Dear Church Family,
I don’t know if you’ve seen the latest news from LA County Public Health Director, Barbara Ferrer, who says that LA is almost certain to maintain ‘safer at home’ orders for the next three months. Of course, there is the possibility that testing and treatment will become more widely available, allowing for restrictions to lift a little more quickly. But, as of this moment, it seems likely that we will continue living with physical distance for awhile longer.
In the past week or so, I have heard the conversations about quarantine changing a little. Many of us have spent weeks and weeks wondering when we could go outside again, gather together again, go to work at our offices, send our kids to school, have dinner with our friends. We have grieved the loss of jobs and social connection and avenues of mental wellness. But in the past week, I’ve been hearing more and more questions about what it
would/will mean to return to life ‘in person.’ We have known, theoretically, that things wouldn’t just go back to normal. But now we’re getting some clarity about how, exactly, life might be different. And it’s causing its own kind of overwhelm. I often say that my job as pastor is to hold your hearts in my hands. Right now, it feels like any leader of any community is also holding the lives of their people in their hands. I want you to know that I take that very seriously. The desire to protect one another is as strong as the longing to hug one another and sit side-by-side in the pews. When the restrictions eventually begin to lift, we will proceed with caution and care, a little at a time. Until then, we are grateful to be able to gather via Zoom – to see one another and share our prayers, sing songs to God, and be One.
For now, I offer you these ways of getting your brain and your heart out into the world, even as your body stays at home:
The Magic Flute Interactive Watch Party: Check out an interactive viewing party featuring Pacific Opera Project's video-game inspired production of Mozart's opera. The opera is reimagined in classic video games from the early 1990s with the staging and characters that recall Mario Bros. and Zelda. The event features interviews with the cast and crew, drink recipes, a costume contest and crafts.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 13; 5 p.m. PDT PRICE: FREE
Taste Wild: Virtual Native Foods Tasting: California Botanic Garden in Claremont holds a tasting event that features bakery boxes filled with four desserts made using California native plants. Participants order their tasting boxes online and pick them up at the Garden (or get them delivered for an extra cost). At the Zoom event, learn about the uses and health benefits of variou local herbs. The garden partners with caterer As You Like It and Abe Sanchez of the indigenous Chia Café Collective.
WHEN: Thursday, May 14; 6 - 7 p.m. PDT PRICE: $35 - $60, advanced reservations required
Virtual Escape Rooms: Escape Room L.A. launches two new live-streaming game experiences with all the challenges and collaborative activities being done at a distance. Friends can play from different locations from around the world. The Lost Pyramid drops you into an ancient lost pyramid, deep in the Mayan jungle, while Escape from Planet X crash lands you on an uncharted planet.
WHEN: Ongoing PRICE: $15 per person
More events happening this week and ongoing virtual activities can be found here!