“I believe the children are our future ….”
“I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way” – So begins a song, “The Greatest Love of All,” made popular in the 1970s by George Benson and again in the 1980s by Whitney Houston. It remains one of my favorites.
Those of us fortunate enough to be at church on May 5, Children’s Sunday, can have no doubt about the wisdom of those words. What a wonderful and amazing group of children we have in our church. I know the word “amazing” is overused but it certainly fits here.
Regardless of their ages, the children showed themselves to be creative, talented, poised, responsible, and of great, good humor. Our future will be in good hands with them leading the way.
We had our own “Magic Sunday School Bus” – and an ark, with animals of course – and the Red Sea! – and a virtual field trip on our own “Magic Sunday School Bus” through some of our most meaningful Bible stories. I want to give a special shout-out to Kaylyn Hamilton, who wrote and directed the program, and to Kimberly Cataudella, who, in Pastor Ellen’s words, was our own “Ms. Frizzle.” And, of course, an extra special shout-out to all the children who participated – and their parents who helped make it possible. We captured some of the excitement with pictures but the pictures fall way short of the experience of actually having been there.
Speaking of parents, Sunday is Mother’s Day, a day when we recognize the mothers and mother figures in our midst – mothers, grandmothers, aunts, surrogate mothers, adoptive mothers, stepmothers, and more – those who fill both the traditional and non-traditional parenting roles in our lives. We offer thanks for the myriad ways they “teach us well” and enrich our world.
Peace and joy,
Everyone’s Invited: To a brainstorming session to name our capital campaign, Saturday, May 18, from 10-noon, in the parlor.
Relax, bring your open mind, your agility at Words with Friends, and your most spontaneous self because we’d appreciate your input.
We’re looking for the right words to reflect the major priorities of our proposed campaign: replacing our deteriorating pipes and more; improving our overall accessibility to the church building for all; incorporating energy efficiency and environmentally sustainable products and practices; and developing a major mission component to connect with others in our community in a more meaningful way.
What do you think we should call our Capital Campaign? Join us on the 18th and share your ideas.
REMINDER: Jennifer Singleterry would like your stories and memories of Cleveland Park Church for the 100th anniversary publication she is putting together. If you haven’t already sent her yours, please do so by this coming Monday, May 13, 2019. You can find more details in my Moderator’s Memo of April 11, 2019. Pictures are welcomed as well. Send it all to Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Bible Study, 5/12—We’ll meet after coffee hour to begin our discussion of the Book of Acts. Please join us! For more information: email@example.com.
Capital Campaign Conversation, 5/12—We’ll meet in the sanctuary after Coffee Hour to talk about the proposed Capital Campaign and take your questions and suggestions.
Jubilee Jobs Volunteer Morning, 5/18— Join the Mission & Social Action Committee from 9 am–Noon to help low-income job applicants. Volunteers will receive a brief training and help with resumes, online job applications, and mock interviews. Located in Adams Morgan at 2712 Ontario Road NW. To volunteer, contact Ashley: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name the Campaign, 5/18—We’ll meet in the parlor from 10 am-Noon to brainstorm possible names for the proposed 2019-23 Capital Campaign. Coffee and snacks will be provided, and creative minds of all ages are welcome!
Capital Campaign Meeting, 5/19—Please plan to participate in this important congregational meeting to vote on the proposed Capital Campaign and accompanying pilot project. Please see recent church emails for more information. Questions? Contact Moderator Carol L. Rogers, email@example.com or Trustee Chair Don Blanchon, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poetry Hour, 5/19—Join us from 4-5 pm and bring one or two poems on any theme (with 8 copies to share). Friends welcome! Questions? email@example.com.
FaithLife, 5/19—Join us from 5:30-7 pm for a conversation about our lived faith. For this month’s topic, “How to talk about God,” and suggested reading, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.