Printed copies of the April SPIRE have been mailed to folks in our church family who do not have email addresses.  It contains a monthly report from Walter Chapman, as well as some of our committees.  You will find a link to it below.

Hi parents,

I hope that this message finds you healthy and safe within your homes.  I am sure that the strains of homeschooling and close proximity may be wearing you thin, but the best thing that we can do to curb the path of this virus is to stay home.  I know that we miss coming together as a church…and by that I mean worship and fellowship in our building.  I don’t know that we need to only think of our church as a place or an event though.  I think that the “church” is a living, breathing entity.

As a church, we are trying our best to help out local families who are in need by providing food and supplies on Friday mornings.  The number of recipients is growing by the hour with increased job lay-offs and reserved supplies running short.  We are making deliveries to elderly and immuno-suppressed people in our community who shouldn’t leave their homes for fear of infection. 

What can you do to help during this time where we should be staying home? 

  • Check in on someone who you think might need help.  If they do, tell them to contact me at 216-570-6394.
  • When you do go out to get your necessary household supplies, pick up a hygiene product and drop it in the plastic bin by the glass doors of the church (toothpaste, deodorant, body wash or shampoo).
  • Look for ways to spread kindness, encouragement, and love through notes, emails, and phone calls.

Just because we can’t be together in our church building doesn’t mean that we aren’t still the church.  You and your families are God’s hands and feet in the world. 

This Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week…Palm Sunday.  I have attached a lesson that you could adapt to use in your home with your children.  The directions for the palm wavers highlighted in the lesson are also attached.

Click here if you would like a short video about the events of Palm Sunday (good for all kids).

If you would like a video to put a smile on your face, watch this video with your older kids (or just by yourself).

God Bless You.  Safe home and stay safe.

-Liz

During this time, we have the opportunity to be the church – to embody the redeeming presence of God. We have established a fund to help students and adults in need in our community. 

We are trying to help in highly relational ways, so that we can provide food and financial assistance for folks who have been negatively impacted by the economic conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Here’s how you can help: 

  • Donate to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund (100% of your money will be used to help others)
  • Support the local food pantry (Volunteers of America)
  • Donate taxable toiletries to the church – things like toothpaste, deodorant, feminine products, toilet paper, handsoap, body soap, shampoo/conditioner, etc.
  • Get the word out. If you know someone who would benefit from assistance, please point them in our direction. We’d be happy to try to help. 

Mr. Rogers talked about looking for the ‘helpers’ in times of trouble. Let us be the helpers in this time. Let us be the ones that God used to deliver hope, joy, grace, and love!