I kind of like a good derecho, or mighty wind that blows through, powerful and transformative. In reality, I don’t want anyone to deal with downed trees or power lines, but it’s a great metaphor. Because wind is, for me, both energizing and clarifying—especially when it (along with the rain) clears out last week’s oppressive and pollen saturated air.
Pentecost Sunday—May 20 is the fiftieth day of Easter and marks the celebration of Pentecost. Not surprisingly, I love the story of a “violent wind” (Holy Spirit) that rushes through and makes it possible for the diverse crowd of Jesus followers, gathered together after his death, to understand each other. It’s actually one of my favorite church holidays, and we’ll celebrate it more fully next Sunday, May 27. Because May 20 is …
Confirmation Sunday! After eight months of pizza, discussions, community service, play-doh, mentor meetings and “popcorn prayers,” nine of our young teens are ready to be confirmed and have decided to become official members of the congregation. This Sunday we’ll hear their personal belief statements (credos) as part of a service they’ve designed and will lead. I hope you’ll join us to welcome and support them.
Among the things the confirmands learned this year is: what we choose to believe matters, and our lives should reflect our beliefs. Thus, if we choose to follow Jesus, our behavior should emulate his. This 16th century poem/prayer makes the point:
If you’d like to practice being God’s hands and feet, I invite you to join a few of the confirmation youth and me this Saturday afternoon to assist older adults with clean up and yardwork via Seabury Resources for Aging. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Aging-in-Place Community Service, 5/19—This Saturday our confirmation youth will spend the afternoon assisting older adults with clean up and yardwork via Seabury Resources for Aging. We’d love your help! Email: Pastor Ellen, pastor@ cpcchurch.org.
Confirmation/Coming of Age Service, 5/20—This Sunday we’ll celebrate nine young confirmands and their journeys of faith, fellowship and fun. They’ll lead the service and share their Credos (Belief Statements). Please come and welcome them as official members of our congregation!
Poetry Hour, 5/20—Join us from 4-5 pm in the church parlor and bring one or two poems on a “free-for-all” theme (with 8 copies to share). Questions? email@example.com.
FaithLife Group, 5/20—This group meets monthly from 5:30-7 pm for an ongoing discussion about the interactions of faith and life. This spring we’re exploring our beliefs, using resources at www.thisibelieve.org. Please join us! firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Paul’s Food Pantry, 6/2— We need six volunteers to serve from 9 am-Noon at St. Paul’s Food Pantry, 4900 Connecticut Avenue, www.stpaulslutherandc.org. Contact Jennifer: email@example.com.
Bible Study, 6/10—This monthly group will meet after Coffee Hour in the parlor to discuss Genesis, chapters 12 thorugh 20. All are welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org.
DC Pride Festival, 6/10— Come celebrate the LGBT community and visit our UCC Open and Affirming booth. Questions? email@example.com.