Faith Lutheran Coronavirus Update – Monday, July 27, 2020
From Pastor Kerry…
It is Monday morning and, among the headlines of today’s stories, the two that caught my eye were the new Monday protests at West University Elementary School and the announcement that Google will be “working from home” until July, 2021. Like it or not, we are going to be dealing with this virus for a long time. Nothing about it will be easy.
So how will we make the best of it? We are trying to figure that out.
Online worship will continue, at least through October, and potentially beyond that. Small groups, classes, and meetings will happen online, mostly using ZOOM. And a few things will be kind of hybrids with very limited face to face gatherings. For example:
- I was privileged to preside at the wedding of Lilly and Anne Hill this past weekend. We had the wedding in the Brian and Jane Gips’ living room and used Facebook Live to include extended family members living in Mexico and Chile. How cool is that?
- If people request it, we will live stream weddings and funerals with only immediate family members present in the building.
- We will be baptizing Angel Puryear on Sunday, August 2, 2020.
- Our confirmands are being given a choice between August 16 or September 13 to participate in the liturgy for Affirmation of Baptism. This spreads out who will be present at each service.
- We are trying now to figure out what Rally Day and Christian education will look like this fall. Homeschooling has always been the gold standard for raising children in the faith – this virus is finally making that happen. But what about adult learning groups? Do they have to meet on Sunday mornings? Are there ways we can gather adults for learning in different ways?
- I have discovered that support groups and official church meetings work extremely well on ZOOM. They make it easier for people to attend. They tend to focus quickly on the subject. We want to do more and more of that.
- The next series of GriefShare classes will begin on Wednesday, August 5. If you would like to participate, send me an email at [email protected].
Our prayers go out to Carol Wittenbraker and her family as they grieve John’s death. As many other people living in retirement communities are experiencing, these last several months of isolation proved particularly difficult. Memorial service plans are pending.
We also continue to pray for Terry Amundson and her family at the death of Terry’s mom, Beverly Miller. The family will gather for a family only celebration of life in September.
Thank you to everyone who sent Clayton notes of gratitude and encouragement as his time with us an intern has come to an end. You will have plenty of time to do that since Clayton will continue in his regular job with us, hopefully until his graduation in May, 2021. You can send notes to the church office.
Faith Camp at Home continues this week. You can access the daily videos through our “Faithbook on Facebook” page. It will be updated daily.
Here is the rest of the weekly update….
- As you prepare for Sunday worship, be sure to have some bread and wine or grape juice available. At the appropriate time, you will be invited to eat and drink with the words “The Body of Christ, broken for you” and “The blood of Christ, shed for you.”
- Theologically, the heart of the “for you-ness” of Holy Communion is a shared, public, communal experience. But these are abnormal times, never before seen. We do well to make them as meaningful, and memorable, as possible.
2. CCSC Food Drive. During the Covid-19 crisis, CCSC food pantries have seen three times more than its normal numbers. Grocery donations from individuals and churches are very much needed since CCSC’s suppliers can’t meet the growing needs of its food pantries. They particularly need boxed cereal, dry rice, hearty soups and pasta. You may drop off non-perishable food donations at 3230 Mercer St., Monday-Friday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, or 6856 Bellaire Blvd. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
3. The Prayer Team continues to pray for the needs and concerns of our congregation and the world in the midst of the coronavirus. To submit prayer requests email Pastor Tan at [email protected].
Here is the list of gatherings for this next week, click on the title of the meeting to join.
- Email update from the church
- 7:00 PM – High School Group Zoom
- 10:00 AM – Grief Share Support Group Zoom
- 7:00 PM – Weight God’s Way Group Zoom
- 7:30 PM – Adult Learning Group Zoom (Bible study/prayer with Clayton Faulkner)
- 8:00 PM – Faith Chinese Fellowship Group Zoom
- This Week at Faith email update from the church
- 7:30 PM – Faith Choir Group Zoom
- 6:30 PM – Women of Faith (Conversation/Discussion/Bible Study with Kathy Patrick)
- 8:00 PM – Faith Chinese Fellowship Group Zoom
- Email update from the church with worship information
- 8:30 AM – Sunday worship in English (or playback any time after)
- 9:30 AM – Learning Group for Kindergarten through 2nd grade
- 10:00 AM – Taking Faith Home Learning Group (with Betty Becker)
- 10:00 AM – Learning Group for 3rd through 5th grade
- 10:30 AM – Learning Group for Parents
- 10:50 AM – Sunday worship in Chinese
- 1:30 PM – Faith Handbell Choir Zoom
- 4:00 PM – Confirmation Group Zoom for Middle Schoolers