Message from Jeff.....
April 3, 2020
Have 1 Minute to Read? – Upcoming Details
1. High School and Family Zoom Worship-ish Gathering
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2. Wednesday Hot Lunch Program
* THIS Wednesday, 4/8, 10:00am - 11:00am
* Westminster Presbyterian Church Parking Lot, 240 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, CA
* If you are able, we are collecting bag lunches for the food insecure - See Details Below
3. 2020 High School Mission Trip with Youthworks - (theme) "Neighbors"
When: Sunday, 7/26 (6:00am) - Saturday, 8/1 (6:00pm)
Where: San Diego, CA
Who: Anyone having just completed 8-12th grades (We would love to take one or two parents. Is that you? Please see me.)
Why: To remove the distractions of home and grow together as a group in service
Cost: $550 + 4 meals
Sign-up Deadline: Sunday, 7/19
* RSVP by completing the registration form - https://forms.gle?PiAqJHMSwLvGm2SZ8
* $50 (deposit) or $550 either can be paid online or by check
+ Online - https://my.e360giving.com/app/Giving/wpctiburon and select "Youth Mission Fund" from the drop down menu
+ Make checks out to "Westminster Presbyterian Church" - put "High School Mission Trip" in memo line
* Need more details? Contact me and we'll send them over!
Have 5 Minutes to Read? – High School Mission Trip Update
We are currently still planning on going to San Diego on the original dates given, 7/26 – 8/1. We are still planning on working with the same partners we always work with there as well. Having checked in with several of them this week they are worried about how they will cover an increasing workload without the necessary volunteer infrastructure that groups like ours provide.
Youthworks (who hosts this site for us) was considering shutting it down for the entire summer but we have offered to run the site for the one week that we will be there. I just got off the phone with one of their directors and they are taking us up on that offer. So, this year will be different. WPC youth and leaders will be leading the trip for all incoming churches! Youthworks is currently reaching out to churches to see if they would like to partner with us in San Diego from 7/26 – 8/1.
We get asked from time to time, “Why do you always go to the same place?” This year we’ve discovered another reason. We can be a resource that others cannot.
Obviously, this is all happening assuming that shelter-in-place orders have been lifted. It's our goal to give you at least 20 days’ notice of trip departure. In other words, if we say we're going to leave July 26th then we would let you know by July 6th. With so much in flux I'm afraid that's the best we can do. But please know, we are currently committed to going.
We plan on serving the people of San Diego if for no other reason that all our partners plan on and expect us to be there. We don't want to let the people of San Diego down. We also recognize that each of you has a different situation. Some of you can't wait to give your child this opportunity while others of you would rather your child sit this one out. Please know, we are going to respect every family decision.
We will keep you posted. I welcome your feedback on this whatever it is.
Have 5 Minutes to Read? – Opportunity to Serve Others Now
This past week we’ve been in touch with families wishing there was something they could do to alleviate some of the suffering and also just to have a good reason to get out of the house. At the same time, we’ve been in touch with our friends at Sausalito Presbyterian Church who’ve been hosting our hot lunch program about their needs going forward. Since many of their volunteers are seniors and considered “at-risk” and many of the vendors who’ve been providing them with food have had to scale back service we thought you might be able to help in a small way.
Further, the Marin Health and Human Services (our public health department) asked us to help so we could spread the word about COVID-19 best practices. Since many in the homeless population place far more trust in churches than the government they’re hoping we can relay some information to protect that population with the meals we provide. This is considered an “essential service.”
This is what we need:
1. Brown Bag Lunch (in your bag please include)
- * Peanut Butter and Jelly
- * Thinly sliced deli meats and cheese
- * Bananas, Oranges, Cuties
- * Yogurts
- * Hummus, Guacamole, etc
- Soft foods such as:
- * Juice or Water
- * Chips/Crackers are okay and appreciated
- * Soft Cookies or other soft treats
2. Say a prayer for each bag.
3. Print and enclose the attached flyer for each bag. Flyer Insert for Bag Lunch
4. You’re also welcome to include:
- * An encouraging note
- * Sanitary supplies
Feel free to make as many as you’d like. Our goal is to have at least 25. Please do keep in mind that we’ll be doing this every week for the foreseeable future.
One of our high school adult leaders Jeff Heely has volunteered to be at WPC this Wednesday between 10:00am – 11:00am to collect all the bagged lunches. He will take them all to Sausalito Pres. We’re doing this with the Friday Morning Men’s Group who also wanted to help. Thanks to them! And special thanks to Jeff!
If for some reason you need to reach Jeff Heely here you go: .
Lastly… looking for other ideas or need some help with this? Call/text/email/Facebook/Instagram/Tweet/Snap/zoom me anytime!
First, I must start by saying we’re here for the spiritual needs of the youth in our community. We want everyone to feel included and yet never pressured to be a part of something they don’t want/need to be.
The general consensus from youth, parents, adult leaders, staff, and our Elders is:
* Our youth want to keep in touch
* Forward momentum is important to a ministry like ours
* People are looking for their kids to have some normalcy
With so much in flux we can’t promise much. Therefore, we’ll try to facilitate some engagement online and over text also. Our high schoolers are somewhat actively engaged with each other online thankfully. As far as our “How Other Faith Communities Serve” series goes we’re going to be taking week 3 with Khadija Hansia-Gibson and try to add that on to the end in May or maybe this fall.
Our church was already ramping up its online footprint as I’m sure many of you have taken advantage of the Facebook livestreams. Those will continue to be available and what better way to say to your kids on a Sunday morning, “Wake up! We’re going to church in our pajamas.. on the couch!” We’re streaming podcasts on Spotify and many other platforms (sorry, we’re still waiting on Apple to get back to us). Just search “WPC Tiburon Podcasts.” Lastly, we’ve created a new YouTube channel which has some of our old YouTube footage (Yes, we have old footage) and more resources for life away from church like:
* Upbeat worship songs for the whole fam (we’re also working on getting this on Spotify)
* Other short videos to provoke spiritual conversations among family.
* Recaps of our own worship services, events, and trips
In times like this I hope we can all set a positive example for our youth showing them that it’s okay to lean on others. And considering all our schools and community is going through may we also continue to be kind, forgiving, patient, and full of love.
As many of you remember, we recently hosted FCD Prevention Works for a Prodigal Parent Series on teen substance abuse including vaping. After some work with John and others there, we're able to provide you a wealth of resources. Please feel free to share.
For a listing of these articles, please go to: Substance Abuse Workshop Follow Up
Please know that I am happy to chat with you either in person or over the phone as someone who's talked with teenagers about the topics for 20+ years. We're all in it together.