I am grateful for the way in which you care for one another, particularly in this past week while I took a few days of vacation (thank you!). Yesterday, through just a few phone calls and conversations, I heard about meals delivered, rides offered, fresh vegetables harvested for PROP, people prayed over and phone calls made for connection. This is what it means to be church. This is what it means to be a community of people trying to mirror our lives after Jesus! And together we are doing it, despite not being able to gather physically together. Way to be church!
Another way we are being church in this time of physical distance is Fellowship Time! Every Sunday we are gathering (virtually on Zoom) at 9:30 AM for Fellowship and Prayers. Come visit with others in a couple of different small groups and join in sharing prayer requests and pray together. It is always a blessing to see whomever gathers. It’s a way to be church and I hope you’ll join us this Sunday.
Sunday provides yet another unique way to be church – the Drive-Thru to Bless Eden Prairie. We have always been a church that reaches into the community with tangible ways to alleviate the challenges of our neighbors. Serving others is being church! The staff and I will be waiting in front of the church to receive your donations (Canned Fruit, Peanut Butter, Jelly / Jam, Mac-N-Cheese) for the PROP Food Shelf and to greet you. Please pack your donations in your vehicle trunk / back end. The staff will remove the donated items from your vehicle so you don’t have to (and please don’t) leave your vehicle. If you are uncomfortable going out to buy food for donation, but you want to drive-thru and bless Eden Prairie, we can receive a check for PROP (write it out to EPUMC, and we will move it along) or you can make your donation on our website / Give+ app and just drive thru to say “hi.”
“I am the church. You are the church. We are the church together!”
In this season of extended physical distance, we are provided an opportunity to remember what the church is really about, and perhaps let go of some of what has cluttered our ability to fully be the church of Jesus. As we continue what is church and what is not church within the realities of the pandemic, let’s continue to be church together!
Pastor Becky Jo