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Pastor Ralph's
Weekly Update
September 23, 2020

Greetings, CHLC family and friends,

This coming Sunday, September 27, is the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost. Our worship service will once again be live-streamed at 10:00 on our Facebook group, with a link sent out afterward to view it online through Vimeo. As we continue hearing God's word in these fall months, we are challenged by Jesus to consider what it means that Jesus is the highest authority in our lives. We are also challenged by Paul to consider what it means to "work out our own salvation with fear and trembling ... for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure."

Our in-person worship was moved to our lawn area last Sunday, and it seemed to go just fine. When the sun had fully risen over the trees it was nice and warm for worshipers. If the temperatures in October are not above 50 degrees then it is possible we will not meet in person on the scheduled days (Oct 4 and 18). We will make that decision by the middle of the week leading up to those Sundays and let everyone know the plans. For right now, we are hopeful that the weather will cooperate, as it has all summer!!

Our Transition Task Force will soon talk about the possibility of meeting indoors for in-person worship, beginning in November. As the weather outside turns colder, if the status of Franklin County remains "Level Two," then we should be able to gather for abbreviated services indoors. Keep your eyes open for more about this in the month of October.

We will be sending out a Bellringer this coming Monday, September 28, so if any individuals or groups in the congregation have things to share, please email or call the church office by Friday of this week.

Thank you for your generous donations for the health kits and hygiene items. A group of women from the church will be here this afternoon (Wednesday) to assemble and box them up. You will be receiving a mailing from the Women of the church about their next project, raising money for Marsh Brook Place, a shelter for homeless youth in Columbus. Details about the project and a bookmark will be in the mailing.

Our Women's circles are also planning a Bible study for Saturday, October 10 at 10:00 a.m. at the church. The hope is to be outside, but it might be necessary to move into the large parish hall depending on the weather. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing! We want everyone to remain healthy.

I hope that families received the activity sheets from Rita and me last week, and that you are able to discuss them and enjoy them. We will be sharing them each month.

The bulletin for Sunday is attached to this email, and here is the link to a video version of this update:

https://vimeo.com/461012406

I will see you online!!

Pastor