It was a wonderful retreat at the Warwick Campground on the first weekend in August. After a Friday evening thunder storm that some of us had to survive in the bathrooms, the weather turned out to be beautiful all weekend long. There was almost no humidity. We enjoyed making boats and puppets, practicing a puppet play, swimming, eating and worshiping together on a hillside that looks out over the valley and distant hills. Butterflies, bees and birds were all buzzing around.
Throughout the weekend we pondered various Bible texts on the subject of water: Noah’s ark, Israel crying by the rivers of Babylon, Jesus walking on water, and Jesus stilling the storm. We asked ourselves where our situation at First Reformed Church would be in all of this. And we listed the storms of our life together: the challenges of the Preservation Plan and the upcoming fund-raising campaign, but also the challenges of working with minorities: our Autism-focused confirmation class, our church’s role as a regional dialog center in the homosexuality debate, and our outreach to Latino school children with the lunchtime recitals, to name but a few.
Unforgettable will be the play that Sandy Boyles wrote and that we performed during worship on Sunday morning in response to all these challenges. Charlie Devich played a very convincing if hard-of-hearing Noah who was being summoned by God, alias Bruce Bothwell, to build an ark like in boat. It was wonderful to see how the two of them brought out all the comical elements in this story. This, in turn, enabled us to laugh about ourselves and to gain some healthy distance from all the duties and demands of daily life at church. We hope that you will enjoy the second performance of the play during worship at our church on September 9th, Rally Sunday.
Don’t forget that service will resume the winter schedule on Rally Sunday and will start at 10:30 a.m.
Dates to Remember
Oct 5 — 7:00-9:00 p.m. Homosexuality Dialogue
Oct 6 — 9-11:30 a.m. Homosexuality Dialogue; RCA Listening Team, Rev Dr. John Stapert
Oct 13 — 6:00 p.m. Community Potluck & Game Night
Oct 12 — Commitment Sunday with Potluck Lunch