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From Pastor Susan in the September edition of Within These Red Doors :

Parents and their students (of all ages) were already making decisions about school in August. Because the COVID-19 pandemic choices were limited: In-person? E-learning? On-line classes? A hybrid of

e-learning and in-person? We know our Sunday School students learn so much when they do attend on Sunday mornings, however, we are not contemplating In-Person learning for up to seventh grades just yet. Families ARE welcome to worship together in the Fellowship Hall, set up to physically distance. Our Council President has appointed Vicki Boyle, who joined our

church on August 23, 2020, as the new Christian Education Chairperson, due to a resignation, and we hope to see some activity for students via email. Presently, there is a Travel Tag project on our church website under “What We Do: Sunday School.” As I write, we are still hearing Statements of Faith in church from the 2019-2020 Confirmation Class. No date has been set to have them confirmed as of yet. I have emailed the parents of our

potential 2020-2021 Confirmation Class to begin exploring schedules. And I will begin an InPerson Bible Study this month on The Book of the Acts of the Apostles, commonly known as book of Acts. Our Fellowship Hall will allow us to physically distance, and yet still hear one another!

So... Christian Education IS ‘happening’ but not like we’ve known in the past. Rally Day – a day to re-group as a Sunday School – to ‘rally’ everyone together - is postponed. What else are we learning during the pandemic? Scientific American asked this question in an article just last month. They cited nine ‘learnings’ including things about the virus itself, why

face coverings work, how racism plays a role, and how misinformation kills. A Johnson and Johnson article called, “What COVID-19 Has Taught Me": 7 Johnson & Johnson Researchers Reveal Lessons They've Learned From the Pandemic,” included this quote: It also intrigues me

that we are all together in this situation, but that COVID-19 has impacted every individual in the world in a different way.

Yes! Each of us are managing, in our own way, something we’ve never had to before.

As we continue to learn new things everyday about how to live with the pandemic, may we open our minds to how Jesus and His words and teachings can lead us to “manage the impact.” Jesus

is with us in this storm; pray about His words: “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” With faith that we will get back to a new normal, and where our love for one another will get us there, we will make good choices and support one another as He would have us do. And we’ll continue to learn. May we make Jesus a part of our life curriculum. Everyday.

Pastor Susan

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