New beginnings

The season of Easter is opening out in new and promising ways at Laurel Heights. Among the ministries emerging this spring:

•Sunday morning worship in the Sanctuary continues to find its new rhythms and expressions as we learn how to navigate the already-not-yet dimensions of this season. Plans are to share Holy Communion in worship the first Sunday in June.

•Come and See worship begins in June on Rowe Plaza, inviting us to worship in an outdoor setting that lends itself to such gatherings; 30-minutes in length, and family-friendly

•Come and See podcast interview with Ryan Campen is featured this weekend, available through our website. The Come and See online worship gathering will premiere on May 22. Byrd Bonner brings a stirring message on the theme, “Restore.”

•Sunday school groups are finding their way back to the campus for in-person and hybrid formats. (Youth had thirteen in attendance Sunday!) Check out opportunities to join a Sunday morning group for study and sharing.

•Project Transformation begins next month, with Laurel Heights hosting children who are improving their reading skills and enjoying a day of nutrition and recreation on our campus. Family Service Days are being scheduled for later this month to help us get ready to welcome our summer friends.

•Vacation Bible School, scheduled for July 12-16, will take us to medieval times as we learn the stories and songs of our faith in fun and formative ways. Volunteers of all kinds will be needed!

•Laurel Heights Pop-Up Vaccination Site is slated for Thursday, May 20thfrom 9 to 3. Sign up to get vaccinated!! Volunteers are also needed.

•Vision and Values are being explored by the Administrative Council and its various ministry groups and committees. Among the values identified as central to our congregational life: open doors; discipleship/growth; connections/relationships/family; worship; and tradition. Join the Council Saturday, May 22nd, at 10 a.m. for further conversation about plans and possibilities.

I look forward to sharing with you, and meeting new friends, in our renaissance season. Join me as we discover paths toward faithful practices old and new.

Grace and peace.