Dear Mt. Tabor Church Family & Friends,
The session of MTPC decided to suspend all public gatherings in the building beginning Monday, March 16 through March 31, and suspend all worship services from March 15 through March 31. We will continue to update this time frame as more information comes from the Oregon Health Authority and our church leaders.
While public gatherings are suspended, we will be offering opportunities to gather online through the Zoom platform. One can participate in a Zoom meeting by computer, tablet, smart phone, or one can dial in to participate with audio only. We will email links to the congregation and encourage you to share them with your friends, who also need support and human interaction during these times.
Worship services will be at 10 a.m. on Sundays. We will also offer Night Prayer online beginning March 22, at 8 p.m. Let me know if you would like to receive the Night Prayer Zoom link. ()
When you click on the link you will be prompted to download the Zoom app, then you will be given the choice of joining by your device’s audio and video. We loved our first experience of Zoom on March 15. It suits our congregation well, as we are quite and interactive congregation and Zoom supports this well. And we are still learning how to use all the features. Let us have grace with each other in the learning.
So that you know what to expect: The gatherings will not have all the elements of the usual church services. It is not live-streaming a regular church service. We will all be able to participate – pray, talk about our concerns for the world, read scripture and discuss it, and generally, encourage each other.
Thank you for your faith and hope. Together, we will get through this uncharted territory. No matter where the journey takes us, God is already there, loving us beyond what we can hope or imagine. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4)
Social distancing means keeping physical distance, but not community connection. These are times when we need each other. We will learn new ways to use our words to encourage and even to heal. We will pray together on the phone or online. We will write notes and emails. When you think of someone, give them a call. That may have been the Holy Spirit catching your attention.
So, let’s “keep in touch,”