100th Anniversary Greetings!
This Sunday, 3/11, our congregation will celebrate its 100th Anniversary as a worshiping community. Our first worship service as Cleveland Park Congregational Church was held in March 1918 in a temporary wood building in what is now our side yard. Five years later, we celebrated our first service in the present sanctuary!
I hope you’ll join us Sunday for a service of music and memory as we share favorite hymns and meaningful moments from the life of our congregation. Our Music Director, Dorothy Mora, and her mother, Georgiana P. Dunham, have commissioned a special 100th Anniversary anthem to be performed by the choir. You won’t want to miss it!
As we move toward Easter, there are many opportunities for us to serve God and neighbor. First, our children and youth will put together Easter Baskets for homeless families on 3/11 and 3/18. They need your help! Please bring any of the following donations by this Sunday, 3/11: gift cards for grocery stores like Safeway and Giant, chocolate, chewing gum, chapstick, and other small toiletry items. Thank you!
Our congregation will also participate in the following march and rally. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join us (and receive updates).
March for our Lives, 3/24—We’ll gather with UCC members and others from around the country for a gun violence prevention march in DC. There will also be opportunities to lobby the day before the march (3/23). A Minnesota teen who’s traveling to DC with his UCC conference wrote: As a member of the UCC, I believe in the notion that “God is still speaking.” However… our actions are God’s words. …nothing will change until we convince the legislature (on the state or federal level) to make laws that protect our fellow citizens from unspeakable harm. For more information: March for our Lives UCC.
Unite to End Racism Rally, 4/4—On the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, the National Council of Churches (NCC) is gathering people from across the country to remember the past, recognize King’s work, and launch a comprehensive effort to end racism. The UCC will be actively engaged in this multi-year initiative. April 4 begins with a silent prayer walk to the mall, followed by an interfaith prayer service before the rally. April 5 is a lobby day. For more information: Rally to End Racism.
As I wrote recently, we have two new authors in our midst, David Finnegan-Hosey and Chessy Prout! Both books are “must reads” in today’s culture, one focused on mental health and the other on sexual violence. Both are also deeply personal, brave accounts of the authors’ experiences. For information about upcoming DC events please visit: Christ on the Psych Ward and I Have the Right to (note: it’s the Politics and Prose at The Wharf).
Finally, please remember to Spring Forward this Saturday evening; we want to see you Sunday morning!
Peace and Blessings,
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
100th Anniversary Commemoration Service, 3/11—Join us this Sunday for a service that celebrates the 100th Anniversary of our congregation as a worshiping community! We’ll see friends old and new, hear stories from ten decades of life together, and enjoy a choral piece commissioned and donated in honor of the occasion by our Music Director, Dorothy Mora and her mother, Georgiana P. Dunham.
Bible Study Group, 3/11—This new group has decided to meet once a month after worship. They’ll begin at the beginning, with Genesis, chapters one and two, and decide where to go from there. All are welcome! Contact Dit Talley with any questions: DitTalley@aol.com.
FaithLife Group, 3/11—This group meets one Sunday a month from 5:30-7 pm to discuss how faith impacts life (and vice versa). This winter we’ll explore our deeply held beliefs via resources found at www.thisibelieve.org. Please join us! Questions: email@example.com.
Spring Spiritual Practice, 3/13—Join Rosemary Peters for a four-week series (3/6-3/27) each Tuesday from 7 to 8:15 pm in the church parlor. Rosemary is an experienced yoga teacher and will share a variety of breathing and relaxation practices during this Lenten Season of reflection and introspection. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee Hour Conversation: Worshiping Together, 3/18—Please join us after worship for the first of two conversations about worship: what is it, how do we create it, what do you like (or not!) about it? Dan Sack will lead us in an exploration of what it means to be a worshiping community, both historically and in our time.
Poetry Hour, 3/18—Join us from 4-5 pm in the church parlor and bring one or two poems on a Change theme (with 8 copies to share). Friends are welcome! Questions? email@example.com.
Many Ways to Pray Retreat, 4/6-7—Join Kris Davis and Rosemary Peters at Bon Secours Retreat Center in Marriottsville, MD for a weekend of Opening. Using prayer, meditation, art and nature, we’ll explore many ways to open our hearts and minds in this season of rebirth. Cost: $175 single (overnight/3 meals) or $110 double. Space is limited, so please register soon: firstname.lastname@example.org.