Weekly Check-in and Announcements – April 1, 2020 (no this isn’t a joke)

Local Announcements and Updates:

From Carrol McCans, TBW CFO

During this time of church closures, I want to remind you that there are on-going congregational expenses. You can send your tithing contributions to my home address: 16221 W Silver Falls Dr, Surprise, AZ 85374-6360 or you can e-thithe by visiting the World Church e-tithing website.

MESSY CHURCH is happening virtually this month. Kevin and Robyn Harper invite all to Messy Church on Saturday, April 4 via Zoom at 4:00 PM AZ time. All the info you need can be found here – Messy Church @ Home.

What can you expect?
3:45 We will open the virtual doors and give a very brief description of
activities for the evening. There will be opportunities to be active,
be quiet, be prayerful, be creative, be loud, be playful, be laughing,
be learning, be observing, be messy, just be you! Followed by a celebration time.

You will need a few things handy to participate:

  • Oreo sized edible something for each person playing along (Oreo, Ritz cracker, piece of cereal, a small piece of bread, etc)
  • 2 pieces of paper per person – any color will work
  • flame-colored crayons, pencils or markers (red, yellow, orange)
  • scissors
  • glue or tape
  • a marker (a bold color)

World Church News:

President Veazey’s Weekly Video Message – Waiting in Faithfulness

The World Church website has created two excellent resource pages to serve as repositories for information. You can copy/paste these links into your web browser or simply click the links provided:

Updates and Statements related to COVID-19: https://www.cofchrist.org/covid-19.
Online worship and gathering opportunities: https://www.cofchrist.org/online-ministries

If you are providing on-line worship opportunities and want the mission center to help promote them, please send details to Barb Bear admin@azcofchrist.org and she will share your information through our MC communication routes.

Maundy Thursday Service – Western Field

Western Field Maundy Thursday Service
Join us for an evening of sharing and encounter as we reflect on the meaning of Holy Thursday. Ministry will be provided from across the Western Field as we reflect on the significance of the sacred meal shared then and now as we seek to embody Christ’s love in challenging times. In preparation please read Mark 14:17-25 and John chapters 13-17 often called Jesus’s farewell discourse.

Please see the Zoom information below. You can join either by computer or phone. Please reach out to your pastor or mission center president if you need help with how to join the online experience.

Joining Our Worship Via Zoom

You can join either by phone or computer using Zoom. On April 9, 2020, at 6:30 PT/7:30 MT, please click the link below if you intend to join on your computer. Alternatively, you can call into our gathering on your phone using the number and meeting ID below. If you need additional help using Zoom, please reach out to your local Mission Center President or pastor. We can’t wait for you to join us for this special service and time of gathering!

Zoom URL: https://zoom.us/j/355481096

Call in Using Your Phone: +1 669 900 6833 Meeting ID: 355 481 096

Easter Services

As we continue to find new ways of being together when physical distancing guidelines prevent our gatherings, you’re invited to join us for “Living Hope,” an online Easter worship experience.

On Sunday, April 12 we will be hosting two online gatherings to share in Easter celebration and worship together.

Gathering 1 — 4 a.m. (CDT) Time zone calculator
Gathering 2 — 2 p.m. (CDT) Time zone calculator

By having two gatherings we hope to increase participation around the world and allow people to join in at a reasonable time of their day. Pick the time that best fits your day and worship with us through music, prayers, reflections from members around the world, and a homily by President Steve Veazey.

To provide opportunities for interaction from home, we’ll be broadcasting the worship on the church’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. Viewers will be invited to share in the comments on Facebook and Instagram or by using #CofChristEaster on Twitter at several points during the worship. The broadcast also will be available at www.CofChrist.org/live-webcast and the church’s YouTube channel.

From Denise Leichter – Pacific Southwest International Mission Center President
I thought as we continue to march through this pandemic as a human family; you might find space for our Santa Barbara Congregations neighbor, Rabbi Cohen, in the sharing of his sermon Friday night. The interfaith clergy association here is copying each other on prayers, sermons, the invitation to online worships, study groups, etc. We are taking care of each other, as we journey to take care of you, as a diverse and worthy human family.

Blessings for another week that has personal sunsets and new sunrises. Stay vigilant in social connections and physical distancing. The news and numbers will become staggering, but we must cling to HOPE, create moments of JOY, share LOVE, and participate in PEACE for all people that need each other.

Mission Center News:

Coffee Connect (via Zoom)
If you are interested, please join me every other Tuesday from 10:30 am-11:30 am, starting March 31 for an opportunity to just be social and engage with any others who choose to jump on the session with us. Grab a coffee, log in with the same Zoom Meeting ID Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/8168338100, and let’s just visit. if you haven’t used Zoom before, this is the perfect way to give it a trial run. There is no agenda and ANYONE can join us. Spread the word and let’s just connect.

Starting April 23, on every other Thursday evening, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm, an additional Coffee Connect will startup. Help us get the word out to as many as possible that physical distancing does not mean we can’t engage in the community as we long to do.

Announcement: It is with sadness that we share with you that former Apostle Dale Luffman passed away on March 25th at his home from a battle with cancer. Dale lived in Oregon the last few years of his life, and services for Dale have not been announced yet. Please keep wife Judy and the rest of Dale’s family in your prayers.

Blanie Nelson requested to inform the Mission Center the following:

We have chosen to place Dave in palliative care under Hospice of the Valley at Brookdale North Mesa, an assisted living center.

He spent a week in the hospital early this month including a few days in ICU with sepsis (blood infection), followed by a couple weeks in rehab at a skilled nursing center.

Dad’s heart is sometimes not pacing properly, even though his pacemaker itself was checked out at the hospital and is performing well. We talked it over, and Dad does not want any more invasive treatment, so we called in Hospice of the Valley. He is now in their care and they are wonderful.

Dave is comfortable and at ease. We don’t have an expectation of imminent passing- he could be around for quite some time, or be gone tomorrow. Being mindful, we live in the moment and count each day as a blessing.

Communication is a challenge right now, with all visitors understandably banned, including close family.

We are having his home phone # transferred to Brookdale so it will be more convenient for friends to call, but we are told that won’t be effective until April 9. In the meantime close family is getting by with staff members sharing their devices for FaceTime or Skype.

His address is:
David Nelson
Room 4
Brookdale North Mesa
2122 E. Brown Road
Mesa, AZ 85213

Peace, Blaine Nelson

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