From Rev. Rachel Pacheco

Dear Friends,

We hope to see you in worship this Sunday, February 14 at 10:00 am.

Join us on Zoom at 10:00am
Dial-in: 1-929-436-2866 Meeting ID: 150 620 342

On Sunday, I will be preaching on the Transfiguration recounted in Mark 9:2-9. The music this week features NYA’s Whitney McColley in a beautiful new solo arrangement of “Make Me A Channel of Your Peace” newly arranged by gospel/jazz artist Mark Hayes. Whitney also leads the contrasting hymns this Sunday, that includes long time favorite, “Immortal Invisible, God Only Wise,” contrasted with a newer hymn,” Jesus, Take Us To the Mountain,” sung to “Unser Herrscher,” an ancient German tune. Everyone is invited to sing along during the hymns!

If you missed the Annual Meeting this past Sunday, or would like to read more and see photos of the extensive congregational life in 2020, you can view the Annual Report here with a few small corrections from last week.

The season of Lent begins this Wednesday. We will gather on Zoom for a special worship service on Ash Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 pm. Because we cannot gather in person for the imposition of ashes, please have on hand oil or soil, to make the sign of the cross on your forehead, marking the beginning of the Lenten journey.

Join us on Zoom at 7:00 pm
Dial-In: 1-301-715-8592; Meeting ID 864 6832 5374

Keep an eye out for Tuesday’s Inspiring Moments email for a Lent calendar and spiritual formation options.

I will be on vacation and study leave for two weeks, starting Monday, February 22, and returning Tuesday, March 9. Please email me by this Wednesday, February 17, if you need anything before I leave.

I’m hearing lately that many of us are hitting another collective “pandemic wall” right now. Here is a verse to hum as we make our way through each day.

Be still, my soul! for God is on your side;
bear patiently the cross of grief or pain:
leave to your God to order and provide,
who through all changes faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul! your best, your heav’nly Friend
through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Peace,
Rachel

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