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Enthusiasm, Pentecost, and Saying Thanks to Andrew

 Dear friends,

What an exciting month we have to look forward to here at First Church. As I write this, eleven of us are preparing to visit the Pacifica Institute in Sunnyvale, to learn from their Muslim community, and to share an Iftar dinner. An amazing opportunity — and you know what? It all stemmed from a conversation we struck up during the Redwood City 150th Anniversary Festival downtown.

On Sunday, June 11, at 2 pm I’ll lead a worship service at Casa de Redwood, and we’ll visit with our friends there. Then, at 5 pm, we’ll gather at First Church to celebrate Pentecost. In many ways Pentecost is my favorite of the Christian holy days, and it’s a totally modern one.

Pentecost is all about diversity, and enthusiasm. Pentecost commemorates the moment when the Holy Spirit filled the followers of Jesus, and equipped them to preach the Gospel in their own native tongues. When we say we welcome you just as you are, that’s part of what we mean.

We’ll have at least five languages represented in worship on Sunday — can you guess which ones? There will also be special trumpet music, and another unique communion table design (thanks, Joyce!) to look forward to. You’re invited to join me in wearing red, to symbolize the fire of God’s Holy Spirit.

Sunday will also be a time to say thank you to Andrew Jamieson, who has served as one of our piano accompanists for over two years. Andrew has done a terrific job leading us in song, wowing us with postludes, and showing flexibility and good humor at all times. Please let him know how much he has been appreciated.

Andrew will still fill in for us in the future, but as we grow and expand our worship experience, First Church is hiring at part-time Minister for Music. Starting in mid-June, we will no longer have a rotating cast of accompanists, but rather a single, talented, experienced individual to plan and lead our worship music. Needless to say, I’m excited about this, and I will introduce our new Minister for Music in next week’s newsletter.

This Sunday, we lift up Andrew — who, amid his many other commitments, has been there for First Church through the highs and lows of the last few years.

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I mentioned we have an exciting month (and indeed summer) ahead of us. I want to end my note by giving you some highlights to look forward to.

Please mark your calendars!

 

June 15-18   Five of us are representing First Church at the Annual Gathering of the Northern California Nevada Conference of the UCC, held at Sonoma State.

 Sunday, June 25 During worship, we welcome seven New Members into our church family!

Sunday, July 9 Movies That Matter (“Being Mortal” with Dr. Atul Gawande), 3 pm.    Worship at 5 pm.

Sunday, July 23 Our Annual Meeting at 3 pm. Rev. Nate Klug installed during worship at 5 pm.

 Sunday, August 13 Rev. Polly Moore (College Heights UCC), guest preaching.

 Sunday, August 27 Soul Sparks class returns at 3:30 pm, with a fall series entitled “Who We Are.”    Worship at 5 pm.

Thanking God for you,

Nate

 Rev. Nate Klug