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STAYING CONNECTED ONLINE

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For the next three weeks, at least, from March 16 to April 5 (Palm Sunday), all First Church-sponsored worship, meetings, and events will be postponed, cancelled, or shifted to online formats. All wider community events that are hosted at First Church will also be postponed, cancelled, or shifted to online formats during this time period. We will be revisiting this plan regularly, revising as needed, and communicating updates weekly.

 As we live into this new way of "being the church" together, we want to share the following opportunities to stay connected, to help each other, and to practice our faith together. You can find each event listed below with instructions for how to join via Zoom.  To see our March 12 letter about building closures and cancellations, please see here

New to Zoom? Click here  for a tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting.

  • Please click here to read about plans for online-only worship on March 22, 29, and April 5. 
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    In addition to the following online gatherings and programs, First Church Staff and Deacons are reaching out by phone over the next week (or so) to all our members and friends to do individual and family check-ins. We will be asking if you have specific needs at this time an/or if you are able to help meet the needs of people in our community

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Other Opportunities for Connection

    VIRTUAL HOUSE CHURCHES Would you like to virtually connect with a smaller group at First Church for conversation, worship, and reflection through a conference call or video chat platforms such as Zoom? Please sign up to be matched with a group here: https://forms.gle/BGGtdNbYrdsTU1dZA
    Email Lexi Boudreaux if you have any questions about this new virtual format.

    VIRTUAL PRAYER PARTNERS A prayer partner is someone that you can connect with on a regular basis to support you in your spiritual journey and daily life. You can talk about how your spiritual practices have been going or have not been going, share what might be on your minds and hearts during this season, and commit to praying for each other throughout the week. If you didn’t sign up for a prayer partner for Lent and still want to be matched with another person in the congregation for one-on-one check-ins please sign up at this link: 
    https://forms.gle/MFxzQuLzhdnbd5um9  Matches will be notified of their partner on a rolling basis. Email Lexi Boudreaux if you have any questions.

    Help with 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. 

     

    Other Ways to Help

    If you are willing to help others in need, please fill out this short questionnaire for potential volunteers. We will do our best to match you with needs as we learn of them. 

    More coming, stay tuned...

    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.

    Even when apart, we are not alone. God is with us, in every heartbeat, every breath: strengthening, comforting, and upholding us. Christ is with us, walking beside us, sharing our trials, speaking peace to our fears. The Spirit is with us, uniting us one to another across the barrier of physical distance.

    In the words of the old hymn: 
    When we are called to part, it gives us inward pain; 
    but we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again.

    These are temporary measures only. They won’t last forever. We will rejoice and celebrate all the more when we are able to come back together, to share stories of what it was like, to laugh, to cry, and to share hugs and handshakes again. Until then, day by day, let’s hold one another in prayer.

    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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