Weekly Announcements

Dear Mishpachah [Family]:

This coming Shabbat we will have a special teaching on the Feast of Shavuot, or in English, the Feast of Weeks, but still with no Oneg. We would like to hear your thoughts on when to resume Oneg and afternoon services. Food Outreach will be this Sunday with set-up at 1:30 PM, and we will be back inside with 6 ft distancing in place. Thanks to all who help with this outreach, you are needed.

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The special Torah reading for Shavuot on Sivan 7, 5780 is Devarim (Deuteronomy) 14:22–16:17. Devarim means “Words” The Haftorah reading is from Habakkuk 3:1-9. The reading from The Writings in the Messiah is Acts 2:1-21.

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Weekly Announcements

Dear Mishpachah [Family]:

At last Shabbat service, it was good seeing everyone after 8 long weeks. We praise Adonai that all were well and healthy and kept the 6ft distance from people and took other precautions. It is too soon to start Oneg with the serving of food. Our “koodies” are spread by touching, talking, laughing, sneezing, and coughing, so be aware of others around you when you shop among people you do not know. Be blessed and stay safe, so you do not help spread this virus to loved ones.
See you again this coming Shabbat.
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The Torah reading for week ending Iyyar 29, 5780 is B’midbar (Numbers) 1:1–4:20 called B’midbar meaning “In the Wilderness”. The Haftorah reading is from 1 Samuel 20:18-42. The reading from The Writings in the Messiah is 1 Corinthians 12:12-20. Friday at sundown begins Omar 44. We are getting closer to celebrating Shavuot.

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Payer for Payer Requests:

1 For the leader. By David. As a reminder:2 God, rescue me!Adonai, hurry and help me!3 May those who seek my lifebe disgraced and humiliated.May those who take pleasure in doing me harmbe turned back and put to confusion.4 May those who jeer, “Aha! Aha!”withdraw because of their shame.5 But may all those who seek yoube glad and take joy in you.May those who love your salvation say always,“God is great and glorious!”6 But I am poor and needy;God, hurry for me.You are my helper and rescuer;Adonai, don’t delay!

Psalm 70

Weekly Announcements

Dear Mishpachah [Family]:

Praise Adonai!  We can begin only Shabbat service this coming May 16th at the normal time of 10:30 AM.  NO ONEG or afternoon studies at this time.  We will abide by the 6 ft. distancing in our seating, and hand sanitizer will be at the front door.  Families that have stayed together, can sit together. Masks are strongly encouraged, and we will have some available if you need one.  People with COPD, asthma or other breathing problems should only wear a mask for 20 minutes at a time. Fabric masks should be worn for 2 hours than washed to kill your germs.  Wearing a fabric mask does not harm the immune system in healthy individuals.   Hand washing and not touching your face is another tool used to combat the spread of this virus.  Our building is clean and will be cleaned after our service.  Let’s all be diligent during this time.  Stay safe and use common sense for we are the generation with the gray hair.
For the latest statistics on the Covid-19 virus, see Mobile County’s Health Department website.   

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The Torah reading for week ending Iyyar 22, 5780 is Vayikra (Leviticus) 25:1–27:34 called Behar/Bechukotai meaning “On Mount/In My Statues”.  The Haftorah reading is from Jeremiah 16:19–17:14.  The reading from The Writings in the Messiah is Luke 4:14-22 and Matthew 16:20-28. Friday at sundown begins Omar 37.  
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Coronavirus COVID-19

Dear Congregation of Life Mishpachah [Family]:

Many churches, congregations and other public places are putting into place a response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. We here at CTL are very concerned for everyone’s health and wellness.

The WHO issued a statement yesterday stating that it is a pandemic and, as a result, the President has issued further travel restrictions. We are following reports from the Alabama Department of Public Health, The Mobile County Health Department, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force very carefully. As of this moment, there have been no confirmed infections in the State of Alabama. Of course, there are cases in nearby states and it will likely be found in Alabama soon.

While we do not need to panic nor overreact, we do want to take some common sense precautions for our Congregation. Therefore, here is our protocol:

1.) We will be staying up to date with our local authorities advice and warnings

2.) We will be disinfecting all hard surfaces, especially door handles3.) We will be placing a hand hygiene product on Oneg table, and use before you serve yourself

4.) Please wash your hands for 20 seconds (with soap) frequently, Use the two bathrooms, and utility sink in kitchen, Do not touch your face

5.) Please cough or sneeze into the bend of your elbow or a tissue (wash hands after disposing of tissue)

6.) If you (or your children) are the least bit sick – at all – please stay home

May HaShem protect all of us in His protective tent.

