Peace, peace I give to you. ~Jesus
The staff and I are brokenhearted that we cannot remain with you in person at this time. So much fear, grief, and anxiety swirls about us. My stress feels like a taut and brittle wire, running through me. And I know that many of you struggle with the frustrations of home-schooling, family worries, as well as the COVID-19 threats.
As the Body of Christ, when a crisis occurs, we gather together to comfort one another. That’s what we do—we rejoice, pray, and mourn with each other. So, it seems unnatural to disconnect from one another physically. But even as we keep a safe distance, we will continue to find ways to reach out to one another and comfort one another. Although we are not physically gathering, we know that the church is more than the building—it is this amazing beloved community that cares for one another and the world.
I wanted to answer some of the questions that we have been hearing.
Are we meeting? We continue to follow the town’s directives and refrain from physical gatherings. We will continue to worship and conduct our business virtually, through Zoom, Slack, and the telephone. You can call the church office and it will forward to our homes.
This is the link for the livestream that takes place on Sunday morning at 10:00 am: https://zoom.us/j/580531282.
How are we caring for people in our congregation? Rev. Mary Thies and Tina St. Armand compiled a list of people who will need particular attention during this time. The pastoral care team is calling them to see if they need groceries, medicine, or just a chance to talk and pray. We will continue to call people throughout the crisis.
If you or any member you know is sick, hospitalized, or has a need, please call the church office at (203) 966-0002. If we cannot answer, please leave a message. If you would like to send a general prayer request, you can email me (email@example.com).
Can we help? Yes! As the days and weeks continue, people will need calls, cards, groceries, and tech support. We are connecting people to services and members of our congregation who can help. We are keeping a list of people who are able to help.
If you would like to help, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and indicate what you would like to do.
How can we give? Since we are not able to pass a plate on Sunday morning and evening, people have been asking how they can contribute their tithes and offerings. We thank you for your generosity. These offerings are more crucial than ever as we shift from in-person to on-line, continue our worship, and minister in a time of heightened pastoral care needs.
If you ordinarily give to the offering on Sunday morning, please send a payment through your bank app or a check to the church at 178 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840. If you would like to have your offerings and pledges automatically withdrawn from your checking account or charged to your credit card, then you can contact Jim Riehl at Jriehl@fpcnc.org or (203) 940 1305 and he will guide you through that process. Or you can give digitally via paypal by clicking here.
How can we give to our community? We will continue to support the New Canaan Food Pantry. Though we were buying food for them, the pantry asked that we give money donations rather than food items at this time.
Please send your donation to New Canaan Food Pantry, 77 Main Street, New Canaan, CT 06840. For more information, please call New Canaan Human Services (203) 594-3076.
I am so thankful for our congregation, especially with the outpouring of people who want to help. You are amazing. We may not be together in body, but we are certainly together in spirit.
Peace and love,
Rev. Carol Howard Merritt