Good morning! If anyone would like a Daily Devotions booklet mailed to them, please let me know. I have about 8 copies each of Christ in Our Home and The Upper Room.
++May Newsletter Send in your thoughts, insights, or what you’ve been doing during this time of COVID19. Thanks in advance!
++Weekly Reflection Acts 2:23-24 In what ways is God freeing you from death or fear?
++Readings for April 26 Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
1 Peter 1:17-23
++Recent or Upcoming April Birthdays
Ruth Akiyama 20th
Esther Harris 22nd
Dean Kleinsmith 24th
Pastor David 29th
++Worship will be followed by Fellowship Time via Zoom
This can be accessed with a computer, an internet device, or a telephone. Computer, tablet, and smartphone users can use this link: https://zoom.us/j/92182379580?pwd=V0pUbGVramhaM0hKVEpnbFFzQWtQUT09 . Those with the Zoom App can join meeting 921 8237 9580 with password 020535. If you’re using your standard telephone, dial 1-669-900-6833, then follow the prompts to enter the meeting ID 921 8237 9580 and the password 020535.
We’ll be having Sunday Morning Web-Worship at our regular worship time: 10am. Tune in at Spirit of Grace’s Facebook page. You may have to scroll down a little bit in order to find the video.
At the direction of Bishop Elaine Stanovsky (UMC) and Bishop Laurie Larson Caesar (ELCA), all in-person worship and in-person meetings are suspended through March 28 in the interest of public health. You can find more information here: greaternw.org/category/blog/pastoral-letters/ . We will continue to follow the directions of government officials and our denominational leaders regarding how best to keep our communities safe.
Look for more information regarding online worship and other activities on the church Facebook page and the website: hoodriverchurch.org
The health prescription for COVID-19 is social distancing. However, social distancing has its own negative health consequences, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. While meeting face-to-face is impossible, it is all the more important that we find other ways to connect with one another. On Sunday, I’ll be introducing a new plan to keep us connected.
In the meantime, I encourage you to keep in touch with one another and with your friends and family through telephone calls and video chats. Commit to making at least four calls every day. We human beings need connection with one another. It is part of our ministry in this time to reach out telephonically to make those connections happen. It is an expression of the love of God. It is our calling as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Please know that I am always available to talk with you. Let us all pray for wisdom and safety in this time of pandemic.
Rev. Dr. David D. M. King
Spirit of Grace, ELCA UMC
As concerns grow about COVID-19 and authorities are advising more “social distancing,” we are developing plans for how to stay connected in the event we cannot meet together in person. At this point, worship is still scheduled for this Sunday, March 15, but with extra precautions to limit points of contact. You’ll find the latest updates here and on the church’s Facebook page.
I pray that we will all to act wisely, but not fearfully.