Forming and Nurturing Our Faith Continuing to Learn and Grow – For All Ages
Faith Formation Resources for the beginning weeks of the new year. Fun projects you can do at home for the entire Family! Click the buttons below to print yours.
Remember: The little ones feel “Quarantine Fatigue” too! It’s important to keep them engaged and provide outlets for their creativity. We know parents everywhere must be chomping at the bit for schools to be back in session and regular activities return to pre-Covid schedules. We hope this series of activities provides some quality time for your family during this holiday season!
Scripture Reading: The Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians, 6:1-13
Worship Leader & Preacher: Rev. Stacy L. Thomas
Liturgist: Greg Elliot
Tech Team: Cindy Speakman and Erik Halseth
Music: Diane Birchman, John Paton, and Joan Thompson
On Sunday, we begin our hybrid worship gatherings! Much thought, energy, and time in conversations, education and resourcing, not to mention prayer, have been spent as we have been preparing for this moment these past several months. Our Tech Team is dedicated to providing us all with a worship experience that will be just as meaningful for those people who will continue to join us via Zoom as it will be for those who will join us in person. While it will not be “perfect,” it will be “good,” maybe even “great” – but let’s remember what the whole point of worship is: to gather together in community to remember how God has kept us through the week, to pray for one another and for our world, and to be renewed and refreshed for a new week. It is a time to recognize God’s presence and connection with us, and to connect with one another in this amazing Community of God’s People!
We have endured so much these past 15 months. There have been hardships, sorrows, frustrations, difficulties of many kinds, yet, we still remain. We are still here, we have survived, and we will keep on surviving. Not even surviving, but thriving! And we will still thrive! We are stronger together, and we will continue to grow and learn from each other and from the lessons we gained from the Great Pandemic of 2019 (that remains even now). May God pour out patience, courage, kindness, grace, and immense, genuine love upon each and every one of us as we prepare to return to worshipping and gathering together in-person! Some things have changed. Some things will resume. It might feel different, even uncomfortable. But God is still with us, has been with us, and will continue to be with us through it all!
Beloved Ones, I am so looking forward to seeing you on Sunday – whether you join us via Zoom or in-person! I am excited to greet guests and visitors! I am overwhelmed with joy at the dedication and perseverance of the Tech Team to deliver high-quality hybrid connections! I am thrilled that we will sing and rejoice as one body, and I am delighted with all of the ways that we will Be the Church this summer!
~ Toward Embracing Abundant Life Together,
Worship begins at 10:00 AM.
Here is the Zoom Information:
Topic: Sunday Morning Worship Gathering in the Midst
Time: Sundays 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
In anticipation of our Virtual Worship Gatherings beginning on Sunday, March 22, we are sending out this message to help you navigate the virtual meeting platform, called ZOOM, that we will be using. ZOOM is very easy to use, and anyone can join the meetings (Worship Gatherings, or any other meeting, such as Council, Deacons, Mutual Ministry, Transition Team, Beyonders, Women’s Gathering, or other small groups which we anticipate creating during this time).
First, you will receive an e-mail from the person “hosting” (creating, facilitating) the particular meeting.
Open your e-mail message, and read it to make sure you know the date and time of the specific meeting (for example, for Sunday Worship, the meeting date will be March 22, and the time will be 10:00 AM).
There will be a link for you to click on, taking you right into the ZOOM meeting. Alternatively, there will also be a list of phone numbers for you to use if you prefer to join the meeting by calling in. You will need to have the password handy, so that you can enter it, so that you join the right meeting.
Request Your Zoom Link !
The wonderful thing about using ZOOM is that you don’t need a computer or a smartphone, you can use your landline! Everyone will be able to participate.
Approximately at 9:50 AM, on Sunday morning, open your e-mail message with the invitation to Worship, and click on the provided link (or call in by using one of the provided phone numbers).
If you click on the link, you will automatically join the meeting.
If you call in, you will need to provide the given password.
I encourage you to start early, in case one of the phone numbers doesn’t work and you need to try a different one.
Likewise, sometimes it can take a little time to access ZOOM via computer or smartphone, and we want everyone to be able to join the meeting in a timely manner.
We’ll see you in Worship! Watch your e-mail inbox for up-to-date information, and please share it with those who do not have internet access or an e-mail address. Thank you in advance!
Remember, we are all in this together. Even though we may be scattered throughout the county, the state, the country, or the globe, we are still the Church, united together through our love, our compassion, our commitment, and our faith. We are still God’s family. Now, more than ever, we need one another, and we need God. God is always with us, connecting us heart to heart, spirit to spirit. Know that you may contact Rev. Stacy for pastoral care, support, and counseling to help you through this challenging wilderness of the unexpected. Council members are also available to provide their assistance. We ask for your continued patience as we continue to learn to be the Church in new, exciting ways. We are encouraged by the many ideas we have, and the many opportunities this forced physical distance will bring us all. To God be the glory, now and forever. Amen.
With Peace, Grace, Comfort, and Love in the Time of Coronavirus,
Copyright 2021, United Church of Christ, Simi Valley. All right reserved.