FORGING OUR FUTURE
A Letter from Pastor Andy
June 2, 2021
Dear U Park Family,
I am still smiling about our in-person worship service this past Sunday. Rahdearra blessed us with a wonderful sermon, we heard beautiful music, and worshiping together again was a joy. Yesterday morning, Kevin (our church administrator) and I talked about how a few months ago, we thought that we wouldn’t be able to open up again until mid-summer at least. But as vaccination rates climbed and infection rates fell, we suddenly realized at the end of April that we would be able to host in person worship much earlier! The past month has been a scramble to get things ready around the church, and some of what we planned isn’t yet done. I’ll keep you posted about those developments as we continue to make progress.
This weekend, we’ll hear from Rah again as she closes out her time at U Park. She’ll be preaching on transitions – both in her own life and in the Christian life more generally. Sunday the 13th will be her last worship service with us, and we’re collecting cards to thank Rah and wish her well at the church. There’s a basket on the welcome table for them, and you’re also welcome to drop them by during business hours or simply mail them to us at 2180 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80210.
On the 20th in our worship service, we’ll officially welcome Patricia Clark, our new Children, Youth, and Family ministry Director. Patricia arrives in town next week, with an official start date of June 7. She’ll start by working with Rah for a few weeks and taking time this Summer to get to know our church’s families, children, and youth. I hope you’ll join us in welcoming her into her new position as she gets started!
We have several exciting opportunities coming up to serve our community. On June 26, our congregation will be part of a Habitat for Humanity home build. We have several people signed up to participate already, but could certainly take more – so contact us at the church if you’d like to be part of that effort. We will need to get people registered for the build by June 12 at the latest. Also, if you’re interested in being part of a group providing meals at the Safe Outdoor Space that will be hosted at Park Hill UMC, or making and serving lunches to our neighbors without homes in Civic Center Park, please contact me at the church. We’d like to pull together a team of volunteers to coordinate and serve in those two important ministries.
Finally, please be patient as we continue to reopen our worship and events at the church. It seems that new guidance is issued almost daily by our national and local public health officials, and it’s hard to keep up. I’ve heard from people who are eager to loosen restrictions, and from those who are hesitant to leap back into unrestricted worship and gatherings. Some of us are still not vaccinated; others are immuno-compromised; and of course children under 12 cannot yet be vaccinated. So we’re trying to navigate this as best we can, balancing all of our competing needs and wishes. For the moment, though, the sun is shining, vaccination rates keep going up, infection rates continue to decline sharply, and it looks like we’re well on the way to emerging from this pandemic into a glorious summer.
Grace and Peace,