Usually on this day, Wednesday, you would receive an email update from CGS with all the news and information that would connect you to the life of our congregation. In the past, this email has been effective and most people even read it!
However, since most everything has either moved online or shut down, this weekly email has become less effective.
We know that you get a lot of emails.
We know that you are burnt out on Zoom meetings, videos, and computer work.
And we know that despite all this, we can’t give it up. If church is not here on your computer, it might be too easy to just drift away from each other altogether.
In the New Testament of our Bible, an apostle of Jesus Christ writes a letter to a whole group of Christians – it happens over and over again. It’s how the whole Christian Church was built. As our congregation moves forward with the rest of Christ’s church, that is what we’re going to do here. But we’re going to change our letters to be a little bit shorter, a little more frequent, and hopefully relevant to a life offline as well as online.
On Mondays, we’ll send you an email of all the ways we’re being Church in the world. It will give you access to our celebrations, our sorrows, where we are serving, and all the ways that the Body of Christ is being made visible among us.
On Wednesdays, we’ll send you a pastoral letter from a staff person, a council member, or a special guest. We’ll also include our prayer list for the week. Hopefully, this will be an opportunity for faith formation and reflection in the middle of your week.
On Fridays, we’ll send you all the information for Sunday worship and fellowship: a link to worship, a bulletin, a place for offering, a list of the leaders, and a connection to coffee hour fellowship.
This won’t cover everything. There will also still be actual mail. You’ll still be able to look at our calendar and our website for complete information. And of course, we have tools like actual phones, Breeze, and social media. But we hope to reduce stress and keep in touch through these new emails. We’re going to remind you about God’s faithfulness. We’re going to give you opportunities to live in your faith and strengthen your connection to the rest of the body. And even though it is imperfect, I don’t doubt that the Holy Spirit will be able to work even through this medium. Thanks be to God.
Christ the Good Shepherd
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