Pastor John’s message on Sunday… and the sermon series for the next month… both center on the idea of “pivoting.” As much as we are all searching for our “new normal” within this pandemic, it seems that the ability to pivot and be flexible will definitely be front and center.
Similar to what Rev. Angela T. Khabeb shared in Sunday's video clip, we are continually assessing in-person gatherings through the lens of ministry and community health. You have seen the schedule for in-person (with restrictions) worship for the next two months. We feel that we have a handle on this for now, even though it may not be as accessible as some would like. Virtual Vacation Bible School is happening this week due to the hard work and creative talents of many. Plans for Sunday Church School and Confirmation groups are in the works and will be a shift from the past. With creative planning, small groups are gathering outdoors for baptisms, funerals and communion. Prayer Lab offerings have been virtual on Sundays, Old Guys meet on ZOOM, the Beautification Team has worked in small groups outdoors, the choir rehearses virtually, and quality participation in music ministry continues both live and virtually …. the list goes on. There are many ways we continue serving each other and serving our awesome God. You are welcome and invited to participate in the ministries that are happening at Faith.
There are some fall activities that will not be able to take place this year as they have in the past: Rummage Sale; Trunk or Treat; Grandma’s Attic; Craft Fair.
We know that those activities serve multiple purposes and build connections within the congregation and the community. At this time we cannot plan for holding these events AND ensure that the utmost safety guidelines and practices will keep anyone/everyone involved safe. We need to pivot our thinking yet again. How do we continue to celebrate together at a distance?
The church council, staff, and Be Well Faith committee continue to review and evaluate every week/month what Faith could/should/shouldn’t be doing. These discussions and the thinking around how we move forward can be draining, frustrating, and discouraging. But we know the work needs to continue and we know that together we’ll find a path that keeps us connected, engaged, and serving as God’s hands and feet here in this space. We would welcome your thoughts and ideas for specific ways to be a community that:
- Thinks about the safety of others
- Thinks about following the guidance provided by the ELCA, the CDC, and the MDH
- Is not built on complaints or disagreements
- Moves forward with flexibility in our ministry
This invitation for communication is open for all. Thanks for submitting your thoughts to . God Bless us all!