Unintentionally Abroad: Exploring Our New Dual-Citizenship

Dear All Angels’ Family,

Recently I’ve been reflecting on living in a post-Easter world amidst the reality of COVID-19.

It feels like one long Holy Saturday, doesn’t it? I find myself wondering like the disciples must have; “Things are so bad, how could any good come out of this?”

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Real Talk with Mary Ellen: Parents Ask “How Do I Get My Kids to Attend Sunday Worship?”

I’ve occasionally watched the sun set over the caldera near Santorini via live webcam. In real life, Mike and I visited Santorini in one of our P.K. trips (pre-kids).  Re-living the memory activates my amygdala to good effect; beautiful imagery makes me feel happy. That emotional state  influences cognitive processes like learning, attention, modulation of behavior is no longer news.  Thank you brain science! Every school teacher will tell you that learning and engagement improves when kids feel safe, feel included, perceive the community reflects them. In short, a vibrant emotional and relational space is the antidote to student apathy and readies a kid for learning.

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Showering our Friends with Love.

A Day in the Life of our Shower Team…

Yesterday evening, during a virtual Community Ministries volunteer gathering, some of our volunteers asked, How is the CM Team doing? How are our CM friends? We’ll break down those answers in the coming weeks, but first, we want to invite you to see what a typical Pathways day currently looks like for us. 

7:00am Our groggy CM Team arrives onsite for shower setup.
7:30am Shower Registration begins–eager guests are given timed tickets until spots are full (usually by 9:00am).
7:55am Showers begin–the first guest arrives at the front door five minutes prior to their shower time for a screening and hand sanitizing. They are then offered toiletries, underwear, socks, a t-shirt, and other self-care items as available.
8:00am Hurry up and get your shower on!!
8:10am First Shower ends–guests are then offered a coffee, pastry and/or sandwich provided by our partners from Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc., receive resource sheets for meals and services around the city.
8:15am Finish bleaching the bathroom and shower stall, wipe down chairs, doorknobs, and any surface or handle in sight.
8:15am Listen to shower guest talk about their feelings, COVID experiences, complaints, concerns, conspiracies, news reports…………….. with as much compassion and grace we have within us! Admittedly, some guests get more than others 😉 

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In addition, we… 
– Pass out mail to appx. 20 friends per day who use All Angels’ as their primary mailing address
– Pass out coffee and pastries to appx. 20 more friends looking for some warmth or sustenance
– Refer 5-10 clients to the Institute for Family Health for medical or psychiatric care, or social services
– Assist guests with referrals to shelters, unemployment applications, COIVD-19 education, masks & hygiene kits, and etc.

If this sounds like a riveting way to spend your lockdown days, we have a new in-person volunteer opportunity for you! On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-11am or 11am-1pm, we are seeking volunteers to help serve coffee and breakfast foods to our guests. Please email whitney@allangelschurch.com for more information or to sign up. 

Love & Peace,

The Community Ministries Team

Psalm 91 Relief Fund

Beloved in Christ,

In just a few short weeks, the coronavirus outbreak has brought about a staggering amount of suffering and dislocation in our city and around the world. Yet amid our collective fear and uncertainty, Psalm 91 rings out with the assurance of God’s protection and deliverance:

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Real Talk With Mary Ellen: Tools for the Occasion

A key precept in the dialectical behavior therapy toolbox is a generous attitude of “you are doing the best you can.”  I’ve hauled that phrase out often with my own kids. “Look, I’m doing the best I can.” Sometimes we would laugh and add “it’s just not very good.”  When they became adults, I revealed my big horrible secret: “Parents don’t really know what they are doing; they make it up as they go along.” At first my emerging adult children seemed disappointed.  Then came this “aha” look like THAT explained a lot of things. And empathy soon flowed.

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Information on Digital Worship for March 29, 2020

Dear Friends,

Please join us for live streamed worship this Sunday at 10 AM. We will worship according to a liturgy based on the Kenyan Rite, which is the normal order of worship for our 5:00 PM service (with a few adaptations for Lent). We will begin live streaming from the church at 9:45 AM.

We invite you to stream the service through our Facebook LIVE page. We are encouraging participation through Facebook if possible, as Facebook offers the ability for live interaction (both with us, and with each other) during the service. If you are not able to access Facebook, we will also be streaming the service live on YouTube.

Both platforms for livestream worship, as well as the bulletin, can be accessed from our homepage on www.allangelschurch.com

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