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Tune-Up     August 20th 2020     Issue: 2020-34

A Note from the Sr. Warden

Dear Friends -

Have you been feeling disconnected from Resurrection? I've heard this expressed over the past couple of weeks. We have been apart for so many months now in order to protect ourselves and one another. While this is wise, I mourn the loss of connection to you as we pass the peace or stand side by side to receive communion. This has been a trying season and it is not over yet.

While I miss seeing all of you, I must admit that I do not feel disconnected from Resurrection. My weeks have been filled with emails, meetings and phone calls about the business needs of the church. Tina has been keeping the communications flowing. Don Laufer and the property committee have been busy taking care of the physical plant. Our treasurer, Frank, has been meeting with the vestry each month to ensure our finances remain in order. Fr. Bob has been making weekly trips from Beaverton to be at the church and we have started recording services from our sanctuary. Thanks be to God! - with honorable mentions to Fr. Bob, Deacon Lauri and Don Laufer. And we were connected to our wider community last Friday when the candidates for Bishop of Oregon visited our parish to see Hospitality VIllage and our Home Starter Kit ministry. Despite being unable to meet in person, Resurrection is still going strong. 

And we are moving forward even during this time. We are very close to being able to introduce you to a new parish administrator who will build upon the work Tina has done for us. Interviews happened last week and the hiring committee reached consensus on our choice. I've been completing reference and background checks this week and hope to make the formal job offer very soon. Watch for an announcement any day.

So how can we overcome the sense of being disconnected from one another? The vestry and I have recommitted ourselves to trying to reach all of you by phone - just to check in. I encourage you to reach out to your friends and ministry groups. Maybe set up a Zoom meeting and then send us a note about how that went. Or do you have a story to share about something that has happened this summer? Send it to us or come to coffee hour on Sunday mornings and share it with us. My cat, Oliver, makes an occasional appearance. I would love to see your pets (or children) and I would love to see you.

Finally, please continue to pray. Praying for one another binds our hearts together. Pray for us and pray for our church. Our new Priest-in-Charge may be submitting an application to the Diocese even as you read this email. Let's be sure to pray for them. God is faithful. I am convinced of this. Thank you for your faithfulness to this community. Resurrection is a very special place because of all of you.

With gratitude,
Melissa Whitten
Senior Warden
July Vestry Minutes

Click here to read the July 2020 Vestry Minutes.

SWORDS TO PLOWSHARES
 

And so it came to pass:

In his right hand was a sword

Of tempered steel forged in the artsan's fire,

And in his left, a spear

aimeng to kill.
 

After time and discovering evil's death

Poured out like entrails upon the ground

He gave way to a softer art:

Using plowshares to till the earth, and pruning hooks to tend his vines. 

 

He bowed down low and reverenced the earth

Doffing his sword

 and earnestly prayed: " Lord of my soul, I give you thanks for wisdom, guidance and council.

No longer have I use to practice the art of my fathers 

Se'Lah

 

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Bruce

Zoom Sunday School on Sunday

Zoom classes will be held this Sunday for all classes separately with their teacher.

   Godly Play 10:00 AM
   Elementary 10:45 AM
   Middle 11:30 AM

Look for an invitation in the coming days.
Contemplative Prayer
   continues on Friday mornings

      We pray you will join us every Friday morning for prayer in silence. The Zoom meeting opens at 8:25 A.M. and silent prayer begins promptly at 8:30 and ends at 9:00. Out of an abundance of caution, the meeting will now require a password and the link will not be published here. If you are interested in joining the group, please send me an email and I will send you the link and password. Please do not share it. sandra2wu@yahoo.com
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