Monday Mailing Vol 2, Ed 7

February 16, 2021

Welcome to the Monday Mailing Vol 2, Ed 7 –

How to …             access Sunday worship

There are several ways that you can be a part of the Sunday worship service. Here are a few suggestions in advance of the congregational meeting to hear and act on the report from the PNC. The candidate for your next called and installed pastor will be preaching and leading worship that morning, January 28, and so we want as many members to be able to participate as are able.

First – Zoom with us on your laptop or tablet. If you haven’t yet joined us in this way, please plan to. I can answer questions about Zoom, as can Laura Smith. Call and we can walk you through it. You will need a camera and microphone/speakers to make best use of the program. If you do not have that capability, there are some other options.

Second – call in to Zoom using the number provided. There is no local number, so know that you will probably incur long-distance charges – but you can hear what is going on, and interact with us first hand. We may ask you to identify yourself so that we can rename your “square” and everyone can know you are with us.

Third – call another church member and ask that they put their phone next to their computer speakers so that you can hear the service. You will not be able to directly interact with us, but you will be able to hear the service and the meeting.

Fourth – if none of these work for you, please let me know so that we can talk about ways that you can be a part of things on the 28th.

In a time when it is still too problematic for us to gather together for worship, we are thankful for the electronic medium that has allowed us to continue to worship together – fellowship with one another – attend to the work and mission of the church – and learn together. The new tech for the sanctuary has been installed and the first group is being educated on its use. This coming Sunday they will be doing a dry run on how to operate it. This is exciting. This means that when you do not feel well, or are recovering from a procedure or hospitalization, you will still be able to Zoom with us, even once we are back in the sanctuary. It means that members and friends who live at a distance will be able to continue to worship with us and be active parts of the community of faith. This is exciting stuff. One of my colleagues is welcoming a class of new members at his church – out of the five, three do not live in the area where the church is located, and one of those lives out of state. Such incredible things are happening around us. . .and the church is wise to think outside the box.

Remember, if you are having issues with connecting to the church, please let me know. . .we want to keep connected in all these times.

Peace –

Pastor Janice