This Sunday: The Story of the Ethiopian Eunuch

Dear Friends,

Join us for online worship this Sunday August 16th at 10:00am. Our summer sermon series, Faces of Faith: Bold and Untold Stories of the Bible, continues with the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch, a black queer bureaucrat who crosses paths with Philip, resulting in a joint bible study and a baptism. It’s quite a story—found in Acts 8:26-40, in case you want to read ahead.

Join us for 10:00am Sunday Worship here
Dial-in#: 1-929-436-2866 Meeting ID 150 620 342

The Online Worship Team is looking for families and individuals to pre-record a joyful Call to Worship, that we’ll begin showcasing this fall. We hope this will help the congregation stay better connected to one another and give even more members and friends a chance to actively participate in worship. We’re specifically looking for people who have not already served as liturgists. Email me if you’d like to help and I’ll get you all the details on what we need for these brief one-minute videos.

Rev. Rachel Pacheco, our Associate Stated Supply Pastor, begins next Tuesday, August 18th. Rev. Pacheco will be focused on Children, Youth, and Family Ministry, specifically working on online spiritual formation opportunities for young ones. We look forward to welcoming Rachel next week.

And a poem from poet laureate, Joy Harjo, from her book Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings to nourish you this week:

This Morning I Pray for My Enemies

And whom do I call my enemy?
An enemy must be worthy of engagement.
I turn in the direction of the sun and keep walking.
It’s the heart that asks the question, not my furious mind.
The heart is the smaller cousin of the sun.
It sees and knows everything.
It hears the gnashing even as it hears the blessing.
The doors to the mind should only open from the heart.
An enemy who gets in, risks the danger of becoming a friend.

Peace and Courage,
Heather

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