Weekly Announcements

Dear Mishpachah [Family]:
The Torah reading for week ending Adar 18, 5780 is [Shemot] Exodus 30:11–34:35 called Ki Tisa meaning “When You Take”. The Haftorah reading is from Ezekiel 36:16-38. The reading from The Writings in the Messiah is 1 Corinthians 8:4-13.

Shabbat Color Theme: (Optional) Yellow/White

Torah Service: 10:30 AM–12:00 PM.

Nursery available for ages 5 and under.

Oneg/Lunch: 12:00–1:00 PM. The theme is American

Guests are welcome to stay for Oneg. Members and regular attendees, please bring enough food for your family and some to share with our guests. Parents, please be with your children and help with their portions and food selection. After Oneg, your dishes will be put on the small table in the foyer. Also, help with clean-up will be appreciated so we can begin our afternoon services on time.

If you are coming to CTL after 10:30 AM, please enter through the double doors; walk through the Oneg room and enter sanctuary by using the back hallway. This will help with the flow of our service that is in progress. Thanks.

Afternoon Services: 1:00 PM–2:30 PMCongregational Midrash: (Open to everyone) Jack and others will lead a deeper discussion about this week’s Torah Parashah (portion).

Women’s Bible Study: We are presently discussing the Apocalypse of John available from the web site of Beth Immanuel audio series. Each week we listen to D. Thomas Lancaster’s teaching, then we discuss what was taught. This week’s audio teaching will be #10.

Children 12 and under: Pending

Upcoming Shabbat Themes: Cuisine and Color to wear if you so desire.

3/21 Israeli/Mediterranean–Blue/Navy

3/28 Oriental–Purple/Violet
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Bible Study Tuesday: 7:00 PM. Dane is currently teaching on the “Holy Spirit”. Last night, we learned that Adonai can send an evil spirit one time, and then His Spirit another time to accomplish His will in King Shaul’s life. Read 1 Samuel 18-19.

Dance Team Practices: Tues. at 6:00 PM. Sunday practice will resume March 29th at 1:00 PM.

Food Outreach: Sunday, March 29th with set-up time of 1:30 PM. Thanks to all who donated shampoo, deodorant, and other such items. These go really fast and are appreciated by the people we serve.

Greeting Cards made by Christine Basham are now available in our Market Place. Since it is Shabbat, you will be given an addressed envelope so payments can be made by mail.
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Purim Celebration–Last Sunday was a fun-filled time with friends. The food was great, and thanks to all who played the games…both kids and adults together! See our Face Book page for the many pictures. Thanks Gina for your artistic skill in decorating and picture taking. We love each and everyone of you!

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She [Torah] is a Tree of Life to those who grasp her, and whoever holds on to her are called blessed. (Proverbs 3:18)

Weekly Announcements

Dear Mishpachah [Family]:
The Torah reading for week ending Adar 11, 5780 is [Shemot] Exodus 27:20 called Tetzaveh meaning “You Shall Command”. The Haftorah reading is from 1 Samuel 15:2-34. The reading from The Writings in the Messiah is Hebrews 13:11-17.
This Shabbat, we will have a special teaching on the Feast of Purim. Get ready to “boo” and “hiss” when Haman’s name is mentioned, and “cheer” when you hear Esther’s and Mordecai’s name.

Shabbat Color Theme: (Optional)

OpenTorah Service: 10:30 AM–12:00 PM.

Nursery available for ages 5 and under.

Oneg/Lunch: 12:00–1:00 PM. The theme is Open

Guests are welcome to stay for Oneg. Members and regular attendees, please bring enough food for your family and some to share with our guests. Parents, please be with your children and help with their portions and food selection. After Oneg, your dishes will be put on the small table in the foyer. Also, help with clean-up will be appreciated so we can begin our afternoon services on time.

If you are coming to CTL after 10:30 AM, please enter through the double doors; walk through the Oneg room and enter sanctuary by using the back hallway. This will help with the flow of our service that is in progress. Thanks.

Afternoon Services: 1:00 PM–2:30 PMCongregational Midrash: (Open to everyone) Jack and others will lead a deeper discussion about this week’s Torah Parashah (portion).

Women’s Bible Study: We are presently discussing the Apocalypse of John available from the web site of Beth Immanuel audio series. Each week we will listen to D. Thomas Lancaster’s teaching, then we will all discuss what was taught. Since many of you were missing from last Shabbat, we will do #9 audio teaching this Shabbat.

