April 1st News and Notes

Palm Sunday

This Sunday is Palm Sunday.  I would love to have a virtual processional, but I need your help.  I am asking everyone of all ages to either make a palm leaf or grab some kind of leaf from your home and take a video of you waiving it.  Get creative!  You can text the video to 309-357-0132 or email it to ckdeacon@yahoo.com  Here is sample pattern or you can make your own!

Holy Week

Join us as we journey through Holy Week.  Next week, Monday April 6th – Thursday April 9th, at 7:30, we will have a study based on “Entering the Passion of Jesus” by Amy Jill-Levine.  You can join us through Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/159967508

Stay at Home Order

Maryland, DC, and Virginia have issued stay at home orders enforcable by fines and/or jail time.  If you need to be out on essential business, please let Chris know and he can send you a letter to protect you while out.

Worship Opportunities

Until we are able to worship together, we will worship through Zoom on Sunday mornings at 10:00, You can sign in with this link – https://zoom.us/j/159967508 or call  in at 1-301-715-8592, using meeting ID 159 967 508. When it prompts you for a user id, simply hit the pound sign.  We will try worshiping by Zoom this Sunday at 10:00 using the same link.  A video of Sunday worship will be posted shortly after it is completed.

Faith 5

In an attempt to maintain community and stay connected, I would like to invite you to join in Faith 5.  Those who participate in Faith 5 will be randomly paired with somebody else.   The two of you would touch base twice a week and go through the follwing five steps:
1.  Share Highs and Lows
2.  Read a scripture (you could take turns picking or just flop open the Bible and see what it lands on!)
3.  Share how scripture relates to highs and lows
4.  Share prayer requests
5.  Bless one another/pray for one another
    IOnce you and your partner are connected, you can negotiate what this looks like for you.  This is a great way to stay connected and grow closer to one another during this time of social distancing.  If you would like to participate, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com today and let me know the best contact phone number.  Partners will be notified next week.

Giving

Several people have asked how they can continue to make their tithes and offerings while we are not meeting in person.  There are several ways.  You can mail a check to the church.  You can give online through paypal https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KJTC62AUPNWCE&source=url   You can also set up a payment through your banks online bill pay feature.  Paypal charges the church approximately 3%, so please consider either consider giving through one of the other two ways or adding 3% to your offering to offset the fee.

Cure for isolation

Many of our members may feel isolated.  We have had someone step up and offer to try and teach zoom, google hangouts, facetime or other tech programs to better reach out to friends and family.  If you would like help with that, please email me at ckdeacon@yahoo.com and I will set up a time.

Assistance

If any of our members who are “at risk” do not feel safe running errands, we have put together a team to help you out.  Please email me at ckdeacon@yahoo.com and I will put you in touch with them.

Food Pantry

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the food pantry this past week.  They were very appreciative!

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