Our annual meeting this past Sunday was a great time to reflect on the past year and to start looking forward to an event-packed new year as we celebrate our Centennial. For me, this year promises to be a very full and enriching one as I take on the duties of Moderator. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you better as we embark on this journey together.
I also am looking forward to the Decades Dinner this coming Saturday. It is sure to be one of the highlights of the year and a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends, make new ones, have fun, and relive what pot luck dinners might have been like for our forebears. So please get out your jello molds, fondue pots, and other cooking utensils and recipes of yesteryear and join us on Saturday night. More details are in the announcements section below. (Please RSVP with what you plan to bring and whether you need childcare)
Who We Are:
Inspired by the fact that this is our 100th Anniversary, I am planning to include a section in my memos where people (or families) can share a favorite memory, tell us a little about their history with the church, and let us know about something (a hobby, activity, cause, etc.) that engages them outside of church. At the end of the year, I will compile the information into a snapshot of the CPC community at the 100 year mark. Since I am asking you to do this, it seems only fair that I get the ball rolling, so here’s my story:
Lisa Jenkins: I have been attending CPC for just over two years. I originally learned about the denomination from reading banners outside the UCC church downtown that highlighted the denomination’s progressive views and focus on social justice. After looking up information about the UCC online, I was very happy to discover a UCC church within walking distance of my apartment. On my first visit here, I found a warm and welcoming community and an inspiring service that was highlighted by a thoughtful sermon and beautiful music. This combination kept me coming back and, in short order, I decided to become a member. Outside of church, I enjoy volunteering with several organizations. One of my favorite volunteer activities is serving as a docent at the U.S. Botanic Garden, which combines my love of learning and teaching with my interest in connecting people in urban areas with nature.
I hope you will share your story, too! I will be getting in touch with you about contributing, but I would love to have some volunteers to start us off.
Did you know?
I also would like to include a section in my memos where people can share tidbits about church history and interesting events and activities taking place in their lives. Thanks to Le and Richard for compiling some of the historical information I plan to include in this section in coming months. Please let me know whenever you have something you would like to contribute.
- Did you know that in January 1964, Mrs. Sally W. (Karl) Bambach became the first woman Moderator of the church? Mrs. Bambach was the mother of Richard Bambach, a current church member and our church historian.
- Did you know that Wesley Meacombs ran in races totaling 48.6 miles in a long (four day) weekend in early January?
That’s all for now.
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
100th Anniversary “Decades Dinner” 2/3—Join us for an evening of food, fellowship and fun! Bring a potluck dish to represent the decade of your choice and, if you’d like, a musical selection from that decade as well. Sign up in the parlor or email firstname.lastname@example.org so we know who’s coming and what food you’re bringing. Email Dorothy at email@example.com if you want to share some music.
Poor People’s Campaign, 2/5—The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival unites people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted priorities. The UCC is a founding member of this movement. Rev. Dr. William J. Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis will lead a Mass Meeting on Monday, 2/5, at All Soul’s Church Unitarian, 1550 Harvard St. NW (doors open at 6 pm, meeting begins at 7 pm). To join Pastor Ellen, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and/or to contribute, go to www.poorpeoplescampaign.org.
Ash Wednesday Service, 2/14—This year the first day of Lent coincides with the day we celebrate Love. So, when we gather at 6:30 pm for a short and meaningful service honoring our life and mortality, we will also give thanks for the Love that embraces us all.
Poetry Hour, 2/18—Join us from 4-5 pm in the church parlor and bring one or two poems on a “Winter” theme (with 8 copies to share). Friends are welcome! Questions? email@example.com.
Lenten Retreat, 2/24—We’ll gather from 1:30 to 5:00 pm for a restful retreat in this season of introspection and intention. Please join Pastor Ellen for an afternoon of meditation, contemplation and spiritual connection. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.