Response to COVID-19
January 11, 2021
Jesus was baptized for us! Jesus humbled himself, going down into the depth of human sin and coming up to bring us to new life now and forever!
(1) Mail in or drop off your Ballots before Saturday (1/16). Members should have received information and ballots for our congregational meeting. Please complete and return them by this Saturday. If you didn’t receive ballots or need more, please call the church office 623-931-2451.
(2) The Congregation Council has suspended courtyard worship effective today (1/11). Last week, the Council voted to suspend courtyard worship until COVID transmission numbers go down. We believe we have been gathering outside safely, but that we need to send a strong signal that we all need to change our behavior to slow the spread of the virus. By suspending outside worship, the church is doing its part and encourages individuals and families to also suspend gatherings to slow the spread.
(3) All services (Sat 4pm, Sun 8:30am and 11am) will continue to be streamed live on YouTube, Facebook, and available by phone. You can access either YouTube or Facebook from the church’s website stjchurchaz.org. You can phone in to worship by calling 408-419-1715. Enter the meeting code 3756149188 and the pound key again (#). Then, press the pound key (#) again because you don’t need a moderator code and it will join you to the worship service. If you have trouble connecting, please call the church office at 623-931-2451 and someone will call you back to help.
Please include in your prayers this week:
A. God, give us a truly new year of developing relationships between people who see the world differently!
B. People recovering from hurricanes, especially central America which has been hit twice. See: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/12/14/945377248/even-disaster-veterans-are-stunned-by-whats-happening-in-honduras
C. Famine in South Sudan from flooding. See: https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/12/1053321
D. The Liss Family (our missionaries) and others in Beirut, Lebanon after an explosion at the port.
We have continued opportunities to deepen relationships with God and each other:
A. On YouTube and Facebook: Worship Saturday 4pm, Sunday 8:30am and 11am
B. Bible Studies on BlueJeans, Monday 6:45pm and Thursday 10am. The Monday night group is studying Ecclesiastes. The Thursday morning group is studying Psalms 90-150.
C. Weekday Fellowship at 6:15pm and Prayer Meetings at 6:30pm, Monday through Wednesday on BlueJeans.
D. Food Pantry. The Food Pantry remains open Monday and Wednesday from 9am-12noon and can use whatever canned goods and other non-perishables you can donate.
Blessed Epiphany! May Jesus be revealed to you and your family!