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Food Packing - 2020

Physically Distanced, Masked Annual Food Packing Planned

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Sunday, September 20th from 9 am - 1 pm

We are planning to do our annual meal packing again this year despite COVID 19. Our goal is to pack 20,000 meals on Sunday, September 20th from 9 am - 1 pm. We will not be able to be as spontaneous as we’ve been in the past. In order to comply with COVID protocol and social distancing we will need to do much more pre-planning.

Our plan is to have FOUR separate production lines in FOUR separate rooms. We can run the lines with a minimum of 6 people and as many as 10. We plan on assigning "family" groups to a minimum of a 1-hour shift but groups can elect to work more than one shift. Groups can be a single person, a couple, a family, or a group that has been together throughout this pandemic and are comfortable working together. If your group is 6 - 10 people you would have a line to yourselves. If you are a smaller group we will need to pair you with another smaller group and ensure social distancing. That’s where it gets a little complicated. In order to make this work, we will need to know in advance the size of your group and the times you are willing to work so that we can plan a work schedule. Unfortunately, we will probably not be able to accommodate any last minute volunteers.

In addition to the lines, we will need 8 people to help us unload and set up at 8 am that Sunday morning - two people per room. We will also need 8-12 people to clean up after the event at 1 pm.

Please let us know no later than September 10th if you are up for the challenge. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know how you want to help and provide her with the size of your group and the hours you wish to work.

Communion and Re-Opening During Covid

From Bishop Jim on Communion and Re-Opening Churches for Worship

Lisa Stoen Hazelwood sized I wanted to share with you two videos and a written document Bishop Jim has prepared as resources for congregations. The church council is referring to these as we manage things during this time and make decisions about worship and community life going forward. Link to first video. Link to the second. Link to the bishop's letter.

If you have feedback about anything related to worship: - comments about the livestream, - about last Sunday's parking lot worship, - thoughts about doing an outside worship service BYOC ["Bring Your Own Chair" outside on the church lawn, etc. contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The council will be doing a Congregational survey once the governor has made her recommendations for phase three--probably by July 1st. You will also be receiving a letter next week about the council's decisions about resuming in-person worship services.

I hope you are willing to be patient with us as we seek to offer a safe and also spiritually meaningful worship experience to our St. Andrew partners--without putting our most vulnerable members at risk. Peace be on the process.

Easter Week 2020 - a Virtual Experience

Join us during Easter Week for:

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Palm Sunday, April 5th

Although we will not be physically gathering for worship this Sunday, we are always spiritually connected! The pastors and musicians will be live streaming a worship experience to you all via Facebook live at 9:30 AM Sunday.

Maundy Thursday, April 9th

Next Thursday, make dinner, sit down together, and join us for virtual dinner church! It will be just like what we usually do, just through a video. The video will be posted by 5:30 PM that day to our Facebook page. We will discuss how Jesus served his people and how we can serve like Christ. Can't wait to do this together!

Good Friday, April 10th

We will miss the choir and the amazing music they have brought us on Good Friday for the last years. We will miss gathering in the hushed darkness. We will miss the feeling of sitting vigil at the foot of the cross..... But the staff is doing their best to curate a Good Friday experience for you that will tell the story, move you with music and allow you to participate and pray as we gather online. The service will include music by the Frascarelli Family! Watch for details.

Easter Sunday, April 12th

We will celebrate Easter Sunday on April 12th this year in ways that will both reflect our usual Easter traditions--and be different, because of the limitations of this time in our life together.

Easter Sunday - Sunrise Service - Mike Bussey, Pastor Lisa and Intern Pastor Kate will be [legally] on the Charlestown Beach at sunrise [6:10 AM] to sing some of our traditional sunrise tunes and share the Easter story from the book of John. We will miss you all, but ask you to please join us only via FaceBook this year!

Full Easter Celebration - The celebration will be the same, because we will offer music from the beach at sunrise and a festive Easter worship service at the church at 9:30 am. It will be different, because we will not be able to gather together with all of you. You will instead find us live-streaming on the St. Andrew Facebook page.

A Message from Pastor Lisa: Love Overcomes Fear

Love Overcomes Fear

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A couple days ago I read a message from Richard Rohr and the Center for Action and Contemplation that really touched me. He started by acknowledging how much the world has changed in just these last few weeks.

That's for sure! Our routines are disrupted. We are working from home--or NOT working--and worrying about where income is going to come from. OR, we worry how our retirement savings will stretch to cover our needs in our post-working years.

We shop differently, exercise differently, socialize differently. We certainly clean and sanitize ourselves and every surface in our homes differently than we once did! And it seems likely that we will all be adapting to these and other significant changes for weeks and perhaps months to come.

Social distancing may cause us to watch a lot more Netflix and Amazon Prime, and to occupy ourselves with news from a variety of sources, but I hope the found time we have on our hands also gives us the opportunity to find moments for reflection and prayer. God does not cause this kind of suffering to teach us things worth learning, but God does use everything as an opportunity to deepen our awareness of divine love and care. So let's make going deeper in our walk of faith, part of our daily schedules.

Richard Rohr said we have a chance to "go deep, and to go broad. Globally, we're in this together. Depth is being forced on us by great suffering, which as I like to say, always leads to great love."

I believe great suffering leads to great love when we open ourselves to feel the suffering of others and to respond to the suffering around us with concrete signs of God's love; with care for vulnerable neighbors; with generous giving; with encouraging phone calls to family and friends.

"Love always goes beyond itself," Fr. Rohr said. I believe love always calls us to an encounter with "the least of these" Jesus loved so much. It is God's unquestionable and unconditional love that will sustain us in this time. And it is love that will help us overcome our own fear by helping others overcome theirs.

I pray for you all daily and encourage you to pray for one another. Join us for worship. Connect with the daily Facebook devotion. Remember to give as you are able and serve others as you can. Go deep--go broad--love one another.