ARE WE OPEN?

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May 25, 2020

Hello, friends and members of UIF!

For now, United in Faith will gather for 9:30am Sunday Virtual Worship on Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/uiflc/live). You can watch even if you don’t have a Facebook account. Worship plan for 5/31/20 attached – wear red for Pentecost! This Sunday, May 31st, I will begin including communion in the 9:30 virtual livestream worship. If you participate, you should have bread and grape juice or wine at home to share at the appropriate time.

By Sunday morning, I usually post my sermon manuscript. You can also watch the service later on Sunday on our FB page (www.facebook.com/uiflc/videos) or our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC48ZorvqlmodW7DKTSofJ3A). If something crazy happens and Facebook live fails, I will post a worship video as soon as possible to YouTube and reference it on Facebook (on 5/24, it took until almost 3pm to complete the YouTube upload – sorry, not my finest technology day).

After worship (around 10:30am), find us at a ZOOM Virtual Coffee Hour. The link for May 31 virtual coffee hour is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/314512003   If you would like to call in on a phone (cell or landline), you can call 312 626 6799 and type meeting ID (314 512 003) when asked. You can drop in for a few minutes or stay for an hour.

I know a lot of people are beginning to think about what happens when we enter into Phase 3 (city of Chicago and/or state of Illinois). Whatever happens, our next phase for United in Faith’s worship and meetings will remain mostly online. United in Faith’s council is trying to make sure that we can provide as safe and healthy an environment as possible for everyone before we begin to consider any amount of in-person worship. For that reason, no dates have been set. Again, watch for a letter to members when we are ready to share details.

If you are looking for another coloring project, Phil’s Friends is an organization that sends out care packages to cancer patients. Their in-person workdays have stopped, so if you can offer a few personalized cards, that is a great help. Download cards here: https://philsfriends.org/cards-of-hope/ and see attached direction sheet. Every patient who receives a Phil’s Friend care package then receives continuous care by getting a card a month for an entire year!  Thus, the reason they need 4,500 to send nationally. It is sorely needed! Special Note: During this season of quarantine, mail completed cards to 1350 Lake St, Suite I, Roselle IL 60172.

You can reach out to me by email (revctp@unitedinfaith.org) if needed. I continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers these days as we are separated from one another.

Blessings to you all,    Pastor Carla

LINKS

WHO - https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

CDC - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/uiflc

Martin Luther and His Incredible Response to the Black Plague - https://www.patheos.com/blogs/chorusinthechaos/martin-luther-and-the-black-plague/ 

Guidelines to Keep in Mind from our State, City, and Denomination

 

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