Yesterday we gathered from our couches, bedrooms, kitchen tables and backyards to worship together online. In this new season of responding to COVID-19, our commitment to worship God together and supporting one another has not waned; as we experienced in our online worship, we find support and encouragement from being together.
We talked about God as a healer yesterday and reflected that the healing Jeuss offered expanded community, brought the marginalized into the center of community, and offered an act of resistance to the authorities who sought to divide and separate. We continue to receive God’s healing and participate in God’s healing power when we, too, create a community where all belong, no matter what. I’m so incredibly proud of this community for the ways we are connecting and supporting each other in this anxious time.
Your generosity is on display! So far we have received enough food donations to provide a box of nonperishable food and cleaning supplies to each of the 22 families from Philip Simmons Elementary School who receive additional food support through the Backpack Buddies program. We also have enough financial gifts to purchase a second round of food support in two weeks.We are working closely with school officials to get this food into the hands of families who need it. We will also make the first gift of our 10 percent mission tithe to Fresh Future Farm at the end of the month to support their work of providing food and education in North Charleston.
Here’s a look at our digital and online programming for the week
- Tuesday at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. join us at the Two Rivers Church Facebook page for an interactive time of prayer and reflection.
- Videos from our Children’s Spiritual Formation will start rolling out tomorrow. Share them with other parents and caregivers who are looking for ways to engage their children.
- Our Two Rivers Conversation Facebook page is open 24 hours a day for conversation, prayer and support.
- Our small groups move this week to video meetings through Zoom. Reach out to Nicole Houston to join a group or find out more information on connecting with your group.
- We will worship together again at our usual time – 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings on Facebook Live and YouTube.
Because of our commitment to the vulnerable and marginalized, we are committed to practicing social distancing. While we cannot be physically together, we will be together in tangible ways. Need a listening ear? Have a resource to offer? Have a need? Reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will connect with you.
We are praying for healing. We are praying for strength. We anticipate hope. We care for you.