E-News June 13, 2020
Community Art Display Coming Soon
Posters from Illustrated Ministry
Week 13 and Resiliency

Week 13 of SIP has not been pretty around the Muhler/Armstrong house. No worries, we’re healthy and well fed. But yesterday the internet was out most of the day and today nobody seemed to understand how to be on my schedule. I’m disappointed in life’s turn of events and in myself, too. I get embarrassed when the reality of how easy my life is smacks me up along-side the head. But then, it isn’t healthy to pretend the disappointment isn’t there.

Disappointment has been served up on a lot of people’s plates. Missed ceremonies for graduations, weddings, funerals – you name it, someone you know has missed out on something. It’s that kind of time in our corner of the world. But disappointment can help us see the essence of what is important in our lives and can be the spark for so many new things. 

I hope you will continue reading all of this newsletter and see the resiliency and creativity and love that is coming alive in our midst! Disappointment is being met head on. People are getting creative about how to stay connected with each other. People are committed to finding ways to keep loving our neighbor. Ideas are being born and launched. Some ideas will work and bear fruit and some will fizzle. And then more new ideas will get born and lifted up. This is what it looks like to be resilient. This is who we are followers of Jesus. Resilient. Sure, we grumble from time to time. Sure, we feel disappointment when life turns out so differently than we imagined. But the older I get the more I realize that hardly anything turns out the way I planned!

I am so grateful for the whole community of Faith Church and the many amazing and resilient people. People are offering up and using the gifts given them by the Spirit – for the common good! Thank you all for inspiring me.

Be kind. Be safe. Let’s keep following together!

Pastor Liz

10 a.m. Live Stream Worship Service
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Giving Options
Mailing Address for Donations:
 Faith Episcopal Church
PO Box 966
Shingle Springs, CA 95682

Regathering Survey
Last week the Task Force for Regathering (TFR) asked for your input about returning to church for worship and small groups. Seventy two people responded to the survey, thank you!

The information provided is being reviewed by the Task Force and plans compiled for how and when we might regather.

Summer Fun For Everyone!
A subcommitte of our Regathering Task Force has been hard at work to identify opportunities for Christian Formation and community connection during the summer. The committee members included Dan West, Amy Daust, Mary Higbee, Linda West, Kathleen Ober, Tassie Burton and Monica Ness. You can learn more about the options below.
Ding Dong Cookie Stash
Do you miss coffee and cookies after church on Sundays? Then join us for Ding Dong Cookie Stash this summer! There are two ways to participate:

  • Bake a batch of cookies and deliver it to your "Cookie Buddy" at an agreed-upon date and time during the month of July. 
  • Cards of Encouragement: Don't drive or bake? We need you too! Sign-up to write a card with words of encouragement. We will team you up with someone who can drive and bake. Your card can be added to their special delivery.

The deadline to sign up is June 20th.

Tassie Burton will coordinate this activity and you can contact her with questions at (916) 642-6868 or by email tassieburton1@gmail.com. 
Community Art Display
Open to All Ages!
Help us create a community art display at Faith Church!

Just imagine driving by Faith Church and seeing beautiful, colorful, inspiring posters on our lawn where the entire neighborhood can enjoy them.

Children and youth will automatically receive a poster to color. Adults who want to join in the fun can sign-up. There are various styles and sizes.

The deadline to sign up is June 20th.

Posters are due by July 18th. Youth from Faith will set up the display as part of the Faith Service Projects on July 11th and 18th.
Sunday School Fun Bag
Sunday Fun Kits
Pre-K to 5th Grade
A 10-week series has been created with our favorite stories from the Old Testament. A Sunday Fun bag will be delivered to homes every two weeks beginning on June 21st and ending on August 23rd. Each bag is filled with a snack, supplies, games or a craft that can be done without the help of an adult. In their first delivery, children will also receive a poster to color and return to help create our community art project.

With the help of a parent, students can take a photo of their finished projects and submit them for our Faith@Home webpage, Facebook and Instagram.

