Spring (I think!) Greetings~
It’s chilly and windy as I write this. But, after spending half of last month in Minnesota, I’ll take it! There’s nothing like six-degree weather in April. Thus, I’m happy to be back in a clime with daffodils, cherry blossoms and newly greening trees. It restoreth my soul.
I want to thank you for your thoughts, prayers and back-up while I was at the Mayo Clinic with Tate. It was a challenging program (both for the one with chronic illness and for those supporting him), but ultimately (thank God) productive. Tate is now back at school full-time and even returning to Tae Kwon Do! Amazing grace (and a lot of hard work…).
This week I want to highlight a couple of opportunities to reach out beyond our little worlds of home/neighborhood/church and work. I know many of us care passionately about social issues, but it’s often difficult to find the time to get involved and do something. The good news is: we’ve done the organizing! All you have to do is show up.
Jubilee Jobs, 4/21—The Mission & Social Action Committee is hosting a volunteer morning at Jubilee Jobs THIS SATURDAY from 9 am–Noon. Volunteers will receive a brief training and work with applicants on resumes, online job applications, and mock interviews. This is a great opportunity to offer one-time assistance or learn more about Jubilee Jobs and become a regular volunteer. It’s conveniently located in Adams Morgan at 2712 Ontario Road NW. You can sign up here or email questions to Ashley, email@example.com.
Doing Justice in DC, 4/22—THIS SUNDAY we are cosponsoring an Affordable Housing Forum, featuring D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine. The program will begin at 12:30 pm at First Congregational UCC, 945 G St. NW, with light refreshments beforehand. Racine will address a variety of issues related to low income housing, tenants’ rights and how communities of faith can support his work to help our DC neighbors in need. We will end homelessness only when there are homes all people can afford! RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or email questions to Serena, email@example.com.
This Sunday, I hope you will also join us for an Earth Day Service featuring choral selections from Vivaldi’s Gloria and readings from the great environmental prophet, John Muir. Let heaven and nature sing!
Many blessings to you and yours,
Bible Study, 4/22—The new monthly Bible Study group will meet after Coffee Hour in the parlor. We’ll read and discuss Genesis 3-5. All are welcome. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s Sunday, 5/6—Come to our annual Sunday School-led worship service, starring our wonderful young actors, theologians and musicians! Visiting children and youth will be included in the festivities.
Confirmation/Coming of Age Sunday, 5/20—Join us for this celebration of ten young teens and their journey of faith, fellowship and fun. They’ll design the service and share their Credos (Belief Statements) as part of worship. Come and support these amazing youth; we are so happy to welcome them as members of the congregation!