April 3: Holy Week from afar

From the Rector 
 
We are just a few days away from entering once again the holiest week of the year, when we mark the painful end of Jesus' life, and then wait for and finally celebrate the way that through him, love always wins, even over death.
 
Every year, this great story and these intense days of prayer connect to the rest of our lives in new and surprising ways. Though the stories remain the same, the truth they open for us and the guidance they come to be depends in part on where we are. And this year, I think it's safe to say, Holy Week is going to be unlike that which any of us have ever experienced before. What we are collectively living through is so far beyond the scope of our past experience, rendering inescapable the truth that we - the whole globe - are intimately connected and mutually dependent. Even as we are apart, we belong to each other, and we walk through these harrowing times together. I believe this reality calls us even deeper into prayer and reflection, and heightens the need for our attention on the pilgrimage of Holy Week.
 
This year, sheltering in place as we are, our Holy Week will weave together practices at home and live streamed services from the Church. Plan to join the live stream from our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ChurchoftheResurrectionPH/ at the following times:
 
Palm Sunday - April 5th at 10:15 am
Maundy Thursday - April 9th at 7:00 pm
Good Friday - April 10th at 7:00 pm
The Great Vigil of Easter - April 11th at 8:00 pm
Easter Sunday - April 12th at 10:15 am
 
In addition to our live streams, we are also sharing resources for you to engage these practices at home. You can read last week's article for more details on how to begin creating a sacred space in your home. For more resources you can now find a new page on our website, Holy Week Services 2020, where you will be able to access the bulletins as they become available for each service. In addition, you can already find ideas there for how to prepare and step into these great days at home. 
 
Thanks for all the many ways you are continuing to show up for one another and for our wider community in these challenging times! 

Peace,
Liz+


Launching Pandemic Partners - Pleasant Hill Regional
We are very excited to announce the launch of a new community initiative: Pandemic Partners - Pleasant Hill Regional. Following the wonderful example and generous guidance of First Presbyterian Church in Bend, Oregon, we have launched this Facebook group to serve as a hub where people in our community can come together to get needs met. You can search for the group named "Pandemic Partners - Pleasant Hill Regional" on Facebook.
 
It's simple - people living in Pleasant Hill and the surrounding area can join the group. Once there, if you need help, ask. If you can offer help, respond out of the goodness of your heart. This can include running errands for immediate needs,  picking up groceries, getting help with technology to stay connected to loved ones, etc. In a time where fear can be overwhelming, this is a way to choose kindness, generosity, and love for our neighbors. 
 
To be clear, in using this group, everyone remains responsible for their own health and safety. Anyone who lives here may join the group, and volunteers will not be vetted or trained by Church of the Resurrection nor will volunteers be subject to the church's direction or control. We strongly encourage people to continue to practicing hand washing, sanitizing, sheltering in place and distancing measures recommended by Contra Costa County Health Services and the CDC. 
 
To help bring this group to life, that we may join one another in meeting the immediate, critical needs of our community, please join the group and invite your friends and neighbors who live in the area to join as well. Thank you!



Compline by Zoom
All are invited to join in Compline on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. If you are new to Zoom, it might be helpful to tune in at 6:45 to learn how to use the technology. At 7, we will have "breakout rooms," small groups where we will discuss how we are all doing. Compline will begin at 7:15. Have your prayer book handy and open to p. 127. If you don't own a prayer book, here's a link: https://www.bcponline.org/
 
Here is the link to participate in Zoom: 
https://zoom.us/j/785476670

Or dial  +1 669 900 6833 and enter the 
Meeting ID: 785 476 670



Throwback Holy Week
Since we all cannot be together this week for the Holy Week and Easter services and to help us get into the coming season, we are going to post Holy Week and Easter photos and videos from the Resurrection archives from the past few years.  These will be posted on our Resurrection Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/resurrectionph/


Orange Picking Time - Saturday, April 11th, with Restrictions
Dear Congregation:

The Valencia oranges - the last left side row - and the two lemon trees are ready to be picked.

We need volunteers to pick and box the fruit and we should be done in about 1 to 1 ½  hours. It's Saturday, April 11th at 9 a.m.

Due to the gathering restrictions, we must ask that you notify me that you are planning on volunteering that morning. I cannot have more than 10 volunteers.

In addition, please note the following requirements of the Diocese and Contra Costa Health Services for protection against COVID-19:
  • No-one over age 65,
  • If you have other health issues, please stay home.
  • I'll have soap & water by the orchard.
  • Maintain spacing around each other as six feet apart.
  • I will not have coffee/donuts at this gathering.
We always appreciate the volunteers we get for picking, but this is an extraordinary year as we're all aware. If you do not feel comfortable being there, please play it safe and stay home.

We will have boxes on site donated from the Food Bank. Bring gloves & clippers to avoid thorns. Be aware that it might be muddy and wet among the trees; wear shoes that you don't mind getting caked with mud.

The recent rains have contributed to an impressive high weed/grass growth in the orchard. If you're inclined, we have a specially designed "Rock Chucker 500" mower that can run over anything, and we can mow weeds while we're there.

If you're not familiar, the oranges are donated to the Contra Costa/Solano Food Bank for their meals programs. This season we have contributed 892 pounds to the CC/Solano Food Bank from our previous pickings.

Call/text Bill at 707-410-9637 or building945@yahoo.com and let me know you're coming so I can maintain the count to less than ten.  Thank you.


Food Drive
As you probably know, we are trying to fill 13 food barrels for the Monument Crisis Center over the course of Lent, and will continue gathering food into Eastertide as necessary. The need is now greater than ever, and with the church building closed for gatherings, we have to get a little more creative! You can now drop off food on the porches of the following members' houses: Neil Crawford, Vidah Johnston, Sheila Hassell Hughes, Amanda Szakats and Kim and Keith McConnell. We are also looking for more folks to take barrels home, both to make them more accessible for our members and also for neighbors to contribute. Please let Rev. Liz or Neil Crawford know if you'd like to take one. Thank you!