7-week study on How We Got the Bible & How to Study It

Tuesdays, October 6 – November 24

10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

There are over 100 English language translations of the Bible, from the Wycliffe Bible of 1380 to the Modern English Version of 2014.
Pastor Mike Grogan will be leading 7 one-hour sessions on an exploration of how we got the Bibles we use today, which version may be the one that works best for you, and how to study it critically.
In the 18th century European scholars began applying methods of higher critical studies to the Bible.  These methods seek to discover the meaning of the scriptures beyond a simple devotional or practical reading.  Using these methods, we will learn how to read, understand, and interpret a biblical passage.  Bring your favorite Bibles.
Session 1     Our Ancient Texts
Session 2     The Evolution of English Translations
Session 3     Introduction to Historical Critical Methods
Session 4     Sources and Texts

NO CLASS NOVEMBER 3 – Election Day

Session 5     Literary Form and Context
Session 6     History and Redaction
Session 7     Online and other Resources for Study

2020 Programs and Events:

Church Life in the Up-Coming Weeks:

(updated 3/28/2020)

For the Up-Coming weeks:

ALL groups, committees, teams, and events will be CANCELED until the governor lifts the shelter-in-place order. These are the ONLY exceptions:


Our 12-step users (AA, NA, Al-Alon, etc.) will make their own determination. Supplies and instructions for disinfecting their spaces will be left in the rooms they use.


Church Family,

I hope this emails finds you well and safe. As we discover new ways of worshiping and being church together in times of isolation, social distancing, and quarantine, I give thanks for technology. While recognizing that a very small few of our members do not have internet access at all, you who are receiving this email do. It is a blessing that technology can help us to worship and to stay connected. Here are two ways you can participate in Sunday worship for the next weeks:

Facebook LIVE each Sunday at 11:00 AM:

  • If you have a Facebook account simply go to the Congregational Church of Lincoln City Facebook page at 11:00.
  • If you do NOT have a Facebook account go to our church website at this link lcucc1949.wordpress.com and click on the “Visit Us on Facebook” icon to your right. Ignore Facebook’s prompts to Log In or Create an Account, just look for the LIVE feed to pop up at 11:00 each Sunday.
  • If you cannot join us LIVE, you can still view these videos after the LIVE feed ends. Follow the above instructions and click on Videos to view any of the worship services we have posted by date.

YouTube viewing

  • We have a YouTube channel! Each Sunday by 2:00 the Facebook LIVE video will be added to our new YouTube channel.
  • Click on this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJtJ9sqEZZOU17R8NHjbhqw  or just search YouTube for “Congregational Church of Lincoln City.” Be sure to hit the SUBSCRIBE button so you can find it easier each week.

By Thursday each week I will be sending a bulletin (in 8 ½ by 11 portrait format) for you to print out and use to participate with us as we worship together in our various locations on Sundays. The bulletin will also be posted on the website under the tab Calendar and Sunday Bulletin.

Monday’s with Mike

Every Monday morning in the Gathering Place there will be time with  Pastor Mike.

Each week, from 10:00 to 11:00, we will have an open discussion of the previous day’s sermon. There will be opportunity for questions, follow-up, and open conversation about whatever was preached the day before. Then, we will turn our collective attention to the scripture text for the coming Sunday, a preview of the sermon Mike is working on. There will also be time for general discussion of your topics of interest.

Too often, we give the task of theological thinking, scriptural reflection, and sermonizing to “paid professionals” when this is really the work of ALL of us in the body of Christ. We hope to see you there!

Community Morning Meditation Hour

Kriya Yoga Class: ancient practices uniting individual with Spirit  … held Every Sunday mornings in our church library from 11am – Noon.  Kriya yoga is for people devoted to personal, spiritual and psychological growth. Join with others in learning and practicing such life style changes as daily meditation and prayer, positive thoughts, good health, study of scripture and Journaling.  All our Welcome!


Facilitated by Mary Ann Favin &/or Marci Woodruff who has been practicing Kriya for over 40 years and is a member of the Center of Spiritual Awareness.

Reasonable Gun Reform – YOU can make a difference


Since December’s tragedy in Newtown, more than 3,200 people have been killed by guns in the United States. [1] This senseless violence needs to end.

Galvanized by the horror of Newtown, people of faith have urged Congress to pass meaningful legislation to reduce gun violence. We have written letters, signed petitions, and held events.
But Congress refuses to act, even as the number of gun deaths continues to rise. To make sure Congress hears our voice, Sojourners is joining with PICO Network (People Improving Community through Organizing) to host an interfaith prayer vigil in Washington, DC, this Thursday, April 11th at 11:30 a.m.

We’ll join hands in prayer on the National Mall surrounded by more than 3,200 wooden crosses and other religious symbols to commemorate those who have died since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. All last week, Sojourners staff and volunteers have been building crosses and preparing for Thursday’s witness.

Here’s how you can get involved with our vigil to end gun violence:

  • Mark your calendar and lift up a prayer with us 11:30 EST on Thursday morning that our elected officials would put aside their differences and pass common sense solutions to reduce gun violence on our streets and in our communities.
  • Contact your member of Congress directly about how we can work together to end gun violence. Every voice matters, so please take a minute to offer yours and encourage others in your network to do the same.
  • Sponsor a cross by making a small gift to Sojourners. Your contribution means you’ll be a part of this powerful witness!

Thanks for all you’re doing to help turn swords into plowshares (Isaiah 2:4).

[1] “How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?”  Slate partners with @GunDeaths for an interactive, crowdsourced tally of the toll firearms have taken since Dec. 14. [This interactive graphic shows deaths nationally by location, date, and gender and when known, gives their name.]

On God’s Side: For the Common Good

It’s time to ask what it would look like if we could practice the common good in the massive debates that are now dividing our country: economic fairness and social trust; the purpose rather than the size of government; the moral path to fiscal sustainability, ethics for globalization; coming together to holistically prevent gun violence; conflict resolution over endless wars; and countless others.