Generosity Amid Uncertainty
In many religious traditions, touch is an integral part of our experience. We lay our hands on one another for baptism, confirmation, prayer for the sick, for ordination or simply as a greeting within sacred community. We are currently asked not to touch one another. This time of social distancing may be difficult for faith communities who thrive on this type of connection. It is important to remind ourselves, and one another, that though we are apart physically, we are very much not alone. During this time, we are given even more opportunities to be generous and to receive the generosity of others. Not only monetary generosity but also a generosity of heart.
The worldwide church is responding in amazing ways to the need to form community, forge connections, and maintain relationships during these troubled times. A full list of opportunities to meet online is available here. Denomination headquarters has maintained an active presence on Facebook with Prayer for Peace and a prayer reflection from President Veazey. Continue to look to these platforms for ways to create community.
We also encourage you to make phone calls to friends, relatives and neighbors who may be experiencing loneliness during this time of separation, especially our seniors. Community of Christ, you are gifted at creating community and the world is in need of the blessings of community today.
We know that this is a time of uncertainty and anxiety for many. Many of us are facing new challenges and some other challenges remain. If you have extra supplies, check with friends and neighbors who may be living without. If you find yourself in a position to continue your normal giving patterns, or to increase your giving in light of the difficulty others may be having – we are grateful. If you are experiencing insecurities at this time, you are in our prayers and we are grateful for the gift of your fellowship. Please reach out to your pastors for listings of local resources or dial 211 to connect with available relief services.
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If you prefer, checks can also be mailed to Mission Center Financial Officer, Jessica Montague at 1158 W Bristol Rd, Flint, MI 48507.