Humans are social creatures: This simple and obvious fact identifies both the problem and the solution to the current crisis of loneliness during the pandemic since at the center of our loneliness is our innate desire to connect. We evolved to participate in community, to forge lasting bonds with others, to help one another, and to share life experiences. We are, simply, better together.
For this reason, the Fellowship Ministry focus is our belief that caring for each other can be one very powerful way to help us not just endure but flourish. When we’re thinking about the welfare of others and working to make their lives safer, healthier, and more satisfying, our time and energy flows outward. Our lives have a purpose beyond survival; we are more likely to feel that we can make a difference, have control over our situation, and look forward to each new day.
The purpose of the Fellowship Ministry has always been to pay attention to the connections between and among members of our faith community. In these days of physical distancing, some of the usual ways we gather information and think about how to strengthen our sense of togetherness are not available. Therefore, we’ve created some new ways to gather together while we’re apart. All are welcome to join in, even if it’s just to say “Hello” in one Zoom room as they zip over to meet in another.
- Afternoon Tea – every Wednesday and Friday at 3:00 pm in the Gathering Zoom room
- Family Game Night – on the last Friday of some months (see the Church calendar on this web site) – we meet in the Gathering Zoom room to play virtual games. Farkle anyone?
- Friday Food and Fun Night – on the last Friday of some months (see the Church calendar on this web site) – everyone orders in from their favorite restaurant and then meets in the Gathering Zoom room for conversation and some (virtual) sharing of dishes.
- Weed-Pick-Nik – a new event scheduled for Saturday, August 15 this year – we’ll pick weeds and tidy up the church’s gardens, reap some harvest from our edible landscape, and then picnic in the upper parking lot or on the lawn. Note: this event will adhere strictly to the CDC guidelines for keeping everyone safe during the pandemic.
For upcoming months when we may not be able to meet in person again, we’re thinking about creating virtual versions of some of our events and designing new ones. Let us know if you would like to help plan for one of these or have another idea for how we can strengthen our bonds of caring and friendship.
- Potlucks after Sunday worship
- Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
- Workshops: Dealing with Stress, Creating a Pearly Gates Portfolio, How to be Anti-racist
If you want to chat and let us know how you’re doing, or if you have a specific need/suggestion for how we can support you, please don’t hesitate to pick up your phone or send an email. If you don’t have a current Church Directory, you can email or phone the church office (OFFICE@fccak.org, 907-272-8363) and ask for contact information. We’re here to listen.