FATHER MARK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
1) After last week's announcements, several people expressed interest in working with our friends at the Methodist Church to provide a simple bag lunch on Wednesdays, and so I committed us to try it next week. If you want to help, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here's what we will need:
2) Many of you already make your donations via online giving, which is a great and easy and safe way to keep your pledge up-to-date during this time of disruption. There is a new, even easier way to give electronically that probably lots of you already use for other things -- text giving. You can now text your donations to the church, using the same platform as we use for online giving, which is about the safest way there is. If you would like to try text giving, the number to use to donate is 308-252-3911. Here is link to a short tutorial starring an old person who is not that tech-savvy -- namely me! https://youtu.be/rxi3sDkvWBI
3) As of this morning, we are still hoping to re-open the church for public worship in two weeks -- Sunday, August 16th at 10:00 A.M. It will look and feel both familiar and awkward the first few times -- masks will be required, there will be no singing, and communion will be handled differently (see box below) -- but it will be the same liturgy and it will be the same sacred space and it will be so nice to be together.
While we strongly encourage those who are at-risk to continue to participate online and not in-person just yet, we do welcome those who are low-risk and ready to get back. There will be no nursery or Godly Play, but families will be able to sit and worship together, so parents don't worry about kids -- believe me, any noise will be a welcome change from what we have had around here lately :)
Here is this week's graph of new cases in our counties:
Among many changes in our worship services while we must respect wearing masks and social distancing, Holy Communion may be the biggest collection of changes. This is simply an outline of how communion will happen. It may raise questions that you want to ask before our first service. You may also want to watch our livestream on Facebook to see communion in process before you decide to attend a service yourself.
Picture yourself sitting in a pew, and the service has proceeded to the point where it is usually time for serving the communion:
Happy Birthday!! Happy Anniversary!!
Mardell Schnell July 31 Jim & Suzi Calder August 1
Judith Widmaier July 31 Ralph & Melissa Moreno August 1
Justin Bohl August 2 Phillip & Colleen Kelly August 5
Jim Calder August 4
Prayer Requests: Please email your prayer requests to Gina at email@example.com. If you do not have email, just call the church and leave a message. The requests must be received on Tuesday’s before 12:00pm for them to be included in the Sunday Bulletin for that week. If the request is received after 12:00pm on Tuesday, they will be added to the next Sunday Bulletin. We will follow the same process and keep the names on for two weeks.
Once the request is received it is added to the prayer list and then I email the names to have them added to the Prayer Chain and to the Daughters of the King.
The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 30, 2020
THURSDAY, July 30 William Wilberforce
Luke 5:30 The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to [Jesus’] disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
From the Archives: April 4, 1968
The concern Jesus displayed for obvious and spectacular sinners weighed heavily against his claim to represent God. Some suspected that Jesus did not know enough about righteousness to be able to recognize sin even when he saw it, while others supposed that he mingled with prostitutes and traitors because they were all of a kind. That he did this with saving purpose seems to have occurred to none of them. His eloquent parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son were formed to justify his concerns about lost people, but eloquence is wasted on those who will not hear. Violating the popular standards of righteousness is never acceptable.
His association with tax collectors was especially unacceptable. To eat with such was to establish an unbreakable bond. Could their lostness justify such an action?
MOVING FORWARD: When has your faith in Jesus prompted you to give up privilege or prestige?
PRAY for the Dioceses of Massachusetts and Victoria Nyanza (Tanzania)
Ps , 71 * 74 | Judges 4:4-23 | Acts 1:15-26 | Matthew 27:55-66
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