You are invited to the in-person Worship Service on Sep. 24 at 10 am. The bulletin for this Sunday is available for viewing HERE.
You can worship live on ZOOM by clicking the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9658816441 or Meeting ID: 965 881 6441
You can also watch Sunday services at your convenience by going to our website “watsonville1stumc.org” and click YouTube or Facebook. Each Sunday worship will be uploaded on Sunday afternoon for your viewing.
Sunday, September 24, 2023, 10 am
This Sunday is Lego Sunday!
First, children will be in worship. Following the Special Music,
the teacher, Joan Culbertson, will lead our children to the Nursery Room.
Children’s Time Dr. Haley Feuerbacher
Choir Anthem Come, Christian Join to Sing
Words by Christian Henry Bateman, Arr. by John Carter
Incorporating When Morning Gilds the Sky, Words by Robert B Bridge,
Music by Joseph Barnby
Message “Stories, Scars, Stretch Marks, and Scabbed Hands” Dr. Haley Feuerbacher
God consistently uses the stories we are often most likely to hide from one another as the “texture” that connects us in our messy, sacred humanity, and just so, it is often our stories that the world is most likely to shame and silence that have the most power to transform trauma, shame, and separation. In this message, we find a story of post-traumatic growth through embodying our scars with grace and even pride as we consider the meeting of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well and the wild, courageous compassion that unfolds between them. Their story offers us an image of trauma-transforming ministry to guide us to a God who calls us to offer this same gift of embodied connection, honesty, and de-shaming grace and empowerment to one another – and just as importantly, to ourselves.
Dr. Haley Feuerbacher is a storyteller, creator, adventurer, facilitator, spiritual activist, and theologian. She attended Vanderbilt Divinity School and Brite Divinity School for her Master’s in Theological Studies and completed her Ph.D. at Southern Methodist University in Religion and Culture and Women’s and Gender Studies. A recent transplant to California from Texas, Haley was a faculty member at SMU and The Seattle School for Theology & Psychology and served for several years as a youth minister and then as campus minister for a United Methodist Reconciling college ministry. Passionate about the power of joy and compassion for personal and systemic transformation, Haley is currently the founder and executive director of the Center for Courageous Compassion, which is creating a movement of fierce survivor-centeredness and transformation of trauma in which our helpers, caregivers, activists, leaders, and ministers engage in courageously compassionate work, life, and being that yields sustainable joy and resists systems and patterns that lead to vicarious trauma, burnout, and compassion fatigue. Haley is also a running coach, yoga facilitator, surfing and outdoor enthusiast, partner to SB and mother to son Christian.