‘Courage out of Crisis’ – Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams

Dear Friends,

Join us for online worship this Sunday July 26th at 10:00am. Our guest preacher, Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams, will be preaching “Courage Out of Crisis” from II Kings 4:1-7. Dr. Fentress-Williams is Professor of Old Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary and Senior Assistant to the Pastor at Alfred Street Baptist Church.

Join us for 10:00am Sunday Worship here

Dial-in#: 1-929-436-2866 Meeting ID 150 620 342

The Personnel Committee is pleased to announce that the Rev. Rachel Pacheco will be joining the staff as our new Associate Stated Supply Pastor. Rachel will begin this ¾ time position (30 hours per week) on August 18th and will be with us for at least twelve months. She comes from Church of the Pilgrims in Dupont Circle where she’s been serving as the Director of The Pilgrimage, a service-learning hostel that connects faith formation to social awareness and action. 

A huge thank you to the 30+ volunteers who have helped with the daily hot lunch program in Triangle Park. For the past four months, our Radcliffe Room volunteers, under the steady leadership of Phil Telfeyan, have been distributing 175 daily lunches that have been graciously provided by World Central Kitchen. Thank you to all who picked up food at Nats Stadium or area restaurants, who braved law enforcement blockades to deliver it, who helped reheat the meals and serve them to our hungry guests. By our calculations, that’s 130 back to back days of lunch service, over 22,000 World Central Kitchen meals, and 1,300 volunteer hours. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many people. Even in the midst of a pandemic, the church has continued to be the church.

At the end of next week, our Radcliffe Room volunteers will be scaling back to their original schedule of Sunday only. World Central Kitchen is scaling down and no longer able to provide us with meals, hence the change. Our partners at the Downtown Day Services Center (DDSC) will continue to provide their meals, but without the donated food from World Central Kitchen, there isn’t a need for week day Radcliffe Room volunteers. You can still support those experiencing homelessness, by volunteering on Sundays. Sign up here.

And a prayer from Sister Joan Chittister to leave you nourished this week:

Loving God,
lead us beyond ourselves
to care and protect,
to nourish and shape,
to challenge and energize
both the life and the world
You have given us.

God of light and God of darkness,
God of conscience and God of courage
lead us through this time
of spiritual confusion and public uncertainty.

Lead us beyond fear, apathy and defensiveness
to new hope in You and to hearts full of faith.

Give us the conscience it takes
to comprehend what we’re facing,
to see what we’re looking at
and to say what we see
o that others, hearing us,
may also brave the pressure that comes
with being out of public step.

Give us courage we need
o confront those things
that comprise our consciences
or threaten our integrity.

Give us, most of all,
the courage to follow those before us
who challenge wrong and changed it,
whatever the cost to themselves.
Prayer for Conscience and Courage by Joan Chittister

Peace and Courage,

Heather

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