate, entertain, and inspire moviegoers to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions.
A Christmas Without Snow
Join the group on Friday, Dec. 9 as they get into the Christmas spirit by watching ‘A Christmas Without Snow.’ Leaving her son behind at her parents' home in Omaha, Neb., recent divorcée Zoe (Michael Learned) attempts to start her life anew by moving to San Francisco. Seeking something to fill her lonely hours, she begins singing with a church choir. When new choirmaster Ephraim Adams (John Houseman) is hired, Zoe finds his attitudes and ideas difficult to tolerate. Faced with the challenging task of satisfying Adams' unrelenting perfectionism, Zoe is tempted once more to run away from her problems. The group will meet here for a potluck from 6—7 pm with the movie following at 7 pm. They would love to have you join them!
November 11, 2016
"Hocus Pocus" is the movie for November and is considered a Halloween classic that almost has a cult following. After moving to Salem, Massachusetts a teenager, Max explores an abandoned house with his sister and their new friend. After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches' book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.
The group invites everyone to their next movie, “The Candidate” starring Robert Redford. Without a candidate to run for the senate seat against admired Republican Crocker Jarmon (Don Porter), campaign manager Marvin Lucas (Peter Boyle) recruits leftist lawyer Bill McKay (Robert Redford). McKay's appearance piques the public's interest, and gradually Lucas pushes McKay toward a more centrist message. As McKay's original and honest platform gets watered down, his popularity increases so much that he is running even with Jarmon as Election Day approaches.
Friday, Oct. 14
WHAT DREAMS MAY COME
"What Dreams May Come" is a movie from 1998 starring the late Robin Williams. After Chris Nielson (Robin Williams) dies in a car accident, he is guided through the afterlife by his spirit guide, Albert (Cuba Gooding Jr.). His new world is beautiful and can be whatever Chris imagines. Even his children are there. But, when his wife, Annie commits suicide and is sent to hell, Chris ignores Albert's warnings and journeys there to save her. Upon arrival, Chris finds that rescuing Annie will be more difficult than he'd imagine.
'WHERE TO INVADE NEXT'
Filmmaker Michael Moore visits various countries to examine how Europeans view work, education, health care, sex, equality, and other issues. From cafeteria food to sex education, Moore looks at the benefits of schooling in France, Finland and Slovenia. In Italy, he marvels at how workers enjoy reasonable hours and generous vacation time. In Portugal, Moore notes the effects of the decriminalization of drugs. Through his travels, we discover just how different America is from the rest of the world.
BROOKLYN tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
June 10, 7 pm
In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. The film also stars Diane Lane, John Goodman, Louis C.K. and Elle Fanning.
Our selection for May is called "Suffragette" released last fall. It tells the story of the growing suffragette movement in early 20th century Britain and how it forever changes the life of working wife and mother, Maud Watts and her co-workers. These women were the hard working women who had seen peaceful protests achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence to violence as at the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality - their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. The story is both heart-breaking and inspirational.
Our movie group is excited to show this year's Academy Award winner for Best Picture...SPOTLIGHT. The movie tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. SPOTLIGHT is a tense investigative dramatic-thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times.
Join the group if you'd like at 5:30 pm for dinner at O'Hare's Irish Pub located at Army Trail and Rt. 59. They would love to have you!
"The Good Lie"
They were known simply as "The Lost Boys." Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3,600 lost boys and girls to America. "The Good Lie" focuses on four of the children who must make a new life in Kansas City. Together, these young men adjust to an alien culture even as the emotional baggage of their past haunts them. However, these newcomers, and their new friends strive to understand each other in this new home, as they make peace with their histories in a challenge that will change their lives. The movie stars Reese Witherspoon, along with Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and Nyakuoth Weil, many of whom were also children of war.The movie is rated PG-13.