Dear Church Community,
Our congregation typically thinks of itself as autonomous, and according to our denomination’s polity (governance structure) we do indeed have the privilege of making our own decisions. At the same time, we’re part of something greater, the United Church of Christ (UCC), and this denomination includes congregations, associations, and conferences across the United States.
As a United Church of Christ Congregation, our church is part of the Potomac Association (almost forty UCC churches in the DMV), Central Atlantic Conference (all UCC churches in DC, Maryland, Delaware, and parts of New Jersey and Virginia) and the denomination as a whole, with its national offices in Cleveland, Ohio.
Like each individual UCC Congregation, the UCC Associations and Conferences have committees, boards, and elected leaders (Moderator, Treasurer, etc.) as well as annual meetings! This Saturday morning, May 1, is the Annual Spring Meeting for the Potomac Association (PA), and members of all PA congregations are welcome. If you’d like to participate, register here.
The Potomac Association is currently seeking volunteers. This short video shares some information about the different opportunities available to participate in God’s ministry of love and transforming justice in the greater DC area. Open positions include: Assistant Treasurer, At-Large Board Member, Committee on Ministry, Justice and Witness Committee, Faith Formation Committee, and Higher Education Committee. If interested, please email Rev. Holly Jackson at email@example.com.
Nurturing Love of Neighbor in the World:
As I shared during worship last week, Celestine’s home community has gratefully received the donated van and household supplies he shipped in February. Given the success of this shipment and the great need of his community, Celestine is now seeking donations of personal or commercial vehicles of any size, age, make, location, or condition (working/not working). This includes any type of construction or heavy-duty vehicle. He’s also looking for generators and step-down-multi voltage transformers.
Celestine now has a shipping payment plan with a shipping agent to make overseas transport more affordable (hence, he is not seeking financial contributions). If you have any leads (or a vehicle you can donate) please email me. Thank you!
Nurturing Love of Neighbor in DC:
Over the next two months, the Mission & Social Action Committee (with support from the Capital Campaign Project Team) will host five Coffee Hour Conversations featuring organizations we currently support. I hope you’ll join us!
In addition, there’s still time to volunteer with Jubilee Jobs online this Saturday, 5/1, from 9 am–Noon to help job applicants with resumes, job applications, and mock interviews. You’ll be given all the info you need to be a great job coach! To participate, email Ashley: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Coffee Hour Conversations:
May 2—Global Ministries
May 9— Jubilee Housing
June 6—Joseph’s House
June 13—Shaw Community Center
June 20—Jubilee Jobs
Meanwhile, as we continue (as a nation and people) to struggle with both the legacy and current reality of racism, I ask you to stay strong and centered. This work is both the responsibility of and a great challenge for White people, and it’s important to pace ourselves so we don’t flame out. This isn’t a “one and done” issue; we’re going to need to go long and stay deep. Black people are tired; it’s time for White people to step up.
Peace and Blessings,