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Pastor Ralph's
Weekly Update
May 27, 2020

Greetings Church!!
This coming Sunday is a day that some have called our birthday!! Pentecost - the day when the spirit was poured out on the followers of Jesus and they began to witness to Jesus' living and loving presence in the world in their words and deeds. We will once again have our service live-streamed on Facebook Live at 10:00 a.m., and shared by video link through the email blast and on the homepage soon after.

The color of the day is red, and you will see the red paraments and geraniums that we always have on that day in the sanctuary. I also invite you to take a picture of you and your family wearing red and send it to me - the easiest way is probably to take a selfie with your phone camera and text it to me at 614-588-2907. I can then print them out to tape on the pews for Sunday. You can also email it to me at pastor@clintonheights.net, or USPS me to the church address - 15 Clinton Heights Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43202. I hope you will participate in this fun little exercise!!

As I research more about the possibility of some sort of in person worship experience, I am intrigued by the idea of having services outside, on the front lawn. Being in a confined space (like our sanctuary) is actually one of the least-safe ways to be together right now, but outside, where microscopic aerosole water droplets that we expel when we breath, speak, sing, cough or sneeze can dissipate quickly and easily is the safest way to do it. We still have to be careful about the surfaces that we touch, but if folks bring their own lawn chair and sit in households spaced apart, we can provide a container for offerings, the bulletin and a podium, electronic keyboard and speaker. Would you be likely to join for this format this summer?

I am also thinking of putting together some video Bible studies or other meetings/gatherings in the coming weeks as well. Stay tuned for more info ...

Finally, I completed my 5K for Oesterlen this morning by walking 3.69 miles from my brother's business to the church. That is actually 5.938 K, so we will call it 6K. If you have not had a chance to donate to Oesterlen on my behalf and would still like to support this worthy ministry, please follow the link below:
I thank those who have already donated and those who will this week as well!!

Here is a link to a video version of this update, brought to you straight from the front lawn of the church building :https://vimeo.com/423230847

And as always, you will find a copy of Sunday's bulletin attached to this email.

Peace and blessings until we meet again!