Our hearts yearn to be together even as we are separated by a necessary time of physical distancing.
Your staff at PoP has been utilizing video conferencing and online tools to keep us connected. And, as we face potentially longer periods of physical distancing (with a probable slow easing of restrictions as far as how many of us can gather together), we would like more of us to get to experience the gift of video conferencing/meeting.
The technology takes a very little bit of adjustment to get used to (and a need for a webcam…if you need help figuring out what you need to participate ask us!). Getting to see one another’s homes and places we live has a beautifully unique intimacy to it and can help us feel connected in a powerful way.
Enclosed in these Peace Notes are ways to get involved over the next weeks virtually, staring with this Sunday!
by Pastor Sara Pearson
It is amazing how much our lives have changed in the span of a week, and how many times we as your staff and leadership have shifted gears and direction due to the regulations set forth by the Santa Clara County Health Department. In the midst of all of these changes, some of the things that have NOT changed:
We want to extend a special thank you to David L, Ken P, Darrin D., Marc F, and of course Pastor Nate for bringing worship into our homes.
See the March 15 service here.
Go to our YouTube Channel and tune in 10:00 am this Sunday. The service will not show up until we "go live". Then it will appear on the left side of the list of videos. Last week worship was not broadcasting until 10:05, so don't worry if you don't see the video at 10am on the dot.
Greetings PoP Community,
The leadership of the church has been in conversation with other faith leaders, our bishop, and one another as we navigate this unique and stressful time together. Our priority is the health and safety of all people. Our secondary care is ensuring that our people have access to what they need spiritually and emotionally.
We are live-streaming our worship services. The link to the stream is here.
We completely honor and respect if a person does not feel safe coming to church. These are hard times for folks who are immuno-compromised or in the vulnerable group. Please know that we care and if you would like a pastoral visit, we are available.
We have postponed our Lenten Meal Groups until further notice. Wednesday evening worship continues and will also be live-streamed.
And for the sake of our emotional well-being:
Learn how to connect via social media and YouTube during FED times the next two weeks: Join us in the fellowship hall with your personal smart phones, tablets or laptops and we can help you connect and learn to use Google Hang-outs, Facebook, YouTube or any other online platform. We are hoping this can help us stay connected digitally as a community.
We all know this is a fluid situation and that we are making our best efforts to care for one another. We will follow the lead and suggestions of the Santa Clara county health department. We are also in conversation as a staff about what to do in case of quarantine or more severe restrictions.
If you find yourself in need of being quarantined, short on any supplies, or in need of a friendly voice to pray with or laugh with, please call the church office or the Pastors’ cell phones.
Peace and Wellness,
Hundreds of Santa Clara County residents came through Prince of Peace over four days from February 29th through March 3.
The Fellowship Hall was being used a voting center and polling place for the California Primary election. During those days PoP volunteers staffed a greeting table with coffee, water and information about Prince of Peace.
The first few days were quiet, but by election day there was a steady stream of voters registering in person, changing their registration, voting, or just dropping off mail-in ballots. With several dozen donut holes we offered a welcome presence and even got to have some more in depth conversations. We built relationship with the election staff too (they were also thrilled with the hospitality and even got the coffee going before we arrived.)
Special thanks to our volunteers at the table Marilyn, Arlene, Jim, North, & Anne. Special thanks to Drew for making a needed second donut run by 10:30am on election day.
Prince of Peace will again be a voting center October 31, and November 1-3 for the Presidential elections. We will offer hospitality again and would love to have your help. Contact Anne to get involved.
This past weekend many of our high schoolers attended the Sierra Pacific Synod Youth Committee's annual High School Retreat at Mt Cross.
One of our youth, Andrew M made the amazing decision to run, and then was elected, onto the Sierra Pacific Synod Youth Committee.
This committee organizes, plans, and runs retreats for children and youth from all over the Sierra Pacific Synod, as well as representing our youth population at our Synod Assembly in May.
This committee is a wonderful opportunity to grow in one's connections with their community, their wider church body, and with God. We pray for Andrew as he takes up this leadership position, and helps to guide and serve our church in the coming year. We look forward to celebrating and supporting Andrew as he embarks on this journey.