Join us for a prayer meeting via Zoom as we share requests and pray for our family of faith and our community. You'll find the Zoom link at the top of each of our newsletters. If you need help, please email Aaron (email@example.com).
Join us this Sunday for worship in person or online. This week we welcome Rabbi David Wirtschafter as our guest preacher. Rabbi Wirtschafter has been serving Temple Adath Israel and the Lexington community since 2015 and has become a leading voice in our community for civil rights, justice and equality. Prior to that he worked at congregations in New York, California and Iowa, and served as rabbi-in-residence for the Minneapolis Jewish Day School and the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning. He taught and was a guest lecturer for the JCP’s academic partners, the University of St. Thomas and Saint John’s University, both in Minnesota. A graduate of Brandeis University and Hebrew Union College –Jewish Institute of Religion (North America’s seminary for Reform Judaism), Rabbi Wirtschafter remains dedicated to the values at the core of his education and training: devotion to learning, commitment to inclusion and working for justice. He regularly contributes reflections and prayers to the blog site for the Union for Reform Judaism, and loves to write rhyming short stories for children. Watch the Stream on Youtube.
The clean up and rebuilding for many counties in Eastern Kentucky will continue for months. As we look to the next level of help that we can provide, cleaning supplies are greatly needed for flooded homes. On August 21, Faith Baptist Church in Georgetown is creating buckets with cleaning supplies to send to different regions as they clean homes, schools, and businesses. Please continue to bring the items below for donations to this event and consider coming to Faith Baptist in Georgetown (116 Pocahontas Trail, Georgetown, KY) on Aug 21 at 5:30pm to help assemble buckets. • Five-gallon round bucket with re-sealable lid • 32-64 oz. bottle liquid laundry detergent • 16-40 oz. bottle liquid concentrate household cleaner • 16-34 oz. bottle dish soap • 4-9 oz. spray air freshener • 6-14 oz. pump spray insect repellent • Scrub brush • Cleaning wipes • Scouring pads • Heavy-duty trash bags • N95 masks • Work gloves
We recently spoke with Jeremiah Myers, Resource Development Director with Lexington Habitat for Humanity about volunteer opportunities during our summer build. We also heard from Anny, the homebuyer on this project. We're grateful to be a part of the good work that Habitat and our congregational partners are doing in our community.
Raleigh has announced his retirement as our Minister of Worship on June 12. We are filled with mixed emotions, happy to celebrate this milestone in Raleigh’s life, grateful for his excellent caring ministry to our congregation for over 3 decades and saddened to anticipate a future without this caring and steady presence. Raleigh has strongly built upon our reputation as a church offering a high quality of musical excellence respectfully honoring the many forms of gospel, traditional and classical styles that many congregations have more recently forgotten. While we know replacing Raleigh is an impossibility, the commitment to a continued excellence with our choir and Mark de Alba remains our priority as we seek to plan ahead.
In last week’s special called business meeting, the church unanimously approved the motion to enter int o a three year lease agreement with the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. They will be leaving their presence at Georgetown College and will move the work they did there to our facility. We have designated 7 rooms for them that will serve for administrative and faculty offices along with shared space agreements for other functions including classroom instruction. They will mainly be using the dedicated entrance once used by the Childcare with occupancy scheduled to mid-summer.
This week we will think about courage and the courage it takes to wait. On the heels of the 50th Earth Day, we will also consider creation and our place in God's diverse and beloved community of life. Thanks to Lelia Midkiff for providing the beautiful watercolor above.
Normalcy seems to be an idea of the past. Why are we here and what are we to do? These questions are central to the biblical story as well as our current situation. This Sunday, we look back at the work of God through the people in exile. Their isolation and uncertainty are felt by us, and their hope for restoration can help us shape a promising future. Join us this week for a message from Charles Conkin.
Join us from your computers, tablets, phones, and televisions as we celebrate even in the midst of shadows. The image above is a painting by our own Charlotte Blaydes. She started painting during our watercolor workshop last fall and has already created this beautiful work. While we may be apart, we can still find little hopes and joys scattered about like a bright red cardinal or an evening stroll. This week during our prayer time, we'll invite our children to draw pictures of things they are grateful for.