More than Words
Widening Our Welcome for the 21st Century – 2nd Century Challenge – A New Foundation – Caring for Our Community – Building the Future – Renewing Our Foundation – Widening Our Welcome
These are some of the more popular suggestions for our Capital Campaign name that came out of our brainstorming session on Saturday morning and Coffee Hour on Sunday morning. I don’t know whether we will end up choosing one of these phrases or whether they will lead to another name entirely.
But these names and the process by which we developed them raised several thoughts for me that I thought might be relevant as we move forward with our Capital Campaign, which our congregation approved Sunday.
First on the process: Our really enjoyable – and productive – brainstorming session Saturday morning was facilitated by congregation member Dit Talley (Thank you, Dit!). With his guidance, I think we pretty much followed the “instructions” of Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus, as reproduced on the church bulletin cover for our Children’s Sunday: “Take Chances. Make Mistakes. Get Messy.”
Secondly, on the outcome: Looking at the words, I see reflections of who we see ourselves called to be as a church: caring, welcoming, building, renewing, challenging. Our Capital Campaign is not an end in itself but rather a vehicle to help us to better live out our mission to love God and love neighbor in the world.
All in all, I think that’s not a bad way for us to head into these exciting weeks and months ahead.
Peace and joy,
HAVE A FAVORITE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN NAME?
If you have a preference for a name for our Capital Campaign, you’ve still got a couple of chances to weigh in. You can send me an email (email@example.com) by Sunday and let me know which one you prefer or suggest an entirely different one. Alternatively, if you’ll be at church on Sunday, you can still “vote” on the names in the parlor. Take five brightly colored stickers and put them next to the campaign name(s) of your choice- and/or add your ideas to the blank sheet.
St. Paul’s Food Pantry, 6/8—We need six volunteers to serve from 9 am-Noon at St. Paul’s Food Pantry, 4900 Connecticut Ave, NW, www.stpaulslutherandc.org. Please contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DC Pride Festival, 6/9—Come celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and visit our UCC Open and Affirming booth downtown after worship. Questions? DonaldHClarke@gmail.com.Poetry Hour, 6/16—Join us from 4-5 pm and bring one or two poems on any theme (with 8 copies to share). Friends are welcome! Questions? email@example.com.
Summer Social Documentary Series, 6/26—Join the Adult Programs and Mission & Social Action Committees from 7-9 pm for the series’ first film, What Happened 2 Chocolate City? This acclaimed documentary explores the districts’ hyper-gentrification through a retrospective lens, highlighting the effects of the 1968 riots, War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration, and the current economic barriers affecting Black Washingtonians. Questions? Email Emily at Parkerec@gmail.com.