Dear Recovery Church Family,
We’ve made it through another week without in-person worship or hugs and the spirit is still alive and kicking! Last night a small number of us gathered (at a proper distance) to record our Palm Sunday worship service. You are invited to join the entire community and watch it this Sunday at 9:30. You will find it on the website www.therecoverychurch.org. A huge THANK YOU to all who worked on this; especially Tommy, Sunny, Charlie, Bob, Deb, Linda, Brooklyn, Ned, Terry and Susanne T.
We have been asked to curtail in-person worship through May 10th. In the meantime, we hope to share worship each week as well as keeping in touch via email, Facebook, website, and phone calls. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch. Thanks to all of you who continue to send donations and encouraging words to the church. You give us hope.
In case you have forgotten how much you are loved, let me end with some words from Henri Nouwen. This is a paraphrase of a few of my favorite Bible verses—Isaiah 43 and Psalm 139–which I recommend to you as well.
"You are my child.
You are written in the palms of my hand.
You are hidden in the shadow of my hand.
I molded you in the secret of the earth.
I have knitted you together in your mother’s womb.
You belong to me.
I am yours. You are mine.
I have called you from eternity and you are the one who is held safe and embraced in love from eternity to eternity.
You belong to me. And I am holding you safe and I want you to know that whatever happens to you, I am always there. I was always there; I am always there; I always will be there and hold you in my embrace.
You are mine. You are my child. You belong to my home. You belong to my intimate life and I will never let you go. I will be faithful to you.”
- Henri J.M.Nouwen, “Lecture”
Or as our friend Roger W. always says, “Remember, God loves you and so do I.”
Please remember these words and remember we miss you. We can’t wait to welcome you back with open arms.
With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot see a safe way to hold Gopher State XLVII on May 22-24, 2020. The Board is committed to holding Gopher State XLVII, however; it is not clear when that will be. We are actively looking at other alternatives and will provide updates as solutions become clear.
Please keep safe and stay sober.
Gopher State Roundup Board of Directors
The deadline for placing orders is April, 19th.
They will be available for pick-up:
As always, we are in this together. We seek to be part of the solution and part of the healing.
Please call, text, write and support one another at this time. Find new ways to reach out in love. If you need to talk to someone one-on-one, volunteers are available.
Pastor Martha and Your Trusted Servant Leader Council
So, what does it look like to incorporate "Social Distancing" into a recording session that is intended to extend the love of music to TRC members who cannot currently gather as community?
History will remember when the world stopped
And the flights stayed on the ground.
And the cars parked in the street.
And the trains didn’t run.
History will remember when the schools closed
And the children stayed indoors
And the medical staff walked towards the fire
And they didn’t run.
History will remember when the people sang
On their balconies, in isolation
But so very much together
In courage and song.
History will remember when the people fought
For their old and their weak
Protected the vulnerable
By doing nothing at all.
History will remember when the virus left
And the houses opened
And the people came out
And hugged and kissed
And started again
Kinder than before.
The Recovery Church is thrilled to bring back the world-class acoustic guitarist Billy McLaughlin in an open-to-the-public concert on September 19th.