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Friday E-Notes and Prayer for the Day
Meditation and Prayer for the Day

(Once or twice a week we'll be posting audio of these meditations. Today's can be found here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1brcOUmb145IwQRxYgWjOVVuJW7yIvPXA

“Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.” - Luke 18

The God I believe in is all-merciful, the source of love, the source of wisdom and compassion and kindness. God does not cause pandemics.

Why, then, have I prayed so hard, so boldly, in this time of pandemic?

Why did Jesus say, pray always and do not lose heart?

When you are in the midst of crisis,

when you are facing the unknown,

when you do not know what is going to happen next,

Jesus says, pray always and do not lose heart.

Pray like the widow who would not stop until she got justice.

God is not moving pieces around on a chess board, but God is as committed to wholeness and justice as we are, and this is the God I cry out to in prayer, so that my commitment to wholeness and justice is aligned with God’s commitment. I call out to God who whispers wisdom in the ears of researchers and steadies the hand of nurses. I call out to the Source of strength and hope to lift up tired and worried people.

With the Psalmists and with Jesus himself, I am bold to pray honestly, authentically, shamelessly, to God, whose love knows no bounds and whose peace passes all understanding.

Here is a bold and honest prayer for today:

Healer God we call upon your strength to uphold every healthcare worker.

Healing God, we call upon your love to heal every sick person.

Knowing God, we call upon your wisdom to guide every researcher, every public health official, every politician, to help guide us to flatten this curve.

God of hope, we call upon you to walk beside us through this wilderness.

God of resurrection, we call upon you to call us into new life.

Amen.

Blessings to you today,
Pastor Reebee

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Friday E-Notes from Pilgrim Church

Sharing Good News & Stories of Kindness

Every Friday we're going to try to share stories of kindness that we've heard about directly - and maybe a couple we've heard in the news, too!

Barb and Jim share the story of their son Andrew. Andrew is a beekeeper and bus driver. While school is out in his district, he's driving food deliveries to the kids in his school district to make sure they have what they need!

Jim and Judy share the story of their neighbors helping food insecure older adults right now. Someone put out word they'd sit in their car with the trunk open in a local parking lot - and people dropped food off in the trunk to share with folks in need.

In Lexington, Lisa reports that notes of kindness and support are starting to go out to those receiving deliveries from meals on wheels.

And here's a way you can be kind today. The town of Arlington is trying 6 Feet at 6PM - but you can do it wherever you are.
"6 Feet at 6PM is a community initiative where every evening at 6:00 p.m. Arlington residents connect safely (more than 6 feet apart). Come out of your homes or look out your window and wave to neighbors. Check in via email, phone, Google Hangouts, Zoom, or engage online. The point is to check in with each other at a safe distance – 6 Feet at 6PM - to make sure we are all OK as a community. "

We've found some wonderful news stories that we would also like to share. It's amazing how folks are finding ways to keep connecting and caring for one another. (Everybody loves a parade!)

https://www.wpri.com/news/its-good-news/party-not-an-option-family-surpr...

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/coronavirus-lockdown-son-father-facebo...

https://www.kron4.com/health/coronavirus/neighbors-celebrate-north-carol...

Here are some important updates for you about:
Our actions in relation to the Stay At Home Advisory
Pilgrim Worship & Online Gatherings
Pilgrim Resources & Requests
Community Resources for this Moment
(If you click "View in Browser" at the top of this email, the links above will help you jump around to the topic you're looking for.)

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Our actions in relation to the Stay At Home Advisory

Governor Baker has ordered all non-essential businesses and organizations to close their facilities as of Tuesday at noon, and has issued a Stay at Home Advisory. Further, our UCC conference is recommending churches close our buildings and lead worship from home. We are closing the building in accordance with both of these sources of guidance and ask that no one enter the building during this Advisory. We do have a plan to check on the building during this time but we ask other than this periodic safety check that no staff or congregant enter the building. Further, the staff has been planning all along for what we would do in the event of a stay at home advisory and we are well prepared to continue Zoom worship and other virtual programming. (The Zoom feed might actually be stronger from our homes.)

For the most recent guidance from our conference, including offerings from March 22 and March 23 on "stay at home" and "essential workers" you may want to read these two letters: https://www.sneucc.org/blogdetail/13535067 (March 22) and https://www.sneucc.org/blogdetail/essentials-13535476 (March 23, after the stay at home advisory).

