Announcements: March 18, 2018
The cross in the sanctuary was created by Sister Jeanne Dueber, an artist who lives and works with the Sisters of Loretto at the Loretto Motherhouse in Marion County, Kentucky. It is on loan to CHPC from David Wilding. The downcast view of the cross (Jesus’ head is bowed in prayer for the world) during Lent will be turned to the ascending view for Easter.
Minute for Mission: This morning’s Minute for Mission is being presented by Carolyn Thalman. In addition to being Jennifer Thalman Kepler’s mother and Carolina and Jo Jo’s grandma from New Jersey, Carolyn is a member of the Advisory Committee for Presbyterian Disaster Service, one of the three ministries supported by the One Great Hour of Sharing, and is an active PDA volunteer.
One Great Hour of Sharing: CHPC children are encouraged to be part of the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering, which will be received on Palm Sunday (March 25) and Easter (April 1). Fish banks have been distributed at Sunday School, and additional banks are available in the narthex. Children will be invited to bring them forward as part of the offering on Easter Sunday.
Youth Group (for youth in grades 6-12) will meet after worship in Henry Young Hall for lunch. They will then go to the Cherokee Park (or, if weather is bad, to the Speed Art Museum). If you have questions, contact Nikki Green (548-3589 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Sisters of Sarah Book Group will meet today, March 18, at 4:00 PM at the home of Barbara Barnes, 326 Norbourne Boulevard. We’ll be discussing Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande. For more information, contact Eva Stimson (email@example.com or 727-6778).
You are invited to a Lunch and Learn on Disability Justice and Why It Matters to All of Us led by Independence Seekers Project and sponsored by Louisville SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) on Thursday, March 22, 1:00-2:30 PM, Mariposa Place, 1520 Baxter Avenue. A light lunch will be served. Donations to Independence Seekers Project are welcome. Find out more about why disability justice is connected to the struggle for racial and economic and gender justice. Independence Seekers Project combines healing, leadership and activism by and for people with disabilities.
Adult Sunday School in March has focused on the history, theology, programs and policy positions of the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS). The OGHS offering will be received on Palm Sunday and Easter. This year’s OGHS theme is “Repairers of the Breach,” a reference to Isaiah 58 and the promised role of the righteous who hear and respond to God’s call for justice. On March 24, we will examine some specific efforts funded through the three OGHS programs: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Self-Development of People, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program. The class meets in the Gathering Room (back building) each Sunday at 9:45 AM, and everyone is invited to participate.
Adult Sunday School in April: Join the Generosity Team for four Sundays starting April 8 to learn more about new thinking on church giving and the role of stewardship in congregational mission. We’ll be reading and discussing Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate, by J. Clif Christopher, a short, easy-to-read overview of the topic. Copies of the book will be provided; please let Andrea Trautwein know if you plan to come so enough copies will be available—Andrea’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easter Lily Sign-Up: We will be decorating the sanctuary with Easter lilies on Sunday, April 1. If you would like to order a lily, please sign up on the sheet located in the narthex. If you wish, you may designate your lily in memory or in honor of someone. Cost will be $10.00. Please make check payable to CHPC and designate for Flower Fund.
Opportunity to Provide Lunch for Youth Group: The Youth Group is in need of more lunch providers. If you are interested in providing a lunch for the CHPC Youth Group, please contact Paul Kepler at (703-622-2906 or email@example.com) or Kim Aycock (646-341-7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have already provided this school year, we will gladly accept your help a second time! Thank you for supporting our youth.
Recycling Bins in the Narthex Kitchenette Area: The Earth Care team is making it easy for you to be kind to our earth! Recycling containers have been set in the narthex kitchenette area for your spent toner cartridges, light bulbs, and batteries. Earth Care team will see that they are delivered to the proper disposal facility, rather than end up in the landfill. Earth Care team will also put Earth Care shopping bags within easy reach—look for them in the same cabinet as the Fair Trade coffee. Just $5.00/bag, they make an excellent gift (or wrapper for a gift).
A chart of the Call Process that was shared with the congregation at the Annual Congregational Meeting last Sunday is attached to the bulletin board in the room off the narthex and on CHPC’s web site. If you have any questions about where we are in the process of calling a pastor or how you can be involved, address them to the transitional pastor (Elisa Owen) or your elders (Doug Aycock, Justin Banks, Beverly Bartlett Turner, Soni Castleberry, Seth Craigo-Snell, Stephanie Gregory, Alan Pauw, Daylen Payton, Marcus Perry, Eric Proctor, Eva Stimson, and Sandy Weldy-Cook) or the Transition Team approved by Session in February (Stephanie Gregory, Todd Rogers David Sawyer, and Andrea Trautwein).
Gena’s Tree: With the breakup of areas where people who are homeless have been living, there is increased need for backpacks (adults or children), sleeping bags (adults or children), and blankets. If you have any of these items—gently used or new—and can donate them, leave them at Gena’s Tree (in the room off the narthex) and they will be delivered to the appropriate agency. Diapers and baby wipes are always appreciated by our friends at La Casita. We are also collecting donations for Semple Elementary’s STEAM [science, technology,
engineering, arts, and mathematics] Lab: markers, colored paper, tape, popsicle sticks, plastic cups, rulers, calculators, rubber bands, straws, toothpicks, Q-tips, masking tape, plastic silverware, pipe cleaners, aluminum foil, ziplock bags, CDs, uncooked pasta, LEGOs, yardsticks, paper plates, tape measures, notebook cards, glue sticks, and balloons. Leave offerings to Gena’s Tree in the room off the narthex and they will be delivered to the appropriate agency.
Holy Week at CHPC
Palm/Passion Sunday, March 25, at 10:45/11:00 AM
We’ll begin with a festive Palm Celebration on the plaza beginning at 10:45 AM. Worship will begin as usual at 11:00 AM with a Palm Processional. The service will then move into the events that followed Jesus’ festive entry into Jerusalem.
Maundy Thursday, March 29, at 7:00 PM
We will worship with the French Language Outreach Ministry (FLOM) and the Anamchara Faith Community (the other congregations who use our sanctuary). The service will include hand or foot washing and Holy Communion as we remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples.
Good Friday, March 30, at 12:15-12:45 PM
This half-hour service includes scripture and music, surrounded by silence as recall Jesus’ death on a cross.
Easter Sunday, April 1, at 11:00 AM
Come and celebrate Resurrection! Bring a rhythm instrument and join the drum circle after worship to make a joyful noise!