At this time of unprecedented challenge to the global community, congregations of varied faiths have an indispensable role to play in the overcoming of that challenge. We can encourage one another to stay well informed, to be a non-anxious presence (or at least a less anxious presence) to those around us, and to express compassion in whatever ways are possible at this time. Our faith, nurtured in worship and daily experience over the years, has prepared us to respond with steadiness and wisdom in the midst of many changes.
We continue to urge you to follow the guidelines for health protocols as set forth by the Center for Disease Control. They are summarized as follows:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used
- Cover your sneezes and cough with a tissue or sleeve (not hands)
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or moth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact or sharing cups and utensils with anyone who is sick
Department of Human Services at 203-622-3800. For those residents experiencing challenges with food, finances, and living arrangements. Non-Greenwich Residents will be put in contact with their local department.
Domestic Abuse Services at the YWCA, call the 24/7 hotline at 203-622-0003.
Kids in Crisis: 203-327-KIDS or 203-661-1911
Mobile Crisis Intervention Services Hotline- 2-1-1
As we go forward, with uncertainty for the future so much a part of our lives, it will be increasingly important for members and friends of our congregation to check in on one another. “Stay connected,” wrote the Rev. Donald Remnick, Conference Minister for the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ. “The initial adrenaline and adaptations to working and being from home will draw thin. There is a weariness and exhaustion that comes from continuing to adapt and update in this constantly changing situation. Finding creative ways to keep connected with each other as a community of faith and with our friends and family is crucial. As is finding times for quiet renewal of our souls.”
And as we seek to connect with God in simple ways through the course of each day we can practice these basic spiritual exercises:
- Remember to enjoy deep breaths that can release anxiety and center us in God. "Breathe in the breath of God" are the words of an old hymn. This simple exercise can release tension and refresh faith.
- Remember to pause and rest in God: our refuge and strength whose steadfast love endures forever.
- Take a walk outside (or in whatever space is available to you). The crocuses are still blooming. daffodils are there. Robins and spring birds have arrived. And a walk through our homes, past cherished photos and book, around living spaces where we feel safe can yield its own benefits.
- Pause, Breath, Pray, Rest in the presence of God. And know that you are not alone. Your Round Hill Community Church staff members and volunteers from the congregation will stay in touch with you and we hope you will always feel free to call upon us. Our numbers are isted below and we trust you will use them as you feel the need.
And it is especially important to practice social distancing by sheltering in our homes until such time as it is considered safe to move in wider circles and in the company of more people.
May the peace that surpasses all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus: now and always!
Yours in Christ,
Ed Horstmann, Senior Pastor