Psalm 23:1-4
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.

Dear Members and Friends,

“You are with me” was one of the word phrases in our Lenten devotional this week. These comforting words from Psalm 23 remind us of the persistent truth of God’s presence with us in all times and all places. They are a welcomed reminder as we watch the news of a pandemic unfold before us. You are with me. A welcomed reminder as practicing physical distancing has meant major changes in the daily routines many of us previously followed and this has been particularly challenging for some. You are with me. We hold on to this truth as we are present for one another as well. In this time, you are encouraged to stay in touch with one another through phone calls, emails, and any other ways you have at your disposal. Our elders will be maintaining contact, too, to check in with you if you have any specific needs. You are with me is the promise from God and one we hold for one another.

In this spirit, this edition of our weekly update includes resources that you may find helpful in developing some structure, addressing stress, and finding peace in this time. Additionally, we are offering several opportunities to connect as a faith community. We will gather for worship via Zoom again this week and also use this platform for an all-church brown bag lunch on Tuesday and a time of prayer Thursday evening. Tuesday’s lunch will include a presentation from Cathy Nichols, Global Ministries Executive for Mission Personnel, about a recent trip. The links for these opportunities are below.

In this season of disruption, our building is closed for physical gatherings but we are still providing a ministry of hospitality. We are not meeting for worship in the sanctuary, but we are still coming together for worship and other meetings through technology. We cannot bring offerings to the church, but your gifts enable us to extend God’s love in these ministries and in providing assistance to people in our community.  In this season of disruption may we hold on to the promise, “You are with me,” and our call to Seek God, Love Like Jesus, and Serve the World.