Newsletter for March 12, 2021

NOTES FROM THE PASTOR

I had my second COVID vaccine this week.  As I walked to the table to wait 15-minutes after the vaccination before leaving, I felt this odd sense of relief.  I felt freedom to move around and roam about as I haven’t been able to do for 51 weeks.  I also felt restrained by continued need for wearing masks and social distancing.

I have been talking to several friends about mental health and the pandemic.  So many people have suffered or continue to suffer from depression due to the isolation, job loss, housing and food insecurity and the many ways of life that have been affected by COVID.  My friends and I wonder if the depression of COVID will lead to social anxiety as the pandemic comes to a close and we begin to slowly emerge into social society.  

Will we be afraid to leave the house?  How will our pets adjust to our being gone more?  Will we know how to interact with people, be in restaurants, go to stores?  Will we be able to social distance when we really want to hug everyone?  Will we continue to work from home?  How will we work with that Karen that annoys us in the next cubicle?  Will we have to wear regular clothes again?  What’s even fashionable this year?

As you get your vaccines, take some time to care for yourself and think about how you can take comfortable slow steps, when it is safe, to be out and about and see your friends and hug your grandkids.

Pastor Tracy

CWF

If you have not yet made your CWF offering, please mail your contribution to Char Bowling soon.  Our offering is due to the region soon.

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PORTABLE RESTROOM

The restroom has arrived.  We are collecting your ideas for names for the ministry and the restroom.  Please email, call or text Pastor Tracy with your ideas.  Stay tuned for information about a blessing, virtual open house and a media campaign to get the word out about this new venture.

ELDERS MEETING

The Elders are invited to meet on Sunday, March 28th at 1pm via Zoom.

EVENING BOOK STUDY

Join this 3-week book study of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho.  The book is available on Amazon for $12.89.  Let Pastor Tracy know if you’d like a copy – she will order and deliver you a book before Wednesday. Join via Zoom.

TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY

Please join us for Bible study on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 pm.  There is an optional prayer time at 1:45 pm. Join via Zoom.

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

The next meeting of the Leadership Council will be Sunday, March 21 at 1 pm.  This is an open meeting. Join via Zoom.

BOOK CLUB

Our next book is The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton.  We will meet on Sunday, April 18th at 3:00 pm.  This may be an in-person / online hybrid meeting.  Stay tuned for more details.

RACIAL JUSTICE TEAM

The Leadership Council has approved moving forward with creating a racial justice working group to fight the sin of white supremacy, both in the church and outside, and exploring how this work can bring us closer to God, fellow churches in our community, and be more active in the Kentucky Poor People’s Campaign and Kentucky Council of Churches work. 

Our meetings will likely include a series that Pastor Tracy wrote on Racism and Slavery in the Bible, local calls to action on issues with a focus on their racial justice, and discussion on how we can work with other congregations to engage our broader community.

If you’re interested in being a part of this work, please contact church office.

PASTOR IN THE PARK

I am monitoring the weather so we can have a Pastor in the Park.  There is too much rain forecasted over the next week or so.

SPECIAL EASTER OFFERING

The Easter Offering, received by most congregations on March 28 and April 4, 2021, supports several of the general ministries of the Christian Church. Your gift supports college students in leadership development programs, global mission partners, health and social service ministries, the formation of new congregations, support for pastors and chaplains, and so much more. 

Please send your gift to church with a notation that it is for the Easter Special Offering.