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Virtual Pajaro Valley CROP Hunger Walk // Caminata Virtual Contra el Hambre del Valle de Pajaro

Registration and Donations to Virtual Pajaro Valley CROP Hunger Walk is now open: https://www.crophungerwalk.org/watsonvilleca/ #CropWalk #endhungernow #VirtualCROPHungerWalk #fighthunger

La inscripción y las donaciones para la Caminata Virtual Contra el Hambre del Valle de Pajaro ya están abiertas: https://www.crophungerwalk.org/watsonvilleca/ #CropWalk #endhungernow #VirtualCROPHungerWalk #fighthunger

“Safe Havens” Event // Evento de “Refugios Seguros”

On Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 10:00 am, ECR District United Methodist Women are hosting a Zoom online meeting, “Safe Havens: Encouraging Healthy Relationships at Home.” It is focused on women and children experiencing violence in the home. Please register online here, https://elcaminorealumw.org/havens-2020/
 
El sábado 26 de septiembre de 2020, a las 10:00 am, Las Mujeres Metodistas Unidas del Distrito de ECR organizarán una reunión en línea de Zoom, “Refugios seguros: fomento de relaciones saludables en el hogar”. Se centra en mujeres y niños que sufren violencia en el hogar. Regístrese en línea aquí, https://elcaminorealumw.org/havens-2020/
 

COPA: Police & Safety House Meeting // Reunion Casera de COPA Sobre Seguridad y la Policia

Just a friendly reminder, tomorrow, September 23rd the Lutheran Community Church will host their house meeting on police and safety at 6:30 pm via Zoom. If you haven’t already, please register with the link below.
 
Lutheran Community Church – 9/23 at 6:30pm
Pre-Registration Required: http://bit.ly/Police-SafetyHM2
 
Solo un recordatorio amistoso, mañana, 23 de septiembre, la Iglesia de la Comunidad Luterana organizará su reunión casera de COPA sobre seguridad y la policía a las 6:30 pm a través de Zoom. Si aún no lo ha hecho, regístrese con el enlace adjunto.
 
Iglesia de la Comunidad Luterana – 9/23 a las 6:30 pm
Se requiere preinscripción: http://bit.ly/Police-SafetyHM2 

 
 

“This Is God’s Holy Ground”

“When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labor on us, we cried to the Lord, the God of our ancestors; the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression.  The Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; and [the Lord] brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.”   Deuteronomy 26:6-9

The Old Testament of the Bible includes a book of law called Deuteronomy, which gives the history of our Christian faith and how we should live.  It includes the history of Jesus’ ancestors, the Jewish people, and how they suffered terribly.  The people of Israel were deported, taken into slavery, ultimately exiled, and roamed, lost in the desert. 

Dealing with the fires in this time of pandemic is making our lives, and the lives of many others, extremely challenging.  Some of us feel lost, too! 

This of course is why we need each other now more than ever.   It’s why these days we worship God virtually through our weekly Online Gatherings, and witness to God’s saving grace in whatever creative ways we can come up with.  It’s why Jesus makes all the difference, especially now.  Our lives include hard times, and we need help—holy help that is!  These Bible stories of faith give us courage to face these disasters.  In God’s love, we can begin to leave our pain and messed-up selves behind. 

No wonder this Scripture from Deuteronomy speaks to us.  We could use a land flowing with milk and honey about now!  Not in excess, but at least enough to get by and share with our neighbors.  Which brings us to our survey. 

Reopen Church Survey Results In! What Happens Next?

Thank you to the 50+ people who responded to our Reopen Church Survey about returning to in-person worship and programs.  Our leaders will be meeting to review the data, offer their feedback, and lay the groundwork for our next steps.  Here are a few highlights of our survey results:

  • We had survey respondents in every age category from Under 18 (11%) to 75+ (26%).
  • 100% of you who’ve worshiped with us online indicated that this experience has met or exceeded your expectations.
  • When we asked when you would feel comfortable coming back to in-person worship, 10% said “Immediately,” 6% said about now (August or September,) 52% ranged from later this year to April 2021, and 26% said longer than a year from now.
  • 64% who took the survey indicated they would not return to an in-person worship service until there was a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 becomes widely available.

This week, Governor Newsom announced that California has a new “Four Tier” blueprint for reducing COVID-19 with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities, as directed by the California Department of Public Health.  Our Bishop Minerva Carcaño has also confirmed that our Cal-Nevada Conference protocols for reopening are still in place, and all local church plans must be approved before implementation. 

We will adhere to these guidelines. 

In the meantime?  This is God’s holy ground, and God’s holy church.  And whether you realize it or not, we are God’s holy people.  All of us.  A broken, lost people, in need of redemption, and God’s help. 

We have much to be thankful for, even in this time of fires, evacuations, the pandemic, and other disasters.  We have each other.  And what about the riches of our lives?  What are we to do with our bounty?  Share it with others, that’s what!  Starting with the first fruits.  They go to God. 

This is the promise and affirmation of salvation.  This is what we mean by a land flowing with milk and honey.  You my friend are standing on holy ground.  Thank God! 

Shalom,

Pastora Robin

 

COPA Police and Safety House Meeting // Reunión Casera de COPA Sobre

Don’t forget to register for tomorrow’s COPA Police & Safety House Meeting! Pre-Registration is Required: https://bit.ly/Police-SafetyHM1

¡No olvide registrarse para la Reunión Casera de COPA Sobre Seguridad y la Policía de mañana! Se requiere registración previa: https://bit.ly/Police-SafetyHM1

 

COPA Police and Safety House Meeting // Reunión Casera de COPA Sobre Seguridad y la Policía

I Will Not Let You Go! w/Communion Online Gathering

It’s time for communion and another Watsonville First Online Gathering on YouTube and Facebook, linked at this website. This week we’re focusing on Jacob wrestling through the night in Genesis 32:22-31, with the theme: “I Will Not Let You Go!” We’ve also got new special guests and surprises in store. Be sure to get your bread and juice ready–or whatever food you have at hand, so you can join in.

As the words for communion so aptly put it: “Among the living you made and called humankind imprinting upon us your image, to be bearers of your glory in the world.  Though we failed to shine, and hid your image within us, you continued to call us into fellowship with you and to fulfill your mission for us through prophets, scriptures, priests, and a people you redeemed for yourself.”
  
What are you wrestling with this week?  God’s calling!  How will we answer?  Let’s worship God together in the name of Jesus Christ! 

Peace with Justice Online Gathering with Chief David Honda

Dear Ones:

Chief Honda kneeling at protests in Watsonville, CA.

We are celebrating “Peace with Justice,” Sunday for our Online Gathering on both our Facebook and YouTube pages. It’s a timely subject. I say, let’s get real with our faith.

My message includes an exclusive interview with David Honda, Chief of the Watsonville Police Department.

We talk about the tragic death of George Floyd, police violence, peaceful protests vs. looting, defunding the police, taking a knee and more.

I hope you’ll join us.

Yours in Christ,
Pastora Robin

 

Online Gatherings!

Join us every Sunday at 10:00 am!

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