Worship for Sunday, August 9, 2020 The Bulletin for home worship is now available.
ANNOUNCEMENT about Services The sessions of SMPC and EBP have had conferences and are in agreement to suspend meeting for worship in the churches. The Online Service will be posted for your use.
Did you know- You can order an e-copy of Glory to God for your iPad? Go to the Apple store for the free app. You can use it for home worship music.
This week find the addition of the Mission Yearbook for Prayer for Monday, Aug 10.
Menaul Historical Library's latest edition features an article about Jose Martinez of Taos. Shannon Webster's article is a great read for us in the north. You can read the article at the Library's website: www.menaulhistoricallibrary.org. Pay them a visit and offer your support.
The Upper Room for July/August is now available. Look at the church front door and you will find them.
Presbytery of Santa Fe sends information on their webpage: https://santafepresbytery.org
Ghost Ranch is now offering virtual worship experience on Sundays. Check their website for their services.
Leslee Cordova as she recovers at home from her knee surgery.
Kai of the Sugar Nymphs as she recovers from foot surgery.
David Bass as he undergoes medical treatment.
Rev. Kay Huggins and recovery from surgery.
Ann's continued recovery from eye surgery.
Patricia Putnam and her family in the loss of her sister-in-law.
<Today in the Mission Yearbook
Old school, new schoolToday in the Mission YearbookOld school, new schoolChristian educators and other leaders are using every tool to reach children and their families during pandemicAugust 10, 2020
Children using weekly Sunday School materials e-mailed to families by The Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green, Kentucky. (Photo by Leslee Kirkconnell)
When members of the Christian Education Committee at PisgahPresbyterian Church in Versailles, Kentucky, met to discuss options for their children during the pandemic, they decided to try something radical.
Knowing most church families have at least one parent (sometimes both) working from home while trying to home school their children — and that if kids spied one more thing to study, they might run — the committee went old school.
Pisgah is sending letters in a packet sent to each child. Inside is a biblical story featuring a character who must overcome a great struggle. Included are optional family discussion topics, such as how the story relates to what family members are experiencing now.
Callie Northern, Pisgah’s director of Children & Family Ministries, said they want each family member to know that “God is always with us.” To help them believe and trust this, the letter also includes optional activities for families to build the story together — with play dough, drawings and ways to act it out.
“Several parents have been very appreciative of the letters,” she said. “One family said they love giving the lessons to their children’s grandparents to study together.”
Pisgah’s old-school approach is just one of the many creative ways that Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations and worshiping communities are reaching out to children, youth and their families during this critical time. Other examples:
First Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, started two online youth groups for grades 4–6 and 7–12. During check-in, the Rev. Chrissy Westbury, the church’s associate pastor, asks for their “roses and thorns,” giving them the opportunity to share their fears and concerns — and what they found hopeful. “If we can’t be there for them during what will be a defining and traumatizing moment in their lives,” Westbury said, “how can we expect them to find any relevance in the church?”
Youth at The Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green, Kentucky, are writing notes to isolated members of the church. In addition to meeting weekly online, they’re discussing activities they can do when separated, like a virtual movie night. With a particular browser add-on, everyone can watch and chat in real time together about the movie. “We’re also emailing weekly ‘grace and gratitude’ multi-age (curricula) to all family members,” said Leslee Kirkconnell, the church’s director of Christian education. “This is an excellent time to help parents be the primary faith educators we know them to be.”
First Presbyterian Church in Hollywood, Florida, features lessons for young children on its Learning Center YouTube channel. They also have weekly online Waumba Worship for young families and young adults (“Waumba” means “Creator” in Swahili).
Certified Christian educator Jenna Campbell of First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma, has constructed a website containing helpful resources for parents, children and youth on topics including family life and seasons in the life of the church.
An intergenerational collaborative effort at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Midland, Michigan, among the church’s chancel choir, two local high schools and Central Michigan University led to people in each group singing together Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” on Easter Sunday. Memorial’s senior pastor, the Rev. Matt Schramm, and the director of Worship and Arts, Megan Farison, joined in. Watch the video stitched together by MPC’s worship intern, Elijah Schweikert.
The Presbyterian Mission Agency’s associate coordinator for Christian Formation, Stephanie Fritz, said she’s amazed at how educators and faith formation leaders across the denomination have been resourcing and leading faith communities. She said many are looking ahead to summer to find alternatives to Vacation Bible School and traditional mission trips.
“We need to look at them as leading the conversation about how our churches and faith communities will look different as we emerge from this,” Fritz said.