MC Abajian will host a ZOOM Cookie Hour once per month where children can show off their project, play games and chat.
Fruit of the Spirit
Bible Study for Youth
Youth in grades 5-12 are invited to join in a Bible Study. This 30-day study, "Fruit of the Tongue", will challenge youth to think about how their words affect themselves and others. These are daily journals with scriptures to read, places to write and draw, stickers and more! There will be a ZOOM time to talk about the journals, share drawings, play games etc. Students who finish the entire Bible Study will get to plan and attend a summer party (assuming we are allowed to gather as a group.) Questions? Contact Monica Ness at monica@faithec.org.

Sign-up deadline is June 20th!
Faith Service Projects
Grades 6-12
Faith Service Projects are open to youth entering 6th grade to 12th grade. We will gather outside to have fun and serve the church by taking on a landscape improvement project.

The Faith Service Projects are 1/2 day and include breakfast and lunch, a short spiritual enrichment, and water games at the close of the day. There are opportunities to be on the landscape team or the hospitality and art team. Our adult team consists of Dan West, Tim Daust, Steve Long, Jeffry Cannon, Monica Ness, and Amy Daust.

We want to offer two sessions, July 11th and 18th with July 25 as a backup date.

Young Adult Group
Hello Faith Church family! We felt it was time to give you an update about the Young Adult Group and give everyone some more information about what our group is all about. This group has been meeting for over a year now and has been growing and changing.

When we come together for our meetings, we chat about life, faith and the latest and greatest Netflix shows while enjoying a meal together (which almost always includes dessert!) 
Yes-even now while we all quarantined!

We have increased our meeting days and meet via Zoom every Friday night at 6:30 . When it is safe to do so, we plan to go back to meeting at the church the first and third Fridays of each month at 7pm.

These meetings give us something fun to look forward to at the end of each week and even helps us remember what day of the week it is. This small group keeps us connected with friends and we get to know new people who we might not have talked to before, or thought that we would have a connection with them.

And our group members agree:
  “When we meet over zoom, the ability to have a conversation with friends who know exactly what you’re going through is comforting. It feels good to have a conversation and sort of forget about everything else that’s going on and feel a sense of normalcy in a time that is anything but normal.” (Andrew Maloney)

“The young adult group is a good way to connect with new and old friends.” ( Matt Abajian)
Our mission statement, if you will, is for this group to be a safe space to be able to come together and know that there will be no judgments on any individual. We want to continue creating a space that is fun, safe, and inviting to all.

  • Who can join this group? Young Adult Group is a small group for people ages 18-25.
  • When do we meet? Fridays via Zoom at 6:30. Even if you are limited on time, we encourage you to hop on the call and say ‘Hi’.
  • How do I join the zoom call? Email Amy DaustAmy@yahoo.com or Kailey Kailey.Maggenti@yahoo.com ) for the link and code to join.
  • What is the purpose of this group? Our goal is to stay connected to each other and give young adults a safe space to talk freely. We want everyone to feel welcome, comfortable, and equal. Our hope for this group is that it can thrive long after the people who are part of it now have come and gone.

Amy Daust, Kailey Maggenti YA Small Group Leaders
Mission Team Update
Responding to Urgent Needs

The grants submitted by those in our congregation to the Faith Church Mission Team most often reflect the needs of our society and the larger world. The grant requests in months of the pandemic have demonstrated that the basic need for food is urgent. The conditions brought about by the coronavirus are pushing economically vulnerable people to struggle to feed themselves and their families.

With clergy oversight and prayerful discernment, the Faith Church Mission Team has responded to feeding hungry people. The varied places and situations that Faith Church has extended care and compassion to others take us close to home and to the other parts of the world.

We have answered the needs of our neighbors in our community through sponsorship of the Empty Bowls fundraiser, an emergency grant to the Upper Room in Placerville, and ongoing support of the El Dorado County Food Bank. Faith Church has a long time partnership of support with the Share Food Closet which will re-open as soon as possible.

Through mission efforts with Episcopal leaders outside the United States, we at Faith Church have first-hand knowledge of needs far beyond our lives in this country.  Father Francisco, a friend of Faith Church, reached out for help with the desperate situation of food insecurity in Honduras due to the COVID19 lockdown. Funds were sent for food that Father Francisco purchased and personally delivered to many people in remote villages.

When Faith Church engages in the work of responding to the needs of others, we are doing our best to be faithful to the words of Jesus.

“Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” Matthew 25:37-40 ESV 
Resources and 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

Please email and contact information changes to the office at faithec@faithec.org .

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