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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.

Ben and I have a huge white oak tree on our property that has died. We had someone come by this week to let us know how much it will cost to cut it down, leaving us (and I mean Ben) wood to be split for burning in our fireplace and then taking away the rest. It’s hard to admit it’s time to let it go. For three years we knew it was dying, but every spring we would see a few green leaves emerge and tell ourselves it wasn’t quite time...maybe it would make it. It’s finally time to surrender to the inevitable and let it go. When it is cut down I am looking forward to knowing just how old this tree really is.

Change of any kind is difficult. We hold onto the past way of doing things and try to convince ourselves that we don't need to change. We hope there is still a chance that a few green leaves will emerge. We tell ourselves that maybe, just maybe, if we keep doing the same thing we can force life from something that is past its time. But change is inevitable, seasons change, the sun rises and a new day begins full of possibilities.

I am waxing melancholy this day. Last Sunday, even as I shared a message about the death of my beloved father, I could see Amelia with her mom and dad, not yet two weeks old, full of possibilities. There was two year old Jack, roaring like a tyrannosaurus rex and six month old Dorothy, wrapped securely against her mom. There were two precious children handing out bulletins.

And I am thankful for the stout, strong church on the corner of Walnut & Jefferson that is aging so very well, still bringing forth new life, and is far from being ready to be cut down. I know this  because it is made up of people willing to bend, change, and open themselves for the new thing God will do when the Holy Spirit is turned loose and Love leads. A new year of ministry at The Downtown Church begins for me today in the United Methodist Church calendar. I am looking forward to not just surviving but thriving together.

See you Sunday, online or in-person,

We're hitting pause before we restart The Downtown Kids upstairs with new cases going up...but that doesn't mean the planning stops. We're looking for some volunteers and helpers in the nursery and with pre-k through 5th graders. These volunteers usually serve once a month on a rotation and the planning and preparing is taking care of for you. Come help us create a warm and welcoming environment for our kids.
There are 5 Fridays in July and that means it's our turn to help provide weekend food for the kids at Rare Breed. Grab a piece of "confetti" off the wall in the main hallway and return the food item by Sunday, July 25. All items need to be individually wrapped. If you won't make it back for in-person worship yet, just pickup any snack or food that is individually wrapped and bring it by the church.
It's also our month to volunteer at Crosslines Food Pantry. Our day is broken down into two shifts: 8:45-11:15am, and 11:15am-1:45pm. If you'd like to help, just email us back or signup in the bulletin on Sunday. We need 6-8 people for each shift. It's always a good time helping out our neighbors in need!
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