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Weekly Bible Studies

During the summer, instead of the weekly Bible studies, we are conducting a Summer Discussion series, beginning on Tuesday, July 7.  


Click HERE for a printable version of the PLUM Spiritual Care Calendar (2 pages long)



·         Discussion Series, Worship Services and Fellowship Corner will take place by Zoom Conference Call.  Please see the reverse side for details on the PLUM Summer Discussion Series being offered.  The call in line is:

Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/401596541

Zoom by phone: (646) 876-9923  Meeting ID: 401 596 541

·         Prayer Vigil – This is done at our individual locations.  It is an opportunity to stop wherever we are and pray for our families, our church, our community and our world.

·         Fellowship Corner – Come and fellowship together.  It is a time to share joys, prayer concerns and words of encouragement.


Thursday, July 23

ELCA Discussion


Church: We Need to Talk About Racism - Unpacking White Privilege


Thursday, July 23 at 7 PM


Join by Video: https://zoom.us/j/96308852158


Join by Phone: (646) 876 9923 (Meeting ID: 963 0885 2158) Password: 254290


The term “white privilege” is being heard and used a lot on social media – but what does it mean?  Join the Authentic Diversity & Justice task force of the SWPA Synod for a discussion on this term using the ELCA’s Living Lutheran resource from January 2020: Article | Study Guide



Click HERE to print the Living Lutheran "Unpacking White Privilege" article

The Tensions of being in Relationship:

Reflections on Broken Covenants and Ways of Healing

PLUM Summer Discussion Series:

Recent events around our nation and in our city have raised our awareness of the injustices that exist in our world.  As Christians called to love God and love our neighbor, it is our duty to educate ourselves of those injustices.  It is our duty to do what we can to bring justice into our world.  This summer, we will host a discussion series around the issues of Racism in our communities and our world.  We will explore videos, articles and books with each other as we consider actions that we can take to live out our command to love our neighbor. 

Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and/or Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33

 The call in line for these discussions is:

Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/401596541

Zoom by phone: (646) 876 9923

Meeting ID: 401 596 541


To participate in the Discussion, go to our Zoom page



Click HERE to print the Living Lutheran "Unpacking White Privilege" article



Summer Discussion Series – Weeks 1 and 2:

Biblical Covenants and Social Contracts



But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33

“He answered, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.' ”  Luke 10:27


I.  Biblical Covenant


a. Definition:  A covenant is a chosen relationship in which two parties make a promise to each other.   Example:  marriage

A covenant should be distinguished from a contract because it is a personal relationship which people voluntarily enter.


b. Biblical Covenants

          1. There is disagreement about how many are in the Bible.  Opinions range from 1-12.  In the Scripture, there was a focus on three types of covenants, namely, the Abrahamic covenant, the Mosaic covenant, and the New Covenant mediated by Jesus.  Some scholars classify only two; a covenant of promise and a covenant of law.  The former involved an oath taken by God – a word of promise instead of command – while the latter is known in the Bible as “the Law”.

          2. Brief description of Seven Biblical Covenants:

          *Eden:  Genesis 3:15;  God’s Promise:  Satan and mankind will be enemies;

Sign - pain of childbirth, work for bread

*Noah:  Genesis 9:8-17; God’s Promise: God would never again destroy the world with a flood.

          Sign – Rainbow

*Abraham:  Genesis 15:12-21, 17:1-14;  God’s Promise:  Abraham’s descendants would become a great nation if they obeyed God.  God would be their God.

          Sign – Smoking firepot and flaming torch.

*At Mount Sinai:  Exodus 19:5-6;  God’s Promise:  Israel would be God’s special people, a holy nation.  But they would have to keep their part of the covenant to obedience.

          Sign – The Exodus

*The Priesthood:  Numbers 25:10-13;  God’s Promise:  Aaron’s descendants would be priests forever.

          Sign – The Aaronic priesthood

*David:  2Samuel 7:13, 23:5;  God’s Promise:  Salvation would come through David’s line, through the Messiah

          Sign – David’s line continued and Christ was born a descendant of David

*New Covenant:  Hebrews 8:6-13;  God’s Promise:  Forgiveness and salvation are available in and through Christ

          Sign – the resurrection of Christ


II. Social Contract

  What allows us to live together in community?

a. Definition:  an implicit agreement among the members of a society to cooperate for social benefits.  Example:  sacrificing some individual freedom for state protection

b. Social Contract theory says that people live together in society in accordance with an agreement that establishes moral and political rules of behavior.  The US Constitution is often cited as an explicit example of part of America’s social contract.  It sets out what the government can and cannot do.

c. After the contracts are established, however, then society becomes possible, and people can be expected to keep their promises, cooperate with one another, and so on. The social contract is the most fundamental source of all that is good and that which we depend upon to live well.


III. Trevor Noah Video

          Trevor Noah is a South African, political commentator and television host.  He is the current host of the Daily Show.  He is also an author of “Born a Crime” and other books. 

The video that we are about to share was Trevor Noah’s response to the death of George Floyd and other events happening in our country today.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4amCfVbA_c




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