Let me begin by thanking you again for the many messages and cards I have received. And a special appreciation to those of you making donations to the church in Donald’s memory. Donald loved his church family, and it has touched me deeply to know how much affection you had for him in return. I will keep and cherish your kind thoughts, prayers, and so many memories.
Where is God? So often in our lives, in good times and bad, we ask ourselves this question. It is an integral part of each of our personal faith journeys. On Sunday Le Rowell presented a sermon on searching for God and how she has found the answer through many of her own life experiences. She reminded us too that she is still asking and discovering new answers. Le also shared many of her wonderful memories of our church and its role in her life over eight decades.
On Sunday we kicked off the Stewardship Campaign for 2023. Peg Egan spoke eloquently about what finding our church has meant to her and her husband, Harold Erickson. Over the next three Sundays we will hear from others about their experiences and why it is so important that we all support the ongoing work of our church. Our pledges to the annual Stewardship Campaign ensure that we can carry out our mission and continue to do justice, show mercy, and walk humbly with God.
Next Sunday, November 20, is the deadline for receiving Thanksgiving grocery gift cards for the Shaw Community Center. The Mission and Social Action Committee is asking for cards of $40 each from Giant, Whole Foods, Safeway, or Trader Joe’s. You can drop them in the mailbox at church any time this week or bring them with you on Sunday.
In the true spirit of Cleveland Park Church, April and John Quinlan are supporting a woman and her 12 year old daughter in their process to receive refugee status through the “Uniting for Ukraine” program. They are currently looking for a person or a company to sponsor and provide them with temporary and safe accommodation while the war is raging in Ukraine. Once a sponsor is identified to provide them with accommodation, we can then ask our community and neighbors for help in raising some funds to support them with food, clothes and miscellaneous needs for a period of 45-50 days until government support in the form of benefits kicks-in. If you or someone you know may be able to support, please contact April Quinlan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time,
P.S. Please remember: If you receive an email from Pastor Ellen that seems out of character, don’t reply. Look at the return email address, and usually you’ll see that it is different in some way. If you need to confirm whether the email was from Ellen, close the suspicious email and start a new email to her.