Message from Jon – Late-April 2020
Dear Members and Friends:
I have been thinking about you. It has been two months since I have seen most of you face to face. Our virtual encounters through Zoom, WebEx and FaceTime have been helpful to a degree but are no real substitute for building the kinds of interpersonal bonds we all need. And while I have been pleased that we are now able to livestream the Sunday morning service for you, I must confess that leaving the empty parking lot afterward when I have not been able to see and talk with the hundreds of you, as we used to do, makes that drive home one of the loneliest hours of the week.
I know some of you are trying to readjust to new dynamics in family life with kids home from school while you need to work from home as well. Some of you are fearful of losing your job, if you haven’t already, and worry about meeting obligations. Those of us with pre-existing health conditions worry whether the next trip to the grocery store may be our last excursion. Those of you working on the front line of health care and essential services face extraordinary circumstances. And if you were lonely before self-isolating, that has only gotten harder. I am thinking of all of you.
To these personal challenges we do add the frightening prospects of a weakened economy and an irresponsible federal government. Much to stress all of us out! Yet, stories of heroism and courage, tenderness and care, do temper the burden of our anxieties and circumstances. Thank goodness for them!
Annie and I have remained healthy. We both work from home, and the dog has now accustomed herself to our daily presence. I spend a lot of time on the phone and sitting before a computer screen. I try to get in a long walk every day. Our great news is that we expect to become grandparents in early September. While we worry about the kind of world this little one will enter, we are also thrilled. New life, a future, hope, and a nudge for us to do what we can to make the world a little better place for this child.
Listening carefully to our Governor and the local health authorities, we have decided to keep the building closed through the month of May, and to continue to offer programming to you virtually as we have done these last two months. As things change, we will keep you posted.
I have been thinking of you. I must confess that I feel that is a privilege and a comfort. And I long for the day when we will be in each other’s company.
Rev. Jon M. Luopa