Pastor Bill’s E-letter
June 18, 2020
So many summers as an adult I’ve longed for the summers I knew as a child. I keep looking for summer to be this endless expanse that I experienced in childhood and, of course, it always ends up being just a few months that pass all too quickly. …
I think a sense of presence has a lot to do with being fully in the moment without needing it to be anything other than what it is. Perhaps the expanse of summer is as simple as being present in each moment of it. Perhaps to stand outside of time’s grip we only need to stand with presence inside the moments we are given. From Glenn Mitchell’s Prayer notes
I think prayer and for that matter Christian fellowship is based on the ability to be present to God and our neighbor respectively. You may wonder how we practice this with each other in a time of social distancing, but the same could be asked about how can we maintain a relationship to an invisible God. Attending to another human being does not necessarily require proximity; but it does require that we see the other. One of the reasons racism has been allowed to continue its demonic hold on a nation that claims to be Christian is that so much of the experience of Black America is invisible to the majority of us in White America. Even though we are wearing masks and maintaining safe distances, we can “see” each other by acknowledging one another and realizing that each of us have an untold story that is full of joy and sorrow, hope and pain, mercy and guilt.
There is also a lot of pent up emotions out there. We have seen it in the streets, but also in the grocery stores, the way people are driving, and in the stressful lives of parents who have become homeschool teachers while working from home. We need to be extra aware of each other as brothers and sisters in Christ as we reconnect in our church buildings and in fellowship. Remember to follow the guidelines of worshiping and interacting safely together. Also take time to reach out to folks who you have not seen or spoken to over the last months. Pull out a church directory and pray through it.
We will be collecting food between now and June 28th for Whosoever Mission. Below is a list of requested items. Snacks are appreciated as well. The plan has changed a bit. Feel free to bring food items to the church anytime between now through the 28th. At Crossroads, please put them in the pastor’s office; at Feasterville bags can be put in the side office by the sanctuary. I will be taking the food down on July 1st.
salad dressing (all kinds – we have a fresh salad every lunch and dinner, so we go through a lot!)
Sloppy Joe Sauce (canned)
Sugar (bags that are 10 lbs or smaller)
Boxed scalloped/au gratin potatoes (we use about 18 boxes for one meal)
Boxed stuffing (we use 18 boxes for one meal)
Boxed mac and cheese (we use about 30 boxes per meal)
Cream of chicken soup (condensed – this is great for cooking casseroles and whatnot)
Our study on the Trinity and our Times continues tonight (Thursday) and will conclude next week. We will be adding some Zoom breakout groups next week and I hope you will participate as we explore ways to fellowship and share even though we are not physically together.
Finally, we want to keep the Taylor family in our prayers. Matthew Taylor died this past Saturday night. His son Brendon has been an active member of the youth group and his mother Mary has helped out with some of the meals. We want to remember Brendon, his sister Mariah, Mary, and the entire family in this time of grief and loss
Topic: Thursday Bible Study Series
Time: Jun 18, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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