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STAYING CONNECTED ONLINE

Join us at waterinthewilderness.org

Find our live-stream worship here. 

 

BUILDING CLOSURE UPDATE

As we begin to consider First Church’s re-opening and our re-entry, we continue to follow the guidance of the City of Cambridge.The City continues to postpone, cancel, or shift to online formats all city-sponsored meetings through at least May 31. Therefore, First Church’s building will remain closed (with the exception of worship leaders, First Church Shelter staff and guests, and Friday Cafe staff and volunteers) during this time period, as well. All church-sponsored and wider community events hosted in our building will continue to be postponed, cancelled, or shifted to online formats through the month of May. We will be revisiting this plan regularly and revising as needed. As we live into this time of social distancing for yet more weeks to come, we’ll be revising some of our current online programming and also be offering new opportunities for connection and formation. Please stay tuned for an updated listing of weekly offerings that will begin (or continue) during the week of May 11.

New to Zoom? Click here  for a tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting.  Note: As of April 5, Zoom requires passwords for all meetings.  If you don't know the password for your meeting, please contact the person leading the meeting. 

 

DAILY CONNECTION AND PRAYER CALLS

Every weekday, First Church Staff are offering a noontime Zoom call for connection and prayer. Join these 30-minute (or so) virtual meet-ups to share a brief check-in, make prayer requests, and pray together.

  • Mondays at noon with Dan Smith
  • Tuesdays at noon with Carlyle Stewart
  • Wednesdays at noon with Dan Smith
  • Thursdays at noon with Sarah Higginbotham 
    • This is an all-ages call; children are especially invited to zoom in!
  • Fridays at noon with Lexi Boudreaux

How to connect to weekday FCC Connection & Prayer Calls via Zoom:
Click here on any upcoming weekday starting at noon.
Or call this number: 1 929 205 6099
and enter the following Meeting ID: 154 016 453

Note: Zoom is now requiring passwords for all meetings.  If you are subscribed to our First Glance enewsletter, please check your email for the April 5 Palm Sunday First Glance and scroll to the bottom of the message for a complete list of weekly meeting passwords or feel free to contact the group leader.  


PROGRAM OFFERINGS

PRAYING THE PSALMS The group will meet every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. via Zoom, beginning with a time of soulful check-in. Then we'll dive into some reflection about the Psalms of the week, sharing what we are learning about maintaining a daily spiritual practice, alone and together. Feel free to drop in virtually when you can, or plan to make it a regular part of your week. 

How to connect to weekly Praying the Psalms meetings via Zoom:
Click here on any upcoming Thursday starting at 7:15 a.m.
Or call this number: 1 929 205 6099
and enter the following Meeting ID: 361 730 234

Note: Zoom is now requiring passwords for all meetings.  If you are subscribed to our First Glance enewsletter, please check your email for the April 5 Palm Sunday First Glance and scroll to the bottom of the message for a complete list of weekly meeting passwords or feel free to contact the group leader.  

WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY WITH CARLYLE This group is led by Pastoral Associate Carlyle Stewart and will meet every Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom, continuing with a focus on the Gospel of John. What is the significance of Jesus’ humanity and divinity in his earthly ministry? We study not merely as an academic discipline, but with the desire to know God more intimately. 

How to connect to weekly Bible Study with Carlyle via Zoom:
Click here on any upcoming Thursday starting at 6:00 p.m.
Or call this number: 1 929 205 6099
and enter the following Meeting ID: 486 781 715

Note: Zoom is now requiring passwords for all meetings.  If you are subscribed to our First Glance enewsletter, please check your email for the April 5 Palm Sunday First Glance and scroll to the bottom of the message for a complete list of weekly meeting passwords or feel free to contact the group leader.  

SPIRITUAL PRACTICES WITH LEXI Join Pastoral Associate Lexi Boudreaux every Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. via Zoom for a place to connect, check-in, and engage in spiritual practices together. We will be reading scripture and practicing different ways of interacting with the prayer practices of our Christian tradition. Offerings will vary weekly, but will include some form of Lectio Divina or reflection practice about the reading for the week. Looking forward to centering ourselves together!

How to connect to weekly Spiritual Practices with Lexi via Zoom:
Click here on any upcoming Friday starting at 8:00 a.m.
Or call this number: 1 929 205 6099
and enter the following Meeting ID: 835 197 538

Note: Zoom is now requiring passwords for all meetings.  If you are subscribed to our First Glance enewsletter, please check your email for the April 5 Palm Sunday First Glance and scroll to the bottom of the message for a complete list of weekly meeting passwords or feel free to contact the group leader.  

STREET OUTREACH CHECK-IN Join a Zoom call with Minister of Street Outreach Kate Layzer every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. for an update about how our homeless neighbors are doing in the current crisis, and how the city is responding to needs.

How to connect to weekly Street Outreach Check-in with Kate via Zoom: 
Click here on any upcoming Tuesday starting at 4:00 p.m.
Or call this number: 1 929 205 6099
and enter the following Meeting ID: 744 777 502

Note: Zoom is now requiring passwords for all meetings.  If you are subscribed to our First Glance enewsletter, please check your email for the April 5 Palm Sunday First Glance and scroll to the bottom of the message for a complete list of weekly meeting passwords or feel free to contact the group leader.  

FIRST CHURCH CHOIR ZOOM CALL Join Peter Sykes every Thursday evening at 7:45 p.m. for a virtual check-in and/or rehearsal. 

How to connect to weekly First Church Choir Call with Peter via Zoom:
Click here any upcoming Thursday starting at 7:45 p.m.
Or call this number: 1 929 205 6099
and enter the following Meeting ID: 105 960 814

Note: Zoom is now requiring passwords for all meetings.  If you are subscribed to our First Glance enewsletter, please check your email for the April 5 Palm Sunday First Glance and scroll to the bottom of the message for a complete list of weekly meeting passwords or feel free to contact the group leader.  

 

Help with OUR Homeless Ministries

THE FIRST CHURCH SHELTER AND THE FRIDAY CAFE NEED YOUR HELP Please click on the "Take Action" tab at the bottom of any page on our website to learn about the most current needs in the Shelter and the Friday Cafe. 

WAYS TO VOLUNTEER IN WIDER COMMUNITY

A note on volunteering at this time: needs for volunteers are changing daily, as organizations respond to this fast-changing crisis while still protecting the critical need for social distancing. If you engage in volunteer activities, please continue to consider carefully how best to keep yourself and your community safe. We all depend on each other, now more than ever. Click here for up to date information on volunteer needs in Cambridge. 

 

Ways to GIVE

Looking for ways to support our wider community during this unprecedented time of need? The Missions and Social Justice Committee has compiled and vetted a short list of organizations looking for assistance to aid in their work in the COVID-19 response - locally, regionally, and internationally.

Organizations looking for monetary donations:

 Cambridge Mayor's Emergency Fund 

Cambridge Community Foundation

Black Lives Matter Boston, which is funding emergency needs of members of the community, including rent and food 

Food for Free 

Greater Boston Food Bank 

American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem,which funds several hospitals and clinics in Palestine 

 

The Staff and Deacons will continue to assess the needs of our community, and we will be in regular communication with you via email about other ways to "make a way" together.

In faith and gratitude, 
Dan Smith, the Staff, and the Executive Council of First Church in Cambridge

Trusted Health Resources 
Cambridge Public Health Department 
Massachusetts Department of Public Health 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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