Pastoral Letter #15

Dear Members and Friends,


Business first today followed by Nancy’s Meditation.


Zoom: Sometime in the not-to-distant future we will celebrate communion and hold the annual meeting via Zoom. You can use the coffee conversation as an opportunity to practice connecting to Zoom. Here’s the information you’ll need. If you’re connecting by computer or tablet, “Join Zoom Meeting” means click that link and you should be good to go. The telephone number is the one you need to call if you’re connecting by smartphone or landline, and, when you are asked for an ID and/or password, that’s at the bottom of the page. Sign on, say hi, and leave if you like. If you practice now with the coffee conversation, it will save a big effort of trying to get everyone connected to Zoom when we are ready to have the annual congregational meeting and to celebrate communion.


Terry Purvis-Smith is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Coffee Conversations

Time: Apr 1, 2020 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Every day, until Apr 6, 2020, 6 occurrence(s)

Apr 1, 2020 09:00 AM

Apr 2, 2020 09:00 AM

Apr 3, 2020 09:00 AM

Apr 4, 2020 09:00 AM

Apr 5, 2020 09:00 AM

Apr 6, 2020 09:00 AM


Join Zoom Meeting


One tap mobile

+13126266799,,774094370# US (Chicago)

+19292056099,,774094370# US (New York)


Meeting ID: 774 094 370

Password: 285456


Worship Music: Marilyn Mark, our church organist, is preparing prelude music for Sunday worship. Marilyn will select preludes from music you recommend. If you have music you’d like to recommend, send me a note so we can also make a collection of musical favorites to keep in the church office.


Today’s profound thought: Someone sent me information about students who would purchase and deliver your groceries. I “filed” that information “safely” away somewhere. Please send it along again so I can put in in my next pastoral letter.


Notes from Nancy

Meditation for Hunkering Down (5)


We are in a time when nothing is predictable and the information about COVID-19 changes every day.  It is unsettling not to have clear answers about how we protect ourselves and our loved ones from this deadly disease.  We watch the numbers of cases climb and the death toll continues to rise and we wonder who will be next and will it be someone I know and love.  Our focus is so narrow these days, we are inundated with updates on the coronavirus, we can’t escape hearing or talking about how this pandemic affects our lives.  In the midst of all the turmoil let us take time to focus on the One who can calm our troubled spirits and instill in us a sense of hope for the future.  Let us put ourselves in the hands of God as we meditate on another of Ann Weems’ poems from Kneeling in Jerusalem.


Come Unto Me

When our journey gets too hard,

when we feel depleted,

when our compassion turns to complaining,

when our efforts toward

justice and mercy

seem to get us nowhere,

it’s time to remember

the humility part —

that it is God who has made us

and not we ourselves;

that the saving of the world

or even one part of it

is not on our shoulders.

It is then we can come unto him,

And he will give us rest.

with rest we’ll remember

What it is we are about.


Prayer:  We place our trust in you, O God, as we face these difficult days.  Remind us that you alone can soothe our troubled minds and comfort us when we are anxious   Bless the givers, eyes open for those in need of prayer, encouragement, support, a little time, the gift of love.  In the act of giving and receiving may both be blessed.  Amen.


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