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May 16, 2019 - Issue 125
Dear <<First Name>>,

Bold and Wise

This week, Rolling Stone released an article about U.S. House Representative and Civil Rights trailblazer John Lewis .
 
“I hate to say it, but I think we’re in deep trouble,” Lewis told Rolling Stone’s Jamil Smith. “You worry about our future, as a people and as a nation. Sometimes you’re afraid to go to sleep, to turn off the radio or the television or to pick up a book or a newspaper and read,” he added. Asked if he had any diversions to help calm his mind, Lewis responded he had some, “But I have never been like this, even during the height of the civil-rights movement.”
 
His concerns caught my attention. He names the fear and anxiety I see in my community. We live in strange times. Many of us might share Lewis’ concerns, AND know we do not have the luxury of waiting for others to do the work needed to address the challenges we face today. As we engage in the work of fighting the powers that be, we must also make the time to take care of ourselves. That’s a difficult balancing act, and one we need our colleagues and fellow advocates to help us manage.
 
Last fall, I discovered this prayer attributed to Joan of Arc, and I turn to it regularly during my own times of despair. I hope that it might also help those of you committed to the hard work of social justice through resistance and renewal in Colorado in 2019.

In the face of your enemies,
in the face of harassment, ridicule, and doubt,
you held firm in your faith.
Even in your abandonment,
alone and without friends,
you held firm in your faith.
Even as you faced your own mortality,
you held firm in your faith.
I pray that I may be as bold
in my beliefs as you, St. Joan.
I ask that you ride alongside me
in my own battles.
Help me be mindful
that what is worthwhile
can be won when I persist.
Help me hold firm in my faith.
Help me believe in my ability
to act well and wisely.
Amen.
 

Peace, 
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From the Board of Directors

1st State of the Congregation Meeting, Sunday after Worship
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 welcoming community of your church

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 e-mail Bea in the office:
 or call 719-634-3771.

No Fees Donations via Your Bank's Bill Pay
In an effort to save monthly fees for online giving, we're switching from the Easy Tithes platform to Give Lively's free giving platform (Bea can help with making the change of accounts). However, PPMCC will still pay 4-7% fees to credit card processing companies n every transaction.  We truly appreciate all the ways in which you give, and we also want you to know that yur bank or credit union offers automatic payments for free.  Yes! Free to you and no fees to PPMCC!  It's an easy set up from your online portal, or you can visit your bank to set it up.  Please contact Bea about any of these items.

Board of Directors Meeting, June 10th, 6:30-900 PM
The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be Monday, June 10th, 6:30-900 PM.  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.
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.  Next Office Hours with the Pastor:  May 21, 11 AM—1 PM, Colorado Coffee Merchants (302 E Fillmore St, 80907)
2019 Bring It Bash Fundraiser
1st Planning Meeting June 2nd

The 2019 Bring it Bash Fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, October 19th from 6:00-9:30pm.  If you're interested in being involved in planning for PPMCC's largest fundraiser of the year, please sign up on the table in the back of the sanctuary.  In our first planning meeting, June 2nd, 11:15 AM, we'll be considering the theme for this year's event, a timeline for event tasks, setting up committees and helping to find volunteers.
PPMCC's Nursery!

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
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. 
 
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.
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