Pilgrim Worship & Online Gatherings

Pilgrim Weekly Zoom Gatherings (details for each, including previews of content and Zoom lines, can be found below)

Pilgrim Church Worship - Sundays at 10:30am
Pilgrim Church Bible Study - Tuesdays at 10:30
Pilgrim Church Virtual “Coffee Hour” - Wednesdays at 9:30am
Pilgrim Church Story Time - kid focused but open to all - invite the grandkids to call in, too! - Wednesdays at 6:30pm - Sarah and Reebee
Pilgrim Church Virtual Choir Gathering - Wednesdays at 7:30pm - Max
Pilgrim Church Kid Chat - Thursdays at 3:30pm - Sarah
Pilgrim Church Youth Chat - Thursdays at 6:30pm - Sarah
We welcome your suggestions about how we can connect in this time.

ALL THE ZOOM MEETING DETAILS

WORSHIP - Scriptures: John 11:1-45 (NRSV)
Pilgrim Church Lexington Worship March 29 - Followed by 15-20 minutes of open "Coffee Hour" conversation.

WORSHIP IS RECORDED. Email Pastor Reebee with joys and concerns before 10:00am, or enter them in the chat window.

BULLETIN: The bulletin will be posted as a PDF by Friday on the website - check https://www.pilgrimcongregational.org/worship-music on Friday or Saturday to get it ahead of time.

Preparing for worship this week:
If you'd like to spend time our scripture passage and an evocative work of art, try out this "Visio Divina" video from Sanctified Art.

For a wonderful set of activities for kids and grownups, download these materials from Illustrated Ministry.

Offerings: We remain grateful to receive your offerings by mail in this time, and part of our building security process includes forwarding these to our collector. In addition, you may set up online giving by emailing Dave McClave at dramccl@hotmail.com.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study for Pilgrim Church
Time: Tuesdays at 10:30am
This week (3/31): The Meaning of Jesus - Two Visions (Borg & Wright) Part 3.
Email Pastor Reebee for details.
(No need to have read the materials in advance! But if you want to catch up, the book is available digitally.)

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Pilgrim Virtual Wednesday Coffee Hour - Just time to chat with each other
Check your email or email Pastor Reebee for details.
Time: Every Wednesday at 9:30am

Pilgrim Church Story Time
Wednesdays at 6:30pm Eastern - 30 minutes long
This Wednesday: "The Book with No Pictures"
We'd welcome guest Readers! Email Pastor Reebee

Pilgrim Church Choir Gathering
Contact Max for details: max.evrard@pilgrimcongregational.org
Wednesdays at 7:30pm

Pilgrim Church's Kid's Chat
Contact Sarah for details: sarah.fuller@pilgrimcongregational.org

Thursdays at 3:30

Pilgrim Church Youth Chat
Contact Sarah for details: sarah.fuller@pilgrimcongregational.org
Thursdays at 6:30pm

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Pilgrim Resources and Requests

We have a Care Tree started up. If you want to be one of our Care Tree callers/emailers email Pastor Reebee. If you have a spare hour, we need you! Need a directory? Reply to this message and we will email you a current one. We also encourage you to just pick up the phone and call folks without any organizing principle - we need each other now!

We ask that you call Pastor Reebee in a pastoral need by her cell at 781 475 3741. (Generally her cell is off from 9pm to 7am.) Families with children and youth may also call Sarah at 774-251-4292.

Community Resources for this Moment
Support for Parents and Youth
LYFS of Lexington is offering tele-support. For details visit https://www.lyfsinc.org/

Helping our Neighbors

Coordinating medical supplies

If you are looking for a way to directly support health care settings, there are efforts to collect masks and other supplies:

https://www.findthemasks.com/?fbclid=IwAR2_N3yP_pE4DXhRNFMRFpM3pZ-87n8yX...

For Folks in Recovery

A number of recovery meetings have been impacted by COVID-19. If this is the case with yours and/or you are looking for online recovery meetings, here are some ways to stay connected.

AA has a list of online meetings
NA has a list of online meetings
Al-Anon & Alateen online meetings

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Reach out to each other. Speak up if you need something. Be kind. Breathe deeply. Know that you are loved.

Blessings,

Pastor Reebee