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May 9, 2019 - Issue 124
Dear <<First Name>>,

I was shocked to learn Saturday that Rachel Held Evans died earlier that morning. She was only 37 years old, and is survived by her husband and two young children. Evans grew up as an evangelical, and as a young adult began questioning evangelical theology. Her spiritual journey led her to begin a blog, which then led to books. She became an outspoken advocate for the experiences of People of Color, LGBTQI people, the role of women in the church, and how science and faith can co-exist. The hashtag #BecauseofRHE has been trending on social media since news of her death broke.
 
If you aren’t familiar with her work, I encourage you to seek it out. I am grateful for her spirit and fire and prophetic voice. I have collected some of the quotes people tweeted out favorites from her writings. I ask you to join me in prayer for her family and friends, and all those whose lives were changed because of her witness.  
 
Favorite quotes from Rachel Held Evans:
I have come to regard with some suspicion those who claim that the Bible never troubles them. I can only assume this means they haven’t actually read it.
 
Imagine if every church became a place where everyone is safe, but no one is comfortable.
 
God's ways are higher than our ways not because God is less compassionate than we are but because God is more compassionate than we can ever imagine.
 
I am a Christian because the story of Jesus is still the story I’m willing to risk being wrong about.
 
I'm ready to stop waging war and start washing feet.
 
There is a difference between curing and healing, and I believe the church is called to the slow and difficult work of healing. We are called to enter into one another’s pain, anoint it as holy, and stick around no matter the outcome.

Peace, 
Sunday Service
at 10:00am
"Draw the Circle Wide: 
Ripples of God's Likeness"

Can't make our Services? 
All are live-streamed on our Facebook Page
From the Board of Directors

YTD Contribution Statements
2019 YTD Individual Contribution Statements went out recently by e-mail.  If you haven’t received yours, or would like a “Family” statement, or need to make any changes; please contact Bea in the office:
admin@ppmcc.org or 719-634-3771.

Board of Directors Meeting, May 13th, 6:30-900 PM
The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be Monday, May 13th, 6:30-900 PM.  All are welcome to join in.

1st State of the Congregation Meeting, May 19, 11:15 AM
All are welcomed and encouraged to attend PPMCC's 1st State of the Congregation Meeting, Sunday, May 19th, after worship.  Learn how we're doing; come with questions that have been on your mind, and be in the community of your church.

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.
PPMCC's Nursery Opens on Mother's Day!

PPMCC’s  Nursery is for babies from birth through age of 4.  We are looking for volunteers to help staff the nursery, available for the entire church service, from 9:45—11:15 AM.  A background check and a free online training are required. For more information please contact Jessica Kobylinski.

We thank you in advance for any supplies you are able to donate:
  • Hand Sanitizer 
  • Blankets
  • Pack ‘n Plays/Cribs/Bassinets
  • Diaper Pail
  • Tummy Time or Floor Time Mats
  • Toys
  • Baby Swing
  • Baby Gate
  • Changing Table and Pads
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 13, 4-6pm, Java Punk (4029 Tutt Blvd. 80922)  
  • May 21, 11 AM—1 PM, Colorado Coffee Merchants (302 E Fillmore St, 80907)
Westside CARES
Backpack Project

Each year, Pikes Peak MCC joins 21 other churches in collecting school supplies for the backpacks that Westside CARES distributes to students at Westside schools. 

This year, our church is assigned to collect 360 College Ruled (narrow ruled) Notebooks, spiral bound, 70-80 pages each.  Please turn in your donated notebooks by Sunday, July 28th, and place in the large Westside CARES collection box in the church social hall.
Pre-General Conference Congregational Forum 
 
Jonelle Neighbor, PPMCC’s lay delegate, will lead a forum on Sunday, June 23rd after worship, to share the issues that will be discussed and voted on at UFMCC’s General Conference in Orlando, FL.

This will be an opportunity for anyone to learn about the business that will be decided during General Conference’s Business Meeting. Come share your thoughts and ideas with your representative at
General Conference. 
 
Embracing Hopelessness
with Miguel de la Torre

Explore faith-based responses to unending injustices by embracing the reality of hopelessness.  
  • 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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