As many of us return to work and school after a summer here and away, we’ll come together on Sunday for a Welcome Back Service and Harvest Lunch hosted by our Deacons. I hope you’ll join us for this fun annual event!
Given the season, I know you don’t need any more emails right now. Thus, I’ll make this one short and sweet. Please take a look at our upcoming events below and a quick peek at our Facebook page. You might even “like” it!
We pray this week for the safety of all those returning to school and for comfort, strength, and assistance for everyone impacted by Hurricane Dorian. For information about how to help, please see UCC Dorian Response. Here’s a prayer from Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson of Wider Church Ministries & Operations: Holy God, you are an ever-present help in times of trouble. We put our hope in you on behalf of those whose lives have been affected by tragedy in the Bahamas. We pray their peace and comfort, asking for help for those who have suffered loss. We pray calm for those who now wait anxiously. Grant your peace, O God. Amen.
And, here’s a poem for anyone in need of solace from our world’s woes:
When I say that nothing you do is
This is what I mean:
You, standing at the counter,
Making pancakes for the person
You, turning to kiss his cheek
As you go together
Into the cool white clinic
To get the test results you
Already know will not be good,
You, standing at the door for
Ten seconds longer,
To hold it for the next person,
Who has not gotten the job, again,
This is not incidental.
This is the way that you
Make the world.
– Rev. Laura Martin
Sunday School Volunteers Needed, 9/7—It takes a congregation to support our children and youth! If you can volunteer to assist a couple of times this fall, please come at 11 am THIS Saturday for a one-hour orientation with our experienced lead teachers and committee members. On a typical Sunday morning, all you have to do is show up. Questions? email@example.com. Snacks and childcare provided.
Everyone Can Sing or Play! 9/8—All are invited to experience Sunday with the choir. We’ll gather at 9 am for coffee and treats, followed by a 9:30 rehearsal and 10:30 service. If you can talk, you can sing, and we’d love to include your joyful voice. Musicians of all instruments (tambourine to tuba) are also encouraged to make a joyful noise!
Welcome Back Sunday & Harvest Lunch, 9/8—We’ll gather for a celebratory Service for All Ages after a summer here and away. During Coffee Hour, the Deacons will treat us to a Harvest Lunch, so plan to stay and enjoy.
Capital Campaign Expense Vote, 9/8—We’ll meet briefly after worship to vote on one important infrastructure expense. Please stay in the sanctuary to vote, followed by the Harvest Lunch in the parlor.
Interfaith Unity Walk, 9/8—Participants will gather at 1 pm at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW for this annual “meet thy neighbor” event. After a short interfaith prayer and music service, walkers will head down Massachusetts Ave, stopping at open houses of worship along the way. All ages welcome!
Sunday School Resumes, 9/15—Our K-3rd Grade Class and Children’s Talk will resume on 9/15. The 4th-8th Grade Class gets back together on 9/29 and our Teen Group will also resume this month. For more information about our Children & Youth Programs, email Kimberly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poetry Hour, 9/15—Join us from 4-5 pm and bring one or two poems on any theme (with 8 copies to share). Friends are welcome! Questions? email@example.com.
Hand Chime Choir (NEW), 9/18— Explore the beautiful world of hand chimes! Dan Stokes will lead rehearsals once a month, beginning Wed, 9/18, at 7:30 pm with chimes scheduled the following Sunday. Adults and children who can read music are all welcome.
Fall Equinox Retreat, 9/21—We’ll gather from 1-5 pm for an afternoon of spiritual solace, observing the autumnal equinox and setting intentions for a fall grounded in compassion for others and ourselves. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FaithLife Group, 9/22—The FaithLife group offers a chance to ask tough questions and think broadly about, well, faith and life. All are welcome and no topics or queries are out of bounds. Fall dates (Sundays, 5:30-7 pm) include: 9/22, 10/27, 11/17, and 12/8.To get on the email list for our short monthly readings: email@example.com.