This past Sunday our worship service celebrated community and kicked off The Second Century Campaign—Renewing Our Foundations! This week you should receive a mailing with information about its practical goals and fundraising ambitions. Please read it and prayerfully consider your response.
As we move into summer mode, I want to repeat what I wrote at the end of my last Pastor’s Page: our church community will be going strong all summer long!
Having said this, summer is also an opportunity for us to embrace some much needed “down time.” Therefore, this Sunday’s Summertime: Service for All Ages will celebrate the season’s dynamic “both/and.” Yes, there’s a lot happening (and much still to be done) and, yes, we all need a breather! The good news is… summer lasts a few months; there’s time for both.
Here’s what’s happening THIS month:
Our 2019 Summer Documentary Series, DC: Tales of Two Cities, focuses on issues of gentrification and diversity in DC. We’ll show one film each month (Wednesdays, 7-9 pm), and each evening will include a discussion with both the filmmaker and representatives of organizations working on issues addressed by the documentary. The first film, What Happened 2 Chocolate City? (June 26) explores DC’s gentrification through a retrospective lens, highlighting the effects of the 1968 riots, war on drugs, mass incarceration, and the current economic barriers affecting Black Washingtonians.
The other two films, Fly By Light (July 24) and Dog Parks and Coffee Shops (August 28), examine what happens when a group of DC teens go to West Virginia for a peace education program and their lives are changed dramatically, and how diversity-seeking, community, and consumption impact three DC neighborhoods undergoing urban revitalization. We hope you’ll join us—and spread the word to neighbors and friends!
ASAP Coffee & Conversation, 6/30—Please join the Adult Programs and Mission & Social Action Committees for our first quarterly coffee hour with the Asylum Seeker Assistance Project and its DC clients who are applying for refugee status in the U.S. ASAP works with asylum seekers so they can rebuild lives of dignity and purpose. Many of these individuals are here alone and in great need of social connection. At this special coffee hour, we’ll enjoy lunch and a conversation about holidays (both new and known) with our guests from ASAP.
I’m also thinking about offering a half day mini-retreat this summer for those who need some structured time and space to rest. If this seems like something you’d enjoy, please let me know right away, and I’ll begin planning it.
Peace and Blessings,
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
Poetry Hour, 6/16—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.
July Preaching Fellow, 7/7-8/4—Kerwin Williams, a recent graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, will preach a series on “Legacies,” with the goal of helping us unpack them—spiritually, congregationally, and communally. Kerwin will also lead two Coffee Hour Conversations on dates to be announced. We look forward to welcoming him!
Youth Mission Trip, 7/6-7/13—Several of our teens, parents and teen leaders, Katie Lootens and Grandon Purnell, will fly to Puerto Rico with other UCC youth to help local communities rebuild after Hurricane Maria. Stay tuned for the August worship service when they’ll tell us about their adventures!