Here we are again. Spiking numbers from a pandemic that just won’t seem to go away totally. I am feeling frustrated and sad and more than a little edgy. Maybe you are, too.
In the swirl of all these emotions, I can think of no better group of people to weather this out with than you, church. The following letter is from our Reopening Team and has been approved by church council. We want to keep everyone healthy and safe and keep the church open. We will have grace for those who show up and those who decide to stay home. We will urge folks to watch and follow guidelines from our reopening team and the CDC, but also to add your voice to the conversation by talking with me and/or our church council.
We will continue to plan like we will remain open, and we have a lot of things coming up in the coming weeks and months that you are invited to!
There will be a confirmation class primer after the 9 and 10:30 services on August 22 for parents and children in 8th and 9th grades.
August 25th at 7 p.m. in fellowship hall we will have a book discussion on Sue Monk Kidd’s novel The Book of Longings.
August 29th is our outdoor worship service on the Medina square, Alive on the Square! Worship is at 10 a.m. Please bring a lawn chair and an appetite as the Kiwanis will be serving us lunch (free-will offering). We’ll then play lawn games like cornhole, Ladderball, and Kanjam. In case of rain, we’ll be in the sanctuary.
Chancel Choir and Bell Choir will start rehearsals on Wednesday, September 1st at 6:30 (Bells) and 7:30 (Choir). Musically-inclined tweens and teens welcome!
Saturday, September 11th marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. On that night a community prayer vigil was held at the church. The following year, Dave Edinger rang the church bell to commemorate each event of that fateful day. He continued this for 13 years until his death. His family has carried on this tradition in his memory and in the memory of those who perished. We will hold a prayer vigil from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m. that day in keeping with this important tradition. Drop in or stay the whole time.
Sunday, September 12th will be our Rally Day! We’ll have all three services along with a ministry fair of all our teams to remind us all of the great work we do as a church and all the opportunities for serving. Following the 10:30 service that day, we’ll host our first coffee hour! We’ll have a cake celebrating the 22 members who joined during the pandemic.
Speaking of new members, classes will be Monday, September 20th and 27th at 7 p.m. and new members will join us on World Communion Sunday, which will be one service on October 3rd at 10 a.m.
We’ll then have a Chili Cookoff hosted by our Caring Team. Please stay tuned to how you can participate by cooking up your own bowl of chili or by eating all the chilis which will be provided on that day. This event has been postponed until January due to rising numbers.
And finally, there will be an All-Church Revival entitled Stronger Together sponsored by area churches. I’m on the committee planning this with Pastor Arthur Ruffin from Second Baptist and other area churches. The revival will be three days at Cornerstone Church at 3939 Granger Road, Medina: September 28th at 7 p.m. with Pastor Mark Giamo from Cornerstone speaking, September 29th at 7 p.m. with yours truly speaking, and September 29th at 7 p.m. with Pastor Ruffin speaking. There will also be an all-church choir forming and practicing on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Second Baptist Church on Bronson Street to sing on those dates.
Let me know if you’d like more details about any of these events. To use the Message translation of Hebrews 10:25, “Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see” these big days approaching.
Keep heart, church! Let us keep the faith and keep checking in on one another. Let us endeavor to do what’s best for our congregation. And may God be with you until we meet again.
Yours in Christ,