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Week of January 22

If you were at our worship gathering yesterday, you heard that our building was broken into overnight Saturday. This person broke through a window, broke through the locked door of our office, and stole our office computer. This person also broke into a locked cabinet and stole a church debit card and a stack of checks. Nothing else appears damaged, and the police/bank/insurance company are all aware and involved. The computer is password protected, and the debit card and checks have been cancelled with no apparent activity (aside from about $8.00 in purchases at McDonalds Sunday morning!).

Jesus tells his followers to be ‘as wise as serpents and as gentle as doves’ (Matthew 10:16). Following up on this event, our Leadership Team will be looking to wisely respond (not react), which will include evaluating our security options, while at the same time maintaining a gentle posture (not fearful) toward our neighborhood. We believe we are called to be Christ’s body in our city, and this means love and hope and grace in each and every situation. Pray for us as we deal with the details of getting things back together, but even more that through this we’ll learn how to even more faithfully embody the arms-open Spirit of Jesus. And pray also for the brother/sister responsible for this break-in, that he/she/they will experience the healing power of God’s grace.

Grace & Peace,
Pastor Marc

WORSHIP GATHERING

January 28th: Worship Gathering, Communion, and Fellowship Meal
We will meet at our regular time of 11:15am at The Well (1401 6th Ave) to share conversation, pray, and sing together. Herb Bailey from Uncommon Grounds Cafe will be preaching and we will share in communion together.  After the service, we will share in a fellowship meal together.

4:30pm – Kids Movie Night
All elementary-aged kids are invited to come to The Well from 4:30-6:45pm on (typically) the third Sunday of each month. However, this month we changed the date and will be showing the movie on January 28th. We will show a kid-friendly movie and provide dinner. All kids must have an activity release form on file in order to stay for the event.  
**Thank you to everyone who contributed to all of the great donations for last month’s interactive movie night!

Men’s Night – Mondays
Every Monday @ 6:30pm at The Well will be a Men’s Night for guys to meet, hang out, and encourage each other. All men are welcome!Second Responders Training – starting January 10
Uncommon Grounds is hosting a series of training and informational classes starting January 10 to help bridge the gap between the community and those in addition. Each class will be held on a Wednesday at Uncommon Grounds Cafe(380 Franklin Ave, Aliquippa) from 5:30pm – 8pm. Space is limited to 25.  To register, email AKirby@ChurchArmyUSA.org 
January 10 – Listening
January 17 – Drugs and Addiction
January 24 – D-Escalation
January 31 – Safety & Overdose Prevention
February 7 – Poverty & Community

Youth Dance Class – Thursday, January 25th
Offered for ALL children and youth ages 5+ with drop in and ongoing registration. Pay as you go and pay what you are able options are available. Winter session: January 18 – March 15. Class is held Thursdays, from 5:30-6:30pm at The Well. Cost is $25/session. Email crawford.julia@gmail.com to join in – or just show up!
Women’s Movement Group – Thursday, January 25th

This fall we are going to keep dancing together as we expand our movement range and honor our stories! Winter session: January 18 – March 15. Class is held Thursdays from 7-8pm at The Well. Pay what makes you happy ($5-10 suggested)

Drop In Hours – Friday, January 26th
Join in our Friday open hours at The Well! Everyone is welcome to come use the space from 10am – 4pm. Free coffee, lunch, and wi-fi.

Recovery Community Group – Fridays
This community group is for anyone struggling in some kind of addiction and looking for Christian community support. It will meet on Fridays @ 12:30pm at The Well.

Mission Partnership Classes – Saturday, January 27th
This is your opportunity to learn more about Soma’s mission and sign on to partner with us as we take the next step in our community life together. There will be two Soma Mission Partnership classes offered: Saturday, January 27 and Saturday, February 3, both from 10 AM to 3 PM. Please choose one date or the other to attend and sign up at the SOMA table or by replying to Kristen. Please indicate if you will need childcare.

Mission Partnership Classes – February 3
This is your opportunity to learn more about Soma’s mission and sign on to partner with us as we take the next step in our community life together. There will be two Soma Mission Partnership classes offered: Saturday, January 27 and Saturday, February 3, both from 10 AM to 3 PM. Please choose one date or the other to attend and sign up at the SOMA table or by replying to Kristen. Please indicate if you will need childcare.Sunday Class on the Cross – starting February 4th
Have you contemplated the cross of Jesus? What happened there? What was said there?  Starting February 4th, Randy Rossomme will lead a study on the cross and the seven “words” from the cross. You are invited to participate each Sunday morning at 10:15am for nine weeks.
Chipotle Fundraiser for Geneva Spring Break trips – January 31st 
Each year Geneva sends students on service-learning trips to various communities to learn and work alongside them during spring break. You can help support students by eating at Chipotle (the location at 20024 Route 19 in Cranberry) on Wednesday, January 31st between 5:00pm – 9:00pm. You must tell the cashier you are supporting Quest or present this flyer to the cashier on your phone or in a printed version in order for 50% of the proceeds to go to the Quest trips.Neighborhoods of Hope Prayer Walk – February 10th
Our next Neighborhoods of Hope prayer walk will take place on Saturday, February 10th. We will meet at The Well at 10am. Kids are welcome to join in as we pray for our neighborhood!Jubilee Conference – February 23-25
The Jubilee Conference is coming up! This annual Pittsburgh conference focuses on what it means to serve Jesus with every square inch of life and is geared specifically to college students. Register online and find out more information at  www.jubileeconference.com. See Dave Slebodnik with any questions & to find out how the conference can be more affordable.

Community Groups
Groups meet at various times to study scripture, be together, eat together, and serve together. Sign up for a group on the visitor card or by replying to this email. 

College Student Opps

Get in touch with Dave or reach out on the student facebook page to sign up for either of these opportunities.
Small Groups – Weekly small groups are starting up! They are designed to fit easily into your schedule and give you intentional time talking about faith & life with a small group of people.
Family Connections – We’re creating more intentional opportunities for students and Soma families to connect with one another.  You’ll meet together once a month for a hang out, meal, or coffee to get to know each other more.Rides for Tyler and Maci 
The Pattersons are looking for help with getting transportation to and from appointments. They recently moved to College Hill. We are looking to put together a team of people who are available to provide a ride once per month. If you are able, get in touch with Dave Slebodnik (724-875-7286).
Recordings
We are recording our Sunday messages once again! You can listen to them here. That same link can also be found at the bottom of our website.
If you’ve got something to share with SOMA’s community by way of prayer request or a call for help from the body, let me know and I’ll put those here.

Kathryn Robinson
Kay asks for prayer regarding her physical health and recovery. She fell and is now in physical therapy for her hip. Due to the injury, she is unable to keep the part time job she had and is looking for a new job in office work.

Online Giving
You can contribute financially toward SOMA’s mission, either one-time or regularly, by clicking the button above. The same link can also be found at the bottom of our webpage.

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