Response to COVID-19

25 May 2020

 

Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Alleluia! This is the last week of Easter. Sunday (May 31) is the Day of Pentecost. We encourage you to wear red—even at home!—to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. We pray for the Spirit to inspire us to tell the Good News of life and hope in Jesus in a way that people will receive it and follow Christ.

 

(1) The Congregation Council and other committees have been working since the beginning of May on how to resume in-person gatherings. Thank you for everyone who participated in the survey last week! The Council approved the proposal that is attached to this email and that we will move to Phase 1 this Sunday, May 31. This means the pastor will stream from church rather than his home, and the church office will be open two days a week, by appointment only. There is also a video summary of the plan that you can see at : https://youtu.be/lbMk1dwxZuM

(2) VBS Online June 22-26. We are grateful to Community of Grace that they are allowing us to join their online Vacation Bible School, for Preschool to Grade 5. To Register use this link:

https://public.serviceu.com/RegistrationForm/10882267-447292993?OrgKey=fe0a54b6-bc1f-42d6-bd2c-1c17345b39ee&RN=573343683&SGUID=69265818-6d97-47c0-a285-9493e6307acd&RN=277610816 

We also need people willing to help drive VBS supply boxes to homes. Please call or email the church office if you can help!

 

(3) Daily Fellowship time on BlueJeans. Are you looking to visit with other people from church? Monday through Friday at 6:15pm, we gather to catch up and chat on BlueJeans. You can join us tonight using this link: https://bluejeans.com/3756149188/ or calling from any phone +1.408.419.1715 and enter meeting code 3756149188. Press # when it asks for a participant ID.

 

We have continued opportunities to deepen relationships with God and each other:

(1) Worship Sundays 8:30am Traditional and 11am Contemporary. You can listen live to the services by calling +1.408.419.1715 and enter meeting code 3756149188 and press pound and then when it asks if you are a participant press pound again. You don’t need a participant number. It is a long-distance call.

 

(2) Prayer Meetings

Monday through Friday,  6:30pm on BlueJeans

We continue to pray for God’s grace and guidance through this COVID-19 crisis. Join with this link: https://bluejeans.com/3756149188/ You call +1.408.419.1715 and enter meeting code 3756149188.

 

(3) Bible Studies on BlueJeans, Monday 6:45 and Thursday 10am. Join with the same link: https://bluejeans.com/3756149188/ You also can now call +1.408.419.1715 and enter meeting code 3756149188. The Monday night group is using a video series “The Bible for Grown Ups” and The Thursday morning group is studying the letter of James.

 

(4) Food Pantry

The Food Pantry remains open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9am-12noon and can use whatever canned goods and other non-perishables you can donate. We can especially use bottled water as it is heating up.

 

Blessed seventh week of Easter!

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