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Pentecost Picnic


After the 10:15am service: games with Children & Youth, face painting, and fried chicken. 

Wear red to celebrate. 


All are Welcome. 

We will read the story from Acts 2 in several languages that day at the 10:15 a.m. service. It is customary to wear red to symbolize the tongues of flame. It is also a day when we traditionally celebrate the sacrament of Holy Baptism. If you seek baptism for yourself or a child, please speak to one of the clergy. We celebrate Pentecost, and the end of our program year, with our annual Pentecost Picnic after the 10:15 a.m. service. We’ll provide the fried chicken; you provide everything else: salads, side dishes, desserts. Dress casually! We’ll have games and fun for the kids too.

On May 20, we observe Pentecost (“50th Day”), regarded as the birthday of the church. In Jewish tradition this marks the day that the Law was given to Moses, seven weeks after Passover. The disciples were gathered in Jerusalem for that celebration, the Feast of Weeks or Shavuot. It was customary for Jews from all over the world to gather in Jerusalem for this celebration. That is why, as Acts 2:5 puts it, “there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.” To the surprise of Jesus’s disciples (and, indeed, everyone present), they received the promised gift of the Holy Spirit as tongues of flame appeared above their heads and the rush of a mighty wind filled the house where they were gathered. They found themselves able to speak in many languages, therefore able to take the Good News of Jesus into all the world.

On Sunday, May 20, do these two things: * Wear red! * Bring a side dish to share at our annual indoor Pentecost Picnic after the 10:15 a.m. service. This is one of our most fun events of the year. Dress casually — and in red, the color of Pentecost, to remind ourselves of the tongues of flame that appeared over the disciples’ heads as the Holy Spirit came upon them. We celebrate Pentecost, the birthday of the church, with our annual indoor picnic. No ants! Air-conditioning! Fun for all. The Cathedral supplies fried chicken. You provide everything else: salads, sides, bread, desserts. We’ll have some fun activities for the kids and plenty of good food and fellowship for everyone. Shar Nudelman and Sandy Powers, the cochairs of the Fellowship and Festivities Committee, welcome volunteers to set up and clean up. It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s a good way to get to know people. But wait, there’s more! The Pentecost Picnic is just the beginning of summer fun events at the Cathedral. Watch for announcements of other festive gatherings, meals, and events brought to you by the Fellowship and Festivities Committee.

Earlier Event: May 20
Children's Chapel
Later Event: May 22
Gospel Reflections