Sunday Classes and Worship Services.
In response to recent restrictions on public gatherings, and out of concern for the health of our community's most vulnerable persons, East Woods will suspend all in-person classes and events and will host Sunday services online until further notice.
Online Services and Sermons.
Beginning Sunday, March 22, worship services can be viewed in real-time beginning at 10 AM through Zoom (https://zoom.us), an online conference and meeting service. East Woods Deacons will be sending instructions for Zoom registration to members of their flocks, or information can be requested via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For those unable to view services via Zoom, recordings of previously conducted services will be posted on the East Woods website (http://eastwoodspres.org) as soon as possible following worship.
Audio recordings of weekly sermons will continue to be updated and made available at http://eastwoodspres.org/worship/sermon-podcasts.
If you would like to continue giving financially to the mission and ministries of the church, you can make your financial gifts through our online giving option at http://eastwoodspres.org/give, or checks can be mailed to the church office at 16210 NE 20th St. Vancouver, WA 98684. We hope those options will be helpful throughout the year for the giving of pledges, special offerings, or annual membership per capita.
The Season of Lent.
Nathan LeRud, the Cathedral Dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, recently wrote, "The season of Lent has historically served as a season of greater intentionality, a time to re-examine long-held practices and consider giving something up. This Lent, although it’s not the fast we might have chosen, churches are being asked to “fast” from many of the practices we have long taken for granted. I wish I could promise that everything would return to normal at Easter – I suspect that will not be the case! As a staff and ministry team, we’re already developing longer-term plans in the event that we are forced to take more drastic steps.
For now, however, I encourage you to practice an abundance of caution along with a non-anxious and non-reactive presence of calm. We can continue to be salt and light in an anxious world by refusing to stigmatize, blame, and resort to rumor and gossip. Indeed, our faith calls us to this."
Those are great words. Let’s remember that we're a people who serve the Lord who touched the untouchable and brought cleanliness to the unclean. With appropriate cautions, I think we should still be following in Christ's footsteps and prioritizing people over protocols. Perfect love drives out fear, even in anxious seasons. Friends, I hope to see you soon!
Blessings in Christ,
P.S. Please join me in praying through this reflection of Psalm 91:
“God, we believe you are good, and we trust you are greater than all things of this world. We pray that your love will drive out fear and that your healing hand will end all disease. We thank you for your kingdom come. Amen!