E-News June 6, 2020
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On Being a Beginner
I’m having a really hard time writing this week. Everything I write seems completely inadequate. I want to speak clearly to the deeply rooted sin that is racism. I want to do that in a way that expresses the personal responsibility each of has to uproot our internal beliefs, our personal actions, our personal inactions, and also our participation in and benefit from racist systems. I also want to comfort and support all those who are forced to endure the pain of racism.

“We have sinned against you, in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves” (BCP, pg. 360). These can’t just be words that I pray. Confession means nothing unless it is followed by conversion of heart, mind, and behavior.

I don’t want to be harsh. I don’t want to be divisive. I don’t want to cause more harm. But I also don’t want to be wishy washy. I want to speak clearly. I feel outraged. And as I feel outraged from the relative safety and comfort of my own life, I see how easy it is for that outrage to turn into self-righteousness. Self-righteousness assigns blame to someone out there and distracts me from my own responsibility. Self-righteousness gets in the way of deep listening, which is the only path to clearly seeing reality, to understanding, and to wisdom. When I do speak, I want to speak truthfully, even as I acknowledge that I don’t yet understand the depth and breadth of all that is unfolding. And I certainly don’t understand the depth and breadth of the suffering caused by the plague that is racism.

And perhaps that is one of the main reasons I’m having a really hard time writing this week. I’m a beginner. I’m a beginner who thinks she should be further along. But “should” does me no good. And “should” does nothing to stop suffering. I breathe. I tell myself to accept that I am a beginner. And I pray about my next step.

There are many possible next steps. I can better inform myself by watching videos, reading books/articles/blogs about racism and anti-racism. I can get more involved in the Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN) to influence political leaders and legislation. I can show my solidarity by making choices to spend money at businesses owned by people of color. I can practice calling out racist jokes and comments. I can practice calling in to greater awareness while still maintaining relationships.

Some of you are not beginners. Some of you are not beginners because you have suffered from racism throughout your lives. I sit at your feet. I don’t expect you to teach me. I don’t ask you to teach me. I know it’s not your responsibility to educate me. But I do promise to listen if you want to tell me about your experiences. And I promise to do better as I know better.

Some of you are beginners like me. We might feel guilty. We might feel ignorant. We might feel afraid and unsure of what to do. All the awkwardness and discomfort and pain we feel…we need to just hold that. We need to sit with it and not push it away. We need to hold that and know it’s barely a taste of impact of racism. Let that pain be a teacher. Let that pain make us more compassionate, more humble, more motivated to work for justice.

It’s okay to be a beginner. But let’s not stay there.

Reverend Sonya
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May Financial Report
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I want to let the congregation know that we did receive a Small Business Administration CARES Act PPP (Payroll Protection Program) loan of $43,737 the first of May. We are using and tracking it according to guidelines to insure it will be given grant status (forgiveness) after two months. It will help us remain financially stable as the year progresses in light of the economy’s uncertainties.

This month we used $19,347 of the Cares Act loan for the Operating budget (includes staff payroll & benefit expenses and allowed utility expenses) and $1,597 for the Capital budget.

This is how May ended:

                            MTD                    YTD
Capital:               +$6,241              +$14,610
Operating:         +$18,847            +$21,607

As you can see – without the loan, we would be slightly in the red MTD, but under $1000 in each account.

You can also find the Balance Sheet under the Transition tab on our website

Thank you ALL for continuing to send us your offerings online or in the US mail. You might have also noticed that with online giving – you can now use your credit card if you prefer.
We are a blessed church!

Lynne Thomas
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Regathering Survey
Your Task Force for Regathering (TFR), a diverse group of about 20 people, is hard at work. Options for regathering are being weighed and the Task Force needs your input!

Sketch by Dylan
Our youth are sending in a lot of pictures of their art for our Faith@Home page. What have you been doing with your time at home? We want to include you in our social media posts, website and newsletters. So, send us photos, videos, etc.

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Christian Formation Update
A subcommitte of the Task Force for Regathering has been working on summer programs for children and youth that will meet the guidelines set forth by the county, state and diocese.

While this has been a difficult task, the committee has been successful in identifying multiple fun, community building activites that will keep us all connected during the summer.

An email with more details will be sent to families next week.
Other Information
Online resources for people in recovery

Isolation is perilous for people in recovery. We learn that our sobriety depends upon keeping connected to sober people, being accountable to others, being of service to others.  The Rev. Anne McKeever, Diocesan Recovery Facilitator has compiled resources that are still available during the "shut-down".

There are no established office hours during this time when the church is closed due to COVID-19 precautions. If you have any questions, please email the church at faithec@faithec.org.

If you or someone you know is in need of prayer, please email prayer requests to Faithec@faithec.org .

Pastor Liz Armstrong and Rev. Sonya are both available by email and phone to support you, but cannot make in-person visits at this time.

Liz Armstrong
(916) 201-3319

Sonya Reichel

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The SHARE Food Closet is temporarily closed. Those in need can be directed to the El Dorado County Food Bank.