Message from Curran

Beloved Community,

I am working with our Mayor, Logan Harvey, on a task force designed to make certain that everyone in our valley is fed. Starting next week, we will be mobilizing additional free grocery distribution throughout the valley. The goal of this supplemental food support is to be of help to ANYONE and EVERYONE who might find that this pandemic has stressed them financially. The hope is that people will be able to reserve some of what they might normally spend on groceries and be able to apply those resources to other essentials such as rent and utilities.

A list of all available food resources will be ready soon. In the meanwhile, Redwood Empire Food Bank, https://refb.org/ is the best resource for the location of free groceries. At the very top of the Redwood Food Bank home page is a “GET FOOD” button. Type your address for a list of distribution sites and times. Additionally, if you are a senior citizen and need extra support, consider signing up for their program called “Senior Baskets”  which offers food delivered to your door, along with additional amenities.

You are welcome to make financial contributions directly through the Redwood Food Bank site as the need for food services will increase exponentially in the next few weeks. So too will the need to finance the extra food being provided. Soon I will also provide you with a direct link to donate to the Sonoma Valley Food Security Fund as well as a link to sign up if you are able to offer volunteer hours. We are looking to create volunteer opportunities with as little exposure risks as possible.

If you or someone you know needs a friendly person to talk to they should know about the Friendship Line provided by the Institute on Aging. The line operates as both a warmline and a crisis hotline. Providing routine phone calls in order to provide support, reassurance, well-being checks, and information and referral for additional care. Call toll free at 800-971-0016. 😊

The FCCS leadership team is also working on a phone tree so that everyone can feel connected to someone in our church community. And as always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me personally if there is something I can do for you. I am hoping to set up some online office hours next week for people to call in as they wish.

Be safe and be well ~ Curran


“The mysticism of everyday life is the deepest mysticism of all”- Jurgen Moltmann

Beloved Community,

These are difficult times to endure and difficult times to be separated from one another. Collectively we affirm that we are never separate from God and there are very tangible ways that engaging spiritual practice during these uncertain days can help to bring us into deeper communion with the Holy and with each other, even if we aren’t in the same room together.

One of the most important things we can do during this time of disorientation is to create a schedule of regularity for ourselves. Waking at the same time each day and going to bed at the same time each night with attention to getting enough sleep and proper nutrition is a significant regulator for the body, mind, and spirit.

Many of you may recall that several years back we engaged a book called, Seven Sacred Pauses; living mindfully through the hours of the day by Macrina Wiederkehr O.S.B., you may own a copy and this is an excellent opportunity to bring it down off the shelf. It is also available on Amazon new or used. Additionally, you can call on scripture or your favorite poetry, the key is to be intentional about slowing down for a few moments several times a day, lighting a candle, placing your feet flat on the ground and remembering to breath.

Marking the hours; a sacred tool

Beginning our mornings by grounding ourselves in the Sacred will help us to face whatever comes upon us during the day.

No one knows what makes the soul wake up so happy. Maybe a dawn breezes has blown the veil away from the face of God. ~Jelauddin Rumi

Pausing at noon to re-ground can remind us to stay present and centered even when the world around us continues to swirl.

As the day grows, I, too, grow attentive, free, patient, grateful, wise. ~Macrina Wiederkehr

As the sun begins to fade, pausing to mark the arrival of evening will help us to know that it is time to lay the burdens of the day down. No more news, no more worrying, time to rest.

I yearn to be held in the great hands of your heart-oh let them take me now. Into them I place these fragments, my life, and you, God-spend them however you want. ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Music to Ground You

You can also access the free download of the CD that was created for moments such as these and is designed to offer music that you can listen to all at once for thirty minutes or a song or two at a time to help reground you.

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/curranreichert2

either/or

https://curranreichert.bandcamp.com/album/rest-songs-of-comfort-and-peace

or to hear a different version of the same music try

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/velmafrye

Other Ways of Connection

We plan to record some video invitations to “sacred pauses” over the next weeksand will post the links on the web and also send them out in the weekly e-blast. We are in the process of figuring out how to bring some form of church services to you on Sundays as things on campus are shut down for the foreseeable future. Your leadership team will keep you posted as the situation unfolds.

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two breaths, or the turning inwards in prayer for five short minutes. ~Etty Hillesum

Blessings to you good people and do not hesitate to reach out if there is a way the church can be of support.

Curran


 


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