In her Pastor’s Page last week, Pastor Ellen noted that “our congregation is both a sanctuary and a source of empowerment. It is both a safe haven in which we can rest and restore and a voice from the prophetic tradition, challenging us to work for change.” These words resonated with me. I believe they capture the essence of what our church is all about.
We engage in a lot of different activities here at CPC. Some are traditionally spiritual and some are more mundane (e.g. fixing leaky pipes) and others fall somewhere in between. Some support our own spiritual journeys, others help build community within our church, others reach out to the broader community, and others involve working for social justice. I believe it is this broad range of activities and the dual inward and outward focus they reflect that help make this church such a special and vibrant place.
And it is why I like hanging around* here and writing about what goes on.
Our Welcome Back Service and Harvest Lunch this past Sunday was a wonderful way to celebrate being part of this community. I enjoyed catching up with many of you and hearing about how you spent your summer vacations. I discovered that we pursued some diverse and wide-ranging paths over the summer. As a congregation, we covered a lot of ground in our travels; read a lot of books; watched and played soccer, baseball, and tennis; attended films, plays, and lectures; participated in rallies; campaigned on behalf of political candidates and causes; spent time with family and friends; and took care of many pets and plants.
Our upcoming ‘80s and ‘90s service on Sept. 23rd will be another great opportunity to share stories and experiences. I hope to see you there. And if you can’t make it to the service that day, rest assured that you will be able to read about it in my next Moderator’s Memo.
* I have been rereading Bill Watterson’s classic “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strips lately and came across one in which Calvin and Hobbes are talking about being in the right place at the right time. Calvin tells Hobbes that “since you never know when the right time is going to be, I figure the trick is to find the right place and just hang around.”
EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Cabinet Meeting, 9/16—We’ll gather after worship in the library for this bi-monthly meeting of our church’s lay leaders. All are welcome!
Poetry Hour, 9/16—Please join us from 4-5 pm in the church Parlor. Invite a friend and bring one or two poems on any theme to read (with 8 copies to share). Questions? email@example.com.
Yoga at CPC Church This Fall—The Cleveland-Woodley Park Village invites members and friends of Cleveland Park Church to its yoga classes for seniors, offered on Monday mornings in the Parlor beginning Monday, 9/10 at 10 am. Fee per class is $10, payable at each class. The Village offers services and community events to seniors in the Cleveland and Woodley Park neighborhoods. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CPC Through the Decades: The 80s and 90s, 9/23—We’ll gather for a worship service commemorating our 100th Anniversary. Come in period costume or bring personal artifacts from these decades, then browse the “museum table” during coffee hour.
Visitor Information Session,9/23—If you’d like to find out more about our congregation, please join Pastor Ellen after worship. All are welcome!
FaithLife Group, 9/23— This year’s group will meet once a month on a Sunday from 5:30 to 7 pm. At this first meeting, we’ll discuss and choose our direction. Please join us and bring your desires and ideas! To receive the short reading for this session, contact Dan Sack at: email@example.com.
Coffee Hour Conversation: Faith and Film, 9/30—Washington Post movie critic, Ann Hornaday, will lead a discussion about the relationship between movies and spirituality in contemporary culture. How does religion shape culture and vice versa? What makes a movie Christian?