June is proving to be a busy and creative month here at SCC! Our committees, ministry teams, and task forces have been busy at work, for sure! It is also so exciting to witness the expansion of our SCC Food Pantry and outreach to the community. Thank you so much for all of your leadership and dedication to the work of this church.
Here are some special announcements for this month:
Sunday, June 6: Service Project Sunday! This Sunday we will follow Jesus out of the sanctuary (and Zoom!) and into our community for service projects at 10:00 a.m. I hope that many of you will be able to participate in one of three projects. We will gather back at the church for coffee hour with Communion at 11:15 a.m. The library will be open as well as the labyrinth in the auditorium with Lisa Haupt as your guide. The “unofficial” sermon title for this Sunday is, “God’s Will,” – being the hands and feet of Jesus in our community to serve God’s people.
Tuesday, June 8: I will be offering an in-person presentation, hosted by our Library Team, on Brit’s Home in Grand Goave, Haiti, and my work there in the church library at 10:00 a.m. This will also be available for viewing on Zoom. Coffee and refreshments will be provided. I hope you will be able to come and hear more about this remarkable story!
Saturday, June 12: Women’s retreat, “A Prayerful Pause,” at Mercy by the Sea
Sunday, June 13: An outdoor service followed by a church-wide picnic. New church members will be installed and recognized during the service.
Saturday, June 19: Celebrating the marriage of Laura DellaFera and Ethan
Sagin here at 2:30 p.m. (Wedding rehearsal here at 4:00 p.m. on Friday)
Sunday, June 20: Invited guest preacher, the Rev. Marilyn Kendrix, Retired Bridge Conference Minister, SNEUCC; and the recognition of graduates by Lisa Haupt.
June 21-24: “Take Heart, Take Action” community service youth program led by Lisa and me with assistance from church volunteers, here at the church, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 26: Memorial service for Jan Muller in the Meeting House at
Sunday, June 27: Open and Affirming Sunday; invited guest preacher, the Rev. James Ross II, Minister for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, SNEUCC
I will be on retreat at Mercy by the Sea June 13 (after church) through June 17.
I offer you this blessing for the season of Pentecost
May the enthusiasm of Spirit leap incessantly within you and help you to live a vibrant life.
May the warmth of Spirit’s fire be extended through your concern and care for all those who need your love.
May the blaze of Spirit’s courage enable you to speak the truth and to stand up for respect, dignity, and justice.
May the undying embers of Spirit’s faithfulness support you when you feel spiritually dry and empty.
May Spirit’s patient endurance be yours while you wait for what is unknown to be revealed.
May the steady flame of Spirit’s goodness within you convince you every day of the power of your presence with others.
May you be mindful of the Eternal Flame within you. May you rely on this Source of Love to be your constant ally and steady guide. Amen.
(Adapted from Out of the Ordinary, by Joyce Rupp)
Summer blessings and love to each of you,