This is the craziest thing in the whole wide world! Never in one million years did I think that we would be catapulted into finding a whole new way to be in community exactly one year after we launched The Table. BUT...here we are! AND...this is what we’ve been training for!
I am so confident in our community’s ability to overcome this together! Here are a few things we have put together to get ready to kick into Year TWO of The Table in a whole new way!
We have a unique opportunity right now to completely shift the landscape of COVID-19. Not just by practicing social distancing but by being purposeful followers of Jesus in the midst of the unexpected. We are creating systems to help organize people while still making room for new folks who may not be on Facebook, Instagram, or any other social media platform. This is not just to have one more thing for people to check. This is to create community for you, your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers while practicing social distancing. We can do this!
Connecting to Community
To connect to our online community, please go to www.cometothetable.church and sign up for our website (button in top-right of screen). Once you have signed up, check out our Groups tab and find a group that meets you where you are - whether that is an age/stage of life, geographic location, or any other type you are drawn to. Feel free to add yourself to more than one group if you see several that you would like to be a part of.
In your group, we hope you will share resources, recommendations, identify community needs, pray together, and do life online together. We will have regular posters on the pages and encourage as much interaction as possible to help build community in the midst of isolation. If you want to get super-fun with it, you can download the Wix app from Apple Store or Google Play and connect to the groups from our site in the app! This will enable you to receive notifications from your groups so you don't miss important updates from The Table or your group.
Make an Impact!
We say every week at The Table that we want to make an impact WHERE WE LIVE, WORK, & PLAYYYYY - welllll....the PLAY may be out for now unless you are talking about your back yard. BUT we can absolutely impact our communities where we live and work by being intentional about inviting people to community with us. Our goal is to have a space for our friends, family, and neighbors to gather online and pray together, share concerns for neighbors, call upon one another to pick up groceries, or just share something to make everyone laugh for the day. Rev. Pattye and I will be sharing content through out the week to help lead everyone forward in this.
One More Thing...
We are facing something unprecedented in the church and we need the help and support of our community to get through this. With out Sunday services, we have no other way to receive giving except through our online giving. To help us get through this so that we can keep doing community at The Table, please go to https://www.cometothetable.church/give and follow the instructions for online giving.
We can’t wait to see what God is going to do through The Table in Year TWO!
***If you are facing economic hardship due to the recent shutdown of the U.S., please let us know how we can pray for you and your family, how we can support you in this, and please do not feel compelled to give to the church during this time <3
While I am still shocked at the ripple of events since Thursday, one thing I know for sure is that there is no church I’d rather walk through this with than with all of you!
Please contact me if you have questions, concerns, or need help with the site/group sign-up.
Praying for each of you in the midst of The Wild Unknown!
Grace and Peace,