We are deeply moved by the ways we continue to be church in spite of the fact that we cannot gather together. In this time of isolation, we are still living out our covenant, as we develop new ways to worship together, to pray for and care for one another, to promote God’s reign of justice and peace, and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus. So thank you to all who have led us in worship, to those who have made phone calls to everyone in our church directory, and to those who have helped keep our building open to mission partners working with homeless youth in the U District.
We also want to let you know of some of the ways we are strengthening our care for one another. Our Parish Aid Fund is always available for people in our congregation who are experiencing need. In this time of severe economic stress, we are working to build that fund. If you have are facing economic uncertainty, food insecurity, or risk of losing your housing, please reach out. We are here for you. If you would like to contribute to this fund, your gifts are welcomed, and will be used for food, medicine, and other urgent, immediate expenses folks in our community have.
We are also reviewing our directory to see where people are connected to one another, and strengthening those connections through “home circles.” This is one way we can keep track of one another and quickly identify and respond to both joys we are experiencing as well as trials of the spirit. We are keeping the website updated with news about our church family: birth and death announcements, and news about big life transitions.
And while we cannot be together in person, we see our vital community connections strengthen as we build our virtual/technological capacity through Mix-Zups, Covenant Circles, digital choir rehearsals, weekly Prayer Circle, Bible Study, Facebook videos, online youth and family connections, online story time, Lamb Watch 2020, Zoom Coffee Hour, and all the committees who are doing the work of the church online. If you want to participate in any of these groups, email gro.ccuytisrevinu@mooz, and if you want help getting digitally connected, reach out to gro.ccuytisrevinu@plehmooz—a volunteer will call and you.
Please know that we are regularly reaching out as your pastors in every way we can. You are in our hearts and in our prayers. If you have a specific need, please let us know. We are available, no matter the physical distance.
Amy Roon, Catherine Foote, Todd Smiedendorf