Some church newsletters have writers who know how to turn a phrase, a talent that attracts readers, a treasured commodity for any of us who communicate by the written word.
As a writing person, it’s good to remember that communication is not a one-way street. It doesn’t matter how much verbiage one turns out; if no one reads it, communication has not occurred. (Take a look at the Congressional Record some time.)
Perusing the usual church newsletters that come my way, both as email and by the more traditional method, I ran across a short announcement last week that turned my head. It was in the publication from Durham’s First Presbyterian Church.
Not long. Not the most newsy item. Most certainly not the most important upcoming event at this downtown church, but, hey, it made me smile and if I were available on Sunday morning, I might just turn up for the Faith and Community Class because the facts were so cleverly presented. It made me want to go.
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Instead of referring to the person in charge as the Rev. Dr., or teacher, or leader, or convener or facilitator, that person was referred to as the one who would “stir the pot.”
That pesky widow ... she just wouldn’t quit harassing the judge! The parable of the widow and the judge is meant to disturb, or at least it disturbs our stereotypes of widows and judges. Join us Sunday in Watts-Hill Hall at 9:45 for a heated discussion about the meaning of this parable. Sam Miglarese will stir the pot. All are welcome.
What fun to stir the pot and see what happens!
In a time when church attendance across the board is tanking, leaving many congregations holding on by their fingernails, publications such as newsletters are a splendid avenue for promoting the church and its program offerings. Spicing up the written word can spark interest. It’s a good thing, as Martha Stewart would say!
Yet another little gem I picked up is from “Stephen’s Window,” the newsletter from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. It was a Skype photo of Megan Carlson, a member of the Vestry. The line under the photo read: “Megan Carlson Skyped into the Vestry meeting on June 21, 2016.”
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough, will host a concert by Thelonious at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21.
Named after the famous jazz musician Thelonious Monk who was born in Rocky Mount, this namesake Thelonious sings as a quartet that includes Lola Youngman, Mike Edwards, Tim Smith and Jen Goforth Radabaugh.
Their repertoire includes songs of James Taylor, U2, Rickie Lee Jones, the Beatles as well as originals by members Smith and Edwards.
Edwards, an IT consultant who likes to pen tunes describes himself as “left brain meets right brain.”
Smith is known in the Triangle as a sax, keyboard and flute player as well as a singer. He has a degree from Oberlin Conservatory and has toured nationally and internationally.
Both Youngman and Radabaugh have taught music education in the public schools. Youngman has been singing professionally with her multi-instrumentalist jazz musician husband Dave Youngman.
Radabaugh has performed in musical theater for more than 18 years and is a soloist for weddings, concerts and private venues.
St. Matthew’s Faith and the Arts Series began in 2010 as a result of the church’s desire to be more intentional in its support of the arts and artists, to challenge and deepen faith through exposure to the arts and to use sacred space as a setting for artistic expression.
Tickets are $10 at the door with reservations available from the church office, 919-732-9308, during regular office hours.
The Triangle Jewish Chorale will gather to launch its 22nd year at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road.
Rehearsals are held at the JCC every Tuesday from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.
Plans for this season’s concerts include a new composition by Allan Friedman and selections from Alejandro Rutty’s “Down Home: the Cantata,” to be performed at 3 pm. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh on Sunday, Dec. 11, and at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, corner of Cornwallis and Pickett roads in Durham.
Anyone who wishes to join the chorale should contact membership chairman, Bernie Most at firstname.lastname@example.org, to schedule an audition with the conductor Lorena Gullen.
Contact Flo Johnston at email@example.com or call 910-361-4135.