I want to take this space to thank you all for your participation in our small group discussions last Sunday. What stood out for me in the responses was the desire from all the groups that we continue with some form of video streaming. When we began physical distancing and church closure several weeks ago and moved to ZOOM Sunday services, I honestly expected it to be the last thing people would miss. Could it be the pandemic has opened us to new and different practices and ways of being community? We also heard an interest in fostering community by retaining a level of casualness when we return to the building... such as bringing our coffee mugs to church, more opportunities to move about, a return to Eat Play Love Saturdays and programming for our Children and Youth. When we consider our outreach to the community, we heard ideas around offering simple refreshments and conversation to thrift store shoppers in the Matthews Room or outside on nice days. With these ideas as an impetus, it is my hope that this discussion will be the beginning of planning for our future. We all have a voice in the "what's next" and I am very excited to be undertaking this work with you.
Also, please consider this your invitation to get creative this weekend and paint a rock or two. If there is a memory I will take with me of this time of pandemic, it's the colorful pained stones I have seen along the trails this spring. Simple rocks come to life. If you paint one over the coming days, take a picture and email it to the church office to be included in future newsletters, or bring to share on Sunday. Take care and have a great weekend.
Hello to all our Children & Youth!
How are you doing? How are online classes going for you? I just wanted you to know that we are missing seeing you and if ever you feel like popping in during the Zoom service please do so. I'm also curious if you have done any rock-painting. I am just getting started in this. If you have painted a rock and feel like showing us on Sunday, that would be great! At the beginning of the service, there will also be a story to share, Desmond and the Very Mean Word. I hope you are all doing well and we can't wait until we are together again. Take care and hope to see you Sunday :)