The Palisades Community Church

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been called to a new position as the Transitional Senior Pastor at The Palisades Community Church in Washington, DC. I will serve half-time through September, 2021.

Join us for worship via Zoom!

I’ll be preaching online every Sunday morning (10:00 AM) and hosting a Wednesday evening check-in (7:00 PM). I would love to see your face at those events! To get the Zoom links, you can sign up for the church newsletter, check the church website, or the church Facebook page. (Contact me here if you have trouble.)

February 7 will be my first Sunday “in the pulpit” (remember pre-pandemic when that was meant literally?). You can also access the video after the fact, when it’s posted on Facebook and YouTube.

A Little Background

This congregation has done outstanding work, especially during the past pandemic year. Not only have they continued to worship and meet for fellowship and mission, but they have also redefined the mission of their building. They created the Palisades Hub and a brand new Executive Director comes on board this week. This means that as pastor, I will focus on worship and faith development.

I’m a bit acquainted with the congregation. I preached for them last March, which turned out to be a last event just before everything shut down for quarantine. The picture below is from that Sunday morning — Rev. Elizabeth Hagan and myself presiding over the communion table. I’m privileged to call Elizabeth a friend, as we’ve been writing buddies for many years.

If you’ve read my blog over the years, you may already know that I’ve served small churches before and believe they can be healthy and viable. I believe that is the case here. I feel privileged to serve The Palisades church at this crucial time in its history.

Souper Bowl 2021

If you live in the Washington DC area, I invite you to participate in a beloved Super Bowl tradition — because even the pandemic cannot stop the church from cooking and selling soup to raise money for So Others Might Eat (SOME). Plan to stop by on February 7 from 12-2 PM for a socially distanced, masked, outdoor soup sale (soups pre-packaged) in the church yard (5200 Cathedral Avenue NW). Suggested donation per bowl is $5. At the Soup Sale, we will also collect canned or packaged foods to donate to SOME. (For a list of suggested items, check Facebook.)


One response to “The Palisades Community Church”

  1. Priscilla Little Avatar
    Priscilla Little

    Congratulations Ruth! We may try to zoom you on Sunday, but we shall see since our worship begins at 10 as well.

    Good luck – Keep up the good work.

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