November 18th Newsletter
I have a few important matters to share with you today as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday and into the Advent season. As Baylor students head home next week, we bless you and pray for happy holiday for you. You have a long break at home starting next week. Be safe, be well, and come back to us ready for a beautiful spring. Join us online for worship as you’re able and drop us a line. We’re so proud of you and eager to see you again.
Now for some bad news. Beginning Sunday, November 29, we are suspending in-person worship gatherings. I have high confidence in our Covid protocols, but the rapidly increasing infection rates coupled with the onset of colder weather tips this decision. The Coordinating Council and ministry staff lament the need for this, but together believe it’s the prudent way forward. We will be in the Cathedral of Oaks this Sunday morning, November 22, one last time this year, but then 9 am live stream only, likely at least through January. Advent is a season of waiting for light in the darkness, for God to rend the heavens and come. We’ll experience those lessons in a particular way this year.
Not all is lost though and we have much to look forward to. Each Sunday night in Advent, beginning November 29th, we offer a special Adult Formation class on Zoom at 5:00 pm. Led by Elise Edwards, we will read Advent lessons through the lens of race and the challenge of racism. I think we’re going to discover some unexpected and important meanings of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love through the expectations of the coming Messiah. Please make this a part of your Advent this year.
For a hands-on way of being part of the church’s life, this Saturday, from 8:30-1030, everyone’s invited to the November Take 2 Workday. More information on the particular jobs are below and will be sent out again later this week. We’ve asked every DaySpringer to take part, if possible, in one of the workdays this fall. They’ve been quite fun and we’ve accomplished a remarkable amount in just a short time. Part of the work this Saturday is preparing Thanksgiving Baskets for our partnership with Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church. If you are unable to come Saturday but would like to bring food, bins are in the unlocked chapel to receive your donations. See below for the list of foods needed.
Finally, thinking toward Sunday’s worship, I want to say a word of encouragement to us all. Since we are going live-steam only, this will likely be the last time we share Eucharist in 2020. I’m reminded especially now that Eucharist means “thanksgiving”. With so much rattled in 2020, we still have so very much for which to be thankful. Coming to the Table with you is a gift I don’t take for granted. I hope to break bread with many of you this Sunday, one last time this year.
God’s peace to you,
For more news and announcements, click HERE for the November 18 newsletter.