At one church where I was a member, sang in the choir, and faithfully brought my children to Sunday school, it was a tradition of that church to put on a musical each spring. Our fellowship hall on the lower level had a great stage and so many weeks were spent building a set, making costumes, and rehearsing. One year the production was Carousel and I was cast as Aunt Nettie. She sings two well known songs - “June is Bustin’ Out All Over” and “When You Walk Through a Storm”.
The time spent in rehearsals and working together for many weeks, was a time of building relationship and fellowship. People from as far away as New York City came to audition. In working together to make something to which the public was invited we closely bonded. We were working on something that meant we had an opportunity to bring people into the church. So, it also was a community event, loved by many.
I think of this experience each year when June arrives. Suddenly, all around us leaves are bursting with spirit in their different shades of green. The rhododendrons have been spectacular this year. The quiet descends as dusk appears and there is a feeling in the air of, in Robert Browning’s words, “All’s right with the world”.
Of course, the reality is that not everything is right with the world.
I imagine that the world felt very much like it does today when Jesus walked his little patch of earth in Palestine. Perhaps, today, the major difference is that we have the capability of deploying nuclear weapons.
All of must have ways of comforting ourselves. Mine has always been music. Particularly songs. Putting words to music seems to be inspirational and at the same time comforting. Yes, June is busting out all over. Flowers and fruits and vegetables are producing delicious food for us to enjoy and colorful beauty for us to see and smell. The sun, the blue sky, the thunderstorms, the picnics, being on the beach. God has provided so generously for us. Focusing on the moment, giving thanks for life at this moment, for a little while we can experience hope.
At Pentecost, a holy wind blew through the crowd gathered to hear Peter preach, and suddenly, even though they were all speaking in different languages, they could understand one another. The miracle of the resurrection was that now, others began to understand and hear what Jesus taught. “Rabbi,” they called him.
The words to “When You Walk Through a Storm” are reassuring.
When you walk through a storm, keep your head up high,
and don’t be afraid of the dark,
at the end of a storm is a golden sky
and the sweet silver song of a lark
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Tho’ your dreams
Be tossed and blown
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone.
Those are good words to remember - we may feel like we’re in the middle of a storm right now but we’re not alone.
God’s peace and blessings,
Sunday Worship @10 am- in person and Zoom
“Hybrid” service will continue to be accessible via ZOOM
At its February 17 meeting, updated May 20, Session decided it is becoming safe enough to return to in-person worship, for those who are comfortable doing so. Previous safety precautions will continue to be in effect:
Mask wearing optional at PPC.
However, in keeping with the Department of Health recommendations, PPC continues
to encourage wearing a mask in the church building, and staying up-to-date with Covid
19 vaccines and boosters.
“Social distancing” to the extent possible
Windows will be open for ventilation – dress accordingly
“Check-in” with greeter, providing your name and phone contact #
Please attend only if you are feeling well and are symptom-free
Vaccination is strongly urged for all who are able to be
Please use the front door. The ramp entrance is not yet available. Contact the church in advance to insure that the elevator is available to you if needed.
More details on the church's reopening plan can be found HERE
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SUNDAY, 5 June 2022
Directly after worship
This meeting is for the purpose of electing the new slate of officers brought to us by the nominating committee
The Nominating Committee will offer the following slate for vote Sunday.
Elders. - Class of 2025 - Gina Bae, Matt Harrison, and Lee Vander Baan
Class of 2023 - Elder Kathy Cooper
Deacons - Class of 2025 - Suzanne Affigne, Caroline Crocker, and Sheryl Mason
Class of 2023 - Monica Vander Baan
We thank you for your prayers during this search by the members of the committee and also for the willingness of these people ready to serve PPC
Monica Vander Baan, Chair; Dan Blackford, Karen Jorge, Uluma Sharpe, members; Dep Packard, ex officio
The MIF is Live
Greetings from your Pastoral Nominating Committee (PNC)!
