Sunday July 30 Is Our Next Fifth Sunday!

For our July Fifth Sunday (July 30), we are saying “You are welcome here!” to refugees. We will have a connection with hospitality and refugees/immigrants in worship, then enjoy a lunch based on Syrian recipes.  Afterwards, children will have a special refugee story/experiential activity, while the adults listen to Dr. Patricia Maloof of Catholic Charities speaking about refugee resettlement. The generations will then reunite and together we will assemble refugee school kits for Church World Service. All are welcome to volunteer the day of the event, and if you’d like to be involved in the meal, children’s activities, and/or setting up school supplies, please let Laura know or speak with Margaret Miller, Rick Hale, or Mary Black.

Not familiar with Fifth Sundays? In every month that has a 5th Sunday, Rock Spring engages in an intergenerational, hands-on service project. Projects are designed to allow people of all ages and abilities to make a meaningful contribution. Fifth Sundays also include education and advocacy, and a time of shared fellowship and hospitality for the congregation. 

Fifth Sunday leadership is shared, and is coordinated by Laura Martin. Anyone who is interested in helping to plan or organize a future Fifth Sunday can contact Laura. This is a wonderful opportunity to help engage the congregation on an issue about which you are passionate! For 2017, we will have two additional Fifth Sundays -- October 29 (Stop Hunger Now meal bagging) and December 31 (fellowship and organizing to participate in the MLK Day of Service in January).

 

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by Laura Martin

The reality is that I too have

Authored your pain.

I laid a blank piece of paper down

When you needed me to respond.

I chose the shortcut.

I learned complicity,

Learned to move quietly in my privilege,

Learned to let the doors open for me

Before walked inside.

I inherited fear

And did not unlearn it.

In fight or flight, I flew.

I confess all this.

And I commit to hearing

The raw stories,

To letting your vulnerability

Chafe me.