Trivia question for today: What do October, pumpkins, Cleveland Park Church, and Phantom of the Opera have in common?
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It’s our first ever – and possibly budding annual? – Pumpkin Fest on Saturday, October 26, at 4 pm.
Bring the family, bring your friends and neighbors, or simply bring yourself and join us for this fun, entertaining, and maybe even spooky afternoon delight.
We’ll have poetry (selections from The Raven and more) and lots of music, including organ, flute, and piano (Night on Bald Mountain, anyone?), as well as vocal solos and a quintet. The program will conclude with selections from Phantom of the Opera sung by our choir and special guests, with dramatic percussion accompaniment.
And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, we’ll have Halloween treats after the performance. You also can bring a jack-o’-lantern to display.
Children and youth are, of course, invited to attend (and/or participate in!) the performance. We’ll provide childcare for any children who would prefer to have some seasonal fun with Kimberly and Monica.
The event is free but we are asking folks to bring canned goods for donation to St. Paul’s food pantry.
If Pumpkin Fest doesn’t get you in the Halloween spirit, I don’t know what will!
Hope to see you on the 26th – and before that, of course, at Sunday services and our other October events. Check out the announcements below.
Peace and Joy,
P.S. Make Oct. 26 an afternoon of fall fun! Go to the Rosedale Conservancy pumpkin carving event between 1 and 4 pm at 35th and Newark streets, then bring your jack-o’-lantern masterpiece to display during the Pumpkin Fest.
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
2nd Century Campaign Tour & Discussion, 10/13—Wear your hard hat (just kidding!) and join us after worship for a tour of the church building and grounds, followed by lunch and a discussion about specific building proposals. Childcare provided.
2nd Century Campaign Tour & Discussion, 10/24—If you’re unable to participate on 10/13, join us at 7 pm on 10/24 for a repeat of the building and grounds tour, followed by dessert and a discussion about building proposals.
Poetry Hour, 10/20—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.
Dinner and a Movie, 10/25—In the summer of 1959 in rural Oregon, four 12 year-old boys find adventure—and a body—in the woods. Along the way, they learn about themselves, the meaning of friendship and the need to stand up for what is right. Stand By Me (1986) stars Wil Wheaton and River Phoenix. We’ll talk about friendship, values, and empathy. A light dinner at 6:30 PM and movie at 7:00. Please write firstname.lastname@example.org by 10/23 to reserve dinner.
Pumpkin Fest, 10/26—Join us at 4:00 pm for some mystical music and merriment! All ages are invited to play, sing, read or bring a jack-o’-lantern. There will be Halloween organ music, Poe’s The Raven, selections from Phantom of the Opera, and games/treats for kids. We’ll also collect canned goods for St. Paul’s Food Pantry.
Pilot Project/Mission & Social Action Discussion, 11/3—Join us after worship for a conversation about options for the mission and social action component of our Second Century Campaign. Questions? Email Lisa Jenkins at email@example.com.
Friendship Walks, 11/9—Join our team for the Walk to End Homelessness at 10 am on the National Mall. Go to Friendship Walks 2019 and click “Join a Team.” We are “Cleveland Park Church.” You can donate whether or not you walk! For more information: Bruce Grimes at firstname.lastname@example.org.