While we long for the gatherings that sustain us, there are still many ways to show up as church. Below are some of the ways we’re supporting our community amidst COVID-19. Together we can keep critical services going! The good news is, that most of the coordinating can be done from home, so you #StayHomeStayHealthy. Here are updates and ways you can help. Contact the church office if you have questions. Please be patient, as we are working from home.
The Green Team of St. John United Lutheran Church expresses our congregation’s commitment to honor and care for God’s created world. We are currently working to identify and implement actions that will move St. John United to net-zero-emissions status. Our actions are based on the understanding that the Biblical command of “dominion” in relation to the Earth means responsible stewardship of this sacred planet.
The Green Team deeply values ongoing, active collaboration with SJU’s congregation and members of the wider community, including other religious institutions and community groups. We are currently partnering with the Seattle Trees for Neighborhoods Program to plant street trees along the north side of the property. Read more here, and consider joining us!
If you live in a different region from our church, please consider contacting nursing homes and medical facilities near you. Need is high is all areas!
Our sewers are making much needed masks and gowns for local nursing homes. If you’d like to help, contact the church office. For masks, we are using the pattern described here: Deaconess – How to make a Face Mask. Gowns are currently being fashioned from choir robes.
The Hot Meal Program has continued to adapt to changing circumstances, while many other programs have closed. This last week, meals were served to-go out in the parking lot, by new volunteers with donations from new sources. You can help by volunteering (if you’re not at higher risk for contracting a more severe case of COVID-19) by by visiting the volunteer page and to contact the volunteer coordinator at the Phinney Neighborhood Association. If being present in person is not for you, there are also new needs. Visit this Amazon Wish List to send much appreciated supplies directly to PNA staff.
As a member of Sound Alliance, we’re part of a powerful organizing network made up of faith communities, teachers, service organizations, and more. There are many ways you can connect with efforts around issues like housing equity and homelessness. We’re currently working on a new campaign to map our community and address new needs around things like equitable access to technology, rent assistance, and more. Contact Pastor Anna to get involved. You could attend a strategy meeting (virtual for now) as a representative from SJU!
Since we’re not gathering for worship, we’re also not passing the offering plate around! Now is a great time to try online giving through the Giving Page of our website. It’s easy and helps sustain our organization and it’s critical programs. You can give once with a credit card, or use an email address to set up recurring giving. You’re also welcome to send checks through the mail. Just know that we’re picking up the mail weekly, during the building closure, so it’ll take a little more time to process than usual. Thank you for thinking of your church during this time.