Here are some of the highlights this season. For more information, scroll to the bottom to download a copy of our newsletter, or sign up to receive them via email.
If you use social media, be sure to follow our Instagram Feed and Facebook page for all our public info, including some great photos of all the things we’re still up to, despite not being able to gather. Join the Facebook Group: Community of St. John United, a private group open to all friends of SJU. Use #SJUStaysConnected to share and find posts!
Share a snapshot of what you’re up to as part of our new community photo collection, #peopleofSJU! When you experience a moment of beauty, wonder, inspiration, comfort, or intrigue take a photo and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. These moments may be as you spend time nesting in your home, as you go on walks for fresh air, as you pray, play, create, or so much more. The photos will be shared on SJU’s private community Facebook page, which you can chat on! You can also click here to view all of the past photos in one place.
Another way we’re staying connected is through regular zoom calls, every Wednesday at 6pm, using Zoom . You can join by phone (+1 669 900 9128, meeting ID:461 845 707) or online((https://zoom.us/j/461845707). The online version allows for video. The calls are only 45-60 minutes, and you can even show up in your pajamas! We usually reflect on a question, just as a conversation starter, and then end in prayer. The time will be led by Pastor Anna or Sister Jessica every week until we’re able to worship in-person together again.
So many of you have been finding creative ways to stay in touch, from sending note cards to dropping off groceries from a distance. Keep it up! If you’d like to be involved in an organized effort to stay connected, consider joining the Listening for a Change Team, or becoming a member at large! Contact Sister Jessica Zimmerle at email@example.com for more information.
Our very own Hot Meal Program and staff were recently featured in two news articles recently! Check out the Seattle Times piece, Volunteers Stay Home, Meal Programs To Go – and Homeless Feel the Effect of Social Distancing and The Atlantic: Who Will Run the Soup Kitchens?.
Sister Jessica and Pastor Anna were also interviewed for an article, Fast Company: Meet the Christians Giving Up Carbon for Lent, about our Lenten Fast from Single-Use Plastic. That was before we know we’d be giving up far more for Lent than plastic. Check out the pictures of our sanctuary!
Our staff are working almost entirely from home, so there are no office hours until further notice. The building is closed to the public. Unless you’ve made arrangements to take care of essential work, please don’t enter the property for your own healthy safety. Voicemail and email are still check regularly, so you can leave a message if you’d like to reach us. We’re very much still working, just not from home.
The weekly eNews and Eagle Newsletter are managed by Jean, our Office Administrator. If you have something you’d like to be included in communications, like committee updates, or ministry news, send them her way. Copy Pastor Anna if you want it show up on the website or social media also.
We will continue to offer a pre-recorded Service of the Word online every Sunday, publishing the video to our YouTube Channel: SJU by the Zoo, website and social media. View at your leisure and consider sharing it with friends. When last checked, last the video from last Sunday had 135 views, which is exceptionally good worship attendance for us!
You can participate in our video worship! Contact our Music Director Nathan Jensen, our most excellent video editor, to do a reading, play an instrument or sing with the choir (that’s right they’re recording individual from their homes!). You can record video or audio from home using a phone or computer, and then simply upload it to our shared folder.
It’s clear now that we will not be able to gather in person for Holy Week and Easter, so we’re working on some news ways to honor this time. We need your help! Send us a a picture of yourself with the word Hallelujah spelled out (write it on a piece of paper, use sidewalk chalk, spell it in flowers, whatever you like). Email it to Pastor Anna or Nathan, or upload it to this folder: Easter Selfies, and we’ll use it for our Easter Sunday worship. Just be sure to include yourself, as we want to see you beautiful faces.
We’ll be sending out Holy Week & Easter worship videos, even as we long to be together in person. Stay tuned for three services, part of a collaborative project Pastor Anna is working on with other rostered ministers in our Synod.
Good Friday: Seven Last Words – Service of mediation and on the seven last words of Jesus.
Holy Saturday Easter Vigil – Biblical Storytelling, holy hilarity and chaos, around a fireplace.
Easter Sunday: Resurrection of Our Lord—A Service of the Word with Bishop Shelley Bryan Wee preaching, and incorporating liturgical elements from congregational leaders synod wide.
In-Person gatherings are not allowed at the building, but some groups are still meeting via Zoom, including the Church Council, the Finance Committee, and the Listening for a Change Team. Of course, Wednesday evening Conversation & Prayer time meets also! If you’re interested in hosting a virtual meeting, ask an SJU staff members of someone from one of these teams for some tips on how to use Zoom. We’d be happy to give you a little tutorial, and have a nice face-to-face conversation at the same time! Anyone can set up a free account for meetings up to 40 minutes long.
There will be no LWR gathering of quilts and kits this spring. We will keep making quilts and look forward to sending them all off in the fall, hopefully. If the SS wishes to make school kits or health kits for LWR, they will appreciate them next fall.