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Reopening the Church Survey

Dear Friends in Christ,

For almost a year now we have been waiting for things to feel “normal.” When can we do things together again? When are we going to return to worship? When will this all end?

I shared with you some months ago that our session would begin to reconsider opening our church when cases of COVID-19 had decreased in our community for two consecutive weeks. Following a high spike in cases in January, we have now met that criterion. Our session has begun planning for a phased reopening of the church building, including plans for in-person worship.

Right now we are still considering the details of what that plan will look like. And to do that, we need your help. This week we are offering an online congregational survey that will gauge different issues in the church: how comfortable do people feel returning? What further steps do we need to take to make people feel comfortable returning to church? How many people can we expect to come on a Sunday morning? Answers to these questions will help determine how we can open safely, and how we can develop a clear, accessible, and inclusive system for signing up for worship so that we can maintain a safe worship environment.

Please respond to the survey by Monday, March 1. Results will be shared with the session, who will then communicate a plan for reopening, including timeline.

Thank you for all the ways you have remained a caring, giving, and patient church in the past year. I hope you will continue to pray for our leadership as we discern how God is calling us to respond in this wilderness season.

Take the survey HERE.

Peace,

 

 

 

Will

Reopening the Church Survey2021-02-23T12:00:15-05:00

Imposition of Ashes & Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

 

Ash Wednesday worship marks the beginning of Lent: a season of spiritual preparation as we journey toward the promised land of Easter.

Join us today in front of the Martin house  for the imposition of ashes

between noon and 1:00 p.m. Please remember to wear your mask and social distance.

Then join us as this evening as we Live Stream on Facebook our annual Ash Wednesday Service beginning at 6:00 p.m.

There will not be communion this year. Click HERE for the service bulletin.

You are dust,
and to dust you shall return.
Genesis 3:19

Imposition of Ashes & Ash Wednesday Service2021-02-17T10:46:44-05:00

In the Desert with Thomas Merton – Lenten Series

One of the dominant images we have for Lent is wilderness. Lent is the forty-day season when we prepare for Easter. It corresponds to Jesus’ forty-day sojourn in the wilderness at the beginning of his ministry. Some of the Biblical symbolism is obvious. Just as Israel learned to follow God in the wilderness (in their case over the course of forty years), so too did Jesus learn the reliance on God that would guide him in his work. Lent confronts us with the question: how are we preparing for the way of the cross and resurrected life?

This Lent, you are invited to prepare for the season through a reading of Thomas Merton’s The Wisdom of the Desert. Merton is one of the most well-known spiritual writers of the Twentieth-Century. He lived much of his life as a monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani outside of Louisville, Kentucky, making the Church’s monastic spiritual traditions accessible to a popular audience through his writing. The Wisdom of the Desert compiles a short collection of sayings from the Desert Fathers and Mothers, Third-Century Christians who fled to the isolated wilderness in order to practice a more authentic faith. Merton presents their example as guides who sought to find “their own true self in Christ.”

Conversations on Merton, Monasticism, and Lent will take place on the following days:

  1. Wednesday, February 24 @ 7:30 PM – Introduction to Thomas Merton
    • Reading pp. 1-24
  2. Wednesday, March 3 @ 7:30 PM – The Desert Fathers and the Seven Deadly Sins
    • Reading pp. 25-43
  3. Wednesday, March 10 @ 7:30 PM – Sayings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers I
    • Reading pp. 43-61
  4. Wednesday, March 17 @ 7:30 PM – Sayings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers II
    • Reading pp. 62-81

Join us as we journey through the Lenten wilderness together! Click HERE to purchase the book.

In the Desert with Thomas Merton – Lenten Series2021-02-15T14:39:24-05:00
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