"Gratitude: A Spiritual Resilience Practice" with Cheryl Robertson

This Sunday: Gratitude: A Spiritual Resilience Practice with Cheryl Robertson

This Sunday Cheryl Robertson will share how including gratitude as a spiritual practice in her life has sustained her in her faith.

"Through gratitude, and by trusting God with my life understanding, that in the good times and bad times He is always with us—I learned to change my view of these situations," says she.

In preparation for the discussion, Cheryl invites the community to take a look at the readings below.  

Please join us, and invite others who may benefit from this discussion. 

About Cheryl: Cheryl Robertson has spent the past 30 years mentoring and coaching young adults to senior leaders. Through her human resources experience, using partnership and rich conversations, she helps leaders find a path forward to their desired success.  

Click here to learn about Cheryl's life journey.

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Readings for The Coming Sunday

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (New International Version)

The Living Bible Translation words it this way: “And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans.”


Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (New International Version)

Recap of Last Week:

Natalie Svelmoe: Be Merciful

Last week we enjoyed hearing from Natalie Svelmoe, who shared anecdotal stories and practical illustrations for how we can embody Jesus' message of mercy and love in everyday life.

One of the takeaways of that conversation was that mercy is not just about grand gestures, it's also about the little things. Do we show small acts of kindness towards those who are closest to us, as well as strangers who need our compassion and care?

During the discussion hour we also enjoyed hearing Natalie's own journey to becoming a Christian in post-Soviet Ukraine. 

You can view the recording of Natalie's message here.

Some of you had also asked where to find past sermons. As a helpful reminder, sermons are posted on our website and the YouTube Channel, with excerpts shared on our Facebook page. 

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Overheard on the Grapevine:

Community Updates at the Church of the Holy City

Here are the latest updates from our Church of the Holy City community:


Celebrating Birthdays

Congratulations to Rev. Rich Tafel, who celebrated his birthday last Sunday, August 14th!

Brought to You from the Swedenborgian Convention

We hope you will enjoy hearing a recording of Rev. Tafel's mini-course, presented at the Swedenborgian Convention, "Blessed are the Peacemakers: How You and Your Church Can Successfully Facilitated Political Dialogue in a Polarized Society". You can find the link below: 


Advancing Our Mission Through Grants

We are proud to report that we successfully submitted our application to the Swedenborgian Church Denomination for FY 2023 this week.

As a helpful note, our church receives sizable grants to augment the pastor's salary, support mission projects, and pilot new initiatives, such as the Church of the Holy City Media. Please keep us in your prayers as this request goes in front of the reviewers for consideration.

Newsletter Corrections

In last week's newsletter, Steve Svelmoe's sermon in the Recap section was linked incorrectly. Here is the correct link: https://holycitydc.org/sermon-august-5-2022-what-is-true-christianity-with-steve-svelmoe/

Also, here is the correct link to Richard Rodriguez' book discussion, Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez, held at 12:00 p.m. EST on September 7, 2022, via Zoom:



Let us know your news or updates, and we'll share it with the group. Email Kateryna Pyatybratova at katempya@gmail.com.


Let us know if you have any prayer requests. Email Rev. Rich Tafel at revtafel@holycitydc.org

Food for Thought:

How Do We Show Genuine Care?

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