CORONA-VIRUS RESOURCES & IDEAS
We've put together a page on our website filled with ways to grow in your faith
and support the church's ministries, and serve others in love in this difficult time. This is a growing list and we'd love to share any ideas you may have. Just email Pastor Geoff with your ideas and resources.
ONLINE WORSHIP ON SUNDAYS AT 10:30 AM
Your pastors and a small team of staff and volunteers will get together
every Sunday for as long as needed in order to livestream an online worship
experience of Sunday Mornings. Those will happen through YouTube Live and
Facebook Live, and can be accessed on the church
website, the church's YouTube
Channel, or the church's Facebook
Usually, the stream will start about five minutes early, to allow time for
people to find the stream and get comfy. It should last about 45-60 min, but
the feed WILL run about 10 minutes longer, so that people can “fellowship”
in the comments a little bit. You'll need a YouTube account to make comments on
YouTube and a Facebook account to make comments on YouTube. Both are free and
fairly easy to set up. If you watch the sermon from the website, we'd
appreciate you filling out an online connection card so that we'll know you
were with us.
If you can't watch the service live, you will be able to view the entire
service on the church's YouTube page. You can also watch the sermon on the sermon page
of the church's website. In fact, last Sunday's sermon is already up
and you can find the YouTube link to watch the entire service in the
FOOD MINISTRY PROGRAMS
We have made the difficult decision to close the Tuesday Breakfast Program through the end of April in order to continue to serve our community through the Audubon Park Food Bank. We'll be drastically changing the way we distribute food, moving to a sort of "drive through" model for most clients. The Food Bank is open on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the Month and preparations happen on the Monday before. If you'd like to help, please email our Food Bank Director, Karen Peacock, to make sure we have room for you. We need to limit the number of volunteers to allow for the appropriate physical distancing to prevent the spread of Corona-virus. Click here for more info on our Food Bank.
WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY ON THURSDAYS AT 11 AM
I know that this will seem last minute for many of you but we've been
trying to get this all set up. On Thursdays, I'll be leading a weekly Bible
Study on The Walk by Adam Hamilton, our Lenten Study book and also the book
that our current sermons series is based on. If you don't have a copy of the
book yet it's available as a hardback from most major booksellers including
Amazon and Barnes & Noble and is available on Kindle and Nook as
This Bible Study will be available on ZOOM and Facebook Live. ZOOM will allow
those with webcams to participate in conversation together. You can also call
into zoom on using your telephone, the details will be below. If you you're
okay with just watching and not joining in the conversation, you'll also be
able to watch on Facebook Live. There you will be limited to writing comments,
though I'll be monitoring those during the Bible Study as well.
Join to join the zoom call on your computer go to https://greaternw.zoom.us/j/457040171
You can also join the call by phone. Just dial one of the following phone
numbers and enter the Meeting ID: 457 040 171
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
Beginning on April 15, Pastor Geoff will lead a short mid-week Vespers service with music, scripture, prayer and a short reflection.
We're working to create small groups within the church for this season
that we've named "Calling Communities." We hope to roll these out
sometime next week. Each group will have a leader who will reach out to connect
with you to check-in and create community. Some groups may call each other
regularly to visit and socialize. Others may want to set up a Zoom Call or
Google Hangout to communicate. While we are being asked to remain physically
distant during this crisis, this is one way we hope to create community and
ERRANDS & GROCERIES
During the time of shutdown and isolation, if you are especially vulnerable
or susceptible to ANY disease, please let us know if we can go make a grocery
run for you. Send us a list and we’ll shop, OR the best way to go about it is
to submit an online order through one of the supermarkets that does online
ordering, and we’ll pick up the groceries for you. Let us help!
Want to help with this? Please
email Pastor Geoff to
get added to the list of Shoppers and Errand Runners! Pastor Geoff will contact
you with the name and phone number of someone who needs your help.
TITHES & OFFERINGS
This may seem like a small thing in the grand scheme right now, but trust me.
It matters that you continue to get your offering in, as long as you are
fiscally able. This is a great time to check out the online giving options, or
set up online bill pay through your bank. Even the healthiest congregations can
find themselves in the hole, and quick, after just a few Sundays of missed
offerings. If you can’t give online,
mail in a check, send a carrier pigeon, do what you have to do. We even
have a new giving app called Give+ from Vanco for iPhone
phones. Even if the building is empty, bills and salaries need to be paid;
what’s more, you’re helping our church maintain mission commitments to the
community in a time when that commitment is more important than ever.