Midweek Message September 14, 2022

Gathering In Picnic 


You are invited to the Gathering In Sunday picnic on Sunday, September 18 at Squalicum Creek Park following worship. The picnic shelter is reserved for First Congregational UCC, and members of the Faith Formation Board will be there to welcome you. Gathering In Sunday calls us to gather following the summer filled with travel and many different activities. Let’s come together to celebrate our community of faith and hope!

If you’re coming from the church, you can head straight to
Squalicum Creek Park, 1001 Squalicum Way, when the worship service concludes. If you are coming from home, plan to join us around 11:30 am. Or come when you can! Food will be served at noon. There will be food for all, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, but if you have a special diet you’re following, feel free to bring your own food.

Unbroken Circle, the church’s great Bluegrass band, will add music and spirit to our gathering. Come to listen; come to sing along! The Faith Formation Board, hosts of this picnic, will have information on the fall Faith Formation programs for children and adults, including the Climate Revival with Jim Antal on November 5-6. A playground for children, picnic tables for food and conversation, an open field for tossing frisbees or kicking soccer balls, and a dog park nearby will provide opportunities for fun and fellowship. We’re bringing games, frisbees, balls, a parachute . . . What more could we need? What we need is YOU!

After more than two years of isolation and separation due to the pandemic, many of us are eager to gather in person to share fellowship and build community, but we want to do that in a way that feels safe and respects the needs of others. Squalicum Creek Park provides a setting for us to do that. The picnic isn’t just for children and their families, but for the entire church family!

What could be more Biblical than a picnic where a lot of people are fed, the good news is shared, and love abounds? If you are questioning the holiness of a picnic, take a look at
Matthew 14:13-21. The story of the feeding of the 5,000 is just one of the Biblical stories that tells how God’s abundant love is made manifest when we come together, sharing food, fellowship, and faith. Please join us on Sunday, September 18 at Squalicum Creek Park for an old-fashioned Sunday School picnic.  You’ll be reminded once again of God’s love taking form in the midst of the world when we practice our faith by sharing, caring, eating, singing, hoping, praying, living, loving—all in abundance.

For more information, email susan@fccb.net.
Hope to see you at the picnic!
Faithfully and joyfully, Susan
P.S. Church School for children also begins this Gathering In Sunday. Join us for in person worship, we’ll head to the narthex and social hall following the Time with Children!