Community Update (5/27/2020):
Dear members and friends of Faith,
As businesses around San Diego county begin opening in modified ways, the language of “reopening” is in the air, especially as some churches begin to “reopen” their campuses.
At Faith, we are not re-opening the campus for in person worship services and activities at this time. To be clear, the church was never closed. The ministries of the church have taken on new forms. I invite you to embrace some of the changes we have been and will be implementing.
In addition to connecting with phone calls, text messages, emails, and letters, we are gathering virtually for Coffee Fellowship on Zoom each Sunday morning at 11am. This is an informal time of conversation, catching up with each other at the start of another week. On each Wednesday morning with the Bible Study email, you will receive a link for the Coffee Fellowship on Zoom. After downloading Zoom software on your computer, click the link in the email. You are invited to join the conversation.
While we are continuing Sunday morning worship service videos online, another change will be how we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Beginning on the first Sunday of June, we will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper by video online in each of our homes. You are invited to take a piece of bread and a cup of juice or wine and receive the sacrament with my family by video. The denomination of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has made this allowance for celebrating the Lord’s Supper during the pandemic. As you receive the gifts of the cup and the bread, know that they are God’s gifts of life for you.
We will be continuing Wednesday morning Bible study videos. Be sure to tune in each week and to share the videos with friends and family. Moreover, the Faith, Development, and Nurture committee has created and delivered Sunday school resource bags for our children and youth. In this newsletter, you will also find a Bible study guide for our summer study of the New Testament letter of Philippians. You can use this study guide for your personal reading at home.
Even and especially during this crisis, we are seeking to engage and support our community. Faith’s mission committee has been supporting Agape House’s food pantry for San Diego State University students who are facing food insecurity. Faith’s mission committee has also supported Father Joe’s Village in their response to those experiencing homelessness.
Faith’s task force will continue to monitor the current situation and correspond with the session weekly. They will explore what it will look like for us to create in-person gatherings in a way that is wise and responsible for our own congregation and in relationship with the surrounding community. The task force consists of Nancy Harber (chair), Jill Gustafson, Kathy Hays, Paula Carmack, and Rich Volkert. You will be updated as the conversation continues to develop.
In times of crisis and uncertainty, the church demonstrates its true character. I am grateful to each of you for your manifold expressions of dedication, support, and love. Thank you for faithfully sending your pledges and donations to the church by mail.
Grace and peace,