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Greetings from The Downtown Church! This is a bi-weekly email with information about events, updates, and other fun things from the leadership of the church.

The past three weeks I have been facilitating two small groups. At the end of the meeting, we leave enough time for each person to share an answer to the question, “Where have you seen God lately.” It is my favorite time of the evening as we hear stories of God moments that have happened since we last met.

So often the stories have to do with God revealing something beautiful in nature. This past week I heard about hummingbirds, cardinals, a walk to soothe the soul, and even (I had to gulp) a black snake in a field minding its own business. Someone talked about watching as newly sown grass pushed up from beneath and moved mulch out of the way. Lakes, rivers, and pink and white dogwoods that survived our unexpected April snow all are ways God has shown up in the everyday.

I discovered something as I drove to The Downtown Church today. These stories are causing me to be more observant of the world around me. A stop at the light gave me a moment to notice the trees in the yard next to me. A slow moving car brought the blooming of flowers in someone’s yard to my attention. I am expectantly looking for the songbirds that have come back and a hummingbird or two. The flowers planted in front of our church bring evidence of spring and hope and life and God.

And that is the purpose of the question - become more adept at seeing the goodness of God. Where have you seen God lately?

See you Sunday, online or in-person,

We're looking for the next great teammate at The Downtown Church. The Coordinator of The Downtown Kids needs to be someone who has a heart for kids and youth, values the importance of faith in Jesus Christ, and works well with others, we have a great part-time opportunity. If you are this person, or know someone who might be, shoot Pastor Lori an email or call the church office for more information.
It's our month to help at Crosslines Food Pantry! Our volunteers will be in the warehouse getting groceries, so there is no one-on-one shopping with clients. There are two shifts of volunteers needed, with about 5-6 people at each shift. If you're available on Friday, May 28, let us know which shift you can work (or both shifts!) and we'll put you down.
As we begin thinking about a return to normal, we'll need some volunteers to help with coffee and refreshments on Sunday mornings. These teams would serve once a month and help get coffee, donuts, bagels, and chat with people on Sundays. Who doesn't want to do that kind of volunteer work? Let us know if you're interested or signup this Sunday in the bulletin.
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