These past months have been different for all of us. 2020 will forever be the year of the pandemic. We are all learning about the seriousness of a virus that has no cure. We know that COVID-19 has killed many already. And, it will likely kill more before our scientists find a way to combat this killer.
We have also learned how we can help. We have learned the importance of hand washing – if we didn’t know that already. This virus can get into our systems through our mouth and eyes -the openings. So, masks are the order of the day, particularly when we have to be inside and near people. People don’t know if they are carrying the virus. We must be diligent.
What we also know is that those who have compromised immune systems and those who are older have a harder time fighting this virus. Our congregation continues to shelter in our homes for safety. Back in March when it was cold and this started, no problem. We thought it would only be a short time. Now we know it will continue for months, until we have a vaccine.
We have to remind ourselves that the virus continues to kill. Now we know more who are positive or have suffered the effects of the virus. Now, it is up close and personal. Yet now, after all this time in our homes, we are getting stir crazy. As much of a sanctuary our homes are, we are now very aware that we are a village: we need others.
Enter the Deacons.
The Deacons in our church each have a section of the congregation that we are pledged to help. Each section is called a parish. If you don’t know what parish you are in or who your Deacon is, you can find out by going on the church website. Click on Members. Logon. Under Members, find your name. Check to make sure all the contact information is correct. In that section, you will find what parish you are in. Susan Zentz, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Barbara Trumbull, email@example.com will give you the name of your Deacon.
Deacons are available to help you at this time, or in any time you may need a little help. We are here to support our members in whatever way we can. When we meet at church, we organize the fellowship time. But now, we deliver flowers. We send cards to those who are sick, as well as support those who have lost a loved one. We serve communion to those who can’t get to church. We are available to help anyone who needs help, in whatever way they need it. Now, it may just be a person to talk to: that’s ok. We are a village: we need one another.