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Rector’s Reflection During Coronavirus
Period of Social Distancing


From The Rev. Meredith T. Heffner
Take Care Tuesday, May 19, 2020

In Today's Message... 
Rector's Reflection
 
Dear friends,

I was reminded this week by the Episcopal Mental Health Network (EMIN) that May is Mental Health Month. Mental Health Month was created over 50 years ago to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of mental wellness for all.

Fifty years later, there is still work to be done in this field. St. James' is doing its part through our Stronger Together Thursday night gathering, supporting one another in a time that is challenging for many people's mental health. Details are below. We hope you will join us.

For more information, EMIN suggests these resources.
Stay safe, be well, and God bless.

Rev. Meredith

PS: Don't forget to respond to our Pentecost Question
"Stronger Together" Discussion Group: You Don't Have to Feel Grateful During a Pandemic

In last week's Stronger Together discussion group we explored what it means to be present in the moment. While it was a very uplifting discussion, we were also honest with each other that sometimes—like in the middle of a pandemic, for instance—the present moment can feel unpleasant, or worse. There's nothing wrong with feeling that way.
 
Is it possible to embrace gratitude during right now without deluding ourselves, or pretending things are better than they actually are? That's the question we're going to work through together this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. We'll be working from two sources of wisdom: How Gratitude Can Help You Through Hard Times by researcher Robert Emmons, and Paul's letter to the Philippians [Philippians 4:4-9].
 
We may not have all the answers to difficult questions such as these, but we do have support and compassion from each other. We hope you join us this Thursday! One more thing: try to remember to have pen and paper handy for a fun and thought-provoking group exercise. To participate, please contact the parish office for access numbers, office@stjamespotomac.org.
Join our Pentecost Video Project!
Send Video or Text by Friday, May 22


Where do you see the Holy Spirit in your life today?! Share your answer for our Pentecost service.
  • Record yourself sharing your answer, in video with landscape mode (horizontally). If you prefer, write your answer.
  • Send your video or written response by Friday, May 22 to kirsten@stjamespotomac.org.
Where's Your Flat Jesus Today?

To remember Jesus' presence in our lives, you are invited to download and color FLAT JESUS and take him with you as you go about your day. Take pictures of him as he joins you in your daily adventuresand email your photos to kirsten@stjamespotomac.org.

We'll share your pictures with the parish. There's no deadline; your Flat Jesus pictures are always welcome. Don't forget, Jesus is with you ALWAYS!

Pictured here: Emily Roegner's Flat Jesus enjoys a nature walk.
Rev. Meredith’s Weekly Survey

Survey Question Week 10: What Do You Miss?
Aside from being with St. James' family, what are you missing right now? Please send your responses and photos to rector@stjamespotomac.org by noon today and they will be compiled for next Monday's email.
Requesting Prayers

Send prayer requests that you would like lifted by the St. James’ community to office@stjamespotomac.org. Prayers will be shared in Sunday's worship; late additions will be shared the following Sunday. Confidential prayer requests should be directed to Rev. Meredith, rector@stjamespotomac.org.
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