Dear Friends,

I don’t know about you, but last week felt like a year to me. I was really doing alright. The days were long, but there were some small victories on Zoom, learning how to use an audio app for recording messages, I reopened Face Book after 3 years away, and was thrilled the ways an old-fashioned phone tree helped our St. Luke members.

The first time we didn’t have church on Sunday, was kind of OK for me. The next week, not so much. I missed seeing all of you. I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed interacting with everyone and seeing the greeters and ushers and all the servants, smelling coffee and watching the kids grab their favorite cookie(s) on the way to faith formation.  I worshiped while drinking coffee on my couch. It was lonely even though know many of you were worshiping with me.

I will be really, really, excited to see your faces again!

True confession, I have never been a person who cries easily, but I have cried at unexpected times when thinking of you. The truth of the matter is THIS FEELS HARD BECAUSE IT IS HARD!

Here we are. It’s the last day of March. I’ve been working from home for almost 2 weeks. Many of you have done so as well.  And it feels hard. It is not the same.

During this global pandemic, the staff promises to keep doing what we always do: pray for you, teach, worship and speak with you even though it is all done by phone and technology.

I love the creativity I’m seeing on social media – the virtual concerts and prayers written in sidewalk chalk., some of the humor (TRAVIS! LORI B!) I rest assured in God’s unfailing love for us and for all that God has made, even amid fear, disease, distance, loss, and death.

And, this is hard. Just like you, I can get overwhelmed. I am mentally exhausted. I am desperately trying to readjust. I miss my people. I am taking it one day at a time. Today I am humming “It is well with my soul” and imagining you are doing the same. It will be so good to sing together again!

My goal today is to pray for you by name as I go through the church directory, to connect with Pastor Dave and Jonathan via zoom, and maybe dance around the kitchen again tonight while cleaning up after dinner.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

Your sister in Christ, Sharon Ross