A letter from Pastor Sarah 

Dear Members and Friends,


Grace and peace to you from God our Creator and the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.


I met with our Session last night on an online program called ZOOM. We were able to see and hear one another, and pray together, and we are closely monitoring announcements from the CDC. We plan to follow their guidance. In person activities are all postponed, and worship is moving ONLINE! I’ll keep you updated as we move forward.


I long to be with you all in person, but being home—still and safe—is the way of love.


Join us for an interactive, virtual Worship Service on Sunday morning. All are welcome. You can access worship from your computer, cell phone, ipad, or land line. Read instructions on how to attend worship here. Weekly resources for children, youth, and families are available on our website.


These are uncertain and unprecedented times, aren’t they? I’ve never pastored a church through a pandemic, and you’ve never been in one. We need one another. I read a poem this week reminding that we are “tragically and beautifully connected.” We already know that in our bones--when one suffers, all suffer, when one rejoices, all rejoice. And, we will continue to worship and serve, together, although in new, responsible, and creative ways.


When there is great unrest, and I am responsible for guiding those around me, especially children, I turn to the wisdom of Mister Rogers, who said, “look for the helpers.” So many are helping the sick and those at risk in our community and worldwide, and I give thanks to God for their service.


We will still serve and support one another and our neighbors. We're creating a phone tree for communicating and caring for one another. We'll mail information to our members who don’t get emails. We have a regular mailing list and email list, but if you know of someone who would like to be added to our regular mailing list or weekly email list, please let me know. I’ve created uplifting spiritual resources on my blog that I'm calling a Spiritual Scrapbook.


Please check on your friends, neighbors, and those who are older than you, by phone. Being at home for long stretches can be so lonely--reach out. And, then let me know if you learn of needs! We can serve people from our food pantry with precautions taken; please let me know if you learn of food needs. Please reach out to me by email or phone.


Anxiety is high right now. Maybe you are feeling it. Jesus was familiar with worrying, too, and I take great comfort in his humanity. Jesus said, “worrying doesn’t add a single day to your life. Today’s worries are enough for today.” What are your worries? Pray about them. Write them down. Give them away and give them over. Do today’s work. Love with today’s love. Reach out with today’s reaching. And, rest, knowing that while we rest, God is ever at work redeeming, creating, and re-creating the world.


With great love, and a deep and abiding hope,

Pastor Sarah

 

what's coming up at the church?

In-person activities are postponed. For more information please call the church office at 973-887-2197.


Take good care of yourself and your neighbors.