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Dear Friends in Christ,

 

With the chaos that surrounds us nationally and internationally right now, it is good to have a wedding to witness to right here in our midst. While we rage against the decisions that the highest court in the land makes, it is good to remember that love is alive and brings a spark of joy into our lives. While we wonder how we can possibly ensure that the planet, the creation that was given for us to enjoy, will survive the wild fires, the hurricanes, and storms, it is good to remember who we are. 

 

We are Christians and we work hard to keep our planet alive and for justice to prevail. We do this because we have hope that there is a new world coming. We are planting the seeds of that new world right now.

 

It is good to remember that time beside the ocean calms our souls. The waves keep coming and children still play on the beach building sand castles.

 

It is good to remember that a walk in the woods, of which there are so many surrounding us, brings us into sync with the beauty of growing trees. With sun dappled leaves that whisper hope in our ears.

 

It is good to remember that children still celebrate the end of the school year and this year have been able to do so in person in so many school districts. These are possibly celebrations with ice cream cones!

 

It’s good to remember that near or far, our families are there for us. Offering us strength in the hard times and celebrating with us in the good times.

 

It is good to remember that God dwells among us and loves us. Our foibles, our indiscretions, our hurtful behaviors, all of these won’t keep us out of the circle of love that God has created.

 

This poem by Mary Oliver comforts me in my moments of panic. Maybe it will resonate with you, too.

 

I Worried

Mary Oliver

 

I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers

flow in the right direction, will the earth turn

as it was taught, and if not how shall

I correct it?

Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven,

can I do better?

Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows

can do it and I am, well,

hopeless.

Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,

am I going to get rheumatism,

lockjaw, dementia?

Finally, I saw that worrying had come to nothing.

And gave it up. And took my old body

and went out into the morning

and sang.

 

May we spend a week with no worries. And lots of singing.

 

Blessings and peace,

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


Welcome to online worship with PPC!
 
To join the worship service over Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81781733351
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.
Click here to read our Mission Study Statement
PNC Updates
 
Greetings from your Pastoral Nominating Committee (PNC)!

This week we finalized our interview process for pastoral candidates and began the process of reviewing applications. We have 27 applicants so far. We are moving ahead with our planned timeline and look forward to our mock interview with COM (Committee on Ministry) in the coming weeks. Please keep us all in your prayers! 

Here is the link to our MIF on the CLC site: https://clc.pcusa.org/CIFViewQuery.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fOpportunitySearchResults.aspx&cif=10939.AG

Here is the PDF for our MIF: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rDhuGp8u9kq-ELe6pJFHW-s_-axQ9ESw/view?usp=sharing


Sabina Asante, Keith Cooper, Matt Harrison, Lisa Masotta, Jill Moles, Marissa Torsiello, Lee Vander Baan
 



Picnic at Lippitt Park  on Sunday June 26, after the worship service.
Everyone is invited to picnic at Lippitt Park (off Hope Street and Blackstone Blvd), and should bring your own picnic lunch for you/your family, as well as BYO chair or picnic blanket.
PPC Book Group
We decided that we will meet again by zoom on Saturday, August 20 from 10:00-11:30am. We will be reading portions of a book that Suzanne recommended to us: Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, by Alice Wong. 

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. 


Here’s the zoom link for Aug. 20: https://intervarsity.zoom.us/j/91586576685

We’re looking forward to our discussion in August!
Mission Opportunities 
Read letter from Mission and Outreach here

 

The PPC mission highlight for June, July and August is Access to the Arts. 

Following the overall mission theme of Awareness, Inclusion and Active Participation (via donations and volunteering), we’re highlighting the beauty of Rhode Island arts organizations and associated nonprofits in our back yard.

The highlighted nonprofit arts organization for the balance of June and into July is WaterFire. WaterFire is an experience which embraces all of the senses and all of the city and offers a multitude of volunteering opportunities. The season runs from April 9th through December 3rd (the full schedule and details can be found on the WaterFire website).

Particularly important lightings will be on July 30th (RI Defeats Hep C), August 13th (Celebrating Rhode Island’s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Communities), August 27th (Clear Currents Community Paddling Night), September 24th (Celebrating Educational Excellence in RI) and November 5th (Salute to Veterans).


https://waterfire.org

Sunday School

Sunday school is on a summer break.

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
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 marianne.harrison@gmail.com

Contact Sally Lockhart by phone at 401-624-3144 from 10:00-12:00 AM or 6:00-8:00PM; by email at sallyelockhart@gmail.com

Contact Monica Vander Baan by phone at 508-479-1611; or by email at monicavanderbaan@gmail.com


Contact Information for PPC new Directory Link


Thank you Marianne, Sally and Monica
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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