September 3, 2020 (Week 25)
Sisters and Brothers, Shalom!
There is in truth not much news to share, except to continue to offer words of encouragement. The header of this letter is the same as it has been for several weeks. Because it is the right thing for us to be thinking about. Several of the announcements/pleas that I am sharing here, are the same or similar to previous weeks. Because they need to be shared. The reminders I offer to stay attentive to your spiritual well-being, and to connect with your church are….(you guessed it), the same as last week. Because such reminders are timely. In any case, I hope you’ll bare with us, and stay in touch. We’re here for you!
As of last week, the governor has again permitted places of worship to gather at a 25% capacity, with a plethora of other restrictions and safeguards. With Labor Day upon us, it is a possibility that the COVID-19 numbers may well spike again in our area, but we hope not. If we are in a good place after that holiday weekend, (that is, if the numbers that are watched by the state regarding infection rates, hospitalization, mortality, etc., that dictate whether or not we can remain open), the council will make a decision about how and when to move forward.
From last week, but still extremely important: I want to remind you about our search for a kidney donor that I shared with you in my newsletter three weeks ago. (You can find it on our website). Please keep this possibility in your prayers, and if you feel moved by the Spirit to check out how to participate, please do! The need is serious! You can start by checking out the process here: https://www.scripps.org/services/transplant-services/kidney-transplant .
If you haven’t already done so, please download our church’s app for your smartphones from the Apple App Store for iPhones and iPads, and from the Google Play Store for Android devices. Our app connects you directly with our website and puts at your disposal everything we’re providing at the touch of a link. If you don’t have a smartphone but can access a computer, you can find everything at www.godamong.us.
Please do check out our website regularly for all the events and activities in which you can participate. Virtual gatherings may be the best we can do for the moment, but they are none the less gatherings of God’s people, sharing God’s word, and doing God’s work in the world. Please join us when you can, and as often as you can.
I want to close with a plea that you’ve heard me make repeatedly in recent weeks. And I trust that you will know that I am not making such a plea in a vacuum…people are falling into crisis all around us, and I therefore want us to be vigilant. I encourage everyone to attend to their spiritual well-being as best they can. The exigencies and stresses of today’s world are overwhelming much of the time, and it is our faith that will help us “keep an even keel.” We are doing the best we can to provide meaningful and timely worship opportunities, devotions and bible study to help all of you deepen your faith and remember, more than anything else, that God is in control.
As always, sisters and brothers, if you are in need; if there is anything at all that your church can do to serve you, please reach out! We’re here for you!
God is with you! Be well and stay safe!
In Christ’s service,
- After worship, around 11 am, Darrell and Nancy Datte host our after worship coffee/donut fellowship time (BYOC/D) on Zoom, and look forward to welcoming everyone in our community. Please think about joining in and saying hi to your brothers and sisters. That gathering can be found here: