Christian Formation


Our next read is The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Michele Richardson. The meeting has been postponed until further notice. When we resume bring a lunch, bring friends and bring ideas for future book reads!

The New York Times and USA Today bestseller!

“…a hauntingly atmospheric love letter to the first mobile library in Kentucky and the fierce, brave packhorse librarians who wove their way from shack to shack dispensing literacy, hope, and — just as importantly — a compassionate human connection.”—Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything—everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt’s Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome’s got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.

Cussy’s not only a book woman, however, she’s also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy’s family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she’s going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.

Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere—even back home.

The following read will be “On the Bright Side” by Hendrick Groen, date TBD, but most likely late April.

On the Bright Side: The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 85 Years Old

In the acclaimed follow-up to the #1 international bestseller The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, everyone’s favorite curmudgeon is back and as funny and charming as ever with the newest adventures of the Old-But-Not-Dead Club.

Everyone’s favorite octogenarian is back and, together with his pals in the Old-But-Not-Dead Club, he is more determined than ever to wreak havoc and turn a twinkly eye on the brighter side of life. After a year spent mourning the death of his beloved friend Eefje, Hendrik may be older and a little more wobbly, but his youthful appetite for mischief hasn’t diminished. When fears arise that the home is set for demolition, it’s up to Hendrik and the Old-But-Not-Dead Club to intervene.

Happy reading!


All gatherings for Canterbury Cinema have been postponed until further notice. If you have access to films you might want to order the following that were selected for viewing. We will look forward to the time when we can gather together again.

RBG – the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (2018)
RBG is a delightful, inspiring film on the Notorious RBG, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, giving us the backstory the 86-year-old Supreme Court justice who has become a pop culture icon. Long before she became known as the Notorious RBG, Ginsberg was a brilliant legal mind who was a courtroom ground-breaker in the battle for women’s rights. We are introduced to a host of friends, family and colleagues of RBG, in an inspiring recap of her life of hard work and determination. The film also recaps the wide-spread discrimination women faced in the work place, and throughout society, in the 1950s.

The Strike (2006)
This fictionalized biopic of a respected Polish labor activist is nicely balanced between the political and the personal. “Strike” tells how the dismissal of aging crane operator Anna Walentynowicz provided the spark for the Solidarity trade union. Solidarnosc would later effectively bring down the Communist government in Poland. The story covers events in the Gdansk shipyard from 1970 through 1980. Anna heads the women’s wing of the shipyard union. The Communist party bosses not only exploit the shipyard workers, but they ignore safety regulations to increase productivity.

On the Waterfront (1954) Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Eva Marie Saint. 8 Academy Awards
Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny’s thugs, and later meets the dead man’s sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers.

The Post (2017) Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks. Nominated for two Oscars. 18 wins, 113 Nominations
A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. With the publication of the Pentagon Papers, Kay Graham, owner of The Washington Post, must decide whether to back down for the safety of her paper or publish and fight for the Freedom of the Press. In doing so, Graham and her staff join a fight that would have America’s democratic ideals in the balance.

CHRIST IN CRISIS: Why we Need to Reclaim Jesus by Jim Wallis, will be the basis for a five to six week study discussing two chapters each week. We will meet via zoom on Thursdays at 10 a. m beginning on June 18. If you are interested in joining the study please contact Betsy Rogers at Books are available in the outside mailbox at church. Anyone interested is encouraged to take one.