Children 12 and under: Pending

Upcoming Shabbat Themes: Cuisine and Color to wear if you so desire:

3/14 American–Yellow/White

3/21 Israeli/Mediterranean–Blue/Navy
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Bible Study Tuesday: 7:00 PM. Dane is currently teaching on the “Holy Spirit”. Last night, we learned what can happen when we disobey the Word of Adonai, and he removes his Spirit from our life. Saul was appointed king and given a mission, but failed to obey; thus, Adonai rejected him from being king over Israel.

Dance Team Practices: Since we have completed our dances for Purim, we will be taking a short break on Sundays, but will continue practicing on Tues. at 6:00 PM. Sunday practice will resume March 29th at 1:00 PM.

Food Outreach: Sunday, March 29th with set-up time of 1:30 PM. Thanks to all who donated shampoo, deodorant, and other such items. These go really fast and are appreciated by the people we serve.

Greeting Cards made by Christine Basham are now available in our Market Place. Since it is Shabbat, you will be given an addressed envelope so payments can be made by mail.
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Purim Celebration–Sunday, March 8th beginning at 6 PM with potluck supper. This year’s theme is “Fiddler on the Roof”. Come for fun, food, dancing, games (push the potato, cabbage race, balance the bottle, and others). Costumes depicting this years theme are encouraged. Invite your friends.

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Check out our Facebook page: congregationtreeoflifemobile

She [Torah] is a Tree of Life to those who grasp her, and whoever holds on to her are called blessed. (Proverbs 3:18)

Weekly Announcements

Dear Mishpachah [Family]:

The Torah reading for week ending Shevat 20, 5780 is [Shemot] Exodus 18:1–20:23 called Yetro name meaning “Excellence”.  The Haftorah reading is from Isaiah 6:1–7:6; 9:6-7.  The reading from The Writings in the Messiah is Matthew 5:17-30.

Shabbat Color Theme:  (Optional) Brown/Beige

Torah Service:  10:30 AM–12:00 PM. Nursery available for ages 5 and under.

Oneg/Lunch:  12:00–1:00 PM.  The theme is Chili
Guests are welcome to stay for Oneg.  Members and regular attendees, please bring enough food for your family and some to share with our guests.  Parents, please be with your children and help with their portions and food selection. After Oneg, your dishes will be put on the small table in the foyer.  Also, help with clean-up will be appreciated so we can begin our afternoon services on time.  
If you are coming to CTL after 10:30 AM, please enter through the double doors; walk through the Oneg room and enter sanctuary by using the back hallway.  This will help with the flow of our service that is in progress.  Thanks.

Afternoon Services:  1:00 PM–2:30 PMCongregational Midrash:  (Open to everyone) Jack and others will lead a deeper discussion about this week’s Torah Parashah (portion).   

Women’s Bible Study:   We are presently discussing the Apocalypse of John available from the web site of Beth Immanuel audio series.  Each week we will listen to D. Thomas Lancaster’s teaching (he goes by Daniel Lancaster), then we will all discuss what was taught.  This Shabbat, we begin with #8 audio teaching. 

Children 12 and under:  Pending  

Upcoming Shabbat Themes:  Cuisine and Color to wear if you so desire.

2/22       Southern–Black/Gray

2/29       Brunch–Orange/Coral

3/7         Open–Purim
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Bible Study Tuesday:  7:00 PM. Dane is currently teaching on the “Holy Spirit”. Last night, we learned how important it is to have the Spirit of Unity.  We need this to be able to bear one another’s burdens and be in one accord.  Being in one accord allows Adonai to move among His congregation.    
Dance Team Practices:  Sundays, at 1 PM and Tuesdays at 6 PM.  We are still practicing “For Such a Time as This”, “Hineh Yeshua” and “Dance With the King” for our Purim Service on March 7th Shabbat Service.
Food Outreach:  
Sunday, February 23rd with set-up time of 1:30 PM.  We are in need of shampoo, deodorant, and other such items.  These go really fast and are appreciated by the people we serve. 
Greeting Cards made by Christine Basham are now available in our Market Place.  Since it is Shabbat, you will be given an addressed envelope so payments can be made by mail.  

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Purim Celebration--Sunday, March 8th beginning at 6 PM.  This year’s theme is “Fiddler on the Roof”.  Come for fun, food, dancing, games (push the potato, cabbage race, and balance the bottle) and costumes are encouraged.  Invite your friends.