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We will have a Zoom-based Communion Service on the evening of tomorrow, Wednesday, August 26th at 7pm.   The link for the meeting is:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86152902308?pwd=YStoL0dxZUZQSno3eUl5YmdWRUtGZz09
More information is below.

PLEASE NOTE:   We still do not have voicemail access at the church for our main phone number.   Because Dorothy is on vacation this week, please direct any time-sensitive messages to Emile.  You may do so by calling my cell phone directly - or by e-mailing me (which can even be done by hitting "reply" to this e-mail.)

Thank you to everyone who "stopped by" our livestream test yesterday.  We had significant issues with sound distortion through much of the first half of the stream.  The culprits seem to have been the "over-the-ear" mics that Rachel and I were wearing.  They are meant to be very sensitive to spoken voice, but were way too sensitive to music!   We will likely have another test in the coming days.
Devotion for Tuesday, August 25th

"News from the Flock"
by Rev. Aaron Doll
Winter Park Friends,
 
I preached from Matthew 16 last Sunday.  It was the story where Jesus asked his disciples what people thought about him, and then in follow-up, what did they think about him?  One of my take-aways from this reading was that they were checking in together – sharing what was important and making sure the lives they were living were having an impact.  Peter was able to express his heart to Jesus, and Jesus in turn rewarded him with praise. 
 
In this pandemic lifestyle it has been challenging to feel connected with each other!  I have felt this, and persons from both Bethany and Winter Park have shared this with me.  I totally agree.  Emile and I do share pastoral concerns when we feel we have permission to do so.  It is always a delicate thing sharing other people’s business.  We would hate to share something out of a genuine desire to encourage prayer and support, but in so doing cause someone embarrassment because we misjudged their sense of privacy.  So often big pastoral care events get shared, but the little news we usually hear about each other’s lives falls by the wayside in these times.  You have told me that you feel the void of just hearing about each other’s life events that help us relate to each other.  What are your kids or grandkids doing?  What is work like?  Have you been able to fit a vacation in?  Are you still able to pursue hobbies?  We talk about these things just making conversation with each other in the church hallways.  But if we are not at church, we miss out!  We are not all using social media, or the same social media.  We are not likely to
 
I am wondering if we can do something about this?  If we acknowledge that we have this problem, would you be willing to share a little detail about your life with me to share with the congregation? Emile and I agree that if we do this, it will only appear in the print mailings we send out, not in emails or on the website.  If I get enough content, it will be a column called something like “News From the Flock.”  If you are talking to one of us, we may ask you if there is something we can share with the congregation in this way.  It can be short and simple, or you can share an interest. 
I can start things off by sharing a little about me.  I have found myself doing a lot more meal prep at home.  This is because we are eating a lot more at home, and because Rachel is doing so much filming these days for the worship videos.  I love what she is doing, and so I find myself in this “support role” regularly.    We have gotten a lot of use out of the slow cooker since March!  I have also always been someone who has needed a creative outlet.  I enjoy working with wood.  At the end of the spring school semester I created gifts for the kids to give their teachers on the Shopsmith Lathe I got from Jim Frost.  (Jim, I love using this!)  The first picture is some of the “spindle boxes” I made for Roland Grise teachers. 

Recently I have wanted to have something to do with my hands while I pray or spend time on the phone on meetings.  With the abundance of found-wood available after hurricanes, I have taken up spoon carving.  I find this to be a meditative experience – a time when my mind can work through my prayer list – mull over other life concerns, or as I listen with headphones. Ahead of time I split a log and rough out the spoon with a hatchet (far left in the picture).  When I have some “rough blanks” I can then finish the shape with knives and sandpaper.  (If you have downed hardwood, please call me!)  Sometimes people ask me if I ever sell my projects or wish I made a career out of it.  Sometimes I have enjoyed working with someone on a special item, but I rarely sell what I make.  It is more fun to make gifts.  If I ever HAD to crank these types of things out en-masse it would lose its non-tangible benefits.
As people share devotions, and as we stretch and open up with sharing hobbies or “little news” about ourselves I hope we can keep at bay the emotional distance we experience as we physically distance.  Thanks ahead for helping!  If you wish to volunteer a tidbit; email, text or call me.  Leave me a brief voicemail message.  Aarondoll@ukulelechurch.org or 910-619-3044. 
 
God bless all of you. 
Aaron
Friends -

Please join us on our Zoom-based Worship Service tomorrow, Wednesday, August 26th at 7:00pm.

Please have with you bread and juice/wine for our sharing of the Lord's Supper.

The link for the service may be found here:





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