The Spirit continues to move among us as we find new ways to be church in the midst of a pandemic. In this time of anxiety and uncertainty, Christ is with us, we are not alone, and we continue to be reminded that we are still powerfully connected. We are so blessed to have a staff who remains creative, flexible, and resilient in these times. Our phones, e-mail, and Facebook have been incredible gifts to keep us connected. As this appears to be the new normal for awhile, we will be exploring the use of the platform ZOOM as well as Facebook Live in the weeks to come as a means to keep our groups connected. We hope that everyone had a chance to see and share last Sunday's message which was taped in our sanctuary and uploaded to YouTube (and posted on our Facebook page and website in addition to the e-mail you received) Our staff is planning to share the Word again this weekend along with music and prayer.
Again, While we will not be gathering for in-person worship or education, we encourage you to check your e-mail, St. Andrew's Facebook page, and the church website, as we will continue to post updates of our life together as well as content (sermons, videos, devotional resources, helpful books and links, prayer needs) in the days ahead for for your ongoing spiritual growth.
As for what else we have been up to, here is but a glimpse:
- Nicole, our Director of Christian Education, sent out Sunday School materials for families to use at home. She is also considering ways we can use Social Media with Sunday School families as well as Confirmation and First Communion classes, and maybe even an Adult Ed. small group.
- We continue to reach out (by phone or computer) to families with small children as well as our elderly and shut ins to make sure that pressing needs in their lives are being met and to let them know that they are not alone and remain in our thoughts and prayers.
- Many of our Sunday School families prepared letters and cards for older members of the congregation (some of whom are not on line) and some of our folks who live alone.
- Devotional books along with a note from our staff and bookmarks prepared by our Girl Scouts (from our Girl Scout Sunday which never happened) are being sent out to many of our older members as well.
- Marcella, our Music Director, has been preparing special music which can be shared digitally while we are not in worship together.
Now here are some ways that you can help:
Pray - For healthcare workers and those who are losing their jobs in this crisis, pray for families with children and the elderly, really pray for everyone (preparing prayers for this weekend's online worship experience was overwhelming when considering the scope of this situation)
Reach out to neighbors - by phone, e-mail, text or social media. (or if it is your next door neighbor, social distancing outside!). Find people you know in the church directory if you have one and check in (especially with those who don't use e-mail).
Write cards and notes - for shut ins and elderly folks who are isolated.
Donate - food and gift cards where there are community drop off / collection sites. (More info to come from our mission partners)
Send in your offerings - Please continue to support our ministries.
- You can mail a check to the church.
- You can play "catch up" for Sundays we were away when you return to worship.
- You can sign up for automated giving to arrange ongoing giving or a one time gift. Click the green donate button on our website to access a secure portal. (You may need to scroll down the page a bit or on your phone, click the three bar menu tab on the right but it's there!)
- You can download the Give Plus Mobile App (Find St. Andrew's searching by zip code 19403)
Although face to face activities will be on hiatus, our fixed expenses for ministries, building operations, and staff continue. Thank you for your ongoing generous support!
We will continue to be in touch by e-mail and Facebook. Please stay connected to us and let us know of needs we can safely respond to in the community. We are called to accompany one another as we grieve the loss of "normal" life and adjust to life changes while weathering the consequences of the virus. Continue to show signs of love and care by your presence (and your absence!) for the most vulnerable in our midst.
Trust in God. Take care of yourself. Love your neighbor.
Grace and peace,
The Staff of St. Andrew's