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A Letter from Family Promise Metrowest

With church activities suspended due to the pandemic, there's no programming to announce or report on these days. But we did receive this good news, and it deserves to be shared!

Hello to our friends at Family Promise Metrowest!
 
Two weeks ago, we re-submitted the article about Laraine's Volunteer Appreciation Award in hopes of getting it published last week in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week.  It was published in the Natick Tab!  We are so excited to share it with you all here: https://natick.wickedlocal.com/news/20200424/natick-volunteer-receives-award
 
I do not receive the Natick Tab so am not sure if it was published in last week's paper or will be published in this weeks paper.  We are so happy that Laraine's work, and the work of all volunteers along the way that make Family Promise Metrowest so special, is being recognized today!
 
The Parmenter Foundation will be posting the good news on our social media this morning, tagging Family Promise Metrowest along the way - please share the good news as you see fit!
 
My best,
 
Angela G. Crocker
Interim Executive Director
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Join Us for Singing

Music for this Sunday, May 3, Good Shepherd Sunday, features Gail Weston-Roberts singing "Give me Jesus" for the Prelude.  Gail will bring her mandolin along and accompany the Hymn of the Day, "My Shepherd will supply my need," ELW 782.  

If you are craving some singing, join members of the CLC Choir this Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 pm for vocal exercises and singing music from the 19th American hymn tradition:  Holy Manna, Wondrous Love,  Amazing Grace,  My Shepherd will supply my need,  and a fabulous set by William Billings.  We'll have on-screen copies of the music and recordings of some outstanding singing groups to sing with.  Really, how can you keep from singing?

Here's the link for this week's CLC Choir session  
For those with a ZOOM account:
Meeting ID: 820 7175 4394
Password: 000490

CLC offers How can I Keep From Singing, on Thursday, May 7 offers an evening of hymn singing featuring our own singers and players leading hymns virtually via ZOOM about, well, singing!  Join us on May 7 at 7:30 pm for these greats (and others)

My life flows on in endless song
How great thou art (including Harold Lohr's own verse)
Let all things now living
Dios de la esperanza
Siyahamba
Joyful, Joyful we adore thee

Look for a link in next week's E-News.
Adult Formation

BOOK GROUP

The book group will meet on Zoom on Monday, May 18, 7:30 p.m. Each participant is invited to select a book written by a foreign author. 

If you are interested in participating, contact Marianne Swenson, mswenson10@comcast.net.

BIBLE STUDY 

Interested in an online Bible study? 

Please contact Pr. Bourret ( pastor.bourret@christnatick.org ) o
Pr. Richard Hurst: revrhurst@aol.com .


From time to time our church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, issues a social statement for guidance on matters of common concern, helping us to connect faith with messy, everyday life.  To learn more about what social messages are, click  www.elca.org/socialmessages .

Last year, the Churchwide Assembly (like a congregational meeting for the whole country) asked for a social message on some very timely questions: What does the ELCA teach about the nature and function of government in relation to God's purposes? What is a faithful Lutheran response regarding citizenship and civic engagement? 

The message is currently in draft form, awaiting comment from the whole church-that's us! Click  here  to read "A Draft Social Message on Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy." You're welcome to respond on your own (To offer feedback, please fill out the  survey , or email comments to  draftsocialmessage@elca.org .). If you'd like to discuss the draft as a group, contact Pr. Bourret and we'll set up a Zoom gathering.   The comment period ends May 27. 
Call to Action
Here is How You Can Help

Have you been using the daily reflections posted on our website? If you'd haven't, check then out: go to our website, www.christnatick.org, and look for the violet "Community Connection" button. Watch your inbox for a very brief survey regarding the reflections, and please complete it. It'll help guide us in what we offer on the website.

There are countless requests for assistance during this pandemic, the majority of which are no doubt worthy of your time, effort, and support. We offer for your consideration a few involving our partners:

MISN supports migrant workers in Metrowest, many of whom are ineligible for federal aid:


Ascentria Care Alliance operates several programs and facilities caring for elders and people with disabilities, and is facing revenue shortfalls and challenges obtaining adequate PPEs for vulnerable staff. Thanks to those who have already contributed face masks!. They number at least 150 to date!

If you'd like to sew some, but need fabric, there are cotton fabrics at CLC left over from the El Paso quit project. Contact Pr. Bourret if you'd like to access them. Contact Jeff Kinney if you are able to provide some masks: jkinney@ascentria.org , or 508-655-6426.

Our national church body, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is also receiving funds to assist our most vulnerable sister congregations. You may donate here: https://community.elca.org/advanced-donation-form/covid-19-response-fund?_ga=2.129957509.849406702.1587410314-1499855479.1586861336
Looking Ahead

Christ Lutheran Church will continue to offer Sunday worship via Zoom, with music beginning shortly before 10:00.  Feel free to extend a welcome to friends and family, passing along the invitation to join the "meeting."  It will also be available on our website.

READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Fourth Sunday of Easter
May 3, 2020

When in the early centuries of the church Christians first began to draw pictures of Jesus, they depicted him as the good shepherd. This coming Sunday we hear part of John 10, a chapter that elaborates on the image of Jesus as the shepherd. Come to worship, and join the rest of the sheep to honor our shepherd.

                  First Reading                      Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
                   Acts 2:42-47                      Psalm 23                      1 Peter 2:19-25                    John 10:1-10                     
Sing For Joy
Enhance your understanding of the weekly scripture readings by listening to Sing For Joy  from St. Olaf College.  The Sing For Joy radio program, produced by St. Olaf College , has a simple mission: to explore the weekly themes of Christian worship by providing the best in sacred choral music and thoughtful commentary. The musical performances eloquently "do the talking," while the concise remarks from host Pastor Bruce Benson illuminate the meaning of the texts.
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