Newsletter as of March 18, 2020 (Convid-19) Service Changes and How You Can Help our Community

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Services Canceled in the Building

The staff will follow up via emails and phone calls and will not be in the building at this time.

With Covid-19’s presence in the surrounding community and the guidance of the CDC and state, we are altering our behaviors in order to slow the spread of this disease and protect the vulnerable.

Until Further Notice, the following are on hiatus:

  • Sundays- Awakenings & Breakfast with Jesus

  • Tuesdays – Women’s Bible Study, General Board & Elders

  • Wednesdays- Dinner & Discussion, Handbell & Adult Choir

  • Thursdays – Pastor @ Panera Bread

  • Fridays – First Friday Female Fellowship

Queen City Kitchen closed until further notice.

 

Worship and Holy Week Services will be Online

You’ll find a new message each Sunday morning tailored for the anxious time we’re in. Staff and leadership will work remotely. As a congregation, we’ll utilize technology to keep us more connected functionally and relationally in this time of “social distancing.”

Upcoming Sermon Series starts March 22 Finding Peace in Perilous Times

“Guess Who’s Coming to Supper” will be postponed until we are back in the building,  until at least May 17, 2020

Our new sermon series will be “Finding Peace in Perilous Times”.

Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Easter services will be the normal themes for those days and will be online.

Please bear with us as we travel through this new adventure in the life of our church.

Ongoing Mission Work

We are listing just a few missions to help those in their time of need: 

Saturday, April 4 Interfaith Hospitality Network IHN

We will still be preparing meals on Saturday, April 4, but will be delivering them to Heritage Presbyterian at or before 5 PM for IHN staff to take to the guests at their hotel.

Disposable containers are preferred, but if you have cookware please label and they’ll wash, sanitize, and return to you at a later point.

Kirk T. needs two more cooks. Please contact him if you can assist.


Faith Community UMC Food Pantry

Faith Community Food Pantry is open! Please help keep it stocked for the many who need it!

  • Greatest Needs (updated March 16):
    Any fresh fruit or vegetables!
    Canned peaches, pineapple, pears or mandarin oranges
    Canned chicken
    Dish soap
    Diapers
    Detergent
    Toilet paper
    Hand soap
  • Items we do NOT need:
    Macaroni and cheese
    Peanut butter
    Green beans
    Cereal

Go to https://bit.ly/38Y8ijk for full Food Pantry details.


Reach Out Lakota Food Pantry

As we are dealing with schools being closed and people not being able to go to work, we expect a jump in demand for food requests.  Items that we need and run out of first include the following:

  • Canned Tuna
  • Peanut Butter
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Box Pastas
  • Canned helpers like sloppy Joe’s
  • ​Spaghetti Sauce
  • Soups
  • Canned vegetables
  • Cooking oil
  • Maseca ( corn flour)
  • Oatmeal

Additionally, we are need of the following items in our Supplements section of our Food Pantry:

  • ​All-purpose cleaner
  • Dawn​
  • Deodorant men’s and women’s

​You can donate items in the sheds behind our buildings 24 hours a day.

You can also place an order with Amazon and have the food items shipped to ROL.  Just make sure you use the address: 6561 Station Rd.  West Chester, Ohio 45069!

Contact Tim Harmon, Food Pantry Director, for more information on how to donate and ways to get involved by emailing him at the following address: tharmon@reachoutlakota.org.Thank you for your continued support!


Joshua’s Place

http://www.joshuasplace.cc/corona-response/

Joshua’s Place is working with local school districts to help students with food insecurity while schools are closed. Please consider making a donation to this worthy cause.

On Thursday Governor Mike DeWine announced that all Ohio public schools would be closed for three weeks. Many Ohio students depend on their local schools for free and reduced school breakfast and lunches throughout the school year. The sudden and unexpected nature of this cancellation leaves many families struggling to find resources for food. Additionally, many low-income workers do not have benefits that pay them for work when their place of employment has closed temporarily.Joshua’s Place is partnering with local school districts in King’s, Mason, Lebanon, and Little Miami to help these students have food while school is out. The focus of this plan is to collect, package and distribute Student Meal Kits to the families that have need.

Joshua’s Place has prepared the specific needs and drop off locations and times below.  Donors can also give cash online at www.joshuasplace.cc/donate.  Follow Joshua’s Place on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jpvillage) and stay tuned here for more details on packaging and distribution and other needs that may arise.


Give Blood-check with Hoxworth for blood drives & locations.


Helping Hand Fund at CCC

We are in need of donations to support those who are in financial need due to being out of work during this time.


Week of Compassion Fund

Hello Disciples, this is your General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens

Week of Compassion, the ministry that responds to natural disasters across our Church, will be, in fact, helping us to manage the Churchs response to outbreaks and cases of coronavirus. if you have a case in your congregation or in your region, please donate through https://www.weekofcompassion.org/contact-us.html as you would during any difficult situation, and they are prepared to help coordinate resources to ensure that whatever we can do for churches, families, and congregations, we are in a position to do.

From Disciples News Service Mar. 13, 2020


Waypoints

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises
shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.
Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming
together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what
happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life…you’ll
do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble,
reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the
beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.

Philippians4:4-8(TheMessage)

Rev. Beckie Linn Gregory, a clergy colleague, remarked, “I thought 9/11 was devastating, but this feels even more so.” We commiserated that while 9/11 was a tragically momentous day, this pandemic rearranges the landscape daily. We acknowledged our disbelief, disorientation, and distress as this pandemic unfolds. We reminded ourselves that what we’re all experiencing is nothing new. Most importantly, as people of faith, we have resources to help us cope with today’s events.

Prepare and pray,  not panic. Since knowledge is power, be selective in sources to make the best-informed decisions for the time ahead. Remember the Serenity Prayer “to accept what I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Without wisdom, we’ll have neither serenity nor courage. Pray for medical personnel, therapists, & the vulnerable.

Focus on and feed our faith, not fear. Rather than being glued to the latest “breaking news” that amps up our anxiety, why not feed our souls with the psalms? Psalms 27, 34, 40, 62, 103, 116, 121 and others remind us of God’s nearness and readiness to act for all who call. What are we filling our minds with and meditating upon? Scripture reading reminds us that Christ is the center of our life, not worry.

Engage, not withdraw; serve, not separate. This virus reminds us of our common humanity and destiny; we’re all in this together. We can be a countervailing force to the already-present isolation and atomization of American culture, exacerbated by “social distancing.” What if we see this as a fresh opportunity to connect and serve others in our apartment building, condo, neighborhood, community?

Accept, ask, and adapt. It’s not easy to accept the largescale disruptions to our social, educational, and economic lives, knowing it’s likely more are coming. Reach out to others for help and you’ll discover gifts you can share with them. Share your concerns with friends, be intentional about reconnecting with others you’ve lost touch with, read books you’ve not had time for, and create new habits to fill the day.

Cherish, not complain. Routines, schedules, and plans have all been disrupted. It’s easy to grumble for we’re creatures of habit and change isn’t always welcomed. Only by journeying through a foreign land could Abraham bless all nations. Only by wandering in the wilderness could Israel become God’s people. Only by living in exile could Israel find a blessing in Babylon. What blessing can we find and share now?

Entrust, encourage, and persevere. Our lives are in God’s good, loving, and powerful hands; whom shall we fear? Those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter and Counselor. Jesus and the Holy Spirit pray for us unceasingly, interceding on our behalf. God’s grace will see us through this and anything else ahead!

Hold each other and all who share this planet in prayers.