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Dear Church Family,

The widespread use of masks during the pandemic has given rise to a new form of expression. Infectious disease experts tell us that wearing a mask in public places is an important gift we offer our neighbors, to reduce the potential spread of the virus.  But have you noticed that more than simply utilitarian, masks have become fashion statements?  I’ve seen masks displaying butterflies, fireworks, American flags, daisies, baseball team logos and countless other variations.   You can even get masks with your own facial image imprinted on them.

Important as use of masks is, I miss seeing the facial expressions of people.  Reading people’s eyes can tell us a lot, but still a lot is missing. It’s hard to know whether a person is looking joyful or quizzical, or grimacing in pain or anger.  Non verbal communication has always been an important part of our expression, but perhaps in this time we need to be especially attentive to our words. Part of the benefit of Zoom during this time is being able to see each other’s faces and hear each other’s words.

This Sunday we hear the voice of Jonah from the belly of the whale.  The texts are Jonah 2 and Matthew 12:38-41.  The sermon is “Deliverance.” We will be celebrating communion, so I would invite you to prepare the elements at home in advance.  The link is https://thefv.cc/online-worship/. The bulletin is attached.

The 3rd session of the Bible study will be Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. via Zoom.  The link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83678037573?pwd=cnFYeGFrSDhrbTNXdER5ZGxSQ0tEQT09 .

We continue to have a virtual coffee hour by Zoom at 11 a.m. Sunday.  The link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86915155515?pwd=UnYxUlJ6Nldjb3MyWHlzYmRWVFhaZz09.

And finally, we invite anyone who would like an in-person meeting to join us on the church lawn on Wednesday, August 5 at 7 p.m.  Bring a lawn chair and a mask.  We’ll be social distancing around a circle.  Plans are to do this about once a month until we gather again for worship.

I’m looking forward to being with you in any or all of these formats.

Peace and Joy,

Rich

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