“It takes a village.”
This popular saying is thought to have its origins as an African proverb that went like this: “It takes a village to raise a child.” Now it’s used in a number of ways and you’ll often hear me saying it about a variety of situations.
I think of it now in connection with our soon-to-be-launched Capital Campaign but with a slight modification: It takes a congregation.
The involvement of all of us – our entire congregation – will be integral to the ultimate success of our Capital Campaign. Such involvement extends to the actual planning of the campaign as well as to a formal campaign pledge.
Don Blanchon, chair of our Board of Trustees, provided us with an initial glimpse of planning for this campaign at our annual meeting January 27. In the two months since then, the trustees, who will oversee the campaign, have fleshed out some proposed elements of it. With the help of our Building and Grounds Committee, they have begun getting estimates for work that needs to be done.
In this important part of campaign planning, we are seeking YOUR input and hope you will participate in a Coffee Hour Conversation this Sunday, March 31. As our church bulletin said last Sunday, we will be discussing “nuts/bolts, leaky pipes, and hopes/dreams.”
Our church community celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding in 2018. Our church home – our truly special building — will celebrate its own 100th anniversary in 2023. We want to make sure that it enters its next 100 years with an accessible and sustainable physical space that nourishes our spirit and empowers us to live out our mission to nurture love of God and neighbor in the world.
So, Sunday, please bring your thoughts, suggestions, and questions. Don will provide an update on planning thus far, but we will spend most of the time hearing from you.
Of course, you will have lots of opportunities to provide input both before and after our Congregational meeting on May 19, at which we will have an official vote on initiating the campaign. In addition to participating in our coffee hour conversation, these options include dropping ideas in a suggestion box we plan to put in the parlor and sending comments electronically to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Don at email@example.com.
We hope to see you Sunday!
It takes a congregation.
Peace and joy,
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Movie Night for Adults and Teens, 3/30—Join our Teen Group and Pastor Ellen at 6:30 pm for a viewing of the important film, The Hate U Give, at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Congregation (9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda). The movie focuses on a young black girl who constantly switches between two worlds— the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school she attends.
Coffee Hour Conversation, Capital Campaign: Your Input Desired! 3/31—As our congregation’s Board of Trustees begins planning a Capital Campaign, they want YOUR input! Please join us for a conversation about nuts/bolts, leaky pipes, and hopes/dreams.
Friendship Place: Homeward DC, 4/2—This Spring Symposium on Housing and Homelessness will take place at 6:15 pm at NYU Washington, 1307 L St. NW. Ray Suarez will moderate, with panel members from DHS, WIN, Pathways to Housing DC, and others. RSVP here.
Visitor Information Session, 4/7—Please join Pastor Ellen after worship for an informal conversation and Q&A session in the church library. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bible Study, 4/14—We’ll meet after coffee hour to begin discussion of the Gospel of Luke. All are welcome. For more information: email@example.com.
Maundy Thursday Service, 4/18—Join us for a 7:00 pm service of Communion and Tenebrae (Latin for “shadows”). This hauntingly beautiful Holy Week Service celebrates Jesus’s Last Supper & New Commandment and commemorates his death at Calvary. If you’d like to read one of the parts in the Passion Story, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Friday Meditation, 4/19—Come between 1 and 3:30 pm for a time of silent meditation and gospel reflection. At 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, and 3 pm Pastor Ellen will read from the gospels and provide prompts for reflection. We’ll meditate in silence between readings.
Easter Sunday, 4/21—Join us for a 10:30 am service of Joyful Alleluias! The choir will perform special music, children and youth will participate in a celebratory Sunday School and Easter Egg Hunt, and we’ll all enjoy a festive Coffee Hour.