Back in the saddle/pulpit

Dear Glen Mar Friends,

It's Pentecost Weekend at Glen Mar, and we have the holy privilege of confirming some wonderful young people as well. We always hear that the youth are "the future of the church," but in reality they are the church now too. Our youth so often lead the way in mission and ministry, and that's certainly true now as our Tarboro NC mission team serves Christ on our behalf in North Carolina. We continue to pray for them as they work and serve and share.

Pentecost is a time to be reminded that God's Holy Spirit enlivens and sends forth the Church to serve. The Holy Spirit is the way God acts in the here and now, always bringing new life, new possibilities, hope and healing. I am excited to see all the ways God's Spirit is moving here at Glen Mar.

As we pray for victims of gun violence in Virginia Beach and in our own hometown, I wanted to lift up that this weekend is also "Wear Orange for National Gun Violence Awareness." It was started in 2015 by the friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year old who was shot and killed in a park in Chicago in 2013. On the anniversary of her death, her friends wore orange to school to honor her memory. As people of faith, we pray that God would help us see and work for a world filled with God's justice, love and peace.

I wanted to invite YOU to wear orange in worship this weekend if you feel so led, in memory and honor of victims of gun violence. (Red for Pentecost is another option too).

On Saturday, June 8, from 2-4 pm, I'll be attending a county-wide event to raise awareness for gun violence, as it affects all communities - regardless of race, age, socio-economic status, gender, religion or education level. The family-friendly event will include children's activities, entertainment, snacks, remarks and information tables from a robust group of nonprofit and county agencies that provide vital resources to the community. It will take place at Joseph Square in Harper's Choice Village if you'd like to check it out.

I hope you will join us in worship as I will be preaching for the first time in a while (I'm very excited to be "back in the saddle/pulpit").

See you in Church,
Pastor Mandy