And congratulations to our high school graduates: Anders Brodnax, Sarah Brodnax, Tate Corrales, Maggie Davis, Cole Maner and Cole Osborne. It seems like only yesterday (four years ago) they were confirmed, and now they’re heading out into the world! We wish them traveling mercies and Godspeed.
Speaking of high school, Katie Lootens is looking for a co-leader to assist with next year’s teen group (comprised of this year’s nine confirmands). If you’d be interested in helping out once a month, beginning in September, please contact email@example.com. It’s a great group of young people!
This Sunday, I hope you’ll join us for a 100th Anniversary Service celebrating the 60s & 70s. Wear your bell bottoms, tie dye, peace beads and prepare to get groovy! We’ll also celebrate Father’s Day and two baptisms. After worship, we hope you’ll stay for a Coffee Hour reception, light lunch and service activity (sandwich making for Martha’s Table).
Recently, I’ve preached about Jesus’s countercultural, even subversive messages of Sabbath and Kingdom creation. To read them, you can go to the sermon page on this website. But today I think it’s time for a gentler message.
These are dark times— spiritually, socially and politically. And our bodies respond to what I’m going to call “evil” in a variety of ways. We might get agitated, depressed, energized or fearful. Most of us will feel overwhelmed. Thus, I want to state directly: “if you’re struggling, I am here.” I’m happy to talk in person, via phone or over email. But, please, do not suffer alone. You are not alone. You’re part of a truly loving community, of which I’m just one part. We are here for you. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, a couple of weeks ago I included the poem, The Summer Day (by Mary Oliver) in both my pastor’s page and the sermon following it. It’s a wonderful poem that ends with the question: “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Today, I share a poem I consider to be its companion, and I hope it nourishes you as it has me.
by Dawna Markova
I will not die an unlived life,
I will not live in fear
Of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days
To allow my living to open me,
To make me less afraid,
To loosen my heart
Until it becomes a wing,
A torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance; to live
So that which came to me as seed
Goes to the next as blossom
And that which came to me as blossom
Goes on as fruit.
Know you are Loved,
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
100th Anniversary 60s & 70s Service, 6/17—Join us for a service celebrating these groovy decades, followed by a Coffee Hour reception, light lunch and mission activity. We’ll also celebrate Father’s Day and two baptisms!
Summer Social Documentary Series, 6/20—We’ll kick off the series with Before the Flood, a National Geographic documentary focusing on climate change and its effects on communities around the world, www.beforetheflood.com . Join us at 7 pm for the movie followed by a discussion. Admission is free, with donations going to the faith-based environmental group, Interfaith Power and Light, www.ipldmv.org. Questions? email@example.com.
Poor People’s Campaign Rally, 6/23—Join us on the National Mall next Saturday at 10 am between 7th and 9th Streets for words of inspiration, spirit-filled music and the chance to connect and strategize with advocates from around the country. If you plan to attend, please tell Lisa Jenkins or Pastor Ellen, firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can RSVP to the UCC Justice and Witness Office.
July Preaching Fellow—We’ll welcome Tonetta Landis-Aina, M.Div. as our preaching fellow on Sundays, 7/8 thru 8/5. She will preach a series on the Book of Job, entitled “Sassy Love, Sacred Faith.” Stay tuned for more information.