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Chelsea Badeau · 4 years, 9 months ago

The Session is getting ready for company. At its March meeting, members from Collenbrook United Church in Drexel Hill will join us to share what it has meant for their congregation to be a "More Light" church (www.mlp.org), and how they came to join the group. In April, members of The First Presbyterian Church of

Philadelphia in Center City will talk about their experience with the Covenant Network of Presbyterians (www.covnetpres.org). The Session has invited them in order to better understand what it would mean to take a formal stand on the welcoming of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people. All are welcome to join the Session on March 14th and/or April 18th at 7:30 to hear our guests. The Session is considering a recommendation that Summit join one (or both) of these advocacy organizations, although no decision will be made without full congregational discussion. This series follows the sermon and bible study that we did with guest Dr. Byron Shafer in November.

I'm excited to meet our guests. Not only to learn about More Light Presbyterians or the Covenant Network, but to hear the stories of two neighboring churches. With all of us committed to worshipping in our own congregations on Sunday, and with otherwise busy schedules, church members have little chance to simply talk with each other. Presbytery meetings
gather folks from all over, but the business agenda is always long and full. How interesting it will be to hear the stories of two different churches and how they came to commit to a particular mission. Please RSVP to me or Angela if you would like to join us. We will have decaf and treats!

As we continue our Lenten journey and prepare to celebrate Easter it is a good time to remember that we are one church, the Church Universal, even as we worship and carry out mission in particular congregations. We differ in many wonderful ways, but share in the hope of the Risen Christ.

Grace and Peace,

Cheryl

 

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