As we pass the one-month mark for “online” worship, I confess to feeling tired. I imagine we’re all beginning to wear down from sheltering at home, teleworking, online schooling, Zooming, FaceTiming… Thus, I encourage you to find some periods of Tech Sabbath each week. Choose whatever time(s) work best; but take at least half a day away from all screens. Your soul will be glad you did!
To help us reflect on this idea of taking time and tuning out, I offer the following poem/blessing from John O’Donohue:
This is the time to be slow,
Low low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.
Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.
If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.
This Sunday’s Service: This week, I’m offering us all (including myself) a Zoom Sabbath. Instead of gathering online, I’ll email you a worship packet Saturday afternoon, which I encourage you to open at 10:30 am Sunday morning to experience all the gifts it will include. Shabbat Shalom!
Reaching In, Reaching Out: If you’re struggling, you’re not alone. Please don’t hesitate to call or email me for help, email@example.com. You can also request assistance from the Cleveland & Woodley Park Village and/or DC Mutual Aid Network (see below). If you’re able to give help, the following organizations need both financial donations and volunteers.
Cleveland & Woodley Park Village—They’re working to help all seniors (members and non-members) in our neighborhood. For assistance, call (202) 615-5853 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To volunteer: Village Volunteer.
DC Mutual Aid Network—This all-volunteer network helps people who have lost income or access to their usual service providers because of Coronavirus closures. Volunteers provide emotional support, deliver groceries, help with pet care, etc. To request assistance, call (202) 556-1315 or email email@example.com. If you live in a different ward, you’ll be given the correct contact. To volunteer: Mutual Aid Volunteer. To make a donation: Mutual Aid Donation.
Greater DC Area— Click here for a list of organizations in the greater DC area working to make sure vulnerable populations are cared for during this crisis. They’re all in need of financial (and, in some cases, volunteer) assistance at this time.
Easter Blessings to you and yours,
Our Weekly Online Schedule and Upcoming Events
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- Tuesday Prayers—Each Tuesday, I’ll email the entire congregation, checking in and sharing prayer requests. Please send your requests to email@example.com. We’ll hold one another in prayer, more than ever, during this time
- Wednesday Morning Meditation—Please join me for half an hour of peace and quiet via Zoom, each Wednesday at 8 am.
- Wednesday Family Connection—Each Wednesday, I’ll email our families with children with ideas for connecting with each other virtually, along with some resources for keeping occupied at home and reaching out to others.
- Thursday Children’s Time—Next week’s Children’s Time will take place on Friday, 4/24, at 11:30 am. Kimberly will host! See next week’s Family Email for Zoom info.
- Thursday Pastor’s Page—Each Thursday, I’ll email the entire congregation with suggestions for ways to take care of ourselves and others. I’ll also share information about the upcoming Sunday service and any church groups meeting virtually.
- Friday Moderator’s Memo—David Grimsted will continue to offer his historical reflections every other week, so we all have something to think about besides COVID-19!
- Sunday Morning Worship—This Sunday, 4/19, we’ll take a Sabbath from online worship, with Pastor Ellen sending you materials for a time of contemplation and rest.
- Poetry Group, 4/19—This group will meet at 4 pm via Zoom. To join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- FaithLife, 4/19—We’ll meet this Sunday at 5:30 pm via Zoom to discuss the remaining chapters of Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, Holy Envy. To join, please email email@example.com.