As we are now more than a month into our exile from life together in our church building, I can confidently say the Church as a people is alive and well and it is such a privilege to serve among you as you remain Christ's body for each other, the community, and the world. There are three words that I would use to describe the people of St. Andrew's in these strange and uncertain times: connected, resourceful, and prayerful.
Connected: Even as we no longer meet to worship, learn and serve on Egypt Road, we remain very much connected through phone calls, email, facebook, zoom meetings, cards, and mailings. The level of concern that so many of you are demonstrating for one another and your willingness of some of you to reach out to folks whom you did not previously know has been inspiring to me and a blessing to others.,
Resourceful: Repurposing, multiusage, and finding creative ways to still carry out ministry has been fun to watch. This includes:
- Our children in front of their homes sidewalk chalking messages of hope for their communities
- Using our church sign board for messages of hope as well.
- Families who have been mystery elves to neighbors, providing them with food, notes, and hand sanitizer!
- Quilters who are now making masks.
- More and more participants leading and presenting in our digital worship and your willingness to share and repost our worship to family and friends, coworkers and neighbors,
- Casseroles for the soup kitchen being replaced by bagged lunches for outside distribution, which include PB & J sandwiches using PB intended for PB eggs (Don't worry! We can buy more PB for the eggs if you still want to eat them when we come back together!), and candy treats which would have been used for the community egg hunt
- Donations for Easter flowers redirected (with your permission) to help families in need through this crisis.
- Sunday School lessons / resources going out electronically for families to use at home.
- Folks of all ages willing to try Zoom so that we can be together digitally for meetings, classes, and Bible Study
- People willing to change their giving habits by switching to automated giving or our phone app
Prayerful: Stephen Ministers who are calling many of our members who live alone and then keeping them in prayer,.
- People who continue to contact the church office by phone or email with their prayer requests.
- Meetings and Bible studies intentionally beginning or concluding with prayers for those most impacted by this pandemic,
- A Maundy Thursday home devotion centered in prayer.
- A variety of prayer practices being adopted by folks @ home (Faith 5, saying grace more often as families are together at the dinner table more often, adapted bedtime prayers, praying together with friends on the phone)
Ministries continue, lives are being touched, heavy hearts are being lifted, and Christ's presence is being made known. Thank you for your faithfulness and for the many ways that you support the ministries of St. Andrew's Church. We encourage you, as you are able, to continue to provide generous financial support to the ongoing ministries of St. Andrew's.
- You can mail a check to the church (and perhaps play a little "catch up" from weeks you would have been in church for 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) Click the link below to find out more about the app.
We are truly blessed to have each other as we travel down uncertain paths with Christ lighting the way. Continue to pray for all who dwell in struggle, fear, and confusion, that they may know healing, hope, and peace. See you in (digital) church!
Grace and peace,