Our Youth will be leading us in the morning worship. It is certain to be a time of rich and lively worship.

Dear Friends in Christ,


On this beautiful, iconic evening in early June, as I write this I am amazed that two years ago I arrived in Providence in just such weather. How did two years pass by so quickly? I have loved this city since my arrival and now in my retirement, I won’t be far away as I move to West Warwick.


Time is a man made concept, my children liked to remind me. There is, though, a circular image of a year. And a life. Time has been much on my mind as I approach yet another transition in my life. And, as I view this church transitioning to a new pastor.


What comes to mind is the mandala, a geometric figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism. It is a circular design that symbolizes the idea that life is never ending and everything is connected. This is for everyone and the world, and for the spiritual journey within each viewer of the mandala.


Across the street from the church where my family worshiped in Rochester, there is a Buddhist center. One year, the monks living there designed a mandala on their property and the public was invited in to watch as they created their work of art. It was amazing to watch. We were told that they always make sure to make one mistake (at least) in the design signifying that only God is perfect. After a few days of display, this masterpiece was destroyed.


Peter, Paul, and Mary, wrote a controversial song about the mandala which you can listen to by clicking on to the link at the end of this essay.


This wondrous work created by living hands only to be destroyed has stayed within me. So much so, that when I was going through the process of becoming ordained, in one of my essays (and there are numerous essays to be written!) I wrote something about the great mandala. Some members of the CPM immediately became suspicious of my credentials! Was I trying to slip in some Eastern religion? I was rescued by one of the members who asked, “Were you thinking of the Peter, Paul, and Mary song?” I immediately responded, “yes”, and we moved on.


Still, like a labyrinth, we have much to learn from the mandala. We are all connected. We, who live on this earth in 2022, are together on this great mandala. If one of us is suffering, we all are affected.


As I say goodbye, I see myself as stepping off my place in the circle as a transitional pastor at PPC and moving either ahead or behind and taking my place with another group. You are going forward in your journey ahead. Yet, we have spent this time together. We made up part of the intricate design together on this mandala.


The song, “The Great Mandala” is an anti-war song. Will we continue to accept the way our leadership leads us along quietly and blindly, circling and circling and making no difference? At what point will we say and act as if what we do has the power to make even a small change to the design as it has always been created? 


There is hope if we become the co-creators of a new design, a new way of being. That is what Jesus is pointing us toward. 


In the meantime, I am thankful for the time I have had spent with you all on this part of our journeys. We have been together through a difficult time and we have done what we could to bring hope into our lives.


In Christ’s love,


PETER, PAUL & MARY ~ The Great Mandella ~

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:
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 met to discuss the interview process and the timeline for the next phase of our search. We will continue working on the interview process in June, including a mock interview with someone from the Presbytery. We plan to begin reviewing applications in July and hopefully have a preliminary round of virtual interviews completed by the end of July. Please continue to hold the PNC and the search process in your prayers!

Here is the link to our MIF on the CLC site:

Here is the PDF for our MIF:

If you haven't had an opportunity to provide feedback, it's not too late. We want to hear from everyone! We urge you to reach out to a PNC member or complete the Google Form.

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

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

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

Contact Monica Vander Baan by phone at 508-479-1611; or by email at

Contact Information for PPC new Directory Link

Thank you Marianne, Sally and Monica

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, 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 meeting

Looking forward to our discussion on 6/25!
Mission Opportunities 
Read letter from Mission and Outreach here

PVDFest and WaterFire 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.

WaterFire is 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.


PrideFest is back – Saturday, June 18, downtown Providence.

Please contact Dan Blackford 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!

Sunday School

June 12 will be our last Sunday school and then we’ll take a break this summer

questions? contact: or

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:
Please contact Kathy Cooper for more info:
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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Contact the leaders listed below if you are interested in getting involved.
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