As we head into June, I want to begin with celebrations.
The Safe Sanctuary Team – Bevis Clark, Ted Pfeiffer, Eric Todd Rushing, Cindy Grissom, Emily McConnell, Heather Bland, Ruthanne Swanson, Vernice Thorn, Susan Armstrong, Diana Davis, MJ Grimshaw and Jenn Peterson – has completed Broadway’s Safe Sanctuary Policy. The work was started late last year and the team met several months to complete this task. I want to say a special thank you to each member for the time and energy they brought to this work. The congregation will hear more about the policy this fall.
We celebrate our graduates this year: Dr. Carol McPherson, Ben Bower, Krista Paradiso, Hannah Kardon, Tricia Nowaki and a special congratulations to our child care provider Breeze Alvarado. Breeze graduated with top honors and has received a scholarship to UIC for their pre-med program. Congratulations Breeze! We love you and thank you for your dedicated service to our children.
Starting this week, Church Within A Church Movement (CWACM) along with E3 Radio (Anna DeShawn, founder/CEO) will sponsor a special Pride Month Project, “My God is not a Bully”. This project features gay and straight allies discussing God’s love and welcome for everyone. “We want to share the message that spirituality and sexuality can co-exist in one’s life in a healthy and life giving way.” You will hear from many folks from Broadway, from CWACM and from the community at large about how they understand God’s inclusive love. It is hoped that this project will spark dialogue among LGBTQ teens and that the conversation will speak a truth that will offer healing and transformation. For more information on this event go to www.cwac.us.
June will be a busy and exciting month as always. Please check your bulletin for weekly updates on services and events.
Special Notes: On Pride Sunday, June 30th, there will be one service, one service, ONE SERVICE at 10 am – Wednesday Bible Study will resume on June 12th – and I will be on study leave until June 10th.
With summer and vacations coming up please stay connected with us. Let your pastors know if you plan to be gone for an extended amount of time. We do worry about you if we don’t see your lovely faces on Sunday morning. Be peaceful and safe.
In Truth and Justice,Vernice
Rev. Vernice Thorn
Pastor, Broadway UMC