UPDATE: March 25, 2020
Dear Church Family,
Friends I am reminded of a passage that we typically hear during the Season of Advent, “This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, ‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'” (Matthew 3:3, NRSV) We are in a wilderness setting, and we are in the wilderness this Season of Lent, whether we know it or not, and it is my prayer that during this time, we can use this journey in the wilderness to grow.
It took me a while to think about what I wanted to say in this letter, as I thought about the wilderness journey we are currently on. However, I have a few of updates that are related to the life of our church:
- The session met via Zoom on March 22, and following the guidelines set by PAUSE we will continue to suspend in person gathers of any kind (both church sponsored and not).
- We will be celebrating the Sacrament of Communion virtually.
- If you would like to borrow a copy of the Bible or church hymnal please let me know.
- If you would like palms for Palm Sunday (virtual) please let me know.
- If you would like a phone call please let me know. While I would love to call everyone every week, it would be very difficult. So if you or someone in the church you know would like a call please let me know.
The reality is that we most likely not be gathering in-person for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, or Easter. While we may have an Easter Service (virtually), I propose that we postpone our big gathering and celebration until we can gather again in person, and let me tell you, we will celebrate!
Please continue to help your neighbor and those in the church who may need assistance accessing our virtual worship via phone or internet. Even it if means holding your phone to the computer to share the audio with someone who may not be able to access on their own!
We are the church together folks! We are still gathering good for Putnam CAP (please email Kathy to arrange a time), and the church is still alive in it’s mission!
Friends stay healthy and well, and know t hat you are all in my prayers.
Grace and peace,
Rev. Casey Carbone