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Life During Covid-19 Part 16

5 Jun

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

As I said in my last post, plans are made to be changed. We planned to have lunch on Tuesday with friends we had not seen in 4 months. Well, Monday morning my husband woke up with a sniffleszx and sneezing. Of course, my first concern was is he coming down with the virus? I let our friends know we wouldn’t be meeting for lunch, because and I am not sure how this happened, but we are all in THAT age group.

He spent a lot of time outdoors over the weekend, tidying up the yard and installing a backup camera on the truck. It took three mowings to get the grass down. I decided to treat his sniffles as allergy and after two days he began to clear up.

Our lawn a combination of grass and weeds looks much better!

Sunday we attended church. North Carolina ordered churches to shut down (Unlike Florida which suggested it and the churches willingly complied) so our church began to hold drive-in services in March. I was looking forward to seeing friends and curious how it would be done.

Our sanctuary sits on a hill with parking on a lower level. A tent was erected with a pulpit. The congregation tuned their radios to a specific Fm station .

One of our members brought a visitor, and I must say the visitor was very well behaved.

Overall it has been a good first week back. My husband’s health and energy, aside from sniffles, has been great and he has enjoyed getting resettling chores done. Thursday he replaced the front brakes on the truck and still felt well enough to join friends for a night of card playing. I treasure the good days.

In a matter of three weeks, the county has gone from less than five cases of Covid to over 80. I sense a level of anxiety and resentment in their social media posts. The first case in the county was a visitor from New York and now the summer people and part-time residents (Like us) are invading .

I understand how they feel. South Florida’s Covid cases soared as residents from New York fled there to escape the virus and its consequences. I rarely see a New York license plate in our Florida community but I saw two within a week. I admit to feeling a moment of resentment. Our area had been doing well without these “infectors”. Awful, right? I confessed my unkindness to God and asked forgiveness and for my heart to change.

And then Sunday arrived our church was finally allowed to gather. As we waited for service to start, one of the greeters escorted a woman inside and introduced her to the pastor. I made note of where she chose a seat. It was on the other side of the sanctuary.

I felt compelled to speak words of welcome to the visitor and as this was to be our last Sunday before returning to the mountains, it was now or never. I made my way across the room, being mindful of social distancing and began a conversation. I felt a connection and hoped she would choose to attend our church She shared that she had only been living in the area a year. Of course, I asked where she was from…New York. And not just New York, but NYC.

God definitely has a sense of humor as he works on teaching me to love as He loves.

This is from one of the albums I played with my children. I think I am going to re-listen to them. Simple truths.

Ok, the trip down memory lane with the kid’s praise album made my heart ache a little for bygone days. My son was my instant gratification child. I not only played this song, I would sing the chorus to him as well. I think the message remains relevant and it is fun!

We rescheduled our lunch plans with our friends for today. Both my husband and myself have been checking our temperatures just in case our supposition that allergies caused the sniffles is wrong.

I'm a winnerAfter my retirement, I decided to re-learn the canning and preserving skills I learned from my mother but hadn’t practiced for twenty years. I titled the blog Old Things R New to chronicle my experience.  Since then I have been blessed to have six other bloggers join me, DiVoran Lites, Bill Lites,  Judy Wills, Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles and Melody Hendrix

In addition to blogging, I work as the publicist/marketer/ amateur editor and general  “mom Friday” for my author daughter, Rebekah Lyn. I also manage her website, Rebekah Lyn Books  where we frequently host the best in up and coming authors.

My 2019 goal is to use my love of photographs and words to be an encourager on social media. You can visit Real Life Books and Media You Tube Channel if you would like to view some of the mini-videos I have created for our church, Gateway Community in Titusville, Fl.

Quarantine Time: Take 2

17 May

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

As I mentioned last time, we are still in “lockdown” or quarantine over this COVID-19 or coronavirus.  Fred and I are doing pretty well, all things considered.  Here in Florida, things are beginning to open up again, and for that, we are thankful.  The only way to get this economy back on track – is to get PEOPLE back to work!

One of the things we’ve missed the most is not being able to go to our house of worship and fellowship with our fellow believers.  I think a lot of people are having the same issues.

