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Dear Friends in Christ,

 

I am sad, despairing, and angry. These past two weeks have brought home the point that we, as a nation, are unable to do anything about the gun violence that now dominates our weekly news cycles. Three public shootings in two weeks - a racist slaughter at a TOPS in Buffalo, NY, where 10 people died. The next day, three people died at a Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Laguna, CA. Then, Tuesday of this week, 19 fourth graders and two teachers massacred at an elementary school.

 

Thoughts and prayers are not enough. Miroslav Volf wrote, “There is something deeply hypocritical about praying for a problem you are unwilling to solve.”

 

I simply don’t have the words.

 

I read this poem this week by Kaitlin Shelter, written on the 24th of this month. For those of you who have never skipped/jumped rope, the stanzas are spoken to the rhythm of the rope holders as they recite these verses. Although, obviously, not these particular words.

 

small coffins

Kaitlin Hardy Shelter

May 24 at 6:07 PM

 

susie gave her teacher apples

and billy gave her gum

and jason, leigh, and rachel

painted flowers with their thumbs

 

penny wore a red bow

michael drew a cat

and luke chased crickets

by the stream

while making paper hats

 

a b c d

listen for the bell

e f then g

it’s time to go to hell

 

miss mary mack

mack mack

all dressed in black

black black

with silver bullets

bullets bullets

all down her back

back back

 

my momma told me

to pick the very best gun

and

you

are

it

 

tag another child

dig another grave

bow your head

and tremble

for prayers that never save

 

send your kids to school

send your kids to heaven

turn your eyes away

from shooting ninety-seven

 

bury outrage

buy more votes

mock their parents

cut their throats

 

control your women

not your guns

kill your first graders

indulge your sons

 

buy them rifles

buy them bombs

cry fake tears

for grieving moms

 

susie’s red like apples

penny’s red like bows

freedom comes at such a cost

small coffins laid in rows 

 

 

“As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, ‘If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace” (Luke 19:41-42a).

 

How long, O God, how long?

 

Deb

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:
  1. Mask wearing optional at PPC.
  2. 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.
  3. “Social distancing” to the extent possible
  4. Windows will be open for ventilation – dress accordingly
  5. “Check-in” with greeter, providing your name and phone contact #
  6. Please attend only if you are feeling well and are symptom-free
  7. 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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Congregational Meeting
 
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 MIF is uploaded to the CLS System
 
Greetings from your Pastoral Nominating Committee (PNC)!

This week we uploaded our approved Ministry Information Form (MIF) to the Church Leadership Connection (CLC) platform that connects churches and prospective pastors. We expect that our search will go live early this week and we will begin receiving Personal Information Forms (PIFs) from seeking pastors as the system matches us with prospective candidates. We are faithfully grounded and ready for this next step!

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Sabina Asante, Keith Cooper, Matt Harrison, Lisa Masotta, Jill Moles, Marissa Torsiello, Lee Vander Baan
 
Mission Opportunities 
Read letter from Mission and Outreach here

The Refugee Dream Center and Beautiful Day are the PPC mission highlights for the month of May. Both organizations provide job training for refugees in Rhode Island.

The Refugee Dream Center is a post resettlement refugee agency. It offers services targeting gaps within the refugee community by ensuring continuation of services in their efforts towards self-sufficiency and integration. The Refugee Dream Center is a strong advocacy agency for the rights of refugees. Teddi Jallow, along with her husband Omar Bah, are the co-founders of the Refugee Dream Center. Teddi came to Rhode Island as a refugee in June 2009 from The Gambia and has vast experience in the refugee community and related work including community organizing, case management and interpreting. Dr. Bah is a torture survivor, former journalist and refugee from The Gambia. He is also the author of the book, Africa’s Hell on Earth: The Ordeal of an African Journalist. 

 






 

Beautiful Day is a gourmet granola company with a mission to help refugees, especially youth and the most vulnerable, to enter the job market and become welcomed, self-sufficient members of their communities. Beautiful Day helps refugees adjust to life in America by offering paid, on-the-job training. Every job is designed to be part of a hands-on classroom where trainees gain critical skills and the confidence to enter the job market. Beautiful Day was founded in 2008 by a couple of friends named Keith and Geoff (Keith is our very own PPC member, Keith Cooper!).

How can we, as individuals, help both of these organizations?

  • Financial donations are always needed to help fund the programs provided by The Refugee Dream Center and Beautiful Day.
  • Purchase granola products (bags & bars) and coffee (thoughtfully sourced, craft roasted) from Beautiful Day.
  • Volunteers are often needed to provide time and expertise in various areas for both organizations.
  • Additional opportunities are listed on the websites. 

For more information on the history and mission of The Refugee Dream Center and Beautiful Day, please check the organizations’ websites.

 

http://www.refugeedreamcenter.org

 

https://beautifuldayri.org

PPC Book Group
We decided that we will meet again by zoom on Saturday, June 25 from 10:00-11:30am. We want to move on to a new book: Maya Angelou’s All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes

Here’s the zoom link for June 25 book group meetinghttps://intervarsity.zoom.us/j/97029541984


Looking forward to our discussion on 6/25!
Sunday School

No Sunday school on May 29 or June 5  
June 12 will be our last Sunday school and then we’ll take a break this summer


questions? contact: kathycooper@aya.yale.edu or juliapvaca@gmail.com

Weekly PPC prayer meeting Monday 8pm.
 
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! 

PPC weekly prayer meetings
Monday evenings from 8:00-8:30pm
Here’s the zoom link: https://intervarsity.zoom.us/j/93319967242
Please contact Kathy Cooper for more info: kathycooper@aya.yale.edu
Accessible parking spaces

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:



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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 (kathycooper@aya.yale.edu) or Julia Vaca (juliapvaca@gmail.com) with any questions. And please sign up here:
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