Where to Begin?
How interesting …. DAPC’s Weekend began at Westminster Church in Minneapolis: The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Mission event! DAPC provided one of about 40 mission displays from churches and other church related organizations in this area. Thanks to Sharon Gagner and Elaine Oman for arranging to have DAPC represented and for spending the morning introducing our fellow Presbyterians to DAPC’s 50+ years of serving our neighbors, near and far, with good clothing, linens, small (and occasionally large) household goods! Sharing DAPC’s table (thank you Elaine and Sharon for your generosity!) was Transforming NextGen … the ministryPastor Stewart and DAPC members Hae Chang andMauro Souza are creating and DAPC is sponsoring as Transforming NextGen incorporates and flies from the nest!
And then came the wedding! What a glorious day forChris Knapp and Laura Sloan to say their vows! The weather outside was perfect: the smell of fall and brilliant yellow leaves on the ground; bright sunshine and a hint of cool in the air! In the sanctuary it was equally festive and joy-filled: Laura lovely in white (duh!) and Chris stately in his dark wedding suit; bridesmaids in plum and groomsmen in more subdued dark tones. The couple said their “I Do’s” … their families and community said “We Will Do Our Part” the declaration … “I now pronounce you husband and wife” and the kiss! It was a wonderful day!
But, alas … the wonderment did not end on Saturday … DAPC’s Sunday was just as remarkable!
Any Worship service that includes baptism, especially infant baptism, is automatically a favorite for me! But aSunday service that included Baptism a report from , count them, FOUR folks from Liberty Plaza, a solo by Allie Smith and a piano/flugelhorn postlude --- most certainly the realm of God is just a bit like this!
Ø The Baptism. Matt and Julie Hozza presented their daughter, Madeline Wren, for the sacrament – and it was absolutely a Holy Moment! Madeline, radiant in a long white gown (not for her wedding!) and beautiful blue eyes, was welcomed into the Covenant of God’s People by the waters of baptism, provided by the members of DAPC who brought small vials of water forward to fill the fount before Madeline and her parents came forward. Matt and Julia announced their faith, on Madeline’s’ behalf, and surrounded by family and friends, Madeline was baptized “in the name of God; Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit.”
Ø Liberty Plaza. DAPC’s history as the founders of Liberty Plaza goes back 40+ years. What a joy it is to hear the report of the many ways the residents there are being served by our partners Twin Cities Housing Development Corp and Americorps volunteers. How gratifying it is to know that the original vision of good safe housing is now augmented by numerous programs for children, youth and adults, with a special emphasis on educational enrichment. Our thanks to Dave Brown and the LP workers for bringing us up to date on the activities available to folks at Liberty Plaza AND for the invitation to become involved, especially as mentors and tutors in the new enrichment programs.
Ø The Music. If Miryana, our still very new – less than one full month on the job- Minister of Music is trying to knock our socks off … it’s working! Thank You Miryana for your instrumental prowess. Thank you for settling into directing the choir in some old favorites and investing them with new life. Thank you for having Sister Allie Smith sing for the second time this month!!! And thank you for inviting your husband Reilly to play the Flugelhorn (oh so mellow!) with you on piano, for the postlude!
Ø The Message. David connected Jesus question to Bartimeaus, “What do you want me to do for you?” and his reply, “I want to see again.” to the sacrament of baptism. Jesus’ offer is silently present when we come to be baptized or present our children for baptism. In baptism we bring to God in Christ our requests to be fulfilled and freed.
Ø The Meeting. Immediately following worship, the congregation met for a specially called meeting to consider the letter of resignation submitted by Pastor David Stewart. Gale Robb, representative of the Presbytery Committee on Ministry, moderated the meeting and received a motion to concur with the request, effective December 31, 2015. The motion was approved unanimously and Pastor Stewart spoke briefly regarding his 30+ years of ministry at DAPC. A brief update on progress in the search for an Interim Pastor was presented by Clerk of Session Marcia Moermond and a “save the date” announcement for Pastor Stewart’s final worship service the evening of December 27th. The meeting concluded with prayer by Rev. Gale Robb.
Ø The Prayers.
o Prayers of joy and blessing for Chris Knapp and Laura Sloan as they begin a life together in marriage
o Lynn Paulfranz, now in transitional care at Langton Place, Roseville.
o Joe Lacey, preparing for lung surgery next week
o Continued support for those in the midst of long term recovery: Allie Smith, Glenn Neske, Dean Pearson, Jacquie Young, Janet Pierson
o Ongoing support and care for those in the midst of grieving