How Much is Enough?
How Much is Enough?
Happy late July!

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

We will not have our online service during July and August.

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.

How Much is Enough?

This past week the four most successful tech leaders in our country testified before a hostile Congress. Democrats are concerned that they are a monopoly, while Republicans fear they are biased against them.

Meanwhile, Amazon's Bezos is worth over $18B alone.

In today's gospel Jesus meets the spiritual needs of his audience and then their physical needs.

But how much is enough?

This past week I purchased a car. I didn't get just what I needed, I added bells and whistles, caught up in the materialism and fun involved. On a daily basis I question myself. How much is enough?

The most successful gatherings of Christians in America are being held by ministers preaching a prosperity gospel. This message, almost unique to the US, says believe in Jesus and you will be wealthy.

Today in America, the very rich are getting richer and the poor poorer. If the very rich cannot figure out how much is enough, I fear they will continue to fuel a populist politics that will seek to punish wealth creation.

I don't think there's a simple answer to this. I don't believe in the prosperity gospel. I also fear populism. I do believe that when we seek to follow God our needs, first spiritual and then material will be met.

I also believe it will be the job of Christians to come to understand what's enough. At the same time, Christians are called to work for those who suffer from lack of income and access to the economic system.

I believe a big change is coming in our politics driven by anger toward the wealthy. Populist moments rarely create good results.

What can we do as Christians to articulate and practice a moral life where enough is enough and we act charitably to those in need?

If we don't lead, others will and I fear it will not go well.

Faith-based Activism Discussion Group:
Just Mercy

Date moved to August 2nd, 2020 at 5 PM – 6:30 PM Annabel Park  and  Maria De Los Angeles will host a discussion on the movie Just Mercy on Facebook.

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.

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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, no texts or calls please.
Readings this Week

Psalm 17:1-7,16
Exaudi, Domine
1 Hear my plea of innocence, O Lord;
give heed to my cry; *
listen to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.
2 Let my vindication come forth from your presence; *
let your eyes be fixed on justice.
3 Weigh my heart, summon me by night, *
melt me down; you will find no impurity in me.
4 I give no offense with my mouth as others do; *
I have heeded the words of your lips.
5 My footsteps hold fast to the ways of your law; *
in your paths my feet shall not stumble.
6 I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; *
incline your ear to me and hear my words.
7 Show me your marvelous loving-kindness, *
O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand
from those who rise up against them.
16 But at my vindication I shall see your face; *
when I awake, I shall be satisfied, beholding
your likeness.

Matthew 14:13-21
Jesus withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Swedenborg Insights

Grains represent little plans for daily use; small, in great numbers, comparatively dry and unattractive; but after all they give life its chief satisfaction. The noblest grain, wheat, represents knowledge of duties done in the highest motive of serving the Lord. Barley represents knowledge of duties done in the more natural motive of neighborly kindness. The Lord blesses duties done in this more common motive and makes them strengthening to the soul. And the little fishes. We have thought of the sea as representing an atmosphere of natural thought. The fishes are the affections for learning natural knowledge and thinking in a natural way. The barley loaves represented the natural satisfaction in good uses, and the fishes the natural understanding in regard to them, which the people were receiving from the Lord. Why did the Lord feed the people with barley loaves and not with "the finest of the wheat"? (Psalm 81:13, 16) He gave them as they were able to receive. Even today Christian people know little of the blessedness of the doing duties for the Lord, though many are sustained by the satisfaction of helping one another. (E. 430, 617.)

Giving is way down, so please send your offering.

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The Church is Alive with Activity this Summer

First Photo: Our church rental director Shalonda Ingram welcomes a rap recording group into the church. We are slowly opening up the space.
Second: Shalonda rents to a recording team in the church.
Third: Rap singer in the stairwell recording.
Fourth: Church pillar, Niki, patiently waits to meet Rev. Rich.
Fifth: Church doors now have instructions for masks and washing.

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