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Tune-Up                              September 10, 2020                                    Issue: 2020-37

Live Church This Sunday!

YOU are invited to our first ever live Zoom Church at 11:00 a.m. this Sunday, Sept. 13th, featuring Fr Bob, Deacon Lauri, readers, psalmist, and lovely organ music.

Because of the fires and smoke conditions, we couldn’t pre-record at the church, so this is even better - and you may wear your PJs!

Resurrection Coffee Hour will immediately follow the service, at 11:30am. Bring your own cookies, please. We so look forward to seeing you. The service will also be recorded for those who can’t come at 11:00.

Join us for both the service (11am) and the coffee hour (11:30am) by clicking on this link.

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Deacon's Dialogue

Today, Wednesday, the morning skies are gray and heavy with falling ash. Yesterday, the skies were an apocalyptic orange in the morning. The air is smoky and hard to breathe. The reports of the fires in our beloved state go on and on. It is hard, this fire season. It is hard to watch forests burn, people run, houses be destroyed. Our hearts and prayers go out to our people, our neighbors, our mutual Oregonians. It doesn’t seem right or fair.

In some ways, there are lots of other things “going up in flames,” also. Our normal way of life in the Fall, with kids in school and lots of celebrations around the state, our perfect September weather for family gatherings, our sweet air—free for the breathing. We can’t take any of that for granted, nor can we access it right now. We must keep our kids home and online for school. We must enjoy the weather in appropriate ways, small groups, and socially distanced activities. We must wear a mask when we breathe that air—who knows what viruses are close by?

It seems like a time of caution that threatens to kick us over into panic and anxiety.

And yet. And yet we have so much. And we know some important secrets to share with the world:
  • When the fires are done burning, the forests re-grow into healthier environments. It takes a while and it hardly seems possible at first, but it happens.
  • “This too shall pass.” It is one of my least favorite quotes, having been rather overused by my mother, but it is true. We will “weather” the fires, the virus, the online school, the election season—and we will grow healthier, stronger, richer for the experience.
  • God is with us. God is with us always. God does not cause fires, viruses, and corruption. But always God is with us in the flames, in the illness, in the hard times in life. Reach deep and reach out, pray and be still. Turn the worry and stress into a deep peace that comes only from God. “Be still, and know that I am God.”
My dear friends, this is a hard time. No words, no platitudes, no easy answers are ours right now. But do know that God is very near and we will see each other very soon.

In Christ always,

Deacon Lauri+

Sending Our Congratulations…

Congratulations to Fr Ken Dorsch and family. Their new granddaughter, Hannah Eloise Bigler was born on August 28. Hannah joins big sister Hazel. Mom, Dad, sister, baby, and grandparents are all doing fine.

Deacon Lauri+

 Compline and Evening Prayer  

We are posting compline/evening prayer on the website and on Facebook every evening by 7:30pm. Join us when you can.

Deacon Lauri+

Hospitality Village Meal Train

Volunteers are still needed for the meal train, especially this Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights, which are not filled. We are providing food for Hospitality Village through September to help Paul with his recovery. Please sign up here. If you can’t access the meal train online, please notify Tina or Deacon Lauri (918) 7666-2473.

Deacon Lauri+

Contemplative Prayer

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 an email to sandra2wu@yahoo.com and I will send you the link and password. Please do not share it. 

Sandra Wu

Fall Sunday School

Welcome to a new school year! Like our local schools, COR Sunday school has been held all summer and our usual classes continue on Zoom into the Fall on Sunday mornings. Please join us!
 
Godly Play | Ages: 4-7 | Meeting time: 10AM | Teacher: Marsha

Built on the principles of Maria Montessori, Godly Play was developed over 30 years by Episcopal priest John Berryman. Berryman believed that Play and Wonder are preferred ways for children to learn about God and about community by interacting with the stories of our faith. The classroom models the Church and Liturgy, with sacred space for coming together in a circle, where a story is shared from the Old or New Testaments, or from the Liturgical shelves. The children respond with art or other work, finally coming back together with a Feast, before rejoining their families for Eucharist.

During summer we have shared several Quaker Godly Play stories, learning how to listen for God, as well as many stories from our Communion of Saints. A favorite is Julian of Norwich, who delights the children with her ever-present cat and the very timely message for all of us: “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” 

This Fall we will begin our circle of the liturgical year with the narrative of the Holy Family and follow with the beautiful Creation story, Noah’s Ark, and then we move through the desert stories of the Old Testament and more. 
 
