Below are the words of Pastor Mary Martha which she shared with those of us who were there with her Thursday. I know many of you will be as moved as I was. This woman is certainly a gift from God.
It was a day I will remember the rest of my days.
It was a deeply meaningful time for 77 persons to receive holy communion. We had several families unable to attend due to the inclement weather.
Notable is that Mary Williams WALKED up the block to come with her daughter.
She insisted on walking: Alexander rode her home in a wheelchair.
Notable is that Cordelia WALKED in the rain from 26 and Locust to attend.
She is ill with breast cancer and has suffered.
Notable is that we had several families come with children in the evening and young adults also. We had multiple people come with joy.
I am so grateful we could pull together to make this work. It has been an enormous loss for us to be unable to use the sanctuary/building to fully serve. The virus has placed terrible limits: we will find the safe pathway forward every step of the way. I cannot even express what it meant to me as your pastor to be able to serve in this way after all this time of confinement for people. Some, I know, were wondering if they would get back inside the sanctuary while still this side of the grave. They did, and they will again.
Most people immediately signed up for the next two holy communion dates, which Lani and Alexander carefully handled.
The next three dates are:
+ Wednesday, Oct. 27th from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (hard stop due to evening worship)
+ Saturday, Nov. 13 from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. (can extend as needed)
+ Monday, November 22nd: NOON - 7:00 p.m.
What a wonderful day at Hephatha on Thursday
Items were dropped off for Afghan Refugees.
A number of people got their 1sr 2nd or booster COVID19 vaccination
there was a continuous stream of individuals, couples and whole families coming to the altar to receive Holy Communion.
Thank you to everyone who participated.
Next two Holy Communmion datesare
Wednesday October 27
Saturday November 13
Call the church to make an appointment!!!