Grace and peace. After Easter, we start to gather a list of things we hope to accomplish over the summer. When summer arrives, it never seems long enough to accomplish them. That is what it feels like as we close in on the end our summer period. New faculty will begin their orientation tomorrow, college students will move in across the street on Saturday, and our program year will begin on September 10. I hope you are ready. Here are some upcoming activities to put on your calendar:
1. This Sunday, August 27, is the Samaritan Ministry Empower the Homeless Ice Cream and Champagne Social after the 10am service. St. Patrick’s is a long-time partner parish of Samaritan Ministry, an organization that helps the unemployed and homeless population get back on their feet. The donations raised during this period are matched, so this is the time to give to Samaritan Ministry.
2. On Sunday, September 3, we invite our new college neighbors at George Washington University to join us on for lunch and a hike in Glover-Archbold Park. If you want to join us, please let me know by sending me a quick email.
3. Kick-Off Sunday is September 10 at 10am. During the worship service, there will be a message for all ages and a backpack blessing for all of our youth and children heading back to school. After worship, we will gather for a cookout and fellowship. The kids and adventurous adults will bounce in the moonbounce. From 2-4pm, youth (Grade 5 and older) are invited to a pool party. Sign up for the pool party online.
4. I will be teaching a Tuesday evening class titled Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet. It will be based on the book by Adam Hamilton [order the book]. The class will begin on Tuesday, September 12 from 7:30-8:30pm. It will meet for 6-weeks, but not on October 3. Portions of the Moses story will be read on Sundays in September and October and the Jubilate Deo Fall Mini-Musical will be based on Moses.
5. On September 17, we will move to a two-service schedule. The Sunday School service meets at 9am. It is aimed at children in elementary school, but all are welcome. The 10:30am service will be our traditional service. Both services will have communion, music, and a clear message every week.
6. Also on September 17, we will begin a six-week Alpha course [schedule]. Several parishioners took the course last Spring at the Washington National Cathedral. We will be offering it this fall on Sundays over lunch. After the 10:30 service, participants will gather around tables for lunch followed by a presentation on the topic and then small-group discussions. Small groups will conclude at 1:30pm. Alpha and small groups is a great way to ask questions about your faith and to welcome new people into our church.
7. On October 1 at 9am, we will celebrate St. Francis with a Blessing of the Animalsservice as part of our Sunday School. If you have a pet, bring them to church (or bring a picture).
8. Beginning in October, our Sunday School theme will be the blessing of food and the problem of food insecurity here and around the world. We will offer speakers and activities that address this need. More information will be available in a future This Week at St. Patrick’s.
As you can see, we have many things ready to go for the upcoming programming year in addition to our regular offerings. I hope that you are ready to grow at St. Patrick’s.