What does the new church look like?
What does the future of church look like?

PHOTO: The last meeting of the Spiritual Entrepreneur Planning Group taken just a week before the pandemic hit.

Happy August!

I miss you and hope you are having a great summer!

We plan to start services after Labor Day weekend but not in person. We decided the risks were still too high. Stay tuned.

Take a few minutes to read this week's lessons and reflect on what they mean. Feel free to email me questions from the readings and I'll respond in the next newsletter.

What does the future of church look like?

This past week I met with our church event coordinator Shalonda Ingram about the vision for how our church can be useful to God in the world.

In the past churches looked at Sunday worship and other activities, such as rentals, as necessary to keep church going.

At Church of the Holy City we are pursuing a holistic spiritual entrepreneur model where the building is available to community groups that serve the community and serve God.

Instead of thinking of our church activity as something that takes place during worship, we need to imagine the church building as a place that is useful all week.

In the future, I imagine church will return to the earlier model in people's homes, but since we have the gift of the blessed and holy space in Washington, DC, we must use it every hour to serve God.

That also means, that for better or worse, my job as a minister is also a building manager. This summer has been challenging as we try to install HVAC into our sanctuary. The first attempt to pull the switch led to the smell of burning and leaks.

This week the contracting team involved said they would need to have to find a bigger drill to put in stronger electric. The city sent as a whooping bill for them to dig in the street.

This talk of building management can feel like it isn't related to to the Lord's work. However, if we think about working to provide a sacred spiritual space to the world it makes it doable.

The entrepreneurial aspect of this spiritual entrepreneur vision is that we also find ways to rent the space to create funds to cover the costs involved. COVID knocked us off track with huge losses in income and donations.

However, under Shalonda's leadership we are seeing a dramatic uptick in rentals from an online platform we use called Peerspace. This summer as rooms in the parish house gained AC, we rented to the BBC, PBS, NPR, AEI and other video recording companies. We have also become knows as a welcome space for young rap artists creating their videos.

Our vision is to install video production capability and further our mission and reach.

Shalonda Ingram did an amazing interview on a podcast a week ago and mentioned how unique our work at the church was in bridging the gap and building community.

Please take a minute to learn more about Shalonda's vision and how it dovetails with our church vision.

The future of church is going to be about building true community for those who seek to grow spiritually and share their gifts with others.

If you are reading this, you are part of the team of making the future of church possible. The new church coming into the world will be quite different from what we think about church from the past.

Our job is to play a midwife role in helping birth the Lord's new church into the world to save lives.

Thank you for supporting this vision at Church of the Holy City.
Let me know how you want to contribute.

Reading Group
Dr. Peck began a reading group for
“The Hidden Levels of the Mind: Swedenborg’s Theory of Consciousness,” by Douglas Taylor last week. Please email him if you'd like to join the next call.

Looking for a Church Administrator

The church is now hiring a church administrator.

Please click this link to see a job description and circulate it to your network.

Pastoral Calls
I am available for pastoral calls throughout the summer. Just email me to set one up.

Physical Distancing

Social Outreach

Spiritual Connection

Your Pastor
Rev. Richard L. Tafel



Church Administrator Job Description

Church of the Holy City, Washington DC is looking for a part-time church administrator to provide on-site management of the day- to-day operations of the church.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of a Church Administrator
·     Works with the minister and church, officers to develop a budget, pay bills and manage cash flow using QuickBooks making payroll for all employees.
·     Coordinates with the church Rental Manager and Wedding Coordinator to ensure there are no conflicts in building use by coordinating with the online program Peerspace.
·     Coordinates with pastor and officers to produce annual grant proposals.
·     Produce a weekly online newsletter using Constant Contact with input from the pastor.
·     Produces a weekly Sunday service bulletin.
·     Ensures that the church building is secured and well-maintained by contacting repairmen and overseeing their work.
·     Maintains all insurance policies associated with the church.
·     Schedules the cleaning crew and landscapers.
·     Prepares online weekly worship set-up on Zoom.
·     Works with Kastle security to manage alarms.
·     Coordinates with the church’s website manager and pastor to keep the site up to date.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
·     At least three-years experience and expertise using QuickBooks with knowledge of Constant Contact and Zoom.
·     Track record of completing repetitive processes from start to finish and being capable of multitasking.
·     Enjoy engaging with diverse people.
·     At least three years' experience working in a church office or nonprofit organization.
·     References showing excellent interpersonal, reliability and leadership skills.

Work Time, Environment and Salary
·     Spends time in a private, climate-controlled office.
·     Works flexible hours of 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
·     The salary of a church administrator is $2000 monthly, $24,000 annually.
·     Reports to the church pastor weekly.

If interested, please send your CV with a letter of interest to the minister at richtafel@gmail.com, no texts or calls please.
Readings this Week

Psalm 105, 1-6, 16-22, 45b
Confitemini Domino
1 Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; *
make known his deeds among the peoples.
2 Sing to him, sing praises to him, *
and speak of all his marvelous works.
3 Glory in his holy Name; *
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Search for the Lord and his strength; *
continually seek his face.
5 Remember the marvels he has done, *
his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,
6 O offspring of Abraham his servant, *
O children of Jacob his chosen.
16 Then he called for a famine in the land *
and destroyed the supply of bread.
17 He sent a man before them, *
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
18 They bruised his feet in fetters; *
his neck they put in an iron collar.
19 Until his prediction came to pass, *
the word of the Lord tested him.
20 The king sent and released him; *
the ruler of the peoples set him free.
21 He set him as a master over his household,
as a ruler over all his possessions,
22 To instruct his princes according to his will
and to teach his elders wisdom.
45 Hallelujah!

Luke 4:17-21

New International Version

17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
    to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[a]
20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Swedenborg Insights

1. A Brief Exposition of the Doctrine of the New Church Signified by the New Jerusalem in the Apocalypse

As several works and tracts have been published by me during the past few years concerning the NEW JERUSALEM, by which is meant a New Church to be established by the Lord, and as the Apocalypse has now been revealed 1 , I have decided to bring to light the Doctrine of that Church in its fulness, thus as a whole. This, however, is a work which will take some years to complete wherefore I have thought it advisable to produce some sort of a sketch of it, in order that a general idea of this Church and its Doctrine may first be obtained. For, when general things precede, then each and everything stands out clearly in the light; for particulars enter into generals as things homogeneous into their own receptacles. This brief exposition, however, is not designed for critical examination, but is only offered to the world for information; its contents will be fully proved in the major work itself. Yet the doctrinal tenets of today concerning Justification are to be set forth first, on account of what follows concerning the disagreement between the doctrines of the present Church and those of the New Church.

Giving is way down, so please send your offering.

Mail to checks to: 1611 16th St NW WDC 20009
Last week we had a wonderful faith based activism discussion. This ideas generated will help foster our vision for the church as it seeks to provide leadership in the need for justice in our world.

Thank you to Annabel and Maria for hosting it.
Photos above show all the rental activity with the hope of a bright future for the church.
The bottom two show an antique communion set and the church baptistery have been repaired and renewed. We celebrate the old and the new.
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