COVID-19 Justice Blog Post

Get involved & stay safe

Justice.  How you can help and stay safe.

We have categorized things as lower-risk and higher-risk. It is important to remember that anyone and everyone is susceptible to contracting COVID19. Some folks are at higher risk and may experience worse complications or symptoms even resulting in death, while many folks will fully recover.  

Your comfort level with risk isn’t just about you. If you live with or care for someone in a higher risk category, or you are a single parent/sole caretaker for a loved one your risk level is high. If you have an essential job, i.e. part of the grocery chain of supply or in the healthcare field, it may be a matter of not potentially exposing others. We highly recommend taking the Stay-at-Home order very seriously and do not encourage anyone to take risks outside their comfort level or absolute necessity.

Lower-risk Opportunities

In general, if these require materials/ingredients from outside your home, you are strongly encouraged to utilize online or phone ordering with curbside pick-up or home delivery. If delivery is not officially available, we can have someone else from church do the pick-up and delivery. We can also place orders from Sam’s Club from the church and get materials to you. Contact Ashley to coordinate pick-ups/deliveries. 

Sewing Masks at Home

JOANN’s Fabric & Craft store is providing a limited number of kits free each day to those who would like to sew in their homes. You can pick up your kit at our local JOANN’s via curbside or have it picked-up and dropped off at your house by someone at the Church. Susan Mihalivich can help answer your questions.

Finished masks can be donated to our unsheltered neighbors at Grace United Methodist Church, delivered curbside to Cox Health or donated to FosterAdopt Connect.  Donations can be delivered to these agencies by Justice Coordinator, Ashley Quinn. Request a pickup by calling 417.413.1969 or emailing Ashley.

Link to Cox Health information

Link to FosterAdopt Connect information

Order Online Grocery Items

With many grocery stores putting purchase limits on certain items, it can be difficult to purchase the quantities needed for our unsheltered neighbors. When you make your family’s regular, online order for groceries, add any of these items to help. We can either arrange pick-up from your porch or you could drop-off supplies at The Connecting Grounds 1109 E. Commercial between 3-6 PM:

⭐ Bottled Water, ⭐ Bottled Gatorade/Powerade,⭐ Individual bags of chips, ⭐ Breakfast bars, ⭐ PopTarts, ⭐ Fruit Cups, ⭐ Pop-Top Pastas, ⭐ Oatmeal Cups, ⭐ Lunchables, ⭐ Ziplock Bags,

You can submit your receipt for reimbursement with the items donated starred or highlighted. 

If you have the flexibility, keep in mind that many people get paid once a month or may receive benefits like food stamps or WIC at the beginning of the month, so you may plan your grocery orders on days other than the 1st-3rd. 

Assemble Sandwiches/Meal Bags

Presently we have enough volunteers Monday night for the sandwich meals assembly, however, that could change. If you’d like to be added to a list of go-to volunteers email Ashley at Email. NACC holds Monday nights, but if that doesn’t work in your schedule there are other opportunities in this shared document. You can also “like” this Facebook Group to stay up to date

Donate Shoes

Give away your old tennis shoes (no dress shoes) in good condition and no holes. Either request a pick-up from Ashley (information above) or drop-off at The Connecting Grounds 1109 E. Commercial. 3pm-6pm.

Call/Email the Governor

and ask for a Statewide Stay-at-Home order Governor Parson (573) 751-3222  https://governor.mo.gov/contact-us

Advocate for Housing Security

Sign on to a set of demands, including a halt of evictions.  Halting evictions addresses the many housing insecurities during this crisis. bit.ly/ProtectMOTenants

We understand that many folks in our congregation may be experiencing financial hardship at this time, or may be unsure of financial futures. If this is you then this is not yours to do. If however you’re looking for some place to give your money, here are some options, you can donate online or mail in a check.

Donate to our church’s Justice fund. www.paypal.me/Natlave and put “Justice” in your donation notes.  

Donate to Community Foundation of the Ozarks COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund. Get up to date information on CFO’s efforts HERE.

Donate to the Sweet And mutual aid fund. https://sweetand.fund/ – click Support. The Sweet And [Queer Solidarity] Fund recognizes that many Missouri Trans and Queer Folks face systemic marginalization daily, and that during this global pandemic it will only be heightened. To help those queer and trans people in Missouri who are out of work or have little to no income at this time, this Fund will operate as a type of mutual aid project in order to provide funds directly to individuals from around Missouri.

Higher Risk Opportunities

Volunteer to oversee meal distribution at Grace United Methodist Church Mondays 4:15/4:30 – 5:45 PM. Many of our regular volunteers on Monday nights are folks in the higher-risk category. Many are still assembling to-go meals in their homes but they’re not able to be onsite. Email Ashley if you’re interested.

Volunteer at another time with meal distribution or delivery to folks in hotels. Meals are being provided to our unsheltered neighbors 3 times/day, 7 days/week. See needs on this google doc and join this Facebook Group for communications. 

Volunteer to oversee shower time at the Central High School Pool House – men volunteers specifically needed. Shifts available, approximately 10-12, Mon-Fri. Email Amanda at CPO astadler@cpozarks.org

If you have other suggestions for opportunities, or any questions, email them to Ashley. Thank you.

Worship Will be Online Only This Sunday, March 15

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In an abundance of caution, we have decided to move worship to online only tomorrow. Following the advice of the Greene County Health Department and the call for people to begin social distancing, the advisory team is in favor of beginning this practice tomorrow. We know this practice is one of the most loving things we can do for one another right now.
In moments such as these, we need each other. We need each other in courage and in wisdom. We need each other in strength. Sharing the table and peace at a distance will be, different. The love we share in community will be made known in new ways.
We will be live-steaming worship at our normal worship time at 10am. We hope you will join us and share