Dear Church Friends,
I hope you’ll join us for this Sunday’s Welcome Back Service & Harvest Lunch. The service is designed for all ages, and afterward the Deacons will provide a delicious sandwich and salad picnic (if the weather cooperates, we’ll have outdoor seating).
The View from Here: In the midst of national chaos, it can be difficult to know the best role for a church. From my perspective, we’re both unavoidably located within the cultural context of our country and ideally positioned to step back and take a broader view. Thus, our congregation is both a sanctuary and a source of empowerment. It is both a safe haven in which we can rest and restore and a voice from the prophetic tradition, challenging us to work for change. I try my best to embrace this “both/and,” sometimes striking the right balance and sometimes not. But I urge us all to attempt it. As the old adage goes: The church should both comfort us in our afflictions and afflict us in our comfortableness!
Looking Ahead: As we gear up for the fall season, I’m excited about all our upcoming events and grateful to the Adult Programs and Mission & Social Action Committees for so much thoughtful and inspiring programming. This includes Bible Study, FaithLife, Spiritual Practice and our regularly scheduled Coffee Hour Conversations on a variety of topics. See the announcements below for details and stay tuned for Social Justice Happy Hour, to take place on a Friday evening coming soon!
Sunday School begins 9/16: In addition to Nursery Care (every Sunday), we’ll offer both a PreK-3rd and 4th-7th Grade Class. Kimberly Cataudella will again lead the younger grades with a roster of rotating adult volunteers from the congregation. Mirabelle Shoemaker and Bruce Grimes will teach the middle grades. If you’d enjoy assisting Kimberly one or more Sundays this year (she does all the preparation; you just show up and help), please reply to this email and/or come to Saturday’s Volunteer Orientation from 11 am to 12:30 pm at church.
High School Teen Group: All nine of our recent confirmands are now part of our Teen Group. Thus, we’re in need of a co-leader! Katie Lootens coordinates the once/month gatherings, but she needs some help. If you’d enjoy spending time with our amazing youth, please reply to this email.
Finally, we had a superb summer of solos, duets and other music in worship, and it’s now exciting to have the Adult Choir return. They have an excellent series of anthems planned for the fall, plus a benefit concert they’re preparing for winter. We’re grateful to Dorothy Mora, our volunteer Music Director, for all that she gives our congregation.
Let’s keep making a Joyful Noise!
With love and blessing,
Sunday School Volunteer Orientation, 9/8—This year, we need one adult volunteer each Sunday to assist Lead Teacher, Kimberly, with PreK thru 3rd Grade. She does the planning; you show up and help! If you can volunteer (even a few Sundays), please attend this Saturday’s 11 am orientation. RSVP: Mirabelle, email@example.com.
Welcome Back Sunday—After a summer of vacations and time away, we gather for an intergenerational worship service that celebrates our church family. This service is designed for all ages (Nursery Care is available for infants and young children if desired). Afterward, please join us for a traditional Harvest Lunch. Everyone is welcome!
Unity Walk, 9/16— The annual Interfaith Unity Walk down Massachusetts Ave begins at 1:45 pm at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St., NW. This is a great opportunity for all ages to meet our neighbors from different faith traditions. To register, see the Pastor’s Page or Moderator’s Memo.
Poetry Hour, 9/16—Join us from 4-5 pm in the parlor and bring one or two poems on any theme (with 8 copies to share). Friends welcome! Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org.
CPC Through the Decades: 80s and 90s, 9/23—We’ll gather for a final “Decades” worship service commemorating our 100th Anniversary. Come in period costume or bring personal artifacts from those decades, then browse the “museum table” during coffee hour.
Visitor Information Session,9/23—If you’d like to find out more about our congregation, please join Pastor Ellen after worship. All are welcome!
FaithLife Group, 9/23—This year’s group will meet once a month on a Sunday from 5:30 to 7 pm. At this first meeting, we’ll discuss and choose our direction. Please join us and bring your desires and ideas! If you’d like Dan to email you the short reading for this first session, contact him at: email@example.com.