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.
Our church is part of an ongoing program where we normally distribute fresh food for families on the first Thursday of each month, in partnership with our local Second Harvest Food Bank. (AR & Fred Pointer oversee this program for us!)
However, back on April 2, the 35 families waiting in our back parking lot that day got nothing, because the food bank ran out of food! To remedy this, Second Harvest has agreed to provide us with 70 bags of fresh produce TODAY April 23 at our church, for pickup by families at 4:30 pm. Our Watsonville NETworX Coordinators led by Angelica Martinez are leading the effort, and safe distancing protocols will be in place. We’re asking folks to please patiently wait in line in the back parking lot inside your vehicle, and groceries will be put in your trunk until we run out.
Please let anyone know who is experiencing food shortage or financial difficulties about this. If they’re unable to make it, the Food Bank will also be giving out food at the fairgrounds tomorrow (Friday, April 24) beginning at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville.
Thank you for your consideration and help, and please keep us and our community in your prayers!
Writer Robert Frost once said, “The people I am most afraid of are the people who are scared.” We know what happens when people act from a place of fear. Just look at the world today—it’s scary! Admittedly, there’s more than enough to be afraid of. In a pandemic, anything can happen.
The question is, how do we cope? How can we keep on going when so many things we’ve always relied on seem to be falling apart before our very eyes? To put it another way, how can believers like us face our fears? How can we move towards peace and healing even in times like this? And where oh where is our courage?
That of course is where God comes in. Whatever way you want to describe it—a Higher Power, Creator of the Universe, mysterious and Almighty Yahweh, or Holy Spirit—we believers know that the buck doesn’t stop with us. We know deep in our hearts where we belong, and that is together. That’s the only way I know to face our fears.
And you know what else? Even now, we trust that God is here.
This Sunday, our celebration continues! Join us for our Earth Day Sunday Online Gathering on April 19th, premiering at 10:00 am. You won’t want to miss it. As always, it can be viewed later on our Facebook or YouTube pages–just search the name of the church: Watsonville First United Methodist. To make it easier to find, just go to our website. One click and you’re there!
Plus, there’s one more “first” for us. Our talented website developer has added a “Donate” button to our website. When it’s time to give your tithes and offerings, we’re here to help. Check it out online at our church website, below. And see you soon!
Yours in Christ,