Dear friends and members of Resurrection,
Thank you, thank you, thank you! You have been amazingly faithful, generous followers of Christ and members of this community of faith throughout this strange time of a world-wide pandemic.
As summer draws toward a close and plans are being made for the fall, there is so much to be grateful for—some of it due to the lessons we have learned during the pandemic.
One of those lessons is that we can use technology to stay connected and to learn—not as a substitute for in person gatherings but as an addition.
Beginning the first week of September, we will embark on a year-long journey through some of our favorite Bible stories—hearing, reading, praying, discussing, asking questions, sharing insights about one story a month. This is meant for all ages and can be done either alone or in small groups.
Much of the material will be sent each Sunday evening via email or our website. There will be an interactive forum where we can share questions and insights with one another!
Then, all are invited to be present at RLC for worship on the last Sunday of every month when we will make that month's Bible story the centerpiece of our reflections. Our hope is that children will complete a craft project that is given for that month and bring it to worship to decorate our space! Sunday School (40 minutes) for all ages will follow worship with snacks and conversation for all on that last Sunday of the month.
Your feedback is essential. This new format will be a “work in progress”. But we have learned that families have found ways to learn around the table with their children. Many of us have had deeper conversations with our families or friends during these past months and we don't want to go back to “busy”. We have taken walks, explored God's beautiful creation, played games together, read more.
And we have connected to resources and to each other using the internet or social media. So, we at RLC are going to try to blend our use of in-person participation and online participation! Try it out in September and give feedback to me or to our Education Chair, Margo Greer, on what is fun and helpful and what we can adjust for the next month.
As a “kick-off” of this program, we will be giving out Bibles to our children and youth on September 5th during worship. I hope as many of you as are able will be present that morning! We will also have a special gift for all the grown-up children of God!
Watch the calendar for other education opportunities: some in person, some via zoom. Any ideas you have for topics or times is welcomed!
We will continue to grow and change together as all living things do. This is the time and the place and the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Together, let's grow toward God's vision of the beloved community in which all are valued and included. And let's use what we learn along the way.
With gratitude and love,
The Rev. Dr. Mary Ubuntu is the spiritual leader of Resurrection Lutheran Church and has served in that capacity since 2003. More on Pastor Mary can be found HERE.