Our next “next steps” meeting will be Wednesday, November 18th at 7 PM via zoom. Join us to hear about our efforts to engage with the Edmonds schools.
Two special services are planned during the season – and both will be on Zoom! Sunday, December 20th, at 10 AM we will have a service together with lessons and carols. And Thursday, December 24th, at 7:30 PM we will have a Zoom candlelight service (please supply your own candles!). Look for more information in our December Caller.
Many thanks to Eric M, Nancy E, Don I, and our neighbor Donna P-D, for all the hard work they have put into keeping our property maintained and beautiful for those who use it for their walks and recreation. We have bike riders, basketball players, skaters, scooter-riders, dog walkers, and more on our property each week.
An amazing group of 12 people are gathering three times a week to learn more about Racial Justice. We have used, as our starting point, the 21 day Racial Justice Challenge from the PCUSA, and included additional videos and articles as people in the study have recommended them.
Some of the topics we have studied thus far include Racism, Environmental Justice, the Doctrine of Discovery, and Implicit Bias. We have found that it is particularly valuable for us to do this study in the context of a church community. As Christians, we affirm Jesus’s commands to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves, and Paul’s proclamation in the letter to the Galatians, that “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28) These core principles have given us a particular Christian lens with which to study, learn, and begin to act together regarding racial justice.
Here are a few quotes from our participants that highlight what we are learning as we hit the half-way point of our time together.
“I have always been interested in history. This study has revealed much about our history that has been purposely omitted in the curriculum that we have been taught. This study has also pointed out that over the years the systems of oppression are inherent in the very core of our country. These systems were instituted many years ago but the effects of them are still present in our current society. We have a lot of work to do to be the people God calls us to be.” Linda R
“It is impossible to list only one thing, but I will try. It is confirmation that our knowledge of these issues is not simply facts or statistics. No. It is the lives of our brothers and sisters -and all people are our brothers and sisters. Not just Christians, or people who vote like us.” Sue S
“White people are racist whether we want to be or not because the American culture caters to the needs of white people.” Debbie B
"The group discussion revealed how focused I can be on what I think is important, when I am unintentionally blinding myself to the injustices around me. I also thought it eye opening to review how racism has created pockets of injustice by limiting some communities to access of water, safety, natural beauty, and clean air. The damage is insidious, yet real. Whether or not a person can live in the place of their choice is so often pre-determined by generational attitudes, creating a climate where some are more “equal” than others. When learning about environmental racism it dawned on me that each of us can act by welcoming others into our lives, our neighborhoods, and our communities." Margaret K
Building Re-opening Plans
Your session has approved the required re-opening document that will allow us to re-open the building for different types of gatherings starting as early as Phase 4 of the Washington State COVID-19 phases for Snohomish County. Contact Kim or Pastor Amy if you’d like to receive a copy of the document.
Don’t forget – We have special procedures for using the church building during COVID-19
Please log in and log out whenever you use the church building. On the form provided, check the boxes for the areas of the church you visit. Currently there are no meetings scheduled at the church building and staff is using the facility on a limited basis.
We also ask that you monitor your own symptoms and if you have fever, fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, headaches, or sudden loss of smell and taste, fever or chills, cough, muscle or body aches, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea, please do not visit the church building.
Lent is the season of the church year when we prepare our hearts and minds for Jesus’ death and resurrection. It is the 40 days preceding Easter, excluding Sundays. Lent began with Ash Wednesday, the day when we recall our need for God, remembering our own mortality - “dust you are and to dust you shall return.”
Lenten devotional booklets are available on the back table with readings and prayers to assist you in a prayerful Lenten journey. You are invited to prayerfully enter into the season of Lent as we prepare our hearts and minds for the great good news of Easter.
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