Play is a sign of God's nearness, a mark of fulfilled time.

It's hard for me to believe that summer is right around the corner. But, the calendar will soon turn over to June and the kids will be out of school. Let's play! One source defines play as: "Engaging in activity for enjoyment and recreation, rather than a serious or practical purpose." Play, in the context of the above definition, can be anything that gives us relief from the everyday habits that we get caught up in. This is not to diminish in any way that there are serious issues in our lives and in our world. But, play is a gift from God and one that we sometimes forget as adults. A little "play" can energize us to do the serious work we need to do. At one of the prayer practice check-in sessions, a comment was made that sometimes maybe God is calling us to "lighten it up" a little bit. I translate this to mean these possibilities: Change the pace. Do something for enjoyment. Be spontaneous. Step out of the regular routine. Go outside and breathe in the fresh air. Engage in an activity that feels freeing. 
The Bible records stories of our ancestors who intentionally included time for meals, music, storytelling, and Sabbath. In the world God created for us we see many models for play - children, animals, sand, mountains, flowers, water, and trees all teach us to play. Join us this summer at First Cong as we take the opportunity to include some play in our life as a community! 
 
Neighborhood Party: Sunday June 5 at 11:30am. This is an opportunity for us to gather for fellowship and we invite our Regent neighbors to join us. Lunch will include brats, hot dogs or veggie brats; fresh fruit and veggies, followed by live music by David Landau, and cake. There will be a bouncy house and fun activities for the kids! Maybe you'll make a new friend.
 
Women's Book Study: Saturdays June 4, 25, July 9, 23 at 8:00am. Our summer read is "Becoming Nicole" by Amy Ellis Nutt. This is a story of a family coming to terms with the fact that one of their twins has Gender Dysphoria, a medical condition whereby a person does not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth. "Becoming Nicole" is a book that imparts important lessons through the love of family. Contact kkanitz@firstcongmadison.org
 
Pew Warmers Softball Games: Pew Warmer Sarah Siedschlag recently described our team as the most fun softball team around. Members and friends are encouraged to participate in two ways: You can practice with the team on Sunday afternoons at 2pm at Van Hise/Hamilton school fields (enter driveway near 240 Segoe Rd.), weather permitting. No experience needed!
AND...Wear your red and white and cheer for the team at games on Friday evenings. Watch the Tower for the schedule.
 
Outdoor Weekend/Camping: June 17-19 GAMES, PICNIC, AND CAMPFIRE! Held at Lake Farm Park (just south of South Towne Mall). Join us for the weekend or for any part of the day on Saturday. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a beautiful sunset, and, of course, s'mores around the campfire! Contact Melissa Baumann: MomChemist@gmail.com
 
Church Gardening: Wendy Coleman and her crew of helpers work all spring and summer to keep our church grounds beautiful and inviting. If you would like to pitch in when available, contact Wendy: wcoleman@wisc.edu
 
Rainbow People Picnic: Saturday, August 13 at 4:30pm
This is a group in our congregation who actively works to help the congregation stay aware of issues affecting the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ folks and allies, their family members and all friends are welcome!
 
Quiet Reflection Service: June 8-July 13 (Wednesdays) from 6-7pm in the Chapel.
Jazz Worship: July 21-August 18 (Thursdays) at 7:00pm in the Chapel.
 
Summer Singers: Summer Singers is open to EVERYONE, reading age and older. We meet at 9:15 in the choir loft on Sunday morning to learn a simple introit and song to share with the congregation during that morning's worship service. Come to one, come to all, or come whenever you can.
Dates are: June 5 (at 9:30am), June 19, July 17, July 31, August 14 and August 28. If you have any questions, contact Don DeBruin at ddebruin @firstcongmadison.org.
 
~ Ann Beaty  
 

Posted on May 24, 2016 at 9:15 am in Featured Content.

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