Just a reminder that per diocesan guidelines, our services in the sanctuary are still closed to the public. We will let you know as soon as that changes. Until then, please do not enter the sanctuary on Sunday morning while services are being broadcast unless you are scheduled to be there. (Since we are following guidelines on the number of folks permitted in the space at that particular time.) Thank you for your understanding - and we can't wait to see you in person when it is safe to do so.
Our worship together will continue virtually, even though we are not permitted to gather in person.
Our Sunday schedule over these weeks will be:
- 10 a.m. Morning Prayer service in English on Facebook live
- 11:15 a.m. Morning Prayer service in Spanish via Zoom
- 11 a.m. Coffee Hour via Zoom
To watch a facebook live video, simply go to our church Facebook page and the video will start when we "go live" from the sanctuary. You may click this link to access current Bulletins on our Bulletins page.
We are continuing to offer Common Morning Common Prayer and Compline - visit our Worship page for updated days, times and how to connect.
A note: please be patient with technology as our site leaders navigate home internet connections as well as Facebook and Zoom - both of which are seeing exceptionally high volumes of use right now and tend to "cut out" unexpectedly.
In addition, Compline and Stations of the Cross videos are on our Facebook page, and the bulletins for Compline and Stations are on our website, so you may pray them from your home whenever you want.
Reopening Plan from the diocese - initial report
UN TIEMPO DE DESAFÍO Y CAMBIO
Plan para las iglesias en tiempo de la pandemia
How to Connect
A helpful technology guide can be downloaded at this link, and parishioners have volunteered to help those who are having technical issues. Click the link to learn more.
You can hear previously recorded (and some new!!) music on our YouTube channel!
During this time, we are profoundly aware of just how interconnected and dependent on one another we all are: physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. We will rely on each other to get through this. And we will rely on God who is real, who is love and who walks with us.
What follows are ways we can care for one another. It is not an exhaustive list. You will be hearing from other ministry leads and staff members in the coming days, and we will continue to assess needs within the community and how best to respond to them. We would ask that you consider participating in these efforts, as you are able.
Holy Comforter Friends
This ministry began when Mother Amanda was on sabbatical as a way to keep in touch with homebound members of the church and those who are unable to attend more than on Sunday morning. For some in our community, social distancing already defined much of their common life due to illness or chronic health issues. We have now all experienced how such distance creates a longing for connection.
Each week, Holy Comforter Friends are assigned one parishioner to contact either by phone or a handwritten note. The current ratio of Friends to the parishioners they are contacting means that our more socially vulnerable parishioners are getting a call or handwritten note once a month. We want to increase the regularity of this contact, especially during this time. Anyone interested in joining this ministry commits to holding pastorally-sensitive information in confidence and reporting back to clergy with any concerns they learn about during the call. Contact Mo. Amanda
Friends times Ten
At this moment, we are also in need of Friends to reach out to the entire parish. Father Greg challenged us all to contact ten fellow parishioners a week. The parish directory will be divided amongst all who commit to make these calls and we will see how many households we can reach. The purpose of the call will be to let people know we are thinking of them, to ensure that they are aware of all of the opportunities to worship online, and to learn of any pastoral needs or prayer requests they may have. Contact Mo. Amanda
Friend to Friend
Finally, there may be some who need more sustained contact. If--at any point--you are feeling isolated and in need of companionship, please let us know and we will form partnerships between parishioners who can support one another through daily phone or email contact. Contact Mo. Amanda
No matter what distance or circumstances separate us, we are united in Christ, in love and in prayer. Our Prayer Network commits to praying for the needs of the parish during their daily devotions. We welcome new members to this ministry. All are asked to hold pastorally-sensitive information in confidence and at times will pray for people without knowing the full reason for the prayers. Contact Mo. Amanda
Love your Neighbor as YOURSELF
Lastly, you can only truly attend to the needs of others if you are caring for yourself. Lauren Cavins aptly said this week "we are adjusting to the new abnormal." Little remains the same at home, at work or at church. All this change and uncertainty leads to stress. Please care for yourself.
is a reminder of how we all might be impacted and what we can do about it. We would encourage everyone to develop a short list of the things you need to do to ground yourself at the start of each day. These are not "should's" but personal commitments that help you to meet the world. E.g. 1. Touch someone you love. 2. Walk outside. 3. Eat real food (and give thanks for it).