Elementary Class | Meeting time: 10:45 | Teacher: Doris
Easter arrived this year as our elementary class transitioned to meeting remotely. Over time we followed the story of how the church grew after the Resurrection, based on Acts. Some of the stories we’ve talked about included:
  • The birth of the church at Pentecost (Why do we wear red on Pentecost?)
  • How some followers of Jesus’ got arrested – for healing someone who couldn’t walk!
  • The first Christian martyr, Stephen (What was his job in the new church?)
  • The guy who had two names (Saul/Paul)
  • A crazy dream about a sheet full of animals (Who had it? What did it mean?)
  • An escape from prison (Who escaped? Wow and How!? What did Rhoda do?)
We will still have two more lessons from Acts to do as the summer winds up.
 
On September 20th we’ll start a Fall series on the parables of Jesus. We will talk about what a parable is, why Jesus used them so powerfully, and work through about ten parables before Advent. 
 
Teen Class | Meeting time: 11:30AM | Teacher: Hilary
This is a conversation-based class that follows a curriculum while allowing space for students to bring up questions, personal experiences, and ways they encounter God in everyday life. Over the summer we finished the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors, including his final wishes about where his body should stay, and then began a journey through the life of David. We heard him exchange insults with a giant, saw him duck spears thrown at his head by a king, and watched him flee for his life after a distinguished military career. We read about King David making peace with the people of Gibeon, and viewed artwork of how Rizpah called him to account for his actions and decisions as a ruler.
 
This year we will focus on rulers and governments depicted in Scripture. We will explore how and why the Jews became slaves in Egypt, but spend most of our time looking at how the Jews lived in Rome, governing themselves while under Roman law (and how that affected Jesus’s ministry). We will end by discussing how Christians live in different countries today.

If you have any questions please email heverett@resurrectioneugene.org.

Hilary Everett

Plan to Vote

All elections are important to COR Members and friends, so plan ahead to vote. Ask your friends and relatives to vote.

Ballots will be mailed to Lane County residents on Oct. 15 and should be received by Oct. 21 at the latest. If you don’t receive it by then, call Lane County Elections Office at (541) 682-4326. Oregon lets you mail your ballot in for free, or you may drop it off at Lane County Election Office, 275 W 10th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, as mail service may be delayed.

Ballots are due NOVEMBER 3, 8PM PST. Voting SOONER is safer! Ensure your voice is heard. According to the Oregon Secretary of State’s office it's fine if someone else turns in your signed and sealed ballot - they just can't sign it for you.

If you’ve moved or are not registered, register online here. The deadline to register is Oct. 13 (21 days before the election). For general voting information go to this website.

If you have questions, want a COR member to pick up your ballot and take it to a drop box safely, or want to volunteer to help COR members get their ballots delivered, call or text Terry at (541) 543-6884.

Terry Varner-Benge

A Prayer for Rain

Jehovah, God of the Earth, send forth rain

We, your people, bow our heads in prayer and pain as we ask for help. We need your rain, but not the gentle whisper of rain that heals lightly and with love. We need a breathtaking amount,  the kind that washes it all away.

We pray for a deluge of rain to put out the fires of trees and hatred.

We pray for days of rain to soak the ground that burned and the hearts that ache.

We pray for drenching baptismal rain, washing us clean as can be, healing our sins, forgiving our fires, rescuing our earth and our souls.

Forgive us, Jehovah, for treating your Earth and your beloved People with such casual disregard.

Forgive us for misuse, overuse, blindness, lack of empathy.

Forgive us for not treasuring every moment on earth, every footprint that has walked here, every child of yours that breathes this air.

And as you forgive, pour out redemption in life-giving rain on every fire, every smoldering branch, every thought of hatred.

In your Son’s name, in the name of Earth, in the name of each beloved child, we ask.

Amen.

Deacon Lauri+

A Prayer for Fire Victims

O gracious God, in you we live and move and have our being:

We pray for the victims of the wildfires that ravage our land, for the families and friends of those who tragically have lost their lives, for those who have been evacuated from their homes, for those who have lost their crops and vineyards in the fires, for the firefighters and first responders as they work to save lives and halt the fires’ destruction; for the wildfires to stop. 

Bless those who have survived. May they have the courage to face the road of rebuilding that lies ahead. We ask your blessing on all those who have lost their homes, their livelihoods, their security, and their hope. 

Bless the work of the relief agencies and those providing emergency assistance. May their work be guided by the grace and strength that comes from you alone. 

Help us to respond with generosity in prayer, in assistance, in aid to the best of our abilities. 

We ask this in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Amen.

Fr. Bob+
(adapted from American Bible)
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