Dear Church Community,
Last Saturday we held our first outdoor event since last November. And what an event it was! We had seven family “pods” for a Baptism and Baby Dedication Service for six babies and one adult. The weather (though hot) cooperated, and we even had live music from Harold, Dawn, and Wesley (played from the parlor and balcony).
It was also our first attempt at hybrid worship, meaning Mark Turner (thank you!) videoed and live streamed the service to Zoom for those who wanted to join us from afar. There were a few glitches, but that’s okay. We have ample time for test runs before our “Welcome Back to the Sanctuary” Service on September 12, when we’ll return to the church, in hybrid worship mode, full time.
The next day we welcomed six new adult members (and baby Luca, whom you can see splashing in the baptismal water above) during Sunday worship. I’m delighted to welcome them to our congregation!
Christina and Rhea Beal
Anne Diehl and Kate Ruegsegger
This Sunday, May 30, our worship service will be offered by the staff and clergy of the UCC Central Atlantic Conference. You’ll receive the link in our regular Sunday morning worship email, and I hope you’ll tune in for this wonderful sharing with UCC congregations across the region.
I wish you a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend, taking some time to honor the lives of those who have served and departed as well as thinking about whom we honor and why. This article from Christian Century tells the story of the Mexican environmental advocate who lost his life protecting the habitat of the Monarch Butterfly. The author encourages us to consider: Our country loves the story about the guy who throws his body on the hand grenade to save his buddy. What about the guy who gives his body for butterflies?
With Grace and Peace,
P.S. If you have a suggestion for how to access vehicles of any size, shape, condition (including construction vehicles) please contact me. 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 seeking additional donations of personal or commercial vehicles. He’s also looking for generators and step-down-multi voltage transformers. Thank you!