Paul Seebeck, Communications Strategist, Presbyterian Mission Agency
PHOTOS WANTED IF you want to share a photo of family or nature at worship, please send photo to Margaret firstname.lastname@example.org. I will upload and post so we can see each other!! Layla sent a beautiful rainbow photo!!
Ann and Larry
Address for Ann and Larry: 3471 Cerrillos Rd., T6 Santa Fe NM 87507
New Mailing address: 3201 Zafarano Dr. Suite C #343, Santa Fe, NM 87507
Phone numbers: Ann cell (520) 730-8943 Larry (520)730-2932
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+ The Taize group worships in spirit Wednesdays at 6 pm. If you would like to join us in your own home please email Patricia email@example.com. To receive songs, scripture and prayers for our worship each week.
Presbytery of Santa Fe Worship while at home
This week the service will be live streamed on YouTube. You can also go on YouTube later to see the recorded service.
A suggestion from Presbytery: at the church hour, call someone from your church and share the Passing of the Peace.
IN Truchas, we welcome Ruth Sandovol's return to Truchas. The hummingbirds are here!!
Sharon Adee is now settled in at her home in Manhattan, KS.
You can write to Sharon at her new address:
5755 Pheasant Ridge Road Manhattan KS 66502
Her phone number is785-341-4407 This is a new number for Sharon.
Pastoral Letter from Ann
I know this period of confinement seems to go on and on. Even though we are given the assurance of God’s presence with us, these times are stressful. Stress can wear us down. Sometimes we need advice or help. Linda Loving from the Embudo Presbyterian Church published a list of resources for her parishioners for specific needs at this time. Mary Singleton and a number of others have assisted me in modifying this list for Truchas and Chimayo.
Please share this list with anyone who may be in need of these resources. Remember also that it is a sign of strength and wisdom to know when to ask for help. So do not hesitate. If you have input or additions to what is listed here, please let me know.
Info/updates on COVID-19: CDC: www.cdc.gov
NM Dept of Health: www.cv.nmhealth.org If you have symptoms of Covid-19 call NM Dept of Health 1-855-600-3453.
AA meeting information - 505-692-4918 National Suicide Prevention Line: 800-273-8255 National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233 www.thehotline.org We are required to report child abuse: 855-333-7233 New Mexico Crises and Access Line: 855-662-7474 Those with chronic mental health needs who require support can contact the Crisis Center via email at firstname.lastname@example.org (no charge for consult)
Truchas Truchas Food Distribution on 2nd & 4th Wed of month 9-30 -10;30 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church Truchas Senior Center pickup lunches Mon - Th: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM (Th includes Fri lunch)
Students pick up breakfasts and lunches at Truchas Post Office: Mon.-Fri, 7:45 & 11:30 El Centro Family Clinic: Tu & Thurs., 8 AM to 5 PM Chimayo Barrios Unidos distributes food on 1st Monday of the month beginning at 1 PM: 505- 351- 1644 Student Pick up breakfast and lunches at Holy Family Catholic Church, The Fire Station, The Apple Shed and Dan’s Liquor Store. Check for times at pickup locations. Chimayo Senior Center delivers lunches
Remember, I am also available at 520-530-8943.
Blessings and peace, Ann Graham-Johnson
Dates to Remember:
Session Meetings: Sessions will meet on a TBA basis
Our Congregational concerns Be sure to check the church program under links.
Prayer requests: Pastor Ann is asking members to call or email her with any prayer requests which you may have.
Public worship will be beginning soon! Smith Memorial will begin on Sunday, June 7 at 9:30 AM. El Buen Pastor will begin on Sunday, Jun 14 at 10:30 AM Please note the different dates for each church. Out of respect and loving concern for the health of everyone the services will be shorter than normal, and we will seek to maintain a healthy environment for you. We look forward to seeing you! We will continue our Sunday Home Worship for those who are unable, or do not feel comfortable attending public worship.
Remember those in our congregations who are suffering from illnesses.
- Remember those who care for the ill and who are suffering from this disease.
Remember our homebound elderly: Frutoza Lopez is with her family in Espanola.
Keep Lovia and Orlando in your prayers as well. .
Smith Memorial United Presbyterian Church, Truchas, New Mexico
(Truchas is Spanish for trout)
Session Members: Elders Leslee Cordova, Roseanne Martinez, Clara Vigil and Natalie Cordova, Clerk of Session
Deacons: Ernesto Martinez, Patricia Putnam and Leandro Cordova
Session meets monthly.