Sermon November 29, 2020
Bulletin November 29, 2020
Holiday Poinsettia Sign-Up
If you would like to purchase a poinsettia to be displayed in the church during the holiday season, we are looking for 10 to be placed around the altar. Please please stop by the church and fill out a form in the lobby. Cost is $11.50. Return your order form to the church office or place in the decorated box at the information desk with check enclosed (no cash please).
Orders must be received by December 1, 2020
Live Stream 9:30 Sunday Morning, avaible as a recorded service anytime.
Technically and legally we could continue to worship as we have and hope we don't get anyone of you and/or the staff sick and that we don't contribute to the spread of the virus.
The other option is to join the fight against this enemy of world. Our schools, businesses and families are being asked to sacrifice for the sake of our community, and country and to better protect you and our staff. During wars we have sent our men and women of the armed service to make sacrifices. During WWII our citizens were asked to sacrifice. My parents even had to eat liver.
Effective after yesterday's service we are suspending in-person worship and Wednesday in-person activities until further notice. For those who cannot go on-line, we will broadcast to the parking lot. We are also working on a way you can call a number and listen to the Sunday service on your phone.
I know this is hard for you, it is hard for me. I miss being able to see you and be with you but these are hard times. Yet Christ will carry us through.
I don't want to criticize other churches that continue to worship. They have to do what they see is right. However, we will do what we can to fight this thing. We want to be part of the solution. I hope we are doing the right thing. I believe we are.
This includes Wednesday and Sunday school and confirmation. We are working on plans that hopefully will start after Thanksgiving. Look for Tina's email. Believe it or not we didn't expect that we would have to stop meeting again. However it is what it is.
God bless you, stay safe.
Become a volunteer with CDEAPCDEAP stands for Community Distance Ed Assistance Program. ?It is a free program created specifically for the Red Wing, MN community whose purpose is to provide academic assistance for families during their child’s distance education days to focus on completing their academic requirements with supervision from a caring adult. Help make those 3 days of distance education feel more like 2!
Learn more about this program by clicking on the link to their website. https://cdeap.weebly.com
Mayo Clinic Hospice has been an active member in the community workgroup, Community Reflections on Living and Dying since its inception 2 years ago. The group is comprised of various organizations, individuals and business who are passionate about normalizing the end of life and grief processes. This group typically offers various in person education and events during the month of November for Hospice and Palliative Care Month, however due to COVID, we moved to hosting virtual events. The link below is to a video staring our own Hospice Bereavement Coordinator Ann Siverling as well as other community professionals. The video is intended to normalized the grief and loss people are feeling during the pandemic and offer hope and ways to support. We plan to make more videos available for public viewing and will share when they are completed. We hope this video assists in normalizing your grief journey during the pandemic. Please feel free to share with anyone who may want to view the video.
Please know that bereavement support remains available through telephone contacts. For bereavement support please contact us at: 1-800-679-9084 or 507-284-4002. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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