Happy Birthday to:
Ben Floyd (June 22)
Carson Wright (June 22)
Joan Youngquist (June 25)
Jack Warolin (June 27)
Happy Anniversary to:
Julia & Marc Creech (June 22)
Aleta & Roy Danforth (June 23)
LSCC’s Phased Preparedness Approach
At this time we are recommending that we do not gather as a large group in person, inside, until Phase Four. The attached graph outlines a very basic strategy for how our congregation will navigate Washington State’s Phased Approach.
Please know that we will stay on the alert for new data and updated guidelines that may help us safely move toward large group gatherings sooner. Nothing is set in stone if new, positive changes or data shed light on better practices.
Just Mercy, Film Discussion
Monday, June 22 at 6:30pm (via Zoom)
If you want to participate, but don’t get the link, please contact us.
Please watch the film before the discussion.
Being a follower of Jesus requires us to understand our context. Most of us live our lives by thinking about what is in front of us in the moment or what is in our future; but often times we are unthinking and uncritical about the systems and history we have inherited.
We live in a country that is the “land of the free” (for some) but that is not the experience for everyone. We have an ugly history that includes hundreds of years of slavery, genocide and injustice against indigenous people, Japanese internment, exploitation of foreign labor, and a not-so-subtle class system that tends to favor whiteness at the expense of others.
Recent events such as a string of murders against unarmed black men, like George Floyd, have brought the ever-present racial injustice of our nation to the fore. The church at its best will always be for justice for all in the name of Jesus. But at its worst, the church has been silently complicit and, at times, an active agent in racial discrimination.
Let’s be the church at its best. Let’s not stand idly by hoping that the winds of news headlines will shift to a more convenient topic. For our siblings of color, headlines can’t change experience. Unless we grow in our awareness of the problem and fight against it in Jesus name and in the power of the Spirit, we will be in league with evil.
For those who are just getting started on the journey or for those well along but would like a forum for discussion, we are going to have a discussion of the film, Just Mercy. (free to rent on Amazon during the month of June!) Pastor Chris will facilitate the discussion based on discussion questions written by Dominique Gilliard.
-Get your LSCC T-Shirts! We will be hosting a physically-distanced drive through T-Shirt distribution on Wednesday, June 24th from 5-7pm at the church on Halleck Street. If you ordered a shirt, please stop by and pick it up. Shirts not picked up on Wednesday will be delivered to your home in the following days. Please wear a mask and don’t plan to stay long! Looking forward to seeing your SMIZING faces (smizing = smiling eyes). If you did not get an order placed, but would like an LSCC shirt, there will be more ordering options in the future.
Contact Morgan for more information.
-Today is your last chance to fill out the LSCC Reopening Survey. If you haven’t yet, would you take a few moments to fill it out to help us better understand the thoughts and feelings of LSCC as we look toward meeting together again? Implementation of state regulations must be done in a contextually appropriate way and we can’t possibly understand our context if we don’t hear from you. The link is available in our weekly update email. (See below if you’re not yet on that email list.)
–Family Resource Center Food Delivery
In the last 5 weeks volunteers have distributed nearly 3,000 healthy Food Lifeline boxes to families connected with the Bellingham School District on Mondays, in conjunction with student meal distribution. Demand for these boxes continues and Food Services plans to continue the program throughout the summer but this is only possible with volunteers.
If you have the time and energy this summer, please sign up for one or more shifts starting next week in this updated SignUp Genius. Feel free to send the link to family or friends who may also be interested. You can contact Jennifer Gaer directly if they have any questions.
This is a labor of love for our families and we so appreciate your time, energy and commitment to insuring they are food secure.
-The Whatcom Unified Command Center (WUC) in collaboration with the Bellingham Food Bank is seeking drivers to help with food distribution. To apply or view other volunteer opportunities in this time, visit the Whatcom Unified Command website.
-If you would like to join our mailing list, please let us know! We typically send one email per week to this list with all of the current church announcements.
-Morgan is coordinating care within our congregation. If you need help, or even someone to make a grocery store run, please contact Morgan.
-If you have prayer requests, please submit those HERE.
-If you would like to set up a time to talk with Pastor Chris, contact him directly HERE.