Dear Congregational Family,

 

  1. Trinity Sunday: This Sunday is Trinity Sunday and also Holy Communion Sunday (and First Holy Communion Sunday for our Confirmands), so it is a joyous Sunday to return to the building!!!  As the Psalmist declared, “I was glad when they said to me, let us go into the house of the Lord!” (Ps. 122:1) I know that for some, it is still best to not return to the building yet, but we praise God that the “exile” is ending and the journey back has begun!!  Even as we celebrate the Unity of the Trinity, we also celebrate the union that we have with Christ, and with one another in Christ! 

 

  1. Confirmation Sunday: Last Sunday, our Confirmands were confirmed!  It is a delight to be their pastor and to have had this focused time in Confirmation to teach them about Jesus and what it means to be part of the Church, the body of Christ.  I am so proud of each of them!  It was a beautiful service on Sunday!  Please send them a card and congratulate them!  (see pictures below)

 

  1. Idiot’s Guide to Re-entry: Recently I read a piece (by Carey Nieuwhof) about the “idiot’s guide to re-entry” for churches to consider different aspects of coming back into the building.  We are finding it is more challenging to “open” the building, than it was to “close” the building!  Here are Nieuwhof’s points:

 

  1. Violate as many social distancing guidelines as you think you can get away with.
  2. Exercise your constitutional rights but ignore your responsibilities.
  3. Open so fast you have to close again.
  4. Use your social media platform to vent.
  5. Abandon your online advances and make it 100% about the building.
  6. Treat online attendees like second-class citizens.
  7. Tell people your faith buys you immunity from disease.

(I think that we are doing well in avoiding all these points!  The key is to “make space for grace” during this transitional time!)

  1. Re-entry plans: Again, I cannot say thank you enough to the Re-entry Committee and to the Altar Guild which have been diligently at work on this for several weeks!  Last Sunday, the Confirmands and their families (about 125 people) were in the sanctuary, so the committee had a good opportunity to see how the plans and procedures they had laid out would work.  It all went very smoothly!  If you did not yet receive a letter (email or snail) about the procedures for re-entry for this Sunday, please contact the church office, or go online to our Ruthfred church page where it will also be posted.

 

  1. Sermon: Title: “The Union of Holy Communion”

Text: I Corinthians 10:16,17; 11:17-34.

 

God bless you as we continue,

            “Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God”

Pastor Carlson