September Message from the Pastor
Woe to you who make unjust policies and draft oppressive legislation, who deprive the powerless of justice and rob poor people—my people—of their rights, who prey upon the widowed and rob orphans. (Isaiah 10: 1-2)
Welcome back all of you who are returning from visiting family and friends in cooler parts! This Sunday we return to two worship services at 8:45 in Fellowship Hall and 10:45 in the Sanctuary. Our July and August combined sessions were a big success, with attendance ranging from 80 - to 130! Bryan and I appreciated a little break from leading two services, and Church Choir and band Stranger had month-long breaks each. Church members and visitors got a taste of the two different worship services, with good cross-over attendance for both of the combined venues. Since Summer services are lighter than other time of the year, everyone enjoyed the added energy of more voices lifted in praise!
Volunteers rallied during the summer to prepare accommodations for the Rincon Hospitality Program, which provides emergency shelter for people in Tucson who are “at risk and vulnerable.” The Hospitality Logistics Task Force has been busy with planning and readying the space, including shower and washer/dryer installation. Hospitality volunteers have come together to raise funds, clean, make curtains, and secure the items necessary for overnight guests. Each week, we have put up paper dolls with a specific need on the back, including personal care items, furniture, and other. Others have made in-kind donations - such as a microwave oven, refrigerator, computer, printer, TV, and exercise bicycle - which will further enhance the space and make it homey. Nancy Congdon is always eager to show the spaces to those who wish to see them. This coming Sunday, the Hospitality rooms will be open for viewing by members between services. The rooms will be ready for occupancy on Tuesday, September 5.
We have seen numerous visitors throughout the summer. Most have returned and wish to join our church. New Member Inquiry Class will be Sunday, September 10 between services in room 12 in the sanctuary building. New members will be received into membership the following Sunday, September 17, with an all church Mexican-themed brunch in between services. Gloria Valdez family and friends stand ready to gather those who wish to learn how to prepare authentic Mexican food for Sunday’s brunch on Saturday, September 16. Stay tuned for more information!
New programs this fall will include “Hebrew Women Prophets,” “Reading and Writing Spiritual Memoirs,” a bi-monthly Hospitality Vigil, “Confirmation Class for Tweens,” and a return of the Blessing of the Animals. You can also look forward to two inter-generational service-learning projects, family game nights, inter-generational potlucks, a Halloween “Trunk or Treat” and other special labyrinth experiences, and Bible studies. It also looks like we will need a separate youth program during one of the worship services, as we have five new preteens and teens!
These are just a few examples of how we are Church together. Others include Church Council, Ministry Teams, Casa Maria and Primavera food preparation, book group, Naomi’s Circle, the Easter Quilted Parament Project, and of course, always, lively and relevant worship will help to ground and guide as we live in to ministry together as the hands and feet, body and breath of Jesus.
May all be well with you in your hearts, minds, and bodies,
Read the Thursday E-letter for July 27, 2017 here.