Beloved in Christ,
Last night, Christ Church's Ad Council approved moving worship online starting this Sunday, January 16 through February 13. We made this decision not only to abide by the latest Sonoma County Health Order recommendations, but also because of our Methodist principle to "do no harm".
A small team including tech support, Carl, and myself will stream worship from the sanctuary, so for those of you who have been joining us by Zoom, not much has changed. For those of you who haven't joined us by Zoom before, it's easy. Just click this link at 9:30 PST on Sunday morning. As long as you have a computer that has speakers, you'll be able to listen in. If you need any help getting onto Zoom, please let me know. I'm happy to talk you through the logistics. I hope to see you in worship - it's important for each of us to know that others are there, even when we can't be physically present together.
In addition to worship being moved online, all other meetings will be on Zoom as well. Our upcoming youth event has been postponed until we can meet in-person.
I know this is a difficult time. Our Lay Leadership and Caring Circle leaders will be meeting this coming week to discern ways to keep us all connected. If you are struggling, or know someone who is, please feel free to reach out.
I'm always happy to talk.
In the meantime, I am praying for you; today, with these words from Psalm 46:
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea...
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God...
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved.
Grace, peace, and health,
Come join us in worship! We gather on-line Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. (see link above)
Our worship is a time to be present to God, to celebrate the gift of community, and to grow in our spiritual lives. After the service, join our Time for Reflection group as they explore the deeper meanings of the worship message.
Music invites us to move deeply into our worship life together! Our congregation loves to sing contemporary hymns. Our choir, led by Carol-Jean Boevers, inspires us with a variety of offerings. Musical instrumentalists, including our talented accompanist, Carl Sokol, join in to enhance the worship experience.
Holy Communion is often celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. You do not need to be a member of Christ Church United Methodist or any church to receive the bread and cup.
All are welcome at God's table.