Last week, Pastor Ellen shared on our church’s Facebook page a striking visual with the message “What if today we were just grateful for everything.” I was thinking of that this past Sunday, as we held our Midyear Congregational Meeting, which gave us the opportunity to get an update on our congregational goals, accomplishments, and plans for the future.
Reflecting on the meeting and on the midyear committee reports, I thought about what I am grateful for here at Cleveland Park Church:
Our people top the list, of course: Pastor Ellen, our lay leaders, our committee members, our staff, and our congregation members and friends. I continue to feel inspired by you every day.
Our extensive and diverse activities: Retreats (now quarterly) led by Pastor Ellen; dinner and movie nights; summer social documentary series; mission/social action initiatives, including our teen’s work trip to Puerto Rico, our work with the Asylum Seekers Assistance Project, Friendship Place, Pride Festival, St. Paul’s Food Pantry, Joseph’s House, to name only a few; the care with which we support our members with particular needs; our music program that is second to none; and more. I really could go on and on but I think you get the point.
Our nearly 100-year-old building: I love our building, which is a treasure that provides a sanctuary – both literally and figuratively – for us and our activities. Our Buildings and Grounds Committee somehow manages to keep the leaky pipes at bay while the Capital Campaign that we launched in June should enable us to ensure that our physical church home meets the needs of the congregation and of the community for decades to come.
Our mission: To nurture love of God and love of neighbor in the world – a constant reminder of what’s important to us individually and collectively.
This brief summary only begins to touch the surface. So, as we bid adieu to August – and summer – and the first half plus of our church year, I can better respond to the message in that FB post, with regards to Cleveland Park Church, that today and every day I am “just grateful for everything.”
Peace and Joy,
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sunday School Volunteers Needed, 9/7—It takes a congregation to support our children and youth! If you can volunteer to assist a couple of times this fall, please come at 11 am for a one-hour orientation with our experienced lead teachers and committee members. On a typical Sunday morning, all you have to do is show up. Questionsemail@example.com. Snacks and childcare provided.
Everyone Can Sing or Play! 9/8—All are invited to experience next Sunday with the choir. We’ll gather at 9 am for coffee and treats, followed by a 9:30 rehearsal and 10:30 service. If you can talk, you can sing, and we’d love to include your joyful voice. Musicians of all instruments (tambourine to tuba) are also encouraged to make a joyful noise!
Welcome Back Sunday & Harvest Lunch, 9/8—We’ll gather for a celebratory Service for All Ages after a summer here and away. During Coffee Hour, the Deacons will treat us to a Harvest Lunch, so plan to stay and enjoy.
Capital Campaign Expense Vote, 9/8—We’ll meet briefly after worship to vote on one important infrastructure expense. Please stay in the sanctuary after worship to vote.
Interfaith Unity Walk, 9/8—Participants will gather at 1 pm at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW for this annual “meet thy neighbor” event. After a short interfaith prayer and music service, walkers will head down Massachusetts Ave, stopping at open houses of worship along the way. All ages welcome!
Sunday School Resumes, 9/15—Our K-3rd Grade Class will resume with Kimberly Cataudella as Lead Teacher. The 4th-8th Grade Class and Teen Group will also begin this month. Questions? Email Kimberly: firstname.lastname@example.org.