The past, present, and future all converged at CPC in several special celebrations this month: the Lowell Street Garden dedication, the Children’s Sunday Service, and the Confirmation/Coming of Age Service.
First up was the Lowell Street Garden dedication on May 5th. We experienced a few sprinkles of rain before and after the event (much to the delight of the gardeners in the crowd), but the skies cleared for the ceremony itself, certainly an auspicious beginning for this wonderful addition to our church. The ceremony consisted of a blessing and several readings by Pastor Ellen, tributes to the congregation members who inspired donations that made the garden possible, and poems written and recited by David Grimsted. Donors were the family and friends of Caroline Beckjord; Le and Ed Rowell in memory of Le’s mother, Wilma Wood Pechacek; and David Grimsted in memory of his wife, Pat Froelicher. The garden consists of two new beautiful (and comfortable!) benches, shrubs, and perennials for a woodland garden to attract pollinators and other wildlife. Thanks also to Mary Jane Glass, David Grimsted, and Allen Hengst for putting their gardening expertise and muscles to work in creating this restful space. We will shortly be adding a stone carving created by Edmund Frost and the confirmation class. Please check out the garden (which is in front of our side yard, facing Lowell St.) the next time you are in the area.
The Children’s Sunday Service followed the next day. During this service we celebrated the children and youth of our congregation, recognized (directly or indirectly) the teachers, parents, and others who support them, and congratulated members of the youth group graduating this year and heading off to school in the fall. It was a joyful and entertaining service, which got off to a wonderful start with Chopin’s Ballade no 1 in G minor, beautifully played by Anders Brodnax. The centerpiece of the service was Ghosts of Sunday School, a skit written by Mirabelle Shoemaker (who just had a baby) in her “spare time” that paid homage to both our 100th Anniversary year and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The skit was energetically directed by Kimberly Cataudella and enthusiastically performed by our children and a few adult helpers. The children and youth disappeared before I could get a picture, but I did manage to get this photo of Kimberly with one of the props from the skit.
This past Sunday, May 20th, was Coming of Age/Confirmation Sunday. The service was led by the confirmation class and featured the reading of credos written by the confirmands that reflected the faith journey they have been on for the past eight months. The statements covered a lot of ground and many of them highlighted the importance of kindness, service, and community. Each was unique and reflected the personality of the person who wrote it and all were inspiring, engaging, and thought provoking. It was wonderful to see so many proud parents, friends, relatives, visitors, and congregation members at church to support the young people. As part of the service we welcomed all the confirmands as new members of the church along with two additional people. Welcoming new members to our church is a truly joyful experience and a good reminder of how our church continues to change and evolve over time, as it has for the past 100 years.
Who We Are: Here are the names of the people who became new members of the church on May 20th. Welcome!
Did You Know:
- Did you know that we are about mid-way through our 100th Anniversary year? Our next Anniversary-related service is the ‘60s and ‘70s service on June 17th, which means you have less than a month to put together your period outfit.
- Did you know that we are halfway through graduation season? Congratulations to all of our graduates!
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Mindful Memorial Day, 5/26-5/28—Armor Down, an organization that helps veterans “armor down” from their war experience while bringing together veterans and civilians to mindfully honor the fallen, will sponsor its 5th annual Mindful Memorial Day at Arlington Cemetery. Hanging yellow ribbons represent 6,912 fallen service members since 9/11, and volunteers lead visitors through a mindful moment of gratitude and offer them a ribbon and name to take home. www.mindfulmemorialday.org
Cabinet Meeting, 6/3—The Cabinet will meet next Sunday after worship. This is our bi-monthly meeting of the church’s lay leadership, and all are welcome.
Pride Week Movie Night, 6/6—Join us from 7-9 pm for a viewing and discussion of Check It, an acclaimed documentary about a local transgender gang that’s working to help its members break the cycle of poverty and violence that’s defined their lives. “Acceptance is worth fighting for!” Admittance is free: we’ll encourage donations to Casa Ruby, the only bilingual multicultural LGBT organization in DC. Everyone is welcome!
DC Pride Festival, 6/10—Come celebrate the LGBT community and visit our UCC Open and Affirming booth after worship. Questions? DonaldHClarke@gmail.com.
Bible Study, 6/10—This monthly group will meet after Coffee Hour in the parlor to discuss Genesis, chapters 12-20. All are welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org.
100th Anniversary 60s & 70s Service, 6/17—Join us for a service celebrating these groovy decades, followed by a Coffee Hour lunch and mission activity. We’ll also celebrate Father’s Day and two baptisms!