Dear Members and Friends, It’s been a week unlike any other we’ve walked through. And in these disorienting times, all of you are in the heart of our prayers. Your leaders met yesterday, and we want to share with you the plans we made for the weeks ahead. While we are not having public worship for the next eight weeks, the church is needed now more than ever and our ministry continues in new forms and ways. While the church building will be closed to regular church meetings, events, and gatherings, we’ll be connecting as church through phone calls, letters, emails, live-streaming, and social media.
Checking in - The deacons will be calling this week to check in with all our members and friends. We want to know how you are, how we can be here for you, and how best to stay in touch. Our BeFrienders are available for those who would like to have a regular check in by phone.
Keeping connected - We’ll be sending out emails with updates each week. We’ll also be using our Facebook Group, (Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor), to keep you updated as well. You can find our worship services posted here as well as clips of invocations and mission moments. Those of you who have emails registered with the church will now be receiving the monthly newsletter via email, or you can access it through the website. Deacons will be contacting those without electronic capabilities to establish the best way to connect.
Remote Office Hours – Our Church Administrator, Heather Lorrain, will be working remotely until further notice. She will carry regular office hours from home, Monday-Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM. You may reach her at (207) 633-1131 or email at email@example.com.
Worshipping Together – We’ll have a half hour worship service on Sunday at 10 AM that you can access through our church website or TV (list contact information.) The service will include a scripture reading and meditation, joys and concerns, a prayer, and blessing. In the effort to keep things simple, there will be no formal bulletin available online.
Supporting our Ministry – The church depends on your ongoing financial support so that we can be there in ministry for others. You can mail in your pledge or weekly offering, or access the online giving on the website. This Sunday is the One Great Hour of Sharing special offering. You can learn about the critical work this offering supports here - https://www.ucc.org/oghs_bulletin_insert and make a donation here - https://www.congochurchbbh.org/donate.
Praying for you, Here for you - Most importantly, we want to know how we can be here for you in these challenging times. Send Joys and Concerns for Peter to share on Sunday, call or text (206) 484-9814 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. What about you? What ways are you feeling called to help us be the church for one another and the wider community? Let us know! When this season comes to an end, as it will, who will you be? Who will we be as church? Will we become more fearful or more courageous? More greedy or more generous? While these are deeply challenging and difficult times, these are the kind of times that can shape us into who Christ calls us to be - a more deeply connected, loving, courageous, and faith-filled people. Together we will support one another to live through these days transformed into deeper faith, hope, and love. Each of you, our community, your families, friends, and our wider world are in our hearts and prayers, Peter Ilgenfritz, Interim Minister (206) 484-9814 Ella Long, Head Deacon Sandra Leonard, Senior Trustee