Thursday Update
April 2, 2020
"I have decided to follow Jesus"

As many know, I have a partner in life, Eric, and we have been sharing our lives for the last 4 years, moving back and forth between my house in Roseville and his in West Marin county. I have been sheltered in place for over two weeks here in Lagunitas after it got through my brain that I am over 65 and have a chronic health condition that puts me at risk. We are grateful to be together and grateful for a safe place to be.
 
I hope we are each reaching out to our friends and family that live alone or in care facilities that restrict visitors. A call, a text, Facetime, Zoom or Skype – just connecting with a voice and a face can help all of us stay in a better place emotionally. I hope we are staying connected with other family and friends, too. Make a Facetime dinner date, cocktail hour date, or coffee date. Start a virtual book club. Do Yoga each Monday evening with Sharon Greene on Facebook Live! We’re all working at staying connected.
 
I am meeting weekly with the Vestry on Tuesday evening Zoom calls and with staff and volunteers on Tuesday morning Zoom calls. The Bishop is also holding weekly Zoom calls for clergy, staff, and volunteers throughout the diocese so that we can all be current with the Bishop’s direction and leading. All of these ways of connecting are helping us stay #alonetogether.
 
This is a hard and weird time. We wonder what each day’s news will bring and what it means for the long haul. One thing is clear, as followers of Jesus we are called to help protect those most vulnerable and to do what we can to slow the spread of the virus in order to protect our health care system and health care workers from being overwhelmed by the work they do saving lives. We must be diligent in doing our part.
 
This week I am struck again by the depth of our Lenten study readings. The writer this week reminds us all of a wonderful song – I have decided to follow Jesus . Remember it from Sunday School or Church Camp? The words are good reminders for us right now Here is a prayer from our readings that helped me:

Dear God, you who are both mother and father to us, thank you for people who come alongside us and help us on our way. Remember their names, even if we do not. Bless them. And give us an open heart so that we can accept the kindness of strangers as well as friends. Help us to walk forward day by day with graciousness and trust. In Jesus’ name. Amen. (pg. 125)
 
Stay safe. Pray gently. Be gracious to yourself and to others. And join me - I have decided to follow Jesus – no turning back, no turning back.
 
With Love,
Pastor Liz
HOLY WEEK SERVICES AND MUSIC WILL BE ON FACEBOOK!
Tune in on Facebook Live as we have been doing. Except for Palm Sunday, all of the Holy Week Services will be at 6:30 p.m. preceded by a music video that will be posted at 6 p.m.

Tuesday through Friday, you will receive an email every morning with information about the service that day and a link for slides so that you can follow along. The slides will also be visible during the live stream video on Facebook.

Creating a Sacred Space
This week, Bishop Megan asked us to set up a sacred space in our homes. Watch the YouTube message from Bishop Megan on Creating a Sacred Space at Home .
Here is a photo of her altar. There are all the elements she mentioned in the video: A cloth, a candle, water, a cross, a Bible and something that represents creation.

What does your altar look like? Post a picture and tag it  #NorCalSacredSpace
RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Eggs, Resurrection Garden, Easter Baskets:

THE TOMB IS EMPTY!
Our lessons are a bit ahead of the church calendar. When children learn about the events in advance of Easter, then Easter can be better understood amist the fun of candy and family activity. Take some time to do the lesson and one or more activities this week.

MISSION TEAM UPDATES
$2000 Grant to Padre Francisco Ministry in Honduras
Padre Francisco oversees several Episcopal Churches in Honduras. Just like in the U.S., the people of Honduras are staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Many of the families that Padre Francisco serves live day-to-day and are now unable to work. The grant will provide families with a 10-day supply of food and other necessities.

This is one example of the projects you support when you make an Easter Offering this year.
Donations for Hope & Resurection Secondary School
You can still donate to this Mission Project. Mail a donation or give online. Please put "Sudan" in the notes section of your check.


Mail donations to:
Faith Episcopal Church
PO Box 966
Shingle Springs, CA 95682
GOOD FRIDAY & EASTER GIVING
Please use the notes section of your check or in online giving to designate your donation for the "Good Friday Gift" or "Easter Gift."

Click here  to donate online using the link on our webpage or if you prefer, mail a donation to
Faith Episcopal Church
PO Box 966
Shingle Springs, CA 95682

Good Friday Offering
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has requested that Good Friday Offerings go to support ministry in the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.  Click here to learn more .

Easter Offering
This year’s Easter Offering will go to the Faith Church Mission Fund and will be used to fund grants to a broad selection of groups and organizations. Just a few of the groups that have received Mission Grants include: Padre Francisco, The Upper room, Empty Bowls, RISE Against Hunger and a great many more. 



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

OTHER
OFFICE HOURS
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.

PASTORAL SUPPORT
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

PRAYER REQUESTS & CONTACT INFORMATION CHANGES
Normally, we would provide a card for changes to your contact information or prayer requests. However, we currently request that you email the office at faithec@faithec.org  

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

SUNDAY READINGS
April 5:  Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 27:1-66