Our Church Building Is Busy!
In addition to worship and congregational meetings and events, a number of other groups use our building these days. Kinderhaus, of course, uses the newly renovated basement weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm. But that’s not all – here’s a quick summary of the other groups that regularly use our space:
AA Groups – We currently have three AA groups that meet in our Parlor on Saturdays at 8 am, 5:30 pm, and 7:30 pm. The 5:30 pm group is primarily for young adults; they just celebrated their 5th anniversary. The groups frequently express how grateful they are to meet in the Parlor’s lovely space.
Glory Church of Jesus Christ – This congregation began gathering in 2020 in their pastor’s home; they started meeting in our building at the end of 2021. They worship in English and Tigrinya, a language spoken in Eritrea and northern Ethiopia. About 20 regular worshipers use the Sanctuary at 2 pm on Sundays, and then enjoy a tea time after their service until 6 pm. Their youth and young adults meet in the Parlor on Friday evenings.
Meadlowlark Music – These children’s music classes meet on Thursday mornings. If you go by you’ll see strollers parked outside and might hear Mr. Ari strumming his guitar!
Girl Scouts – A Daisies troop has been meeting on Tuesday afternoons for the last year, and soon a Brownie troop will begin meeting on Thursday afternoons. They appreciate the comfortable space and how close it is to John Eaton.
Cleveland Park Historical Society – Like so many organizations these days, the historical society is gradually returning to in person meetings using our Parlor.
Recitals and Recordings – Several music teachers and groups enjoy our Sanctuary for recitals and concerts. In addition, musicians find the Sanctuary’s acoustics excellent for audition recordings.
With gratitude, we said goodbye to our wonderful Sunday School Coordinator, Bella Fasone, on May 7. Bella has been a fantastic teacher this year, but her academic commitments and commute from George Mason University prevent her from continuing in the fall. We wish her all the best.
We’d love to hire her replacement by August – please share this position description far and wide!
Mother’s Day Mission Project: Period Packs, 5/14—The project for this summer’s UCC General Synod is creating menstrual hygiene kits for women around the world who don’t have access or finances to purchase these supplies. During Coffee Hour, we’ll assemble 40 kits for distribution through UCC Wider Church Ministries.
Council Meeting, 5/21—This bi-monthly gathering of our church’s lay leaders will take place after worship. All are welcome.
Poetry Hour, 5/21—The group will meet online at 4 pm. All poetry lovers welcome! For the Zoom link: email@example.com.
FaithLife, 5/21—We’ll meet from 5:30-7 pm to discuss chapters 5 and 6 of Diana Butler Bass’s latest book, Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence. For the Zoom link: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts & Culture, 5/22—This group will meet at 7:30 pm on Zoom. Back by popular demand, Richard Bambach will play and discuss a few of Duke Ellington’s important pieces. For details and the Zoom link, email Trish: email@example.com.