On Saturday, March 31st from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon we will be partnering with the University of Virginia’s Facilities Management Office and the UVA student Environmental Club for a litter cleanup event of the area along the railroad right-of-way from the Culbreth Garage to the UVA Corner. Our lower parking lot will be the site for the kick-off of the event and one of the collection sites as well. Please join members of our church Green Team in hosting a great group of UVA students whether you actually pick up litter on the slopes or hand-out water and trash bags to support the students!
Now that the church’s Winter Jasmine is in full bloom, we need to plan for our Spring Landscape Day. Although some cleanup and mulch hauling will occur during coming weekdays, we have scheduled Saturday, March 17th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon for our group event.
We would greatly appreciate it if you can join us as we prepare our grounds in advance of Palm Sunday and Easter. The church has a supply of gardening equipment and supplies, but please bring gloves and gardening tools you may have as we will be raking, weeding and trimming in the Courtyard, at Common Grounds and everywhere in between. For more information, please call the church office and RSVP so we can plan the day. In case of rain, our make-up date will be Saturday, March 24th 9:00 -12:00.
Walter Brueggemann, an Old Testament scholar and theologian who recently spoke and preached at Westminster, once said that “the church meets to imagine what our lives can be like if the gospel were true.” As members of a congregation which prides itself on being “progressive” and “transformed,” it is easy to envision that we are setting the world on fire, which happens to be our stewardship theme this year. However, it is difficult at times to reconcile the minutiae of coordinating communion preparation and servers and the logistics of organizing the Easter breakfast, banners, pew rack maintenance, and flower arrangements with the joyful celebration of God’s promise to our world. But in that tenuous space between logistics and celebration lies committee work.
We like to joke about the Presbyterian affinity for complex organizational models, but in fact much of God’s work can be found in the details. Will new visitors feel welcomed by our congregation? Our membership subcommittee has organized greeters, flyers, buttons, and personal notes. Will our musically-inclined members find a place in the choir? Our adult and children’s choirs are complemented by the Singers choir and the newly-formed Life-Long Song class. Will our monthly communion services truly be a sacrament of personal transformation? As volunteers carefully dice bread and pour juice into tiny cups they transform hours of manual labor into moments of intense joy within our corporate worship.
What you see and feel in worship each Sunday are slivers of Christ’s light. Whether it is a commissioned anthem for the choir, a baby baptized, an artistic banner, a candlelight prayer vigil for refugees, a sermon that evokes both a chuckle and a tear, or a child’s pleasure in his own “worship bag,” the worship and music committee hopes to magnify those slivers of God’s transformative power. While much of God’s work takes place on Monday mornings in the Lounge or Thursday nights in the choir room, on the organ bench in the sanctuary or perched behind the sound system in the balcony, the manifestation of these “duties” move from behind the scenes into the forefront of God’s arena–our humanity made holy each Sunday as we worship and make music together.
Chair, Worship and Music Division