Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Hello everyone. I am holding all of you in my heart and in my prayers.
First I want to thank Rev. Le and Anne Hartupee for speaking the past two weeks while I completed my ministerial studies. My final interview went well, and I have been forwarded for ordination. Thank you for all your amazing support during this three-year process. Thanks also to Dean Wiegert and Kathy Boyd for making the abbreviated Sunday services possible. Also my deep appreciation goes to Kathy Boyd for keeping us connected on Facebook and Instagram and to Carol Ellerman for doing such an amazing job with our website. Although we are separated now in physicality, we are One in Spirit. Charles Fillmore said, “The word in Greek translated as ‘church’ describes a group of people sharing an awakened awareness.”
Also, a colleague posted this Charles Fillmore quote on Facebook last week — just when I needed it! “The true church is not made of creeds and forms, nor is it contained in walls of wood and stone; the heart of humankind is its temple and the Spirit of Truth is the guide into all Truth.” And so it is! In our spiritual community we turn to one another for light and inspiration, and we celebrate our joys and sorrows together. Knowing this and wanting to do all we can to contain COVID-19, our building will be closed through April 30 and our “true church” continues. We continue Sunday Services virtually, and we are looking for even more ways to connect through this time.
Also, because my mentor lives in a state that is under Stay-at-Home orders through the second week of June, we will postpone my ordination planned for May 16. It will now be held on July 25 — same times and activities. I will be getting more information out soon about this.
We will reschedule the Annual Meeting and other events as we can. Thanks to all of you who have supported our church community with your love offerings and tithes during this time.
Stay safe; stay connected. Know that we are one. The Christ Presence is our guide now and always.
Love & prayers,
REV. JAN MOURNING, MINISTER
FIRST UNITY CHURCH OF ST. LOUIS
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” — Dalai Lama
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