I pray you and yours are having a wonderful Christmas week. This Sunday, please join me for a “Year’s End” Service that honors all 2019 has held while preparing for what lies ahead. Beginnings and endings are highlights of the Advent and Christmas Seasons, which teach us that the end is always contained in the beginning, and the beginning seeks, always, to find its proper end. Perhaps this is why John’s Gospel proclaims: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” And, in the Book of Revelation, Christ says: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
The poet, David Whyte, says it this way in The Journey:
Above the mountains
the geese turn into
the light again
on an open sky.
has to be
so you can find
the one line
Sometimes it takes
a great sky
to find that
wedge of freedom
in your own heart.
the bones of the black
sticks left when the fire
has gone out
someone has written
in the ashes of your life.
You are not leaving.
Even as the light fades quickly now,
you are arriving.
Wishing you and yours a Joyous Christmas Season—and a Blessed Year’s End,
P.S. As we reach the end of 2019, our church is finishing up its Stewardship Campaign (which funds our annual operating budget). Our lay leaders ask that you please honor your 2019 pledge (pay what you pledged to contribute in 2019) and pledge for 2020 (let us know what you plan to contribute in 2020) by December 31. For an update and appeal concerning the 2nd Century Campaign (our capital campaign raising funds to repair our building’s infrastructure, make it more accessible and energy efficient, and expand our mission) please see Don Blanchon’s Christmas Eve email. Thank You!
Bible Study, 1/5—This group will meet after worship to discuss The Song of Solomon. All are welcome! For more information: David Grimsted, email@example.com.
2nd Century Campaign, 1/12—We’ll gather after worship to hear the Board of Trustees’ recommendations for proposed projects along with an update on fundraising. Please plan to attend in preparation for our congregational vote at the annual meeting on January 26.
FaithLife, 1/12—Join us from 5:30-7 pm in the parlor. This winter we’ll read Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, by Barbara Brown Taylor. For more information, email Dan Sack, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASAP Coffee & Conversation, 1/19— We look forward to hosting our quarterly coffee hour with the Asylum Seeker Assistance Project and its DC clients applying for refugee status. ASAP works with asylum seekers so they can rebuild lives of dignity and purpose in the U.S. after experiencing violence and persecution in their countries of origin. This month, we’ll enjoy lunch and a discussion about civil rights and the MLK holiday. Please join us!
Poetry Hour, 1/19—Join us from 4-5 pm and bring one or two poems on any theme (with 8 copies to share). Friends are welcome! Questions? email@example.com.