MIDWEEK MUSINGS – April 26, 2022 – John Knox
In this season of Easter, we are reminded that in Christ’s death and resurrection is found our new life, our promise of life after death in the glorious presence of God. In times of trouble and sorrow we hold tightly to that promise. I offer to you for your prayers of peace and compassion Rance Thomas and his family, sons Paul and John, as Rance is at home in the final days of his earthly life. I will keep you updated as warranted, but for now Rance is mostly sleeping. His sons are alternating days so that one of them is there all the time and can answer the door or phone. Check with Bonnie or Ruth Ann about any assistance needed. At the moment your prayers are the most important thing.
On Monday, May 2, we will gather for a Memorial Service for Rosanna Aldridge, at 10 am in the Sanctuary. Please call Kim in the office by Thursday to say you plan to attend so we will have a number for the lunch time following the service.
As we head into the summer months when church offerings are often less, I want to thank you for your faithfulness in keeping up with your pledges. We still have expenses during the months when people might be on vacation and tend to forget about a check to the church. So, we are counting on your attention to this detail. Also, I want to clear up what is an apparent misunderstanding for some. Your pledge is for the operating fund and/or for per capita. If you make a special offering, for example to TEAM or one of the missions appeals or for flowers, etc, it is just that – a “special” offering, not part of your pledge. Our operating budget is based on your pledges, and we are depending on your fulfillment of them.
As times and situations change, we have to change with them. Recently our florist dramatically raised the delivery fee. Rather than having to raise the amount you pay, we are looking for ways to “self-deliver.” If you might be willing to take a turn picking up a flower arrangement on Friday or Saturday and dropping it off at church, or if you might be willing to take a turn providing flowers from your summer garden, we are going to work on a way to indicate that. We anticipate picking up from the florist might be on a rotation basis, such as we now use for ushers and liturgists. There will be a sign-up list for this on Sunday, so I hope you will look for it and take a turn.
I am planning an outdoor service for May 22 and am looking for helpers for set-up and take-down. Of course, if it rains, we will be inside.
Finally, the session had conversation about our COVID protocols. As you know in many places, masks and distancing are completely gone. While on the other hand we are seeing some rise in cases. We still believe our primary concern is for safety and for one another. We are leaving our distancing tape in place and are recommending masks as you interact with others in the building, but we are not requiring them. For instance, you might wear your mask into the sanctuary, but then remove it during the service. If you are not vaccinated and/or boosted, please continue to wear your mask. And if you are more comfortable continuing to wear your mask, please do so. And certainly, if you are not feeling well, stay home and take advantage of our live stream.
This is a longer email than usual, but it is an example of how essential each of you is to the health and vitality of this congregation. Everyone has something to contribute, some small or larger task to help accomplish. If you want to talk about what you might do to assist, I am always willing to talk with you 😊
Grace and peace, Pastor Carol