Dear Church Community,
I hope to see you this Sunday evening from 5:30 to 8 pm for our Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper.
Please come to share a meal, vote on the 2024 budget, and celebrate our new lay leaders. This is such an important part of our Congregational tradition: every voice has a vote, and we need yours!
In addition, the Trustees will report on the completion of our five-year capital campaign, The 2nd Century Campaign… Renewing our Foundation, and we’ll celebrate its success. Since 2020, you’ve pledged over $800,000, and we’ve replaced our church’s hundred-year-old pipes, renovated our basement, and installed an accessible bathroom on the main floor. The accessibility ramp is still to come! If you haven’t yet fulfilled your capital campaign pledge, please do. Thank you for your support.
See you Sunday!
Two weeks ago, a group of UCC Ceasefire Supporters, including three members of our congregation, joined the larger March on Washington for Gaza in Freedom Plaza. Emily Parker, Chair of our Mission & Social Action Committee, is quoted in UCC News as follows:
Jesus said, ‘Just as you have done to the least of these, you have done to me. With U.S. weapons and other support, the Israeli government has been enacting a horrific and genocidal campaign against Palestinians in Gaza that includes indiscriminate bombing, forced starvation and dehydration, destroying medical and other civilian infrastructure, and creating conditions that lead to disease.
I feel a responsibility to do what is within my power to stop this madness, especially when my government and tax dollars are sponsoring this genocide. While Palestinians are not least in the eyes of God, our elected officials treat Palestinian lives as though they are disposable. While I march for the people of Gaza, I am marching just as much for myself; I don’t want these atrocities on my conscience and in my name as an American.
Thank you for your action and witness, Emily, Kristin, and Maggie!
This Saturday, 1/27, we have another opportunity to support a Cease Fire in Gaza/Israel. Come for a vigil in front of the Washington National Cathedral from 8-9 am, as hundreds of clergy and parish delegates arrive for the Episcopal General Convention. During the convention, they’ll vote on two resolutions showing solidarity with Palestinians: 1. Suspend military aid to Israel, and 2. Divest from companies that profit from the occupation.
This vigil aims to encourage clergy and lay delegates to vote for the resolutions, so the tone should be respectful and silent except for engaging in quiet conversation with those who wish to comment or ask questions.
Signs or placards that focus on the suffering of Gazans are welcome. There will also be handouts from the Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine Israel Network for those who’d like more information.
All are welcome, regardless of denomination, faith, no faith, nationality, etc.
The Little Food Pantry needs food! Our children and youth continue to collect non-perishable food and toiletry items for St. Paul’s Food Pantry. Soups, stews, canned tuna and chicken, peanut butter, pasta, and healthy cereals are especially needed. Please bring your donations to our Little Food Pantry in the parlor. Thank you!
May peace be with you,