Thursday Update
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Be still and know that I am God! Psalm 46:10

A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR LIZ ARMSTRONG
Things are changing very quickly. We are all anxious. I am sheltered in place with Eric and I hope all of you are self-isolating. Each household is facing its own set of challenges – schooling at home, working online or loss of employment, living alone, sorting out how to obtain essentials for daily living. Let’s remember to be kind and to take moments for breathing and prayer when our daily challenges feel overwhelming.
 
Your Vestry is amazing. With leadership from your Senior and Junior Wardens, Cathy Daust and Bob Gilmore, Vestry members have stepped up to communicate with each household that we have contact information for. That will continue on a weekly basis. We met online last night to check in with each other and to make sure the business end of Faith Church continues to be properly managed. We agreed to meet online weekly to stay in touch and to support each other as we grieve Fr. Sean’s sudden death and make our way in our daily lives.
 
Your staff and volunteers are amazing. Rev. Sonya reminded us so clearly in her sermon last Sunday of her spiritual leadership and pastoral presence. Rosie is keeping the choir connected virtually and we are working on the possibility of livestreaming a “sing along” from her home studio. Monica is holding down the fort with communications and IT support, resources for households with children, and supporting our Lenten study groups that are all meeting online. Pat Ekelund is working from home checking church emails, creating needed bulletins and downloads for our online services, and keeping on top of building needs. Lynne Thomas, our treasurer, is getting our mail regularly and working online to keep our finances in good shape.
 
You are all amazing. You have stepped up to learning online technologies to keep our Lenten study groups going strong. You are staying in touch with each other by phone and email. You are finding ways to pray for each other and to support each other while staying safe.
 
Below you will find information about our upcoming Sunday services, about resources for prayer and the Daily Offices that you can download and use, about our small groups, and about how to continue with your financial contributions.

This Thursday Update will continue to be sent weekly to keep you up-to-date.
 
Let us continue to hold each other in prayer. Remember to be kind – to yourself and to others. We are all feeling challenged and that feeling is not going away anytime soon. Find your rest and strength in God’s love for each of us. I consider myself a courageous person – not fearless by any stretch of the imagination, rather willing to trust that God is always with me and that God’s love will carry me no matter what.
 
God is always with us and God’s love will carry us. Let us be people of courage.
 
SUNDAY WORSHIP
We will be using Morning Prayer this Sunday and will live stream on Facebook at 10 a.m.

We are fasting from Holy Communion until we can all regather. We are not able to live stream from the church as both Rev. Sonya and Pastor Liz are in high risk groups and are self-isolating in place.

Each Saturday an email blast will go out with announcements and a service bulletin to download so you can follow along with the prayers and readings. Please join in the service with your whole household by going to our Facebook site at 10 a.m.
 
Lenten Small Groups
 
Group facilitators have been working with group members to keep weekly meetings going. If you have questions please contact your group facilitator or Monica at monica@faithec.org . This is a great way to stay in touch with others while in isolation and to strengthen your faith.
Pastoral Support
 
Neither Rev. Sonya nor I are able to make in-person visits at this time but we are both available by email and phone to support you. We have Stephen Ministers available for online or phone support as well. Each of you are the richest resource right now for pastoral support. Please stay in touch with each other by phone, FaceTime, text or email. If you know someone who is living alone, a daily check-in is a wonderful gift. 
Pledges and Contributions

Mail a Contribution to:
Faith Espicopal Church
PO Box 966
Shingle Springs, CA 95682


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PRAYER RESOURCES
If you or someone you know is in need of prayer, please email prayer requests to Faithec@faithec.org.
Book of Common Prayer
Mission St. Claire
Mission St. Clair offers many resources including:
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
  • Audio Book of Common Prayer
  • Daily Devotions

Centering Prayer
Centering prayer is available any time you want to use the app. You can also join with others at our regularly scheduled times for Centering Prayer:

Tuesdays 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.
Wednesdays 11:15 a.m. to Noon

You can use this on your phone or computer.


Pray as You Go
A new prayer session is produced every day of the working week and one session for the weekend. It is not a 'Thought for the Day', a sermon or a bible-study, but rather a framework for your own prayer. Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection.

Forward Movement

RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Sunday School Lessons:  The Apostles Sunday School lessons are perfect for family use. Children in the Apostles class will recognize that some of this material was learned in class, so they can help teach the family what they know. We begin with Jesus and his followers at a Passover meal. Click here for Sunday's Lesson and Activity Pages

Illustrated Ministries: FREE art and activities. They promise not to add you to their mailing list permanently!  Click here to get the resources

FAITH5 at home:  You might remember FAITH5 from last summer and our youth have been using FAITH5 at gatherings this year, so they are experts (just in case you have one in your household!) It might be especially helpful at this time as there is a "highs and lows" element to the daily practice.   Click here to visit FAITH5

Screen-Free Activitites:  If you are looking for something to boost creativity and family interaction, be sure to check-out this site.
Donations for Hope & Resurection Secondary School
You can still donate to this Mission Project. Mail a donation or give online.


Mail donations to:
PO Box 966
Shingle Springs, CA 95682