Chapel Chat

Squaw Valley Chapel, United Church of Christ

March 27, 2020

FROM PASTOR JAMES: My apologies for the delay in getting this sent out. I created a new gMail email account yesterday and when I sent the original version of this issue out, they ALL “bounced”. (Clearly, the gMail system didn’t like something I did!) Starting with the next issue of Chapel Chat, I hope it will be sent from SquawValleyPastor@gmail.com  Please check your email settings to be sure your church newsletter doesn’t get sent to the “Spam” folder!  Many, many thanks to Dave and Rita for their faithful stewardship of this ministry!

The biggest challenge for all churches these days is, “How do we continue to BE the Church together even though we can’t gather together?” Lots and lots of churches are making it a priority to create some kind of online worship experience for their congregation. This makes sense because communal worship is the glue that holds us together. It’s also the community and the sharing and the connections that matter when we gather in-person. Online worship and “virtual gathering” is becoming the best option when we can’t meet in person.

     Toward this end, I’m planning something new for us this weekend! I set up a series of “Zoom” meetings to get us started with online worship. However…I’d like us to get there in small, easy steps. 

First of all, here are a couple links you can click to get an introduction to Zoom (sorry…you’ll have to copy them into your browser or search window).  This one: https://youtu.be/HfXhCOPfWnI is a video that demonstrates and explains the steps to join a Zoom meeting.  This one: https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/zoom/how-to-join-a-zoom-meeting-step-by-step/ includes written step-by-step instructions in addition to a demonstration and explanation (complete with a New Zealand accent!)

     We will have two sessions this Saturday (Mar. 28) when you can practice connecting and de-bug your settings. The first will be at 11:00using this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/260674257 (Meeting ID: 260 674 257) The second will be at 3:00 using this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/123829668 (Meeting ID: 123 829 668).

Then on Sunday (Mar, 29), we’ll have our first all-church online meeting which I’m thinking of as “Chapel Chat Live!” You can join that meeting at 10:00 using this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/142426575 (Meeting ID: 142 426 575)

At our Sunday meeting, we’ll have time to share some prayers, and I’ll have a short reflection for you. We’ll have a communion service so please do have something on hand to drink and eat. We’ll have time to check in with each other and see how we’re all doing. Finally, if we have enough people, we may break out into smaller groups for our “Virtual Coffee Hour”!

I do hope you will try this out as it may be several more weeks before we can gather in person. If you have any questions along the way, you can always reach me at the SVC phone number: 530-581-4011 and I’ll be happy to help!

Meanwhile, technology aside, I hope you are all staying well and that you have everything you need. Please, please let me know if you’re having a hard time with supplies, appointments, utilities, or anything else that might be causing you worry or difficulties.

GISELA’S MEMORIAL SERVICE: We’ve scheduled Gisela’s service at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 27th so we can take advantage of warmer temperatures and the enjoyment of our deck and back yard. Like everything else, this is subject to change based on developments of the Covid-19 restrictions and recommendations.

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PRAYERS: Please continue your prayers for; Carole Keim, Bill and Susie Steele, Emily Miller, Sharon Poland, Diane Morrison, Gail and Bob Okano, Friends and Family of Gisela Steiner, Peggy Wiseman, Grace and Ted Norgard, Hannah Halvorsen, Pat Castellucci, Denise Cordova, and Barbara Patterson. Thank you!

IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES:

AA Thursdays at 5:30 pm

A Prayer Just for This Week:  At the risk of adding to the tsunami of news and information about COVID-19, here is a prayer to help us return to what matters and the source of all that is good. It is written by the Right Rev. Richard Bott and published on the United Church of Canada website, (https://www.united-church.ca/prayers/prayer-during-times-covid-19)

In this time of COVID-19, we pray:

When we aren’t sure, God,

help us be calm;

when information comes

from all sides, correct and not,

help us to discern;

when fear makes it hard to breathe,

and anxiety seems to be the order of the day,

slow us down, God;

help us to reach out with our hearts,

when we can’t touch with our hands;

help us to be socially connected,

when we have to be socially distant;

help us to love as perfectly as we can,

knowing that “perfect love casts out all fear.”

For the doctors, we pray,

for the nurses, we pray,

for the technicians and the janitors and the

aides and the caregivers, we pray,

for the researchers and theorists,

the epidemiologists and investigators,

for those who are sick,

and those who are grieving, we pray,

for all who are affected,

all around the world…

we pray

for safety,

for health,

for wholeness.

May we feed the hungry,

give drink to the thirsty,

clothe the naked and house those without homes;

may we walk with those who feel they are alone,

and may we do all that we can to heal

the sick—

in spite of the epidemic,

in spite of the fear.

Help us, O God,

that we might help each other.

In the love of the Creator,

in the name of the Healer,

in the life of the Holy Spirit that is in all and with all,

we pray.

May it be so. Amen.

Chapel Chat is a weekly publication of the Squaw Valley Chapel, United Church of Christ.  The Chapel is located at 444 Squaw Peak Road, Olympic Valley, CA  96146.  To comment or to ask to be added or removed from the e-mail list, please contact Dave and Rita Holtebeck at holtebeck@sbcglobal.net or call 530-587-5086.  OR……….Pastor James Kosko: revjames121@gmail.co