When I was a little girl I took dance lessons. My mother wanted to ensure my sister and I did not 'walk like horses' so we dutifully donned our tutus and ballet shoes (and later tap shoes) to begin refining our sense of balance and poise. I was doomed from the start, my hopes of ever being a ballerina were slim and secretly I longed to walk like the majestic animals I loved so much. But still, the idea of balancing my whole (at that time) little body on my toes while I learned the various positions reminds me of how even today I (like so many others) struggle to balance so many things on the toes of limited time frames, accelerated deadlines, unexpected projects that pile up, and well, that thing called life. All of this balancing, of course, while struggling to make it look easy (sure I can do everything) and performing with fluid grace (ladies don't lose their cool). Frankly some of that training and life experience HAS taught e to balance a lot of things effficiently and with grace that's sincere. Taking on more just means shifting some thing around, and that's okay. So when am I coming to a spiriitual point? It is this. Here at CAPC we have a LOT of things we are juggling and handling and are excited about what is happening in our midst. Our dance is one with the Spirit who, when allowed to lead, lifts us to our toes with expectation and admiration for all the Spirit can achieve. We head into summer and changes in staff and 175th plans and reopening of food missions and so much more, but we seem to be doing it all with grace and aplumb. Well, perhaps those dance lessns really helped after all!
Holy Week Offerings at CAPC
Holy Week is taken very seriously at CAPC and we invite you to journey with us. Following are the highlights of the week: Palm Sunday - joyous chaos yields to palm waving, soaring hymns as we celebrate Jesus' entry into Jerusalem (and our hearts). Sunday, April 14 at 10:30 am. Maundy Thursday - Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 pm - Christ instituted the sacrament of Communion as a commandment at the Last Supper, we honor that sacrament and offer the ritual of washing of the feet (voluntary) and at the end of service we strip the chancel. Good Friday/Tenebrae Service - the Service of Shadows or Tenebrae is the retelling of the last hours of Jesus' life on earth through readings and music. In the soaring sanctuary of CAPC, this retelling is especially powerful. Friday, April 19 at 7:30 pm.
And of course we joyously celebrate Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, April 21 at 10:30 am! Congregation is invited to sing portions of Handel's Messiah at the end of service (always a favorite) and children and families are invited to a special coffee fellowship which includes games for the children and special treats for all. Come, let us worship our God!
What an exciting time it is to be at CAPC. We are preparing to celebrate the church's 175th year of ministry, are making plans for an incredible season of Lent, preparing to reopen our Soup Kitchen after an outstanding renovation of our kitchen--the list goes on and on. CAPC is a community of faith that is open, inviting, warm and friendly. Our congregation is small, but our involvement is huge and it is wonderful to watch people gather on Sunday mornings and at other times and catch up on the news of each other's lives, spend time having fun in our fellowship events, work shoulder to shoulder in work that makes this world truly a better place. It is a wonder to see God's Holy Spirit at work and we would like to invite you to come and join us. If you have questions about your faith, we'd love to explore them with you. If you are hurting and need some place that is safe to heal, we have lots of room. If you are seeking a way to bring greater meaning and significance to your life, well, we have opportunities for that as well. Come check us out on Sunday mornings. We'd love to meet you! But be ready to jump in to a place that you may find changes your life--forever!