In my last memo I predicted that the 100th Anniversary Decades Dinner would be one of the highlights of the year, and I am happy to report that it did not disappoint! About 40 of us gathered on Feb. 3rd and dined on a variety of offerings (including some dishes based on old family recipes and some that were very much a reflection of their era). We demonstrated our competitive (but friendly) sides by engaging in decades-related trivia contests (which included an especially rousing round of “name that tune”, led by Harold and Dorothy). We also exhibited our fashion sense by wearing the garb of our favorite decade. While many people chose to represent the current era, there were also a lot of people wearing clothing from other decades, especially the 1920s, thanks to Don’s grandmother’s treasure trove of dresses. It was all great fun and the 3(!) hours that we spent at the gathering really flew by. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen, and special thanks to Jennifer, the chair of our 100th Anniversary Committee, and Trish, the chair of our Fellowship Committee, who are pictured here.
One of the wonderful things about our church is that we are a multi-generational congregation. While the benefits of this were quite evident during the trivia contests mentioned above, they extend well beyond that. This month, a group of adults of varying ages volunteered to serve as mentors for our Confirmation/Coming of Age Class. This is a great example of partnering across generations, and I am sure that both mentors and mentees will learn a lot and gain new perspectives through their conversations together. Thanks to all who are participating.
As if the month has not been packed with meaningful events already, we have just entered Lent, a time of preparation and reflection. Although we often think of reflection as a solitary activity, it can be especially powerful when done in community. Pastor Ellen is leading a Lenten retreat on Feb. 24th. I have attended this retreat in past years and found it to be a very spiritually rewarding experience. You can find out more about the retreat in the announcements section below.
Who We Are:
Last time I shared my story and this time we are going to hear from Carol, our new Vice Moderator. I hope you will share your story, too. Please email me or talk to me at church if you are willing to participate.
Carol L. Rogers: As some of you know, I found CPC a few years ago because of my dog Guthrie. We came to the Blessing of the Animals, which was in the lovely side yard, and I loved it. I came the following Sunday and, with the words “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here,” I knew I had found a church home. Pastor Ellen’s sermon, the beautiful music, and the congregation – not to mention the coffee hour – sealed the deal. It is important to me that our church and our denomination are committed to advocating for social justice, protecting the Earth, and caring for our neighbors. We also know how to have a good time!
I have been a resident of DC for more than 50 years and have a deep fondness for our city, as well as for my home town in Tidewater Virginia, where I spend as much time as I can. A lifelong “political junkie,” I have been devoting considerable time post-retirement from the faculty at the University of Maryland volunteering in campaigns and being actively engaged in the resistance.
Although Guthrie is no longer here, my current dog Splash is a regular at our Blessing of the Animals (this year via his picture).
Did you know?
- Did you know that the last time Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday fell on the same day was in 1945?
- Did you know that Katie has a friend who just competed on Jeopardy? (The shows will air this summer.)
- Did you know that tomorrow, Feb. 16th, is Lunar New Year? Happy New Year to everyone celebrating this event.
SPRING RETREAT REGISTRATION
Many Ways to Pray Retreat, 4/6-7—Join Kris Davis, Rosemary Peters and Pastor Ellen at Bon Secours Retreat Center in Marriottsville, MD for a weekend of Opening. As we celebrate the Easter Season, how might we open to God, self and neighbor? Using prayer, meditation, art and nature, we’ll explore many ways to open our hearts and minds in this season of rebirth. Cost: $175 single (overnight/3 meals) or $110 double. To register, complete this registration form and return it and your check to the church office. Questions? Email email@example.com.
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Poetry Hour, 2/18—Join us from 4-5 pm in the church parlor and bring one or two poems on a “Winter” theme (with 8 copies to share). Friends are welcome! Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lenten Retreat, 2/24—We’ll gather from 1:30 to 5:00 pm for a restful retreat in this season of introspection and intention. Please join Pastor Ellen for an afternoon of meditation, contemplation and spiritual connection. RSVP: email@example.com
FaithLife Group, 2/25—This group meets one Sunday a month from 5:30-7:00 pm to discuss how faith impacts our lives (and vice versa). This winter we’ll explore our deeply held beliefs via “This I Believe” resources found at www.thisibelieve.org. Please join us! Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Supper Service Sunday, 3/4—We’ll gather in the church parlor for an intergenerational service that explores the roots of our Communion Service in the Jewish Passover Seder. This will be a service for all ages to enjoy!
Spring Spiritual Practice Series, 3/6—Join Rosemary Peters for this six-week series. We’ll meet in person for four weeks (through 3/27) on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:15 pm in the church parlor, then sessions continue online 4/3 and 4/10. Rosemary is an experienced yoga teacher and will share a variety of breathing and relaxation practices during this Lenten Season of reflection and introspection.