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April 18, 2019 - Issue 121
Dear <<First Name>>,

On this Maundy Thursday, we remember the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples. The image above was created in 2009 by John August Swanson and is called “The Last Supper.” I was moved by his description of what this image meant to him:
I am inspired by a person’s ability to share food with others and the community that grows from this sharing. I see, in the Last Supper, a scene in which the sacred embraces the ordinary. Our daily bread becomes holy when it is shared. The fruit of our labor becomes the fruit of the Spirit when it is shared.
“We cannot love God unless we love each other,” says Dorothy Day, “and to love each other we must know each other in the breaking of bread and we are not alone anymore. Love comes with community.”
Over the years, I kept drawing and developing other sketches of the Last Supper, but I kept returning to this initial image. At a round table there is no hierarchy of seating. No one can be seated at the “head of the table.” It is a welcome table. No one can be excluded from the conversation. Jesus is at the table as both host and companion. The circular table draws us all into the scene, giving the viewer a feeling of being included in the meal. We are all participating in this supper.
His vision of that Last Supper reflects so much of what makes our weekly practice of Holy Communion at PPMCC so special. Our table is a welcome table. No one is excluded from joining us. Jesus is both our host AND companion. Communion and community go together. Tomorrow evening we will have our Holy Week service and we will share a simple meal together. We will remember that last meal the disciples and Jesus ate, and we will consider how gathering as community together around food nourishes both our bodies and spirits. I hope you can join us.

Good Friday Service
April 19th at 7:00pm

Can't make our Services? 
All are live-streamed on our Facebook Page

Easter Sunday Service
at 10:00am
"Draw the Circle Wide: 
Ripples of New Beginnings"
From the Board of Directors

Board of Directors Meeting, Saturday, April 27, 9:00 am 
The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be Saturday, April 27 at 9:00am.  All are welcome to join in.

Save the Date!!!
PPMCC's 40th Aniversary Celebration, July 28th

Mark your calendars for July 28th and PPMCC's 40th Anniversary celebration to be held at Bear Creek Park.  Stay tuned for more details as plans are finalized.
Temple Watch
Colorado Springs
April 20, 2019

Since 2012, Colorado Springs' Temples have been vandalized on April 20th, the anniversary of Hitler's birth.  In response, Mark Heinrich of Not In Our Town assembled a yearly interfaith group of volunteers for a Temple Watch on April 20th.  This year's "Watch" takes place at 4 local Colorado Springs Temples.  To participate, please contact Mark; he does all the organizing of the event, and can give you more details how things are set up.  
2 Easter Sunday Services:
 6:00 AM, Myron Stratton Home (community-led)
& 10:00 AM, PPMCC

All are welcome to a community-led Easter Sunrise Service, 6:00 AM, Sunday, April 21st, at the Myron Stratton Home, located 555 Gold Pass Heights.  The service is hosted by local churches including the Stratmoor Hills UMC, Pikes Peak MCC, Chapel of Our Savior Episcopal and the Broadmore Community UCC.  For more information, please call 719-473-1807.

PPMCC will also be having an Easter Sunday Service, here at PPMCC, at 10:00 AM.
Easter Egg Hunt!

Join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt this Sunday after the 10:00 AM Easter Service at PPMCC.  We have Easter baskets available, or bring your child’s favorite one. The Easter Egg Hunt is for children 12 and under; older siblings are welcome to help their younger sibs.  (Please note that each child is limited to 20 eggs.)

Exploring the Bible with Pastor A.
An Online Bible Study 

Tuesdays from 7-8 pm
May 7 – June 25
Cost: $20*

Many people struggle to know how to even start reading the Bible.  It can be difficult to understand, and sometimes hard to see how it connects with life in the 21st century.  Some of us only have learned how to read the Bible literally, while others have never even opened the covers of a Bible.  Pastor A. will offer tools that can help us begin to uncover the richness of the Bible, as well as spiritual practices that help us connect not just with our heads, but also our hearts and spirits.  

This will be an ONLINE-only class. We will be using an online web conferencing platform that has Android and iOS apps, as well as a phone call-in feature. Once you register for the class, you will receive more information about how to set up your smartphone, tablet, or computer for the class. Pastor Alycia will also be available to help you troubleshoot any issues.

No previous experience or understanding of the Bible required! Bring your questions and curiosities. If you don’t have a Bible and are considering purchasing one, Pastor Alycia recommends the Common English Bible translation. The publishers offer several excellent study Bibles that use the CEB translation. You can also read the CEB for free on BibleGateway.  To sign up, please contact Pastor Alycia.

*As always, don’t let financial issues stop you from participating. Scholarships are available upon request. 
Scholarship Opportunity Available
Peer Coach Academy of Colorado 

The Peer Coach Academy of Colorado is holding a 4-day intensive training at PPMCC focusing on providing the skills needed to guide, mentor and support anyone entering into or sustaining long-term recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs.  The training prepares participants to actively listen, ask really good questions, and discover and manage their own stuff.

The course takes place at PPMCC, April 30—May 3, 9:00am—4:30pm, and PCA is offering 2 Full Scholarships for the training to the PPMCC congregation.  For more information, contact course leader, Recovery Coach, Rod Rushing, via e-mail or phone: 720-435-5320.
Office Hours with Pastor Alycia

Pastor Alycia will be available for drop-in conversations at various Coffee & Tea House locations and times around town.  Drop by to say hi or catch up — no appointment is necessary.  Mark your calendar for the next Office Hours with the Pastor: 
  • May 2, 4:30-6:30pm, PIkes Perk (5965 N. Academy Blvd. Suite #203)
  • May 13, 4-6pm, Java Punk (4029 Tutt Blvd.)  
Embracing Hopelessness
with Miguel de la Torre

Explore faith-based responses to unending injustices by embracing the reality of hoplessness.  
  • May 10, 7 PM, Embracing Hopelessness: Shaking Up the Powers that Be
  • May 11, 10 AM, Applying the Ethics of Hopelessness: Shaking Up Immigration and Other Current Issues.
  • May 12, 8:30 & 11:00 AM, Was Jesus a Racist? 
All take place at the First Congregational Church, 20 E. Vrain, St.  Check here for more info, or call 719-635-3549.
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