We have exciting news to share: our Ministry Information Form (MIF) is LIVE! This means our search is officially open on the Church Leadership Connection (CLC) database - We have already started receiving Personal Information Forms (PIFs) from seeking pastors as the system began matching us with prospective candidates. As a PNC, we are beginning to formulate our interview process so we have a standardized and equitable approach when working to narrow down our applicants. We are excited for this next huge step!
Sabina Asante, Keith Cooper, Matt Harrison, Lisa Masotta, Jill Moles, Marissa Torsiello, Lee Vander Baan
NEW PROVIDENCE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH DIRECTORY
We are excited to share with the PPC community that we are beginning to gather contact information for our church’s new directory. Our previous pictorial directory was printed 6 years ago. Marianne Harrison has volunteered to design the new directory, Sally Lockhart and Monica Vander Baan will gather the contact information from our PPC community.
There are 3 methods to share your information with us.
• Use the link in the Providence Presbyterian Publicist to enter your contact information into the Google form out the Google Form
• Contact Sally Lockhart or Monica Vander Baan by email, text or phone with your information.
• To receive a printed form to ﬁll out contact Sally Lockhart or Monica Vander Baan by email, text or phone.
Rather than having a photographer come to PPC and take photos of everyone, we would like people to send their personal photos of themselves and families for use in the directory. In looking through past church directories both from our church and other churches, we found that we the personal photos are most welcoming. Photos should be sent to Marianne Harrison.
Thank you and we look forward to receiving all the photos and contact information.
Send photos to Marianne Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Sally Lockhart by phone at 401-624-3144 from 10:00-12:00 AM or 6:00-8:00PM; by email at email@example.com
Contact Monica Vander Baan by phone at 508-479-1611; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
PVDFest andWaterFire are the PPC mission highlights for the month of June. Following the mission theme of Awareness, Inclusion and Active Participation (via donations and volunteering), these two free events highlight the beauty of RI Arts and nonprofits in our back yard.
PVDFest is one of Providence’s free outdoor signature arts festival, which starts on June 10 till June 12. Entertainment for all ages. Artists are once again ready to reinvigorate and showcase their mind blowing work of arts. This year FirstWorks has partnered with the City of Providence and will be co-producing the free festival with the city. Volunteering and job opportunities are available.
WaterFireis an experience that embraces all of the senses and all of the city, which is stated on its website.Saturday June 4 will be the first fire of the season. This free event also offers volunteering and internship programs.
Please RSVP for the Rally at the RI State House on June 11 from 12 to 2pm!
PrideFest is back – Saturday, June 18, downtown Providence.
Please contact Dan Blackford email@example.com if you can help staff the PPC/Presbyterian Promise outreach/welcome booth, set-up or pack-up; anytime, late morning until early evening; or if you would just like more information. Thanks!
No Sunday school on June 5.
June 12 will be our last Sunday school and then we’ll take a break this summer
As our church enters a new phase with the formation of a Pastor Nominating Committee, we are starting a new prayer meeting (on zoom) to pray for the PNC and our church community in this transitional season. All are welcome!
We now have two accessible parking spaces in front of the church on Hope St. Please reserve them on Sundays for those who need them. Many thanks to Lee Vander Baan and the Building & Grounds committee for working with the City of Providence to get these installed!
Volunteer Greeters Needed
In order to make it possible for in-person worship to work, we need extra volunteers!
Two volunteers are needed at every service to help greet attendees and help each person record their attendance via a sign-in sheet for the purposes of contact tracing if needed. If you are planning to attend in-person worship, please help us make the church service possible by serving as a Worship Service Greeter & Sign-In Table Volunteer:
One volunteer is needed every month (or every 4 weeks) to serve as an assistant to the Sunday School teacher for the Elementary School class. Volunteers are requested to serve for one month at a time (4 consecutive Sundays) in order to provide consistency for the students, and will also be required to undergo a background check. Please contact Kathy Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Julia Vaca (email@example.com) with any questions. And please sign up here: