Thoughts From My Covid Wilderness 2.0

September 2021

The Fall Season is right around the corner. My favorite season.  I am the typical cool weather, fall leaf loving, pumpkin spice latte-drinking, and sweater-wearing person who often gets teased for being basic, but guess what?  I don’t mind.  Make fun all you want.  What I do mind is it seems this stupid virus is threatening to put a damper once again on this season for us.  

We had big plans for the familiar pancake breakfast Rally Day.  We were going to launch back into Wednesday Night Dinners, albeit once a month rather than once a week.  Mary Dziepak had the choir back in vocal training and had chosen a special Cantata for Advent, and I have the most wonderful Children’s Christmas Musical ready to go.  Thanks to The Virus That Must Not Be Named (because we are all tired of it), we have shifted to Plan B on almost all fronts.  BUT WE STILL HAVE PLANS!!  Thanks be to God!!!

Rally Day will still offer Christian Education opportunities for all age groups.  We will be outside on the lawn beside Ransdell, where tables will be set up describing what we have to offer for all age groups.  There will be cookies and drinks and music and games for the kiddos.  It will still be awesome.  Please come.

For the time being, there will not be a Wednesday Night Dinner but there will be Youth Group, and we will be hosting a Rise Against Hunger Event in October.  It will be safe and so much fun.  Please come.

Mary Dziepak is working on a wonderful, creative Cantata worship that will bless our entire church.  We are still hopeful the musical will happen, but if it cannot be the way we expect, we will come up with a lovely alternative.  Please let your children participate. 

Now is the time for us to imagine and reimagine what our future will hold.  Not only now, but when we truly emerge with COVID integrated into our lives.  It is true that we are not going back.  We cannot live in the past, and we will all have to let go of something.  This will take getting used to, but knowing our church family, we will evolve into Christians post-COVID who can and will imagine our future and reshape our ideas of being Christian with love, hope, unity, and peace—all the hallmarks of faith.  Please stick with us.

This Covid Wilderness journey takes endurance.  It takes strength and resilience.  This is a marathon, so listen to the words of Paul from Philippians 3:12-4, “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own.  But one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” 

Upward and onward beloved of God.  Upward and onward!