Feeling overwhelmed by Zoom and online worship? Try this. On Friday night (6/19) 400 commissioners, 180 advisory delegates, and hundreds of staff and spectators tuned in to take part in the first ever fully online 224th General Assembly 2020. The G.A. (which meets every other year) was originally scheduled to meet in Baltimore, but for obvious reasons could not. Among the earliest pieces of business was the election of the moderator. Elona Street Stewart, Executive of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, and the Rev. Gregory Bentley, Pastor of Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Alabama, were overwhelmingly elected on the first ballot to become co-moderators for the next two years.
* As we continue to struggle with the racism in and among us I want to encourage you to listen to this week’s sermon (6/28) “Confessions of A Recovering Racist.” Please also see the article in the July Newsletter with a link to a piece written by our own Mary Robertson entitled “White Like Me.”
Remember to Zoom in for coffee hour at 11a.m. If you didn’t receive an email invitation contact Pastor Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* A heartfelt thank you to all who continue to keep us connected while apart in these unique times – the JOY gatherings, Women’s and Men’s groups, The Way, Coffee Hour… It’s so good to see each other and be seen. Thanks also for ways to continue to serve – the blood drives and food drive (84 bags of food were collected and taken to Crossroads on Thursday). Thanks to those reaching out to our shut-ins and those who are more technologically challenged, Thanks to the PNC who continue faithfully to meet each week, and to the PTT (Transition Team) for the new ever-growing Operations Manual. Plans have also begun for an update to the website. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes.
We have a ways to go, unfortunately, with this Covid pandemic. Let’s stay safe and continue to look out for each other.
* Livestreaming cameras on the way – We are hoping for a delivery of our new live streaming cameras very soon. We will then be able to begin testing and equipping the sanctuary for the next step up in our worship services. It will still be difficult to have any more than 30 worship participants in our sanctuary. No singing, touching, or bulletins – that will take a while to come back.
* Complete the 2020 Census today and make sure that your neighbors, friends and extended family members do too! Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services. It’s safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected.
It’s easy to do and takes less than 10 minutes online. Go to my2020census.gov.
If you don’t have your materials, you can call 800-354-7271 to get your User ID.
You also have the option of completing the questionnaire by phone at 844-330-2020.
* Lighthouse is coordinating a distribution of 21 lb. produce boxes every Thursday through August – at St. David’s Episcopal Church just down 12 Mile Road in Southfield. There are no income requirements, and people are invited to pick up the food boxes between 9am and 1pm.
* The Christian Ed Leadership team has decided to cancel in person VBS this summer due to ongoing Covid-19 social distancing guidelines. Families will receive a link to a virtual Sunday School experience each week.
* Greenfield hosts American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, August 4, 10a.m. – 4 p.m.
Our last blood drive on June 8 was so successful (28 whole blood donations and 4 power red donations were collected, and there were 2 first time donors) that we decided to schedule another drive on August 4, 10a.m. – 4 p.m. But this drive is different, Greenfielders will have first chance to sign up for donations. Our Red Cross Account Manager has already set up the drive but it is not open to the public until 2 weeks prior to the drive. All you need do is go to www.redcrossblood.org and under the sponsor code (in a red box at the top written “Find a Blood Drive” – it says Zip or Sponsor Code). type in… Greenfieldchurch to schedule your appointment.
As the COVID-19 public health crisis continues, the American Red Cross is on a mission to sustain the blood supply. Your support serves as a vital link between willing blood donors and the patients whose lives they help save. Your blood donations help patients of all ages, accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. Needs blood. Now that our local hospitals are scheduling surgeries, there is a real need for blood donations.
Starting June 15, for a limited time only, the American Red Cross is testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional service to our valued donors. Results of your antibody test will be available in your Blood Donor App, or in the donor profile on RedCrossBlood.org about one week after your donation.
The nurses at the American Red Cross want to assure you that every precaution is being taken so that your blood donating experience is safe and secure. Again all donations are by sign up on-line ONLY. There are no walk-in appointments. If you have more questions about your blood donation, visit the Red Cross website at redcrossblood.org. Your Greenfield contact is Bonnie Swetman at email@example.com or 812-746-9628.
* Lace up your walking shoes this fall for a “Walk to Bethlehem.” As part of our 2021 Stewardship Program, “The Walk” we will be walking together all the way from GPC to Bethlehem. The six week adventure will allow you to log miles by walking or exercising, praying, worshipping, studying, etc.
Together we will log our miles each week stopping off at interesting stops along the way. Plan to join in!
* For Greenfielders who are not on-line:
Greenfield has volunteers who would like to help those who are not able to get the weekly on-line church services, Zoom Bible Studies, the Women’s Book Club, the Hope Group, etc. We would like to get as many of our members and friends connecting as possible, as we miss your fellowship! If you need assistance, please contact either Lisa Wilson Dobie (248) 591-0491 or Paul Dunkerley (248) 210-6960. We welcome the opportunity to assist you!
Stay safe and stay loving,