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News for March 26, 2024


This Sunday, Mar 31: In-person service at 10am

Come celebrate Easter with us! Rev. Jorge Bautista will be preaching, new members will be joining the church, and we will celebrate communion. It will be a wonderful morning!


Choir will rehearse at 8:45am and sing during the service.


Don't forget to bring flowers to add to this year's flower cross. It's always different and always beautiful. You can bring your memorial lilies to the church any time.


The Giving Sunday offering for March is for Stefan Waligur's Community of Peace in Louisa, Virginia. They've made so much progress in the last few years, welcoming residential members and hosting many temporary visitors, refurbishing buildings on their property, adding a labyrinth and chickens and so forth. We regularly sing a number of chants written by Br. Stefan and this is our way of saying thank you.

Recent sermons

Check out our YouTube page to see recent sermons. Go to our archive of slides to see bulletins and slides used during recent services.

Starting in Sept 2023, recordings of our Taize services are also on the YouTube page.


Holy Week calendar

Thursday, March 28 -- Maundy Thursday, joint service at CCP (aka "the Belmont church"), 7pm. Come at 5:30 to join the Combined Choir.


Friday, March 29 -- Good Friday, joint service at CCSM (aka "the downtown church"), 7pm. The service will interweave the Seven Last Words of Christ with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's "Letter from Birmingham Jail". King wrote the letter after being arrested on Good Friday in 1963. Come at 5:30 to sing in the Combined Choir.


Saturday, March 30 -- Great Easter Vigil, joint service at CHC, 7pm. We will tell the story of the very first Easter vigil, held by Mary Magdalene at the tomb.


Sunday, March 31 -- Easter Sunday, service at CHC, 10am. Pastor Jorge Bautista preaching. We will have our traditional flower cross and memorial Easter lilies, and will also be receiving new members into the church. Come at 8:45 for choir practice.


Upcoming services and events

Worship & Arts: Sun, April 7 after worship

Come help us plan the worship calendar for spring.

• Book Group: Sun, Apr 7 (7 pm), Zoom

Our next book will be "Lost Connections: Why You're Depressed and How to Find Hope" by Johann Hari. Note new date.

• Weds discussion group: working on a new date, stay tuned

Switching gears to the historical Jesus, we will read together "Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time" by Marcus Borg. Preface and chapter 1 for the first meeting.

• Polly's Retirement Party: Sun, April 14 after worship. Smorgy lunch, see Marguerite for details.

• Postcard Parties: Sun, April 14 & 28, 3-5 pm

Writing to encourage people in Georgia to vote in their congressional primaries. If you want to write your postcards at home, see Polly for a packet with instructions, address labels and stamps.

• Taize: Fri, Apr 19 (7:30 pm) 

Our monthly Taize service, a week later than usual.


Links and resources

Playing Vivaldi in a Paris restaurant

Masterworks Chorale presents a concert of Mozart's Requiem, Bach's Magnificat, Dan Forrest's Ngokujabula! and Stephen Paulus' "The Road Home", April 6-7, Woodside HS.


Quote of the week

"I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed." -- Mary Oliver


Weekly events

• Meditation group: Wednesdays at 7:30 am

In person at the church building.

• Sunday worship: 10 am

In person at the church building.



Image: our Easter flower cross

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