COVID Survey Email – 8/20/20

8/20/20 Email from Heather Arcovitch & Link to COVID Task Force Survey

 

Dear NMCC Friends,

On March 12, 2020, we took the strange, unprecedented action to protect the health of our members and neighbors by closing our church building. Since that disorienting expression of love for one another, far from pulling in our tent stakes, we have innovated fresh approaches to loving, learning, worshipping, serving, and connecting.

It has now been five months since the day we deployed ourselves from inside the church building to outside. Our ministries have, much to our delight and surprise, grown in this time. Giving and participation, though changed, remain strong and engaged. Virtual worship has drawn depths of creativity, humor, and intimacy–and is reaching people across the country; regular meetings and ministries continue with connectivity and meaning, fresh offerings like Tuesdays in the Garden, Saturday Stories, and Wednesday Evening Vespers are popular points of enriching connection. Though we have been challenged, we are finding much joy and inspiration in the creativity, tenacity, generosity, and love shared. The spirit and giftedness flowing forth is inspiring and wonderful.

These new things and ways do not replace the old. The longing is real for the day we can be again in our sanctuary singing “Shalom” together in our best out of tune voices. And yet, what a gift to find within our community that in trying times of great uncertainty, the heart of our church beats on with fortitude, caring, and creativity…holding strong.

March 12 was the four-month anniversary of my first day at NMCC. Today we have been in quarantine for five months. In these nine months, I believe God has birthed something new in us–an even deeper, more compassionate, more outward-looking, patient connectedness that will serve us in ways we cannot yet imagine as we live into the future as it continues to unfold.

In our daily walks and quiet time, Barb and I spend time thinking, talking, praying about, and missing you, our new church family. We feel blessed to be in this together with you.

Please, if you are feeling disconnected, blue, stressed, lonely, fearful or overwhelmed–don’t bear that alone. Let me or another lay leader know your needs, ideas, available gifts, hopes, and celebrations. We are one body, and so much stronger in the places we pull together and share the load.

In that spirit, your lay leaders and I share this short survey (click here for survey). Please let us hear what you see, know, and need. Thank you in advance for your thoughts and investment in our continued vitality and care.

Many blessings and much love,

Heather