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I have received many messages this week about how moving last Sunday’s services were. As we honored and celebrated our 51st anniversary, we took a look back as well as a look forward to what God is calling Cathedral of Hope to be to the world. With a growing number of people who are looking for a progressive understanding of God, as understood and lived out in the life of Jesus, COH is ready to welcome and live into what it has preached and understood for 51 years – that God loves us all. We closed out our sermon series, “Unstoppable”, preparing the way for a new series that begins this Sunday. “Enough” is a call for us to think about our lives and how we live more simply in a world that is overcomplicated and expresses its values in what we have, rather than how we live. Over the next few weeks, we will be challenged, by our faith and understanding of Jesus, to think about how living simply might open us up to a deeper spirituality. This will also be the focus of many of our small groups as these topics are explored together. Many of us remain concerned about COVID-19 and the new Delta variant. I want to let you know that we are sharing those concerns and are continuing to evaluate safety measures here at COH. Please know that these safety measures are necessary to protect us all. In light of the CDCs new guidance we are urging the following:
- Masks continue to be required while entering the building, and in the Narthex, Children’s Area, East Wing, restrooms and Hall of Heroes.
- Masks are strongly encouraged, though not required, while seated in the Sanctuary.
- If you are unvaccinated, please remain masked at all times.
- If you are not feeling well or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, we encourage you to join us for worship online.
We thank you for your flexibility as we continue to faithfully discern how best to respond to changing circumstances. Finally, I want to thank those who have already made their “Special Anniversary Offering” and remind you that we will be receiving this offering this Sunday at all worship services. This special offering is a part of our annual budget and helps to ensure that we are able to continue and expand the current programs of the church that impact so many lives. Please give as generously as you can, especially in a year where there is much more need that we could imagine.
(If you want to read more about our special Anniversary Offering, please click here.) Thank you for your faithfulness, support, prayer, love, and stewardship offered to your beloved Cathedral of Hope. PS>>> Don’t forget we complete our Month of Service this Saturday by providing over 1000 meals through our Taste of Hope. Click here for more information and to sign up!
51 years ago, 12 people gathered together to begin a movement, a church, that would welcome everyone and speak a radically inclusive message of God’s love for all – and when we say ALL, we mean it!
This Sunday we will come together for worship and celebrate our 51st anniversary. While it might not have the fanfare that we would usually expect (and certainly missed out on at our 50th), we will honor it together and look forward to a time when we will be able to do so in a different way! Nonetheless, this milestone is something to be excited about. In our 51 year history we have made a difference in our world, and specifically on the Christian community.
It is our tradition to take a second, “Anniversary Offering” each year and this year’s is more important as we look to the future with a vison and a mission that compels us all to be a witness of God’s love and Christian community. We know that there are people here and elsewhere who need the progressive, Christ-centered message of love – and you and I are get to be and do that through our beloved church, Cathedral of Hope. Our Anniversary Offering will be received on Sunday, August 1 at all worship services or, you can make a gift on line here.
We conclude our current sermon series, “Unstoppable” this Sunday, noting the courage of voices that are often not heard, or sometimes silenced. It is important to know that every voice counts and reveals the ongoing story of God’s inclusion, always making the table of grace and welcome wider and wider. I look forward to seeing you in person or online on Sunday.
Happy Anniversary, Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ.
Wow! What an exciting Sunday we experienced together last week. Not only did we welcome back the full choir and orchestra to our Traditional worship services, but our other services were also energized by great music, worship, and the sounds of friends greeting one another; some who had not seen each other, in person, since the pandemic began.
Our current sermon series, “Unstoppable” explores the unstoppable faith of those in our sacred texts and those who have brought testimony of how their faith was unstoppable as well. We continue that series this week as we look at the story of Esther from the Old Testament and hear from Susie Hess, a member of our own congregation.
July is also our “Month of Service” and many of you have signed up to carry out an extra act of service to the benefit of others. Whether you have, or are doing this as a small group, or joining one of the many opportunities in the month, please know that your act is appreciated. It’s not too late to sign up and you can do so by following this link.
Our annual school supply drive, benefiting the students of our partner schools is also receiving supplies this Sunday and they can be dropped off on the way into church. There will be volunteers waiting under the bell wall before each service. For a list of supplies needed, please follow this link.
On the last Sunday of July, we will celebrate our 51st anniversary. This is yet another milestone in our history and, while we are still able to celebrate in the way we might want to, we will celebrate at all of our worship services on Sunday, July 25. We will also be receiving an Anniversary Miracle Offering on Sunday, August 1. This special offering will help in so many ways and further our mission and further our vision – to be a growing community of faith that connects the unconnected and empowers disciples of Jesus to be God’s love in this world.
Cathedral of Hope, “Proclaiming Christ through Faith, Hope and Love” – join me again this Sunday at 8:30am and 10am Traditional Services, 11am Online Only, 11:45am Contemporary Service, and 1:30pm Adoracion en Espanol.
I’m glad you are here!
I hope that you are looking forward to worshipping this Sunday; I know that I am. I am looking forward to welcoming back the full orchestra and choir and I want to specifically invite YOU to come as well.
Many of us have already begun returning to public worship at Cathedral of Hope and, if you have not already done so, this might be a great Sunday to join us. Traditional worship services are at 8:30am and 10am and, Contemporary/Modern worship is offered at 11:45am, and 1:30pm worship in Spanish. Additionally, our online worship service is featured on Facebook and YouTube at 11am.
We have been back in-person since Easter Sunday and have been careful to follow guidelines that provide as much safety as possible for everyone. We will continue to follow these guidelines and monitor the impact of recent holidays, as well as the variants that are beginning to cause some concern.
I also want to ask you to consider your personal giving to Cathedral of Hope. With additional services come additional expenses and you can help us meet those expenses to ensure that we can continue to help people reclaim their sense of the sacred and holy – ultimately bringing about a world of love and grace.
Additionally, at the end of July we will celebrate our anniversary. 51 years of making a difference in the “church”, the community, and the world. Please watch for more details in the coming days.
Finally, July is our month of service and there are many opportunities to be of service. Part of our discipleship path is to be of service to others and this month offers us unique opportunities to do so. Please make sure that you see all of the information and announcements in this week’s newsletter.
Hope to see you Sunday!