SCRC Newsletter – 3/13/20
JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED!
Esther Ellis will be with us in worship this Sunday. She is an epidemiologist for the VI Department of Health and will be sharing updates and advice with us regarding the coronavirus. So, turn off the news and come get the information from a reliable source, calm your fears, and be prepared!
STAY UP TO DATE
Do you want to know what’s happening at SCRC? If you’re on Facebook, you can “Like” the St. Croix Reformed Church Facebook page. If e-mail is more your style, subscribe to updates on the home page of our website: stcroixreformed.org.
HAND 2 HAND FUND
The St. Croix Reformed Church has a fund designated to help residents who find themselves in immediate financial need to get past a crisis. The Hand 2 Hand fund may also be used in other ways to benefit the community where there are significant struggles. If you know of someone, or of a situation that needs immediate assistance, please speak with either Pastor Peter or any member of the Consistory. Perhaps we can help.
VIRGIN ISLANDS CLERGY PEACE COALITION
The VICPC on St. Croix is sponsoring faith-based community organizing because they believe that frustration without action leads to bitterness and empathy without action leads to burnout. They are looking for two representatives from each congregation to attend a workshop on Monday, March 16, at 6pm. It will be held at St. Croix Reformed Church.
LISTENING FOR GOD’S P.U.L.S.E.
Frank Rogers, in his book, Compassion In Practice, defines compassion as “simply being moved in our depths by another’s experience and responding in ways that intend either to ease the suffering or to promote the flourishing within that person.” Pastor Peter will be preaching a Lenten series on that topic. You are invited to take a copy of the book from the back of the sanctuary.
VIRTUAL BIBLE STUDY
Pastor Peter has started a new Facebook group for a virtual Bible study. Please take some time this week to leave a comment and respond to others.
Your 2019 giving statement was emailed to you over the last two weeks. If you have not received it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you another copy. Also, giving envelopes are still in the back of the sanctuary if you would like your donations recorded for 2020. Thank you for your support!
In response to the survey results, the Consistory has decided to form two teams to meet the needs and fulfill the hopes of the congregation for the year. You are invited to join them in these efforts. One team will focus on a greater sense of belonging in the congregation. The other will focus on a stronger sense of connection with the surrounding area. Mark your calendars for Monday, April 13, at 5pm and speak with one of the Consistory members listed here for more information.
LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS
Lift Up Your Hearts is a new hymnbook that has been published by the Reformed Church in America. We have been making due with an older hymnbook and a new songbook, but with larger crowds on Sunday the Consistory decided it was time for an upgrade. You can dedicate a new hymnbook in memory of a loved one by purchasing a copy for use in worship. The cost is $20.
Property maintenance wasn’t one of Pastor Peter’s electives in seminary. Here are a few projects he would appreciate some help with:
Sacred Breath, Wednesdays @ 6pm
Yoga for the People, Fridays @ 9am