Friends,

Next week will include the Sunday (October 4th) known as World Communion Day.  Typically we would be celebrating communion together in worship on that Sunday as we recognized, proclaimed and symbolized our longing for a world where all are gathered and welcomed at God’s table.

In this year of so many unprecedented events, it seems strange not to be able to be in worship in-person together on this significant day.  It also would seem strangely inappropriate not to recognize the symbolism of sharing in communion in some way on this day.  So, we are planning to recognize World Communion Day during our recorded worship service for October 4th.  We will remember that even when we are not physically in shared space together, we are still part of community – the Aldersgate Community, the United Methodist Community, and the broader global community.  We will also remember that even as we long for a time when all are gathered and welcomed at God’s table, we also long for the day when we are able to worship together not only online but also in-person.

If you haven’t yet picked up your prepared communion elements you may pick them up this coming week from the church office.  The building hours are Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.  Although one or more of the staff are always in the building during those hours we may not always be near the door to let you in, so it’s always a good idea to call the church office before you stop by.  If you would like to receive communion elements for the October 4th service but aren’t able to stop by the church, please let us know and we can arrange for the elements to be brought to you ahead of time.  And, if you don’t live in the Des Moines metro area but are worshipping with us online, you are welcome to prepare ahead of time simply by having some kind of juice or wine and some bread or crackers available when you watch the service for October 4th.

I hope to see soon,

Eric