I pray that as the rhythm of life picks up for so many of you, that the new beginnings have brought you a spirit of blessing!
As you receive this newsletter mid-week, I wanted to share some words of blessing from a devotional I wrote recently for the wider church, based on the all-important Tetragrammaton of Exodus 3, in which God reveals God’s name:
"I am who I am." - Exodus 3:14 (NRSV)
May you always remember who you are and whose you are!
This week is my first full week of my summer sabbath that the church graciously postponed for me until after my trial concluded. Thank you for this space - it means the world to me. And thank you to Rev. Stephanie and all of the church leadership who are caring for our community in my time of rest. You are all such a blessing!
Scripture: Matthew 6:9-13 (Year W):
9 “Pray then in this way:
Our Parent and Provider in heaven,
holy is your Name. 10 May your majestic rule come.
May your will be done,
on earth as in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also forgive our debtors. 13 And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from that which is evil.
Children and Youth Ministry Update
from Nordia Bennett, Children’s Minister
Hi Park Family,
May this month bring new adventures and love to you!
Last Sunday, the 10:30 am (3rd grade or younger) children explored the relationship between “Naomi and Ruth” in the Sparks Story Bible: Spark a Journey through God’s Word. We chatted about the meaning and relationship between how collective care is only possible when we take care of each other.
This Sunday, the 10:00 am (4th grade or older) youth will explore “The Narrow Door”, Luke 13:22-30 in the “Who Can We Be Together? A Biblical Exploration of Luke 13”. The 10:30 am (3rd grade or younger) children will explore the relationship between “Ruth and Boaz” in the Sparks Story Bible: Spark a Journey through God’s Word.
From Bonnie English and Coalition for the Homeless, Inc.:
The start of the new school year is just around the corner, and we still need your help providing homeless children with the essential supplies they need to succeed!
Just $20 will allow us to provide one child with a brand-new backpack filled with essential supplies, including notebooks, folders, markers, calculators, and more.