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"Strange Things" Reflection

“Strange Things” is an apt theme for our current worship series, as well as for our lives during this unprecedented pandemic. Through our scripture readings and preaching we’ve looked at some of the strange, confusing beliefs of Christianity -- “God IS”- the belief that God exists, “The Trinity” - the relational nature of God, and “Heaven Can Wait” - the belief that Christians have important work to do here and now. We’ll tackle even more strange topics in the coming weeks.

“Strange Things” definitely describes life today - strange and confusing, even frightening. There was a moment late the other night when I suddenly had a deep longing for a simply boring, ordinary day, a day in which there was no drama, no trauma, no fear, no uncertainty, no wondering if it was a safe time to run to the store for milk, and no frantic double checking that I had my mask with me. Oh, yes, Lord, I’d like a boring day please!

I have to admit, though, that these strange things are forcing us to develop new ideas, new ways of connecting, of creating community, of singing together, even of worshiping God. It’s not been easy, some of it has been quite stressful. And then there’s tragic, needless violence

being inflicted on the streets and in homes. There are passionate cries for justice, racial understanding and equality. There are more cases of COVID-19, and more horrible deaths every day. I believe God is at work in all these events and situations, not causing them, to be sure, but working within them to open people’s minds and hearts to possibilities for change, for growth, for renewal, for a better way. God can lead us through this valley of strange things.

Loving and mysterious God, we still wrestle with understanding what it means to be a Christian, to be a follower of Jesus. Guide us, especially in the midst of all these strange things. Fill us with your Spirit of hope, peace, strength, courage and love, that we might step out boldly to do your work here and now. Amen.

-Dana Lobaugh

Posted by Dana Lobaugh

FCC READS

FCC READS: Read, Energize And Do Service...
is ready to launch! We have 19 children, ages PreK – completed 5th grade, registered to participate in our summer book bag program.

Each bag contains library books and activities tailored to each child’s interests. In case we have missed anyone who would like to participate please contact Carol Wilson, Cathy Fenoglio, or the church office.

Following up on last week’s recommendations, let’s look at some more books that might be of interest:

Freedom School, Yes! This beautifully illustrated picture book is a story based on the 1964 Mississippi Freedom School Summer Project. The Freedom School teacher, Annie, has been living with young Jolie’s family. When the Freedom School is burned down the community comes together to rebuild the structure. The book highlights the bravery of this young girl and the teacher. It would be a great book to share with the family.

All the Children of the World A wonderful book that will expose kids to all different cultures through the experiences and lives of the children from every continent of the world.
Mildred D Taylor is the author of many books that extend across all age groups and reading levels. Many of her stories come from listening to her grandfather’s stories of the past. She is a master at addressing the ignorance and prejudice of growing up Black in America. All will be touched by and appreciate her heartfelt stories and experiences as seen through her eyes. We have several of her books available in the library.

Please keep our children and their families in your prayers as they
Read, Energize And Do Service! Ready, Get Set, Read!

When Will We Be Back In The Sanctuary?

“When Will We Be Back In the Sanctuary?”

I am hearing this question from church members who understandably want some sense of when we will be coming back together to worship-in-person with one another. Please be fully confident that your Ministry Staff wants to be worshiping together with you in our beautiful sanctuary, as soon as is safely possible! Your church Ministry Staff and Executive Committee are devoting daily thought, prayer and conversation to this important question.

One outcome of these prayerful conversations is a Four-Phase “Re-Entry Plan,” which was included in The Friend newsletter a few weeks ago. We are attaching the Four-Phase Plan to The Friend again (and is available at the top of our website), hoping to get this information to all church members and friends. You will see that each Phase of the plan opens additional opportunities for us to come together in various ways, leading to a return to worshiping together in the Sanctuary in Phase Four. A team of church members is also being formed to help make preparations for our coming together again.

Our progression from one Phase to the next is dependent upon Tarrant County reporting a 14-day period of reduction in new daily Covid-19 cases. This parameter was put forth by the CDC and Federal Govt. toward the beginning of the Coronavirus spread in the US. We were excited and hopeful to see the daily average of new cases decline in Tarrant County from 91 the week of May 11th to 71 the week of May 18th. Disappointingly, the number increased to 84 the week of May 24 and 117 the week of May 31.

We continue to pray together that this virus begins to dissipate—for the health, well-being and peace of mind of all of our community, and especially for those of our family of faith who are most vulnerable/ susceptible to infection. In the meantime, the most recent 2-
week increase in new cases calls us to remain apart physically for now, even as we do all we can to feel united in spirit and in faithful worship.

As of June 8, other DFW-area congregations continuing to worship “online-only” include: Rush Creek Christian Church, Galileo Church, Northwest Christian Church and Welcome Table Christian Church of Arlington; Northway Christian Church of Dallas, University Christian Church and Ridglea Christian Church of Ft. Worth, the First Christian Churches of McKinney, Plano, and Duncanville, as well as Arlington’s First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, and First Baptist Churches.

So many Christians are raising fervent prayers for a new day, while taking precautions to protect those we love so dearly.

I want to personally thank John Thomas, Donna Vernon and Mike and Carol Neff-- volunteers who join with our ministers and paid support staff each week to bring an uplifting worship experience from our sanctuary to our homes. We are all so grateful for your deep commitment to and love for this congregation and the Lord we worship and serve together. And we are all committed to offering the quality of online worship made possible by visionary church members past and present-- even after we have safely returned to our sanctuary.

Yours in Christ, Don

Posted by Dr. Don Wilson

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