I’m very excited as I prepare for the UCC General Synod (our denomination’s biannual national gathering) in Baltimore. Four teens and ten adults from our congregation will be there all weekend, and six more congregants will join us for the Sunday afternoon worship service (with thousands of UCC church members from across the country). This year’s Synod theme, Make Glad! is from Psalm 46: There is a river whose streams make glad the City of God. For more information and to follow the process of various resolutions, workshops and debates, see: General Synod.
Our teens will not only be participating with Youth at Synod, they’ll also be engaged in two different service projects in Baltimore: serving meals at Our Daily Bread and cleaning up a local environmental center. Kudos to Sarah Brodnax, Tate Corrales, Innes Mackay and Cole Maner— along with our fabulous youth leaders, Meg Carter and Katie Lootens!
Survey: You’ll soon be receiving a church survey via email. Your lay leaders and I want to know more about each member’s preferences and priorities. Thus, we ask that you please take ten minutes and complete it. In our congregation, every voice and opinion matters: we want yours!
Summer Film Series: Who Is My Neighbor? We had a great turnout for our first film, From the Ashes on 6/21. Our next film, Anne Braden: Southern Patriot, will screen on Wednesday, 7/19, at 7 pm. Each of the three films addresses a different issue: environmental and economic concerns, racial justice, and LGBTQ rights. Admission is free, but we’re encouraging donations to a specific charity each evening: Interfaith Power and Light, Shaw Community Center, and Casa Ruby.
Please print and distribute this flyer about the series—and invite your family and friends! We’re also posting the series on our church Facebook page and hope you will share it.
Memorial Service for Patricia Froehlicher: Please join David Grimsted for a celebration of Pat’s life on Saturday, July 8, at 11 am. It will be held at Sidwell Friends Lower School in Bethesda, where Pat taught for many years. All are welcome!
As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, I pray that your summer plans include time both to rest and to recreate. Summer is a wonderful opportunity to practice Sabbath, meaning we: STOP and listen to the still small voice of the true Self or God, REFLECT on what we hear, and DARE TO ACT in new and different ways.
As part of my own summer Sabbath, I’ll be on vacation after Synod until the end of July. The worship team (Sarah Deasy, Karly Kiefer, Anastasia Littlepage and Dan Sack) has several fabulous guest preachers lined up, and I hope you enjoy this opportunity to hear from a variety of theological and social perspectives. We are One Body with many diverse and beloved parts!
P.S. In case of emergency, I can be reached at: 301-404-0893. Please direct other inquiries to: 202-363-8211 or email@example.com.
Sunday School Update—Our Sunday School is on summer break through Labor Day. Children are welcome in worship, and the Nursery is open for childcare. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Film Series, Anne Braden: Southern Patriot, 7/19—The next of three acclaimed documentaries will screen on 7/19 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary. Anne Braden: Southern Patriot is a 2012 documentary about the woman Martin Luther King, Jr. named as one of only five southern whites he could count as allies. In this film, Braden recalls sixty years of activism that intersected and linked issues of race with civil liberties, class, gender, sexuality, economic justice, environmentalism and peace: www.annebradenfilm.org.
Cookbook Library—The Mission & Social Action Committee is collecting cookbooks for St. Paul’s Food Pantry, especially: Spanish or Asian language, special diets (diabetic, etc.) easy to read/make, and low budget. Please, NO: gourmet cookbooks, magazines, loose recipes, or recipes with alcohol. The collection bin is in the parlor. Questions? email@example.com.