The Easter season continues on for 50 days, through the Ascension of Our Lord to Pentecost on Sunday, June 5, seven full weeks after Easter Sunday! Riviera’s Easter week worship services were wonderful and unfolded in such a way that they incorporated and celebrated a loosening of Covid protocols. Barbie Prieto, Church Administrator; Dr. Walter Busse, Director of Music; The Reverend Rosemary Noga-Welton and The Reverend Dr. David Welton, Parish Associates; Anna Rosas, Youth Education & Outreach Assistant; and the Worship Committee worked together to produce Lenten and Easter week services that cleverly re-introduced and welcomed certain aspects of our worship that we have all missed. And, this author must give a 👍🏻 and ‘thank you’ to the audio-visual team led by Rey Prieto and including Butch Sorenson and Abigail Thompson who work together to stream and record our services making them available to all.
In May, we will welcome the return of Youth Sunday School which runs concurrently with the worship service. Starting May 22, after the Children’s Sermon, younger members and guests may leave to attend Sunday School following the lead of Anna Rosas, Youth Education and Outreach Assistant, Anna will introduce them to Honoring God’s Diversity, a curriculum specifically created for youth by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). (Note, this author spent over three minutes watching ducklings following their mother for research for this month’s Clerk’s Corner!)
May will also have Riviera celebrate First Sunday lunch, on the first Sunday! 😊 And, on the second Sunday, May 8, we celebrate Mother’s Day by enjoying ice cream during Holy Grounds.
Riviera will continue to remember the Ukrainian people in our prayers. Their celebration of Orthodox Easter was on Sunday, April 24 – a solemn celebration this year amid a war that is crushing their cities, but not their spirits.
We keep in our prayers those members and friends of Riviera who are recovering from illness, injury, or surgery; those whose everyday lives have become difficult due to inflation; and those who continue to struggle with this pandemic and the masks on, masks off back and forth. If this author begins to list people, someone will be inadvertently left off. So, close your eyes, pray, and silently (or not silently) name all you know. However, I ask you do include Marysabel (Mary) Lopez, our Custodian, who took a nasty tumble down our choir stairs one Sunday morning. She is recovering comfortably at home.
There’s lots more happening during the month of May – read The Spark and the weekly, One More Thing to keep track of happenings and dates.
Clerk of Session