Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. —Helen Keller
This is my last Moderator’s Memo. It is hard to believe that almost a year has passed since I took on the Moderator role. I guess it’s true that time flies when you’re having fun. And it has been fun. It also has been a deeply rewarding and enriching experience.
Over the past year, I have learned a lot about this church and the people who make CPC the special place that it is. I have enjoyed my tenure as Moderator and look forward to seeing what new ideas and perspectives our next Moderator will bring to the role.
Before I send this final memo off to Meg, I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for your trust and support this past year. I also would like to extend a special thank you to Pastor Ellen, Meg, church staff, deacons, committee members, lay leaders (including members of the Cabinet, Board of Trustees, and finance team), Past Moderators (especially my immediate predecessors Le, Serena, Anastasia, and Dan), and Vice-Moderator, Carol, for all the help and guidance you have provided me throughout the past year. The commitment of all of you to this church and your diligence in carrying out your duties has made my time as Moderator both enjoyable and stress-free.
With much gratitude and appreciation,
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Women’s March, 1/19—For those participating this Saturday, UCC marchers will be meeting at 10 am near the Museum of the American Indian at the corner of 4th and Jefferson. All are welcome!
Sing for Freedom: MLK Sunday, 1/20—We’ll honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in this music-filled worship service for all ages.
Coffee Hour Conversation: Race and Implicit Bias, 1/20—Blatant racism is both awful and not that common. Unspoken and often unknown biases and prejudices against people of different races, ethnicities, genders or orientations are far more typical. Psychologists call this “implicit bias.” Join us for a discussion on this important topic in response to clips from a “Hidden Brain” podcast by Shankar Vedantam.
Poetry Hour, 1/20—We’ll gather from 4–5 pm. Please bring one or two poems on any theme (with 8 copies to share). Friends welcome! Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner & a Movie, 1/25—Pleasantville is a 1958 TV sitcom community where everything’s black and white, the weather is perfect, and sex … isn’t. Modern (well, 1998) teenagers David and Jennifer are transported to Pleasantville and begin to change the village and its people. We’ll watch Pleasantville and discuss perfection, change, and passion. Simple supper at 6:30 and movie at 7 pm. Please sign up by 1/23 so we can provide ample food: Dan Sack at email@example.com.
RESCHEDULED Retreat (stay tuned for a new date): Mothers-Daughters-Sisters-Friends—We all know amazing women family members and/or friends. And we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before… Join Pastor Ellen and Kris Davis for a retreat celebrating Women and Spirit. Men are welcome!
Annual Congregational Meeting, 1/27—We’ll meet after worship to approve the 2019 budget, vote for our new lay leadership, and preview 2019. Every voice has a vote; we need yours!
FaithLife Group, 1/27—We’ll meet from 5:30-7 pm to discuss a wonderful essay by a young hospital chaplain that touches on: loving your enemies, cultivating compassion, and the reality of “both/and.” Read the essay at FaithLife Reading or email firstname.lastname@example.org.