Picnic postponed until next week; new Bible study Tuesday; church re-opening September 5.
Dear Friends in Christ,
This past week the Nurture committee and Session met with the discussion at both meetings centering on the re-opening of the church on 5 September. We are excited to think about having bodies in the pews again and being able to worship together. Many details need to be completely ironed out but our main concern will be that we keep people safe. We will be requiring the wearing of masks anywhere in the church building, sign in at the front door (with only one entrance being allowed except for those who must use the elevator), and seating that is socially distancing. We are also asking that on our first Sunday back families and individuals choose a seat that they are comfortable with and then return to that seat each Sunday so that if we need to do contact tracing we will have an idea of what people were seated with what people. We want to be proactive in doing contact tracing. More information on these important topics will be sent to you as we get closer to September but please be aware that although we will be worshipping together, our worship may not look the same as it did before the pandemic.
Offering plates will be located at the entrance where on communion Sundays you will collect your pre-packaged elements to hold on to until we begin communion. We are still questioning the safety of singing!
Nurture committee is seeking an elementary school teacher. Again, more information will be forth coming but if you know of anyone who might be interested in this position, please let Kathy Cooper or other members of the Nurture committee know. This will be a paid position. Other teacher positions will be on a volunteer basis and we will need volunteers to step forward. We are planning to put a sign up vehicle in the Publicist so that you can determine which months you are available to be a teaching aide.
Also, in the Publicist will be a sign up vehicle for serving as elders, ushers, or deacons for the responsibilities of contact tracing and/or sign in aid at the door. For such responsibilities as coffee hour servers or ushers we will hold trainings at the end of August. These will be vital sign-ups as we won’t be able to re-open if we don’t have the people needed to make our gathering together safe. Please consider prayerfully what it is that you can do to be a part of our safe re-opening.
What are some of the expectations you may have for this re-opening? What are your concerns? There will be an opportunity for you to share your thoughts with session later in August. We want to know what your concerns may be about gathering together and if you feel comfortable joining with us in the sanctuary. As Session completes the protocol for our re-opening your input will be extremely helpful.
This Tuesday, 20 July, we will be having Bible study. Our study will focus on Matthew 19:1-12, titled “Teaching about Divorce”. If you have ever wondered what was happening in this passage and what the message is that Jesus is trying to impart, join us for what promises to be a lively discussion.
Psalm 89 is one of our readings this Sunday. “I will sing of your steadfast love, O LORD, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens…(Psalm 89:1-2).
When we are confronted by conflict or personal obstacles in our lives, are we able to recite these words and truly trust them? When you are hurt by others’ actions, do you remember that God longs for your wholeness and continues to love you through the pain, the tears, and the hurt? You can count on God’s love – the chesed that Jeremiah talks about continually. Through personal experience in the last few weeks of hurt and sorrow, I have tried to hold onto these words and remember that sometimes our worst hurts are our best teachers. Through them, we grow and come to see how real the faithful love of God is. I pray for strength for all of us.
By phone: call (646) 558-8656 and enter meeting ID 817 8173 3351
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While we are unable to pass the offering plate during worship, 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!
We invite you to stay online after worship for our virtual coffee hour.
Transcripts and audio recordings of recent sermons can be found on our website here. Audio recordings of older sermons are available here.
Picnic at Lippitt Park NEXT Sunday, July 25
The church picnic at Lippitt Park has been postponed until next Sunday, July 25, after worship. Bring your own food/drinks and chair/blanket. See you there!
Bible Study this Tuesday @ 5:30pm
This Tuesday, July 20, at 5:30pm, we will be having Bible study. Our study will focus on Matthew 19:1-12, titled “Teaching about Divorce.” If you have ever wondered what was happening in this passage and what the message is that Jesus is trying to impart, join us for what promises to be a lively discussion. Contact Pastor Deb at email@example.com for the link to join online.
The next PPC book group gathering will be on Saturday, July 31, from 10:00-11:30am to discuss Louise Erdrich’s recent novel, The Night Watchman. Erdrich was awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for this book!