It’s easy these days to become overwhelmed by the conditions of the world. The ugly, the violent, the oppressive, the injustices - these are what we hear about on a daily, almost moment to moment - basis.
What I would like to spend more time with during retirement is looking for the beauty and the care that does still exist if we look closely enough. This doesn’t mean I will ever give up on working for the social justice issues that need attention. After my whale watch experience, though, I was overcome by the need to do what I can to take care of the planet. The pictures that are being shared that the Webb telescope sends back to earth touch something deep inside as I contemplate the wonders of creation. We are a very small part of this universe, for sure, and yet we are loved and cared for by the creator.
I leave you with a poem by Mary Oliver (I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that she is one of my favorite poets!). To me, it speaks to the need to remember what’s good about our world.
I see or hear
that more or less
that leaves me
like a needle
in the haystack
It is what I was born for -
to look, to listen,
to lose myself
inside this soft world -
to instruct myself
over and over
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,
the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant -
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,
the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help
but grow wise
with such teachings
as these -
the untrimmable light
of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?
I leave you, knowing we are in God’s hands. And that God works for our wholeness and yearns for us to be free.
Adieu, mes amis,
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
Fans in the sanctuary
In an effort to make worship as comfortable as possible (lacking air conditioning) fans will be in use, including the ceiling fan. If the resulting circulation of air is a Covid concern for you--or you just want to keep cool--please join the service via ZOOM. Thank you for your understanding.
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
Dial in by phone: (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 817 8173 3351
Click on the image below to open/download worship bulletin and hymns.
We hope you will continue to support the mission and ministry of the church if and as you are able—online, through your bank's bill payment system, or with a check mailed to the church (500 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906). All offerings are gratefully received. Thank you!
Transcripts and audio recordings of recent sermons can be found on our website here. Audio recordings of older sermons are available here.
Pastor Deb’s last Sunday at PPC will be August 21. PPC is planning a time for celebration and closure with her during the service, and a special coffee hour afterwards.
Greetings from your Pastoral Nominating Committee (PNC)!
We are actively working through the process of selecting our final candidate. We are feeling hopeful and letting the Holy Spirit continue to guide us in this process.
Sabina Asante, Keith Cooper, Matt Harrison, Lisa Masotta, Jill Moles, Marissa Torsiello, Lee Vander Baan
Photos for Website Needed
A new website is being developed, but we are lacking recent photos. If you have photos of the church/congregation/events from about the last 4 years that you’d be willing to have included on the church’s website, could you send them to Ruth Kirlew ( email@example.com )? Are there any photos of the recent picnic? Thanks
Please read the introduction and chapter 1: “Unspeakable Conversations,” by Harriet McBryde Johnson.
If you’d like to read more of the book, please feel free to choose the chapters that most interest you.
The PPC mission highlight for June, July, August and into September is Access to the Arts. Following the overall mission theme of Awareness, Inclusion and Active Participation (via donations and volunteering), we’re highlighting the accessibility of Rhode Island arts organizations and associated nonprofits.
The highlighted organizations for the month of August and into September continues to be “Hidden Gems”.
Beavertail Lighthouse and Museum in Jamestown
This historic lighthouse is located at the southern tip of Jamestown. It is the third oldest in North America and one of the most visited landmarks in Rhode Island. While the museum is free, a $5 donation is suggested for climbers who ascend the tower.
WaterFire and The WaterFire Arts Center in Providence
The WaterFire Arts Center serves as the WaterFire Providence headquarters, production complex, and multi-purpose arts venue. Rhode Island’s 44th Annual Heritage Day Festival will be held at the Arts Center on September 17th. Admission to this family event is free.
Weekly PPC prayer meeting will be on break until mid August.
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
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: