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Burn your own steak ... or not

The Holy Smokers will be using a different format in January. We will prepare a complete spaghetti dinner on Saturday, January 30. I will make some tea, but you might prefer to bring something with a little “grape” in it. Dinner service will begin at 7 p.m., so all you have to do is sign up and show up. Look for the sign-up sheet in the narthex.

Second Tuesday Reading Group, Jan 12, 7pm

The topic for January’s book club meeting is Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Hector Tobar. When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped 33 miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a recordbreaking 69 days. The entire world watched what transpired aboveground during the protracted rescue, but the saga of the miners’ experience—and lives—has never been heard until now. Join the discussion January 12 at 7 p.m. at Amy Johnson’s (5838 Woodridge Oaks, 544-0438 or uoluolyma@yahoo.com). All are welcome to attend (the group encourages the “read more” New Year’s resolution), just

Why Should I Resolve to Attend Christian Formation in 2016?

Our church services are, of course, a central part of our Christian formation. We learn, grow, and go deeper by hearing the readings, singing words that draw us emotionally closer to God, saying prayers together, and participating in the Eucharist. But please consider taking an extra hour on Sunday mornings to expand the context surrounding your faith. The additional perspective you can acquire about living as a Christian disciple in the world—as part of a faith community—is key to our success as transmitters of the faith to those we encounter daily. These classes can also help pull us together and build unity and focus as we consider issues of social, political, historical, and cultural rel