Dear Church Community,
I preached last Sunday about Something New. And right after worship, our congregation’s Annual Meeting focused on a number of new things!
First, a special welcome to our new Moderator, Holly Hancock. I look forward to her tenure and am excited about the updated leadership model, our balanced 2021 budget, the continuing capital campaign renovations, and our yet-to-be-determined capital campaign mission project.
As I shared Sunday, I’ve changed my 2021 sabbatical plans and will be taking the bulk of my sabbatical in 2022. I made this decision because of Covid and the many uncertainties pertaining both to travel and to our congregation’s decision-making process about when and how to come back together in person. This being said, I’m in need of a break sooner rather than later, so I’m taking three weeks of my sabbatical right now, Feb 1-22. In my absence, Holly, the Worship and Music Teams, the Congregation Care Team, and, of course, our Church Administrator, Meg (along with all of our other volunteer leaders) will keep things running. Thank you!
I know, for most of us, the past year (four years) has been particularly challenging, and I send a virtual hug to all. Whether or not Punxsutawney Phil headed back into his burrow this week, I encourage you to choose a bit of hibernation for yourselves over the next few weeks while I’m away. Rest is so important, and while I’m not a great a role model, I really am trying to practice a slower, more mindful, more self-compassionate mode of being. I hope you’ll join me!
Finally, as I wrote last week, in this new season of the pandemic many of the old problems remain. One of the most pressing is food insecurity, and, sadly, there’s a growing number of families who can no longer afford the groceries they need. Fortunately, there are many ways to help (food pantries, food banks, etc.), and I’m highlighting the following:
Families4Families: This is the local chapter of a national effort to help families get needed food during this difficult time. You may donate at the link or contribute groceries for Charlie Maner’s high school club to distribute. Congregation members Julie and Charlie Maner are happy to pick them up from your home before Feb 17. If you have any questions, and/or would like to arrange a pick-up, please email: Julie.Maner@verizon.net.
There’s also a new curbside Food & PPE (masks and hand sanitizer) Pantry located on the corner of 28th and Calvert Streets. People are invited to stop by and take what they need or contribute non-perishable items. Any food that isn’t taken will be donated to the National Capital Area Food Bank at the end of each week.
Give what you can, take what you need.
Peace and Blessings,