Faith Lutheran Coronavirus Update – Tuesday, September 8, 2020
From Pastor Kerry…
After a nice Labor Day break – hopefully you used your time wisely – it is back to the new abnormal for many of our families as the new school year opens. Faith Day School and MDO reopened today as well. The newest offering is “Proctored School” with nearly two dozen young people doing their online learning with the helpful presence of a teacher in the room. It is a great idea and another way that people are being creative in dealing with the virus.
Our own Bishop Mike Rinehart has written a wonderful piece called “Coronavirus and the Church.” You can read it online by clicking here.
We can be helpful for those digging out of the wreckage left behind by Hurricane Laura. One of the immediate needs is for bottled water. First Lutheran Church in Lafayette, Louisiana has agreed to be a bottled water receiving location. The best way to help is to visit our Amazon Hurricane Laura Emergency Water Drive and purchase bottled water that will be sent directly to First, Lafayette for distribution to those who need it. You can also visit our Synod Disaster Trailer wish list to purchase items that will help replenish our synod disaster trailer. These items will be automatically shipped to Tree of Life in Conroe, where our disaster trailer is stored.
Interested in learning about estate planning and legacy giving? The Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest is offering some free webinars to help you. These will be offered on Wednesdays, 9/9 and 9/23, at 10:00 AM or at 5:30 PM, and on Sunday, 9/13, at 2:00 PM. To register, click here.
DivorceCare is a new group that will begin meeting on Sunday, September 13, from 6:00-7:00 PM. DivorceCare, like GriefShare, uses a workbook with daily readings/questions, a weekly online teaching video, and a weekly online support group gathering via ZOOM. If you are interested in participating or if you have questions, write to me at [email protected].
This Sunday, September 13, will be a special Sunday as we celebrate the baptism of Karter Williams and we join five young people in affirming their baptisms on Confirmation Sunday: Aaron Allen, Elsa Becker, Kendall Benson, Ava Cauley, and Aidan Fidone. God be with each of these young people and their families.
And the rest of the weekly update which never changes…
1. Worship services will continue to be live streamed online. Everyone will continue to be invited to have Holy Communion AT HOME every Sunday.
- 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. Here’s a list of items that will help the most:
- Bags with handles for packing groceries (paper, reusable, plastic)
- Hearty soups (with meat or beans)
- Canned tuna or chicken
- Boxed dry cereal
- Canned vegetables (all types)
- Canned fruit (all types)
- Cleaning wipes
- Toilet paper
- Bar soap
- Baby wipes/diapers (sizes 4, 5, and 6)
You may drop off nonperishable food donations at Faith – just text Pastor Kerry first (832-492-3858) to make sure that we can be ready to help you unload. Or you can bring them to CCSC 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].
To see a full list of gatherings for this next week, click here.