“Connect, connect, connect.”
We offer these words as a very loose paraphrase of Romans 12:5 “. . . We who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.” Throughout this month, we are working hard to provide ways in which we can hear from you. You are being invited specifically to three points of connection.
First, the Pastoral Search Committee has a brief online survey to help guide their work through the next several months. We invite you to take some time to fill it out when you receive the link.
Second, we are also asking for people to fill out a “general check-in” survey that will guide our own connecting world over the next months. Where are your connections to the community strong and helpful? Where could we do a better job of caring for each other? Your feedback at this six-month mark in the pandemic-related changes in our ways of being together is vital as we make plans for the fall. Watch for links to this survey next week in our regular emails.
And finally, at the end of the month we will be making our annual “welcome home” calls. For several years we have taken time at the end of summer to check in with each other. In the past this has served as a way to regather after a summer of being away, and to invite folks to participate as fall programming for children, youth and families begins. This year those calls will have a different feel. We are not calling folks to regather, but calling folks once again to check in. How are you doing? Are you feeling engaged with the church, either in your connections to congregational care and in the congregation’s actions in care for our world? As we move into Fall, are there places you would like to be more engaged? We invite you to anticipate that call.
Of course there are other ways we are staying connected. We regularly run into each other on walks, perhaps in the grocery store, or even in distanced ways at parks or in backyards. On the first Sunday of every month many of us gather on the corner of 45th and 15th to call for action on behalf of the Common Good. And we certainly do meet regularly on Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube. It is all about connection, especially in this time.
If you are having trouble getting connected, please reach out to us. We will help. Because yes, we who are many, are one body in Christ, and we need one another.
Blessings from your pastors,