Will spring ever arrive? That was the question I heard over and over again in the week following Easter Sunday. Meteorologists predicted that it would snow on Easter Monday and that we would face the dreaded “wintry mix” the following Saturday. Meanwhile, clouds seemed to loom over the city for days on end and cold temperatures sent people back to their closets for heavy coats put away too soon.
I don’t know about you, but my energy level and attitude are greatly influenced by the weather, so the seemingly endless days of dark and cold were challenging for me. However, they did serve a purpose. They made me appreciate all the more the bright spots that surfaced during this time: the blooming of the cherry, pear, and apple trees; the defiance of the hardy daffodils, forsythia, and hellebores; the beginning of the baseball season; the arrival of my new mahjong card; and the lengthening of days, to name just a few.
Our church also provided a number of bright spots during this time: the beautiful and well-attended Easter Sunday service, the festive coffee hour that followed, featuring egg hunts and seasonal treats, and the restful and restorative retreat at Bon Secours this past weekend.
This Sunday’s CPC Through the Decades: The 40s and 50s service surely will be another bright spot. I hope that you will be able to join us for a service of memories and celebration and a potluck lunch afterwards where we will share not only food but stories from the past. You are encouraged to wear period attire, so please get out your poodle skirts, bobby socks, saddle shoes, pocket squares, fedoras, etc. and join us. And, here’s more good news—warmer and sunnier weather is in the forecast!
Who We Are:
I need your help! The cupboard is bare. I have no more stories to share. Please contribute your story and keep this project going. I plan to compile all of our stories for a snapshot of our congregation at the end of this centennial year, and I want to include as many of our stories as possible. All I need from you is a short paragraph or two. You are free to write what you want. However, if you would like a suggestion, how about describing how you ended up here at CPC, what has kept you coming back, and what engages you outside of church. Questions? Please talk to me at church or email me. Thanks to those who have already contributed!
Did You Know?
- Did you know that a number of eventful things happened on April 15th? Here is a sampling: the bottle opener was invented (1738), the city of San Francisco was incorporated (1850), the Titanic sank (1912), Rand McNally published its first road atlas (1924), Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play for a Major League Baseball team (1947), the Orioles played their first home game (1954), and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge opened (1964).
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dinner and a Movie, Coco, 4/13—Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer. Coco (2017) leads into questions of family, memory, and death. The film will start at 7 pm, with a simple supper at 6:30. Please sign up by April 11 by writing Dan Sack at email@example.com.
CPC Through the Decades: The 40s and 50s, 4/15—Join us for a worship service commemorating our 100th Anniversary. Come in period costume or bring personal artifacts from these decades, then browse the “museum table” of artifacts from this time period. After the service, join us for a Potluck Lunch in the Parlor!
Poetry Hour, 4/15—Join us from 4-5 pm in the church parlor and bring one or two poems on a Free for All theme (with 8 copies to share). Friends are welcome! Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bible Study, 4/22—The new monthly Bible Study group will meet after Coffee Hour in the parlor. We’ll read and discuss Genesis 3-5. All are welcome. Questions? email@example.com.
Doing Justice in DC: How Communities of Faith Can Advocate for Marginalized Citizens, 4/22—Our church and the First Congregational UCC are co-sponsoring this public forum featuring D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine. Forum begins at 12:30 at First UCC, 945 G St. NW, and will include light refreshments before the program starts. AG Racine will address a variety of issues related to low income housing, tenants’ rights and how communities of faith can support his office’s work to help our DC neighbors in need. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earth Sunday Service, 4/22—Join us for this intergenerational service celebrating our commitment to our planet.
Children’s Sunday, 5/6—Come to our annual Sunday School-led worship service, starring our wonderful young actors, theologians and musicians! Visiting children and youth will be included in the festivities.
Confirmation/Coming of Age Sunday, 5/20