Local, State, National InformationPer the Alameda County public health department protocol, we are sheltering in place to slow transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Please stay updated on the latest guidelines from Alameda County.
Global precedent suggests that we are at a critical time for containment, to slow or “flatten” the curve of community spread and hopefully avoid a healthcare system overload. The way we respond in these next few weeks matters and can help save vulnerable lives. (You can read one helpful explanation of the importance of cancelling events, social distancing and self-quarantine here).”
Worship and Meetings via Internet
Until further notice, we will worship by web only. Here’s how to join us via Zoom on Sundays at 10am. You can find the archived recordings here. Worship leaders and musicians will likewise be sheltering in place, either leading worship live from their individual homes, or pre-recording elements of the service.
All in-person gatherings are cancelled, but some church programs and committees will gather by Zoom videoconferencing and conference calls by phone. Stay tuned in this space for all offerings. If you would like to schedule a Zoom meeting for your committee or program, contact Pastor Laurie directly or via the office at email@example.com, 510-531-8212.
Please, reach out by phone, text, email and social media to your neighbors, including your Skyline neighbors. Learn who they are. Crisis can draw us closer together if we are open. Knowing our neighbors can, at this time when we are gathering less in person, improve our mental and spiritual health as well as reinforce our sense of security in community no matter what is going on. Never let a crisis go to waste! If you are a member or friend of Skyline, we can get you a directory. Contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-531-8212.
We will let you know if particular needs of vulnerable community members emerge. Let us know if you are available to
- connect by phone with isolated people
- pick up medications
- do other tasks that may help the most frail among us.
Email our care and wellness team (Susan J, Charlie H, Holly P, Pastor Laurie) to help or with a need. Stay tuned for the primary contact person. Email the office, email@example.com to get started.
Financial Help and Information
For those who might have to take unpaid time off from work, know that we have the Emergency Fund available for church members who are facing a gap in income, and for whom a grant would provide sufficient economic stability to keep you out of crisis. Speak to Pastor Laurie – you can contact her directly or via the office at firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-531-8212.
Here are some additional financial guidelines, links, and thoughts from Pastor Laurie.
Finally, here’s a short, sweet set of spiritual guidelines Pastor Laurie has adapted for us:
Moses had Ten Commandments; Skyline keeps it to five.
THOU SHALT PRAY. Pray for all people everywhere who are impacted by this disease. Pray for health care workers, first responders and all those serving others in this time. Pray for local, state and national governmental officials, that they will have strength and good counsel to make wise decisions. Pray for our most vulnerable community members, those at higher risk of contracting the virus, those living in isolation, those without paid sick leave, those whose mental health issues are exacerbated by the high levels of anxiety and uncertainty. Pray for faith communities everywhere, that our work and witness will be faithful.
THOU SHALT WASH THY HANDS. THOU SHALT WASH THEM FREQUENTLY AND THOROUGHLY. Please wash your hands with hot water and lots of soap. It is the single best thing that you can do to cut down on the risk of spreading the virus. Scrub for at least 20 seconds. If you need to time yourself and are tired of singing the “Happy Birthday” song, consider using the doxology instead (“Praise God from whom all blessings flow…”).
THOU SHALT GO OUTSIDE. Walk, stroll, roll, lie in the grass (or the rosemary, or the succulents–wait, ouch!) on your front lawn. The UV and vitamin D will help your immune system, the strangers walking by and smiling will help your spirit. Hug a tree. Tilt your head up and drink the rain. Feel the wind in your hair. Enjoy this one moment.
THOU SHALT CONNECT WITH SKYLINE ONLINE. Watch worship online every Sunday morning with your community starting at 10 am Sing the hymns loudly without fear that anyone but your cat or spouse will notice your off-key notes. Raise your blessing hands during the passing of the peace toward your nearest neighbor. Use the chat function to post amens and hallelujahs (well, maybe not that last one during Lent).