Did you know Easter is a Season? It lasts fifty days— from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday (when the Holy Spirit descended on the Jesus followers gathered in Jerusalem for the Jewish Festival of Shavuot). So, let’s keep the re-surrection going, or, as I preached on Sunday: Let’s re-joice, re-juice, re-energize, re-fuel, and, yes, re-surrect. The Good News is: we can “re” anything, any time, and God is right here with us. In fact, God is all about the “re.” Our God is not just a God of second chances, our God is a God of infinite chances. Thank God!
This week I want to highlight our Mission & Social Action Committee and activities. For the past several years, our designated priorities have been: Homelessness & Poverty, LGBT Concerns, and Environment/Creation Care. We also support groups and organizations that work on Substance Abuse and Elder Care. This winter, with the increase of policy, propaganda and prejudice against Immigrants and Refugees, we have committed to working on those issues as well.
We’re a small church that does and gives a surprising amount. We tithe (donate 10%) of our income to Mission & Social Action, and many of us volunteer for organizations focused on our priorities. This week, I want to share several possibilities for involvement (see below), and I encourage you to do at least one. As I preached Easter Sunday: the night before he died, Jesus told his disciples the most important thing of all—love one another—and he showed them (and us!) how it’s done: by serving and being served.
P.S. Our church was recently highlighted in a UCC article about Creation Care and the upcoming Climate March, Cleveland Park Creation Care. You can find out more about the Climate March below.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE:
Creation Care & Car Free Sunday, 4/23—In celebration of Earth Day (4/22), we encourage you to walk, bike, carpool or take public transportation to church. Let’s do what we can to lower our carbon footprint and care for God’s good earth!
WWII Veterans Honor Flight, 4/25—Help welcome this group of veterans from Marion, IL at Reagan National Airport at 9 am Tuesday! Zion United Church of Christ (Ashley Holst’s family congregation) will send them off from Marion. To register for a gate pass: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Climate March, 4/29—The UCC is coordinating participation from churches across the country. Our congregation will gather with other UCC marchers at 11:00 am on 3rd Street between Madison Drive and Jefferson Drive near the Capitol. For specific details, email: email@example.com.
Shaw Community Center: Scholarships for Students in Need—Please consider making a financial donation to Shaw Community Center’s scholarships for college students. The goal is $20,000 to support twenty $1,000 scholarships for students from inner city Washington. Most of these young people are the first in their family to go to college. Please make your check payable to “Shaw Community Center,” with “Scholarships” in the memo line, and send it to Shaw Community Center, 1701 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001. Or, go to www.shawministry.org and click “Donate.” Questions? Contact Melissa Herman, Shaw Scholarship Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-897-5609.
Immigrants & Refugees—Our congregation is planning a Know Your Rights Information Session for the Cleveland Park Community. This event will provide an overview of the current political situation with written information for immigrants (documented or not). The intended audience is Cleveland Park residents who can share this information with domestic employees, schools, etc. Please contact Lisa Jenkins at email@example.com if you’d like to help organize this important event.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:
Nature Poetry Hour, 4/23—Please join us this Sunday afternoon from 4-5 pm in the church parlor. Invite a friend and bring one or two poems on Nature to read (with copies to share). Questions? Lerowell@aol.com.
Mindfulness, Movement & Meditation, 4/25-5/23—Our spring spiritual practices series will meet on Tuesdays from 7-8:15 pm. Relax and renew through yogic breathing, gentle movements (can be done while seated), meditation, and the sound of the symphonic gong. RSVP: Rosemary Peters, firstname.lastname@example.org.