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Pastoral Update 3/19/2020

Peace to you,

The rise in stress is palatable and pervasive.  I feel it as much as you do. Knowing the best course of action to protect our own health, the health of those whom we love, and the health of those whom we are charged to love feels elusive at best.  Not knowing what to do paralyzes us. Being aware that we are all waiting for instructions that may or may not come is not easy.

So here are a few suggestions.  First of all, be patient with yourself.  Stop, breathe, and pray. Prayer is as much for the one praying as for the one being prayed for.

Realize that others are also stressed and may say or do things that seem to be a personal slight or disrespectful.  In all probability no one is intentionally trying to ignore or hurt you.

Do not hesitate to call, text, or email others in our community.  You don’t need my permission to do so. Our parish secretary, Ellen, is keeping Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays open to help you with information.  The church phone number is forwarded to her home between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm on those days. If this needs to expand in the days ahead, we will do so.

Your television and cell phone both have an on and off feature.  Disconnect when you are feeling overwhelmed. Every message and phone call does not have to be answered immediately.

Updates…

Lunch time Ministry and the Hoboken Shelter are, at the time of this letter, still open.  LTM ministry is “To-Go only.” Spike needs blankets and gloves because our guests could end up on the street at any time.

Each day at 5:00 pm the bell is being rung at the church.  In the olden days, congregations always rang the church bell when they said the Lord’s Prayer as a way to invite those who had to work in the fields to stop and pray along.  Ringing the bell reminds the community that we have not forgotten them. It also invites the community to join us in prayer or meditation. This is for people of our faith, different faiths, or no faith.  If anyone has any ideas on how to let our immediate community know about this; please send me some suggestions.

There is one Bible Study online that is held Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. We are reading and discussing the passion narratives. I welcome all to join.

Sunday service is also available at 10:30 am online.  Do not come to the church for service.

You can follow along at: 

https://zoom.us/j/569260685?pwd=UlhNU2VSNmZDQXNkZUQ4UG9xV2ZIUT09

I will do my best to send an updated daily prayer list around noon each day. Consider no news to be good news.  For now please remember Corlelda Burrell in your prayers.  She is currently hospitalized but believes that she will be discharged as soon as today.

Be of good cheer.  The one who has led you safely thus far, continues to lead.

Love,

Pastor Gary







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