And that brings me to what I want to mention today.  Our church has done everything in their power to bring God’s word to us.

As soon as the quarantine was ordered, we stopped meeting in the building – and the Senior Pastor had us do a “drive in” church.

Credit Google search and South Orlando Baptist Church website

We all parked on the grass in front of the building, sat in our cars, tuned in on our radios to the special fm frequency they had acquired, and listened to our pastor preach.

Credit Deborah Selfridge

Our church school has a bus that they parked near the main street, and someone lent us a scaffolding, set in front of the bus, that the pastor stands on to preach.  (Incidentally, we are back to having the drive-in church, now that some of the restrictions have lifted)  

Some church members were unable to drive to the church – or were afraid to do so – and so the pastor preaches the same sermon an hour later live stream over YouTube channel.  Our Minister of Music and the music team (piano, guitar, drums, trumpet, flute) have put together the music portion of the regular service, and it’s on YouTube along with the sermon.

Okay, that works.  Then “they” said we couldn’t do the drive-in church.  So it was just the YouTube version for us all.  At that time, our Sunday School teacher set up video conferencing with a Zoom meeting, and we began having our Sunday School time before the worship service.

The Deacons began having their monthly meeting via Zoom.

Any other committee meetings that needed to meet are being held via Zoom.

The Wednesday evening service began having time on Zoom for any members who care to tune in.

The Legends (our senior adult group) have a call-in conference call Bible Study every Tuesday morning with the pastor, for an hour.

The Sanctuary Choir began having meetings with our Minister of Music via Zoom on Thursday evenings.

In other words, our church has NOT stopped meeting!  Something that a lot of people don’t realize – or understand – is that the church is NOT the building!  The church is the PEOPLE.  We have God living in us – each and every one of us that are believers in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.  WE ARE THE CHURCH – and we will not allow any government or plague or virus or anything else stop us from worshiping our God.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!   PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!

MEMORIES

QUARANTINE TIME – TAKE 2

As I mentioned last time, we are still in “lockdown” or quarantine over this COVID-19 or coronavirus. Fred and I are doing pretty well, all things considered. Here in Florida, things are beginning to open up again, and for that, we are thankful. The only way to get this economy back on track – is to get PEOPLE back to work!

One of the things we’ve missed the most is not being able to go to our house of worship and fellowship with our fellow believers. I think a lot of people are having the same issues.

And that brings me to what I want to mention today. Our church has done everything in their power to bring God’s word to us.

As soon as the quarantine was ordered, we stopped meeting in the building – and the Senior Pastor had us do a “drive in” church.

Credit Google search and South Orlando Baptist Church website

We all parked on the grass in front of the building, sat in our cars, tuned in on our radios to the special fm frequency they had acquired, and listened to our pastor preach.

Credit Deborah Selfridge

Our church school has a bus that they parked near the main street, and someone lent us a scaffolding, set in front of the bus, that the pastor stands on to preach. (Incidentally, we are back to having the drive-in church, now that some of the restrictions have lifted)

Some church members were unable to drive to the church – or were afraid to do so – and so the pastor preaches the same sermon an hour later live stream over YouTube channel. Our Minister of Music and the music team (piano, guitar, drums, trumpet, flute) have put together the music portion of the regular service, and it’s on the YouTube along with the sermon.

Okay, that works. Then “they” said we couldn’t do the drive-in church. So it was just the YouTube version for us all. At that time, our Sunday School teacher set up video conferencing with a Zoom meeting, and we began having our Sunday School time before the worship service.

The Deacons began having their monthly meeting via Zoom.

Any other committee meetings that needed to meet are being held via Zoom.

The Wednesday evening service began having time on Zoom for any members who care to tune in.

The Legends (our senior adult group) have a call-in conference call Bible Study every Tuesday morning with the pastor, for an hour.

The Sanctuary Choir began having meetings with our Minister of Music via Zoom on Thursday evenings.
In other words, our church has NOT stopped meeting! Something that a lot of people don’t realize – or understand – is that the church is NOT the building! The church is the PEOPLE. We have God living in us – each and every one of us that are believers in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. WE ARE THE CHURCH – and we will not allow any government or plague or virus or anything else stop us from worshiping our God.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY! PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!

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