From the Pastor’s Pen

From the Pastor’s Pen

Dear friends,
What a beginning of 2020 this has been. I can’t recall a seminary class that could have prepared me for the challenges the Coronavirus and physical distancing brought to my ‘normal life’. So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, afraid, angry, or in shock…I get it. So much feels and is different.
And yet some things remain: the abiding love of God, the connections of friendship and prayer within our congregation, and our commitment to reach out in service to our neighbors.
Here at FCCWUCC, we are learning new ways to still be the congregation you and I treasure. Sue and I began collaborating to offer virtual worship services on the church Facebook page and YouTube. With each new week we have attempted to improve the quality of these services. Our spiritual formation groups have
explored new ways to preserve their fellowship and spirituality by holding Centering Prayer and Worship Connection meetings via Zoom. Our Deacons have maintained the ministry of sending cards to people on the prayer list or in isolation, as I have sought to maintain communication with check-ins by phone and emails. Devon has prepared take-home activities for the children and created a special Facebook page for maintaining church community for our youngest members. A number of you have contacted me with offers to be of assistance to others if and when needs arise. To coin a phrase I saw online: “The Church has not
closed. It has been deployed.”
I want to thank you for your financial commitment to FCCWUCC. For those who’ve made gifts in the first quarter: Your gifts this have helped sustain the faithful mission and ministry of our congregation. Your support is critical to our sustainability.
Some in our community face personal economic challenges because of this pandemic. Please reach out to me if you need support. The Phoebe Fund is there to help each other through this time.
I hope your circumstances will enable you to continue your usual contributions. If those circumstances have changed, and you are unable to consistently maintain your offerings, please know I understand. Conversely, if you find you are able to make an additional gift beyond your normal amount, that would be wonderful!
Please know that your donation, no matter its size, is deeply appreciated and empowers us to carry out our church’s ability to make a difference in people’s lives.
Together, we can support each other through this difficult time. Together, we can answer God’s call to mission and ministry. Together, we can be spiritually united even when physically apart.
With gratitude,
Pastor Ray