Friends in Christ,
Grace and peace to you.
Despite the pandemic and its necessary changes, life continues; the cycle of the seasons, the daily necessities of work and home life, another school cycle, and more. For some, the changes may seem small. For some, they are life-altering. Maybe it’s a mix for others. Moving into our seventh pandemic month, we wonder how well and in what ways those new ways are working in our community and our church to meet human and non-human needs and dynamics. Connection and communication are two of the biggest ever-present needs.
Relative to church, we want to hear your thoughts and opinions in this time. We are asking that you answer these surveys regarding worship, communication, and the ongoing pastoral search. Relative to the community and our congregation, we particularly know that our ways of connecting and communicating have been altered. Our COVID-19 Action Team at church is tracking and planning the path to safe re-gathering in large groups of friends and members in our building at some future point. We know that time has not yet arrived and will not come for months. For this, we can wait.
Yet life continues and will not wait. The social and political moment in our nation will not wait. Those in need will not wait. Many of the moments of our lives will not wait. So, we as a church will not wait. We will continue as a congregation to connect and communicate, worship and serve. Online worship and groups continue. We stand vigil for justice. Ministries continue to meet and move forward. Parish Aid and community grant monies are being sent out. Congregants call each other and visit safely outdoors.
We are called to continue to be relevant to each other and to the world around us, local and global. We are called to continue to live out our covenant;
seeking, responding, worshiping, welcoming, living responsibly, sharing, caring, praying, encouraging, proclaiming Good News, and promoting justice and peace. Whether the expression be personal or communal, these faithful covenant intentions will not manifest without all of us leaning into continued connection and communication.
Dedicated volunteers will again be making congregation-wide phone calls, and we also we encourage each of you to keep in touch with each other, within and outside of our congregation. Find and practice those altered ways of communication and connection. Make that call. Write that card. Type that email. Send that text. Join that class. Make that outdoor visit. All in service of our covenant and God’s Dream of the Beloved Community.
And as always, please reach out to any of us if you have a need we can meet. Our contact information is below. Life continues and so does our call to commune and connect, even if in new ways.
Click here to access all three congregational surveys