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Sunday, April 18 with / Domingo, 18 de abril con

Rev. Stephanie Kendell

11:00 am EST
Bloom with Passion: Your Witness

Beloved Church,

On this second Sunday of Eastertide, I hope you are continuing to see God anew in our midst. Our Creating Creator calls each of us into something new with each breath we are given and what a blessing and responsibility that is. This past week I was at the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where I serve as the First-Vice Moderator of the denomination and I got to share the work that we are doing here at The Park with the wider church and help them bear witness to the living Christ in our community. I also was humbled to hear and witness the work that God is doing everywhere else. I was inspired, challenged, and filled with hope that Christ is indeed risen and doing something new in this world. Once again, I invite you to worship, bible study, Bloom in Conversation, SoulFood Fellowship, and all the other ministry that is happening here at The Park. If you have any questions, please reach out to me or Stephanie Wilson and we will help you get connected.
Dear friends, this week once again we mourn the loss of one of God’s beloved, Daunte Wright. He was a son, a partner, a father, and a beloved child of God. His life mattered. His life was holy. Our text this week talks about the responsibility we all have to preach about sin and repentance, and to bear witness to the justice seeking ways of the Gospel. All of us who follow Christ have this responsibility and are in covenant with each other and God, to hold each of us accountable to this work. I do not want to talk around this text. I want it to speak for itself. I invite you to read this passage paying particular attention to the last few lines and keeping in mind the following question, “Jesus calls us to repent for the systemic sins that took the life of both Jesus and Daunte and bear witness to God’s justice seeking ways; so, what does repentance look like in your life?” Repentance is holy work. Work for all of us. Work done with God and for God. Work that I hope we all take to heart and live out in our faith and in community. It is in that spirit that I invite us to read together these words from the Gospel of Luke.


Jesus actually stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
37 In their panic and fright, they thought they were seeing a ghost. 38 Jesus said to them, “Why are you disturbed? Why do such ideas cross your mind? 39 Look at my hands and my feet; it is I, really. Touch me and see—a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones as I do.” 40 After saying this, Jesus showed them the wounds.
41 They were still incredulous for sheer joy and wonder, so Jesus said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 After being given a piece of cooked fish, 43 the savior ate in their presence.
44 Then Jesus said to them, “Remember the words I spoke when I was still with you: everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets, and the psalms had to be fulfilled.”
45 Then Jesus opened their minds to the understanding of the scriptures, 46 saying, “That is why the scriptures say that the Messiah must suffer and rise from the dead on the third day. 47 In the Messiah’s name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of all this.

[Luke 24:36b-48 (ILB) / Lucas 24:36b-48 (NVI)]

My heart breaks for the continued trauma so many of God’s beloveds are forced to endure. May those that need safety, rest, and peace from the systemic sins of racism and white supremacy find what they need for as long as they need it, and may those that perpetuate and gain from these systemic sins repent and turn back towards God.

Shalom Yall,

Rev. Stephanie

Simple Prayer: O Lord, Help Us. Amen.
Children and Youth Ministry Update
from Kelsey Creech, Resident Seminarian

Last week, our children read about Jesus’ appearance to the disciples on Easter Sunday.
At 10 AM, our older students met to read John 20:19-31. We talked about Jesus’ first appearance and considered why Thomas may have doubted the disciple’s testimony that he was alive. We talked about why Jesus greeted the disciples with peace and found ourselves pondering what the Bible tells us about heaven.
At 10:30 AM, our younger children read the end of “Jesus Comes Back” which tells the story of Jesus’ appearance to the disciples and how he sends them to tell others of his love and forgiveness and to remember that he is with them always. As always, we prayed, sang, and said goodbye with a blessing.
This week, our older students will follow up our conversation from last week by looking into some of what the Bible tells us about heaven, and our younger students will read “Reflecting God’s Love” from Tiny Truths Wonder & Wisdom.
It was a treat to preach for you all last Sunday, and I’m looking forward to more time together going forward!

Joyfully yours,
Kelsey Creech, Resident Seminarian

(Illustration from Page 49 of the Tiny Truths Wonder & Wisdom)
April 18

What is SoulFood Fellowship?


Well, it isn't food for your stomach (though when we are able to meet again in person, we will share a brown bag lunch right after church), but it is food — almost a banquet — for your soul.  


SoulFood Fellowship is a gathering of The PARK members and friends who get together from near and far after worship on the third Sunday of each month.  We engage in conversation that is bound to get you thinking and talking.  We discuss and reflect on books, articles, documentary films, or plays —in light of our faith, Bible Study, and concern for social justice.  


Right now we’re focusing on Juan Gonzalez’s Harvest of Empire:  A History of Latinos in America.  Don't worry if you haven't read the book.  It is a slow read that calls forth loads of discussion and reflection on our country, racism, colonialism, and what God requires of us.  We would love to have you join us and share your perspective, experience, hopes, and concerns.


For more information, please contact either Richard Sturm or Stephanie Wilson.

April 19

Co-hosted by Rev. Stephanie Kendell and Rev. Arthur Stewart

With guest The Rev. Sarah Almanza

Wednesday, April 21, 1:00 pm EDT
April 25
Weekly Invitations to Community:
Pandemic of Love

Pandemic of Love is a mutual aid community of care that was started in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. It humbly began on March 14th, 2020 by one person and was intended to help her own local community. But, like an epidemic, the act of love and kindness spread quickly and is now a beautiful movement helping those in need throughout the world.

What is a mutual aid community? It connects people in need with patrons who can help with that need. This is a tangible way for people to give to each other, quickly, discretely and directly.

What’s the catch? There is none. Kind people are introduced to kind people which results in an act of kindness and human connection.

Click here for more info.
Free zoom dance and fitness classes designed for older adults

Videos anyone can watch and participate with to bring some movement and creative expression into the day:

And for those older adults who are not comfortable with or don’t have access to internet, phone classes M-F 11-12pm: (339-207-6343)

Classes are in English now but we are working on adding a Spanish speaking class soon.
Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 17, Community Lunch Program, 1:00 pm, Manhattan Church of Christ 48 East 80th Street

Sunday, April 18, SoulFood Fellowship, 12:30 pm

Monday, April 19, Bloom in Conversation, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, April 20, Finance Meeting, 6:00 pm

Tuesday, April 20, Ministry Council Meeting, 7:00 pm

Saturday, April 24, Community Lunch Program, 1:00 pm, Manhattan Church of Christ 48 East 80th Street

Sunday, April 25, Bloom with Prayer

Saturday, May 1, Community Lunch Program, 1:00 pm, Manhattan Church of Christ 48 East 80th Street

Sunday, May 2, Elders Meeting, 12:30 pm

Saturday, May 8, Community Lunch Program, 1:00 pm, Manhattan Church of Christ 48 East 80th Street

Sunday, May 9, YASS, 12:30 pm

Wednesday, May 12, Bloom with Community

Saturday, May 15, Community Lunch Program, 1:00 pm, Manhattan Church of Christ 48 East 80th Street
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