One of the wonderful things about our congregation is the number of highly talented artists we have in our midst. For a congregation of our size, we have a surprising number of accomplished painters, musicians, sculptors, writers, etc. Today I am highlighting three of them.
Chessy Prout and David Finnegan-Hosey both published books dealing with difficult, timely, and important topics in March. While having a book published is a major accomplishment, just focusing on this feat diminishes what Chessy and David have achieved. By speaking out, sharing their very personal stories, and giving voice to those who are unable to share their own stories, they have become powerful advocates for everyone affected by sexual assault and mental illness. To paraphrase something that David said at the recent Coffee Hour Conversation where he and Chessy talked about their books, not everyone needs to speak out about these issues, but someone does. What a gift it is that Chessy and David have decided to take on this role and that they are both such powerful communicators. For those who missed the conversation at church, you can hear both authors speaking about their books in recorded interviews on YouTube.
The other artist I am highlighting today is Edmund Frost. Edmund is a master stone carver. Over the past few months he has been helping the Confirmation/Coming of Age class produce a carving for the church. He also recently contributed one of his own carvings to our congregation, and it was unveiled on Easter Sunday. Edmund and Molly were joined by their extended family at church that morning. They are all pictured here along with the carving. (I suspect that convening that many family members in one place and at one time was almost as big an accomplishment as completing the carving.) Thanks to Edmund for our beautiful gift and for contributing his time and talents to the Confirmation/Coming of Age group. I am looking forward to the unveiling of the carving that Edmund and his teen helpers are preparing for us.
Who We Are: Today’s story comes from Molly and Edmund Frost.
On Easter Sunday three generations were present to enjoy the splendid music, sermon and fellowship of our church—in sharp contrast to the lone presence of Molly and Edmund on other worship days. Seventeen family members came from Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia to celebrate Easter in the Congregational tradition.
We “discovered” Cleveland Park Congregational UCC only two years ago, as refugees from an embattled nearby church. After a month, Ellen and seemingly half the congregation knew our names. Edmund joined the choir and Molly became part of the book group. In April 2017 the church hosted a busload of 50 Minnesotans led by daughter Julia coming for the Climate March. They slept in parishioners’ homes and on the church parlor floor. This spring we have the pleasure of helping with the confirmation class, Edmund as a master stonecarver/teacher.
We are now entirely “hooked” on this little neighborhood church that has been so welcoming and supportive to us and our entire family.
Did You Know?
- Did you know that Mirabelle had her baby? Mabel Jean Shoemaker was born in late April. Congratulations to Mirabelle, Chris, and big sister Pearl!
- Did you know that we have a new and beautiful garden on the Lowell St. side of the church? It features two benches and new plantings and is an oasis for church goers and members of the community. The garden was dedicated this past Saturday. Thanks to all who made this happen! (More about the garden and the dedication will be shared in a future Moderator’s Memo.)
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Strengthen the Church, 5/13—We’ll take up a collection on Sunday for this UCC fund that supports new congregations, youth and young adult programs, and expanded church ministries.
Bible Study, 5/13—This monthly group will meet after Coffee Hour this Sunday in the parlor to discuss Genesis, chapters 6-11:9. All are welcome. email@example.com.
Aging-in-Place Community Service, 5/19—Next Saturday our confirmands will spend the afternoon assisting older adults with clean up and yardwork. To join us, email Pastor Ellen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confirmation/Coming of Age Service, 5/20—Next Sunday, we’ll celebrate our young confirmands and their journey of faith, fellowship and fun. They’ll lead the service and share their Credos (Belief Statements). Come and support these amazing youth; we’re happy to welcome them as members of the congregation!
Poetry Hour, 5/20—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). Questions? email@example.com.
FaithLife Group, 5/20—This group meets once a month from 5:30-7 pm to discuss the interactions of faith and life. This spring we’re exploring our beliefs via resources at www.thisibelieve.org. Please join us! firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free to a Good Home!—The church is getting rid of a console piano and ping pong table. The piano holds its tune well. For more information, contact Katherine Stevens at Katherine.L.Stevens@gmail.com.