I took advantage of not having a sermon to write this week (5/5 is Children’s Sunday) and spent some time working in my backyard. Three days and eight hours later, I’m sore and stuffy (the pollen!) but feel better, overall, than I have in months. As I preached last Sunday in Cathedrals and Climate Change, what we do to the earth, we do to ourselves, and this is true in the positive as well. Caring for my yard, digging in the dirt on my knees, and spending time with my beloved trees has been wonderfully life giving. Plus, I saved a bunch of money not hiring someone else!
Children’s Sunday: I hope you’ll join us for this annual service led by our children and youth. Some of you have read or seen The Magic School Bus, and let’s just say it might make an appearance (along with the incredible Ms. Frizzle!). If you haven’t let Kaylyn know if your child will participate, please do so now: email@example.com.
Dick Jorgensen’s Memoir: Dick was a member of our congregation for many decades prior to his moving to California a few years ago to live near his daughter. Dick led a fascinating life (he died last year) and captured much of it in his memoir, But Not For Lunch: My First 30+ Years of Retirement. I recently found out it can be ordered from Amazon and am spreading the word. Enjoy!
Asylum Seekers Assistance Project: Since February’s benefit concert*, we’ve been working on ways to connect with and support ASAP clients. In March, several of them participated in our Dinner and a Movie evening, and we’re hoping to host a social hour after worship in the near future. If you feel called to help, please let me know! Here are two other ways to support ASAP:
- Pro Bono Dentist—ASAP is in great need of pro bono dentistry for some of its clients. If you can help with this (services or funding) please let me know.
- Annual Fundraising Breakfast, Liberty and Breakfast for All: May 16, 7:30-9 am.
This fund raiser is a great way to learn more and meet their incredible clientele and volunteers. There’s a suggested donation of $150, but all are welcome.To attend, please contact Mission & Social Action Committee member, Dianne Lipsey: firstname.lastname@example.org.
* As we learned at the benefit concert, there are an estimated 25,000 asylum seekers living in Washington, DC. They come from many countries, not by choice but by circumstance. ASAP offers a unique array of services to help them adjust (and recover from trauma), obtain employment, and make social connections.
Peace and Blessings,
Children’s Sunday, 5/5—Come to our annual Sunday School-led service, starring the congregation’s wonderful young actors, theologians, and musicians! Visiting children and youth will be included. To participate, contact Kaylyn: email@example.com.
Lectio Divina: Holy Listening, 5/5—Join fellow seekers from 4-5:15 pm for contemplative prayer in community. Led by Kris Davis, we’ll listen for God in sacred text, silence, and the natural world. All are welcome, even if you have not attended in the past. Please bring a journal and pen. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org
Bible Study, 5/12—We’ll meet after coffee hour to discuss the book of Acts, chapters 1-12. All are welcome! For more information: email@example.com.
Jubilee Jobs Volunteer Morning, 5/18— Join the Mission & Social Action Committee from 9 am–Noon to help low-income job applicants. Volunteers will receive a brief training and help with resumes, online job applications, and mock interviews. Located in Adams Morgan at 2712 Ontario Road NW. To volunteer, contact Ashley: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capital Campaign Meeting, 5/19—Please plan to participate in an important congregational meeting and vote on our proposed Capital Campaign and accompanying pilot project. Questions? Contact Moderator Carol L. Rogers, email@example.com or Trustee Chair Don Blanchon, firstname.lastname@example.org.
FaithLife, 5/19—Join us from 5:30-7 pm for a conversation about our lived faith. For this month’s topic and suggested reading, email: email@example.com.
Poetry Hour, 5/19—Join us from 4-5 pm and bring one or two poems on any theme (with 8 copies to share). Friends are welcome! Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org.