1.27.20 The Serious Church

“Your church is so….serious!”

I wasn’t sure what to make of this description. I met a really nice Elementary  school parent and her son who live in the neighborhood. I love that they stopped to talk on their way home and were able to give me more of a scoop on our future school:

“The teachers are really nice. And things are good…mostly.” Her son chimed in: “Things are good except for the the not great things. But my friends and I run really fast and we are okay.” He smiled. I affirmed his creativity and speed at getting away from uncool stuff and sticking with his good friends. Certainly we all know what it is to have unkind folks who can make a day feel longer and more treacherous. “Overall things are pretty good,” his mom offered. “Thanks for giving me the scoop on the school!”–I was glad to make a parent connection.

When the mom and I got to talk talking about my church and the neighborhood, she immediately made that comment: “your church is so serious!” I came to find out that she meant that we take our garden seriously!:) I let her know that we sure do: “Folks are out there at all different times of the year planting and raking and caring for it. We want it to be a welcoming community space where people can visit and walk their dogs through. You are welcome to visit it!” I am glad that our “seriousness” about our garden is part of our neighborhood reputation.

I get to be the pastor of the serious gardener congregation providing a beautiful, welcoming space in the neighborhood. Thank you Elaine and all those at KC who make the Sacred Garden what it is. We’ve got a Sacred Garden Valentine Fundraiser February 15 coming up! (Details below).


It felt like more people than normal were waving today. Maybe it was my week hiatus of healing and the return today that made it feel like a surge. Maybe it was the electric orange-colored fuzzy mittens! I saw these out with a friend in a sale bin and couldn’t resist! It’s good to be over the flu…schwooo. And it is good to be back seeing all the joy that the good people traveling Columbia are emiting! Thank you for sharing.




Valentine’s Fun

A night of music, dancing, great food, original art and flower arrangements for sale, 50/50 raffle, all to benefit the Kittamaqundi Community Church’s Sacred Garden. Tickets are $20 per person by reservation in advance, $25 at the door. Featured performers: Amy Sens and Luke Chohany with bluegrass, Liz Fixsen with jazz, and Randy Malm with piano favorites.

Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 5 PM – 9 PM

5410 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD

Published by Rev. Claire Matheny

Pastor | Kittamaqundi Community Church | Columbia, Maryland

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