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Keeping Knox and our neighbours safe and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic is a key priority for all of us. Here are some key updates from the Knox Go-Team and Board for March 27, 2020:
Please continue to use Knox Website -- so you won’t miss updates, and to participate in virtual faith practices. The site is updated daily (sometimes hourly!) with inspiring content. We’re grateful for Anne M. who is developing regular Children’s Ministry content, and for Rev. Sharon, who is contributing regular prayers and devotions. Debra is working hard to keep the site engaging and, in the case of worship last week, functional! And that leads to…
Last Sunday at 10:30 AM we had so many worship guests that the site momentarily crashed. Our speedy and capable Debra reacted quickly, moving the link over to YouTube so that no one would miss out. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and the video has been watched over 130 times. This week you’ll experience worship in a similar format, but with a few more “guests” involved.
Worshiping online is easy, even if you’re not a techy. Virtual worship will always be on our home page: https://www.knoxunitedvancouver.org/
Wouldn’t it be great to meet for coffee, tea and conversation after worship? Well, Rev. Richard will facilitate our very first “virtual fellowship time” after worship, Sunday at 11:45 AM. You will receive an e-mail invitation from Josie in advance. Once you click the invitation link, just follow the instructions. You are all invited! All you need is a cup of your favourite hot beverage and a computer, tablet or smartphone. Be ready to meet with each other virtually through Zoom.
LENT & EASTER APPEAL REDIRECT
Today the Board decided to redirect Knox’s portion of the Lent & Easter Appeal to First United. This is an especially difficult time for the people who work and live in the DTES. Our vision calls us to care for our neighbours, and this is one way we can help. The other half of your Special Appeal gifts remains directed to the United Nations Refugee Fund. Like First United, the UN is fighting to reduce the impact of COVID-19, with refugees and displaced people around the world. Please give generously! And on that note…
Knox’s expenses are down a bit, but so is our income. If you’re a pledged giver, please keep up your givings by:
If you’re not a regular giver, but are moved by the work we’re doing, please consider donating too. You can mail a cheque or use the Donate button, too.
SORRY, WE’RE CLOSED
It may seem obvious, but our buildings are closed. A few key people are permitted to access the building for urgent / important matters (those folks already know who they are). If you haven’t been tagged for access, even if you have a key, please do not enter the buildings until further notice. You can reach us any number of other ways, including by phone (leaving voice messages), email, and the Message Us button on the website.
The Board met March 26 to review Knox’s COVID-19 response and financial situation. We understand that many churches are struggling at this time and will continue to monitor updates from Pacific Mountain Region in the event we can do anything to help. We also spent some time trying to discern the near and further future (not so easy these days). We will meet again on April 9th. That’s Maundy Thursday, which leads me to…
HOLY WEEK & EASTER
Please stand by for updates on Holy Week / Easter virtual worship.
KNOX PHONE TREE
Knox’s Phone Tree is up and running, and first calls have been placed to everyone on the call list. Folks indicated whether they wished to receive weekly or just regular calls. Some no longer felt they had an affiliation with Knox. Regardless of the situation, all were grateful for receiving a call. Josie is updating the Directory, which is available electronically if you’d like to reach out to other congregants on your own.
The purpose of the phone tree calls is Pastoral: to ask how you’re feeling and check whether you have any needs. Just let your caller know, and we’ll do our best to support you.
News and resources and info you may find useful this week (send us your ideas, too!):
Physical distancing and self isolation remain the most effective ways to limit the transmission of disease in our community. Our governments, first responders, care workers and immunocompromised neighbours are counting you to stay home except on truly urgent matters.
If you must go out, maintain 6-feet of space between yourself and others. Continue to wash your hands frequently, with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Refrain from touching your face.
Thank you for your patience and conscientiousness in these exceptional times. Be understanding and make conservative choices to protect others as well as yourself. We exist to love God and our neighbours.