And, the weather is finally cooling down! Just in time for some fun and festive fall events, beginning with…
The Blessing of the Animals, 10/6—This Sunday we’ll gather for our annual Blessing of the Animals during morning worship. Even if you don’t have a pet (or, gasp, like animals) this is a wonderful service celebrating God’s creation and our part in it. The animals who come are always quite well-behaved (though it would be fine if they barked or meowed), and we provide water, treats, clean up bags and, of course, a blessing for each one. All animals on leashes or in crates are welcome. Or, you may bring a photo or stuffed animal to be blessed. Come, all creatures great and small!
Dinner and a Movie, 10/25— If you’ve never joined Dan and William for one of these evenings, you’re in for a treat. They provide a light dinner (hence, the request to RSVP), followed by a film viewing and conversation. Stand By Me (1989) is a classic, and even if you’ve already seen it, I bet you never had a chance to discuss it with a dozen other curious minds! The film is set in Summer 1959, when four 12-year-old boys find adventure—and a body—in the woods of rural Oregon. Along the way, they learn about self, friendship, and standing up for what’s right. The group will no doubt talk about friendship, values, and empathy, along with any other topics that emerge. Dinner begins at 6:30 and the movie at 7 pm. RSVP by 10/23 to email@example.com.
Pumpkin Fest, 10/26—Our congregation has a tradition of getting together for music, merrymaking, and treats once or twice a year. This fall, our Music Committee and Adult Choir are highlighting Halloween by inviting everyone to an afternoon of mystical music and merriment! We’ll begin at 4 pm with mood-setting organ music, selections from Phantom of the Opera, fun and scary poetry, treats, games, and childcare. All ages are invited to play, sing, read, or bring a jack-o-lantern, so please let us know if you’d like to join in by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s no cost, but we encourage you to bring canned goods for donation to St. Paul’s Food Pantry. And, of course, bring your neighbors and friends!
Finally, just a quick note on our 2nd Century Campaign. We’re already made it a third of the way toward our financial goal of $1 million (yay!), though only 20% of us have pledged. So, please, prayerfully consider what YOU can give over the next five years to make sure our congregation can live out its mission of “nurturing love of God and love of neighbor in the world” for the next hundred.
I am only one, but I am one. I can’t do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do. And by the grace of God, I will. ~ Edward Everett Hale
Peace and Blessings to you all,
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Blessing of the Animals Service, 10/6—We’ll celebrate our annual Blessing of the Animals during the morning worship service. This is a beloved, intergenerational (and interspecies!) tradition, and all animals on leashes or in crates are welcome. You may also bring a photo or stuffed animal to be blessed.
2nd Century Campaign Tour & Discussion, 10/13—Wear your hard hat (just kidding!) and join us after worship for a tour of the church building and grounds, followed by lunch and a discussion about specific building proposals. Childcare provided.
2nd Century Campaign Tour & Discussion, 10/24—If you’re unable to participate on 10/13, join us at 7 pm on 10/24 for a repeat of the building and grounds tour, followed by dessert and a discussion about building proposals.
Poetry Hour, 10/20—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.
Dinner and a Movie, 10/25– In the summer of 1959, four 12-year-old boys find adventure—and a body—in the woods of rural Oregon. Along the way, they learn about self, friendship, and standing up for what’s right. Stand by Me (1986) stars Wil Wheaton and River Phoenix. We’ll talk about friendship, values, and empathy. Dinner at 6:30 and movie at 7 pm. RSVP by 10/23 to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve dinner.
Pumpkin Fest, 10/26—Come at 4 pm for an afternoon of mystical music and merriment! All ages are invited to play, sing, read, or bring a jack-o-lantern. There will be Halloween organ music, selections from Phantom of the Opera, treats, games, and childcare. We’ll also collect canned goods for St. Paul’s Food Pantry.
Pilot Project/Mission & Social Action Discussion, 11/3—Join us after worship for a conversation about options for the mission and social action component of our Second Century Campaign. Questions? Email Lisa Jenkins at email@example.com.
Friendship Walks, 11/9—Join our team for the Walk to End Homelessness at 10 am on the National Mall. Go to Friendship Walks 2019 and click “Join a Team.” We are “Cleveland Park Church.” You can donate whether or not you walk! For more information: Bruce Grimes at firstname.lastname@example.org.