- reflect on some of our guiding principles – love God and love neighbor, be open and affirming;
- highlight some of our activities — Pumpkin Fest and our Children’s Sunday;
- consider societal issues — the plight of refugee children and the destruction of our planet;
- tell stories — Two Wolves
- share lines from some of my favorite hymns, scripture, poems, and songs
- express gratitude
- and more
Considering all of that, I’d like to end with an abbreviated version of where I began – that is, my first Moderator’s Memo on January 31, 2019. What I wrote a year ago remains even more true today.
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
When I heard those words the first morning I came to services at Cleveland Park Congregational UCC several years ago, I knew I had found a church home. But I could not have anticipated just how much a part of my life this congregation would be.
[Here are] a few of the features of our church that are most meaningful to me. …
Our worship service – Pastor Ellen’s sermons, rich in history while still current and relevant, never fail to inspire and challenge. And our truly outstanding music program, which is second to none….
Our commitment to mission and social action – We are small but mighty and demonstrate our values through our financial tithes as well as our special programs. …
Our adult programs – ….
And, last but not least:
Our congregation – all of you. It is, after all, we the people who live out our mission to “nurture love of God and love of neighbor in the world.” …
Thank you for indulging my musings and for giving me the opportunity to serve as your Moderator this past year. It has been rewarding, enriching, and enjoyable beyond measure. Special thanks to Pastor Ellen, Meg, church staff, the Cabinet and entire lay leadership and committee members, and all of you who are part of this vibrant church community.
Peace and Joy,
Carol (former moderator)
Editor’s Note: New Moderator David Grimsted’s first Moderator’s Memo will appear in two weeks
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sing for Freedom! 1/19—We’ll honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with this music-filled worship service for all ages.
ASAP Coffee & Conversation, 1/19—We look forward to hosting our quarterly coffee hour with the Asylum Seeker Assistance Project and its DC clients applying for refugee status. ASAP works with asylum seekers so they can rebuild lives of dignity and purpose in the U.S. after experiencing violence and persecution in their countries of origin. This month, we’ll enjoy lunch and a discussion about civil rights and the MLK holiday. Please join us!
Poetry Hour, 1/19—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.
Congregational Meeting, 1/26—Please join us after worship next Sunday for our congregation’s annual meeting to confirm our 2020 Lay Leaders and proposed 2020 Budget. This will be followed by a special meeting of the Board of Trustees to vote on the building components of our 2nd Century Campaign. Every voice has a vote—and we need yours!
Dinner and a Movie, 2/7—You may love your phone, but could you fall in love with the artificial intelligence in your phone? Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) did. Her (2013), a science fiction/romantic drama, raises questions simultaneously amusing and uncomfortable about social isolation and our relationship with technology—and people. Join us for the film and discussion at 7 pm. If you’d like to join us for a simple supper at 6:30, write firstname.lastname@example.org.
FaithLife, 2/9—We’ll gather from 5:30-7 pm in the parlor. This winter we’re reading Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor. We’ll discuss portions from Chapters 2-6 at this session, but feel free to join us even if you haven’t done the reading. Questions? Email email@example.com.
Coffee Hour: Love and Chocolate, 2/16—After worship we’ll celebrate Valentine’s Day with chocolate sweets and love songs. If there’s a song you’d like to sing or play, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.