Dear Church Community,
Over the past ten days (and 56 years) I’ve learned I am not in control. I don’t mean this negatively, just honestly. When things go well, we sometimes kid ourselves that it’s due to our hard work or effort or intelligence or… But when things go poorly (and we didn’t do anything “wrong”) it becomes clear it’s not always about what we did or didn’t do.
One of the many recent happenings that reminded me of this was Zoomocalypse, the collapse of the online Zoom platform Sunday morning, which canceled thousands of church services nationwide. I know I couldn’t control it, but I was disappointed not to offer you a wonderful joint service with five other UCC churches to honor Mental Health Sunday. The good news is that over six hundred devices had tried or succeeded in joining this service before we had to cancel, meaning interest is high. Thus, we’ve rescheduled for June 21.
The related Medical Debt Relief Campaign is an ongoing success with eleven DC-area congregations plus the Potomac Association and Central Atlantic Conference of the UCC raising funds. So far, we’ve raised almost $29,000 plus a matching grant of $25,000, and we hope to raise even more! Remember, each $1 contributed relieves $100 of medical debt for a person or family living at or below the poverty line in our region.
To give, click here and go to the “Medical Debt Buyout Project” line item. Or, send a check made out to Westmoreland UCC (they’re collecting all contributions) to: “Medical Debt Project,” Westmoreland UCC, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816.
Mental Health Book Talk and Discussion: David Finnegan-Hosey, author of Grace is a Preexisting Condition: Faith, Systems, and Mental Healthcare, will be preaching at our rescheduled service on June 21 and leading a book talk and discussion next Wednesday, May 27, at 7:30 pm. I hope you’ll join us for his book talk (Zoom link below) after reading this wonderful review at Read the Spirit.
Stay at Home Yoga: Feeling stiff from sitting so much? Join our Vice Moderator (and certified yoga instructor) Holly for a 20-minute yoga break next Tuesday, 5/26, at noon. She’ll get us up from desks, chairs, and couches (you can also remain seated) with the goal of feeling less achy and more at peace. This is yoga for all ages and abilities. No prior experience necessary! Questions? email@example.com.
In closing, DC, Northern VA, and Montgomery and PG Counties remain under Stay at Home Orders, which I understand is challenging for everyone. If you need additional help or support, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We continue to adjust our church programs accordingly and are grateful to those of you who filled out the recent survey on how our church can best serve you online.
Blessings of peace and health to you and yours,