This week, as usual, there’s a lot going on in our country and our world; much of it distressing and unjust. We know it’s important to keep resisting, but we also know, deep in our bones, that we’re tired and need rest. Thus, I preached last Sunday, “We cannot give what we do not have.” If we wish to keep going, we must slow down, calm down, and reconnect with God. We must have space and time in which to reenergize, restore, and regroup in preparation for heading back out into a world so much in need of our actions and voice.
For me, this is the main reason for our Capital Campaign: it is an opportunity to make sure our church can and will be, as our choir sang Sunday, a Refuge for those who want to live out our mission of nurturing love of God and neighbor in the world this century and beyond. We need and will continue to need a place to come together, be refreshed and re-inspired, then sent back out to do God’s work of love and justice. If you agree, I hope you will come to Sunday’s meeting after worship and vote to move this campaign forward. Here are the details.
We will take three separate votes:
- John Buchanan and Heidi Moon have been nominated as Trustees to complete our five-member Board. We will vote on their appointment.
- The Board of Trustees has proposed that we embark on a $1 million Capital Campaign to repair and restore our church’s infrastructure (think, pipes!), greatly improve our church’s accessibility (ramp, decent lift, ADA compliant bathrooms), do this work in an environmentally responsible manner that also addresses our overall energy efficiency, and contribute 20% of funds raised to Mission and Social Action (specific project(s) to be determined). We will vote on whether to approve the campaign.
- The Cabinet recommends we participate in a new UCC pilot project that can serve as a vehicle for us to discern the Mission and Social Action component of this campaign. We will vote on a resolution to approve it, the specific wording of which was included in an email sent Tuesday.
Note: we will not be voting on the specific building renovation options that have been on display in the parlor for the past few weeks. We have plenty of time to continue the process of seeking estimates and professional input as well as facilitating further discussion within the congregation before the vote on final building plans at our Annual Meeting next January. This Sunday’s vote is to approve the Board of Trustees’ proposal to embark on the campaign and begin raising the significant amount of capital needed to accomplish our goals (along with the other two votes described above).
I look forward to seeing you Sunday!
Peace and Blessings,
P.S. If you would like to help Name the Campaign, please join us from 10 am to Noon this Saturday, 5/18, in the parlor for a brainstorming session. Coffee and snacks will be provided, and creative minds of all ages are welcome!
EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
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. This month’s topic is, “How to talk about God.” For the suggested reading, please email: email@example.com.
Racial Justice Workshop, 6/4—Join Pastor Ellen from 6-8 pm at St. Columba’s Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW, for a workshop sponsored by Friendship Place. Georgetown Professor of History and African American Studies, Marcia Chatelain, will explore how inequality shapes all our lives. Her most recent book, From Sit-In to Drive Thru: Fast Food and Black America, examines the relationship between business and civil rights. For the workshop registration link, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Feedback Invited—Each year the pastor-parish relations committee shares feedback with Pastor Ellen on her ministry with us in the past year. To share appreciations, concerns or observations, contact Kris Davis, email@example.com, by Tuesday, 6/4.
St. Paul’s Food Pantry, 6/8— We need six volunteers to serve from 9 am-Noon at St. Paul’s Food Pantry, 4900 Connecticut Ave, NW, www.stpaulslutherandc.org. Please contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DC Pride Festival, 6/9— Come celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and visit our UCC Open and Affirming booth downtown after worship. Questions? DonaldHClarke@gmail.com