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Suspension of RUC Worship & all activities

March 27, 2020

Dear Friends:

The building is closed, but the church is alive! During these days of “isolation,” we are not alone. Being alone is actually impossible. That which creates and sustains life is always within us and amongst us. We are woven together in unseen ways. I invite us to rest assured in that. God is with us. We are not alone.

Please see the links at the bottom of this email for this week’s virtual worship service, a report from our Board Chair, an invitation to our Youth for a virtual event tonight, and a resource for parents of children for at-home Sunday School.

You may have heard of “Zoom.” It’s a wonderful tool for video connection, free to participants. It’s simple to use. We are encouraging all our members who have access to a phone or tablet or computer to join a zoom group. Initially, these groups are simply to check in with one another, to connect as the Body of Christ.

I will be hosting zoom groups for RUC members next week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 3:00 p.m., and on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.  (The Lenten study group is already meeting on Wednesdays.) I want to see your faces! I want to know how you are!

If you are willing to be part of a zoom group, please email me and let me know which of those days work best for you:  valerie@riverbendunited.org

I will then send you an invitation by email for your Zoom group time. You follow the link in that email and you’re in with just a couple of steps. Then we work out together in the group how to use its features. (I’ll include in the invitation email a link to a simple video that describes how to use it, but I’m also available by cell phone to help.)

This is an experiment. Please give it a try and then if you don’t care for it, no worries!  It is a way we can remain connected while distanced, and depending on your responses to it, we may use it Easter morning all together.

For our members who either don’t want to do these video connection groups or can’t do them, we want to be sure you are getting a phone call each week. Please email me and let me know that you prefer a phone call.

Last, if you know of members who are not online, please email me their names. We probably have them on our call list, but we don’t want anyone to fall through the cracks in these days. We want to be sure they are being called. And if you would like to be a caller, please let me know that too! Thanks to everyone who has offered already to call or deliver groceries. We just need a few more callers.

We are the hands and feet of Christ. And we are not alone.

Thanks be to God,
Valerie  780.983.1238  valerie@riverbendunited.org


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