This Sunday we’ll celebrate the beginning of fall with our annual Welcome Back Sunday Service. I encourage you to invite family, friends, and neighbors to join us for this uplifting event. If you love our congregation, please spread the word!
Last Sunday I preached about different characteristics of God. I often say we get to choose the image of God in which we believe, and my choice is Love. Yet, I know God is bigger than any one image. So, I shared a model (from Jewish mysticism) of God as having seven characteristics, each intersecting with and complementing the other. I then explored the intersection of two of these characteristics, Infinite Love (Chesed) and Judgement or Might (Gevurah). Because love without boundaries can be depleting, and power without compassion can be dangerous. This is rich and complex material, more than one sermon’s worth. So, if you’d like to talk about it, I invite you to join me in conversation this Sunday after Coffee Hour.
Wards 7 & 8— these wards have been hit harder than any other area of DC, and East of the River Mutual Aid has responded by making close to 5000 free grocery deliveries to residents of those wards. Drivers are essential, so if you’re available to help (masked and safely distanced) it would be a big help. There are daytime, evening, and weekend options to fit your schedule. Note: the sign-up form lists many volunteer possibilities, but drivers are most needed.
Friendship Place has set up two Amazon Wish Lists where you can donate items needed by The Brooks (Ward 3’s Transitional Family Housing Facility) and/or Neighbors First (Friendship Place’s “housing first” program for families across DC). Go to: The Brooks Donations and Neighbors First Donations.
St. Paul’s Food Pantry, the only one in Ward 3, needs donations. We’ll be hosting monthly collections this fall, the first one September 18 and 19. You can drop off donations on our church steps that Friday between 4 and 6 pm or Saturday between 10 am and Noon. There’s a list of items most needed below (shelf stable only).
- peanut butter
- hearty soups and stews
- good quality spaghetti sauce
- shelf stable milk
- healthy cereals in regular size boxes
- canned meat of any kind
- paper grocery bags with handles (like those at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods)
In closing, I want to remind you that none of us has ever lived during a pandemic, never mind entered the seventh month (and third season) of one. I pray you’ll be gentle with yourselves and others. This too shall end, but, in the meanwhile, it’s our Life. Let’s make the most of it.
May Peace and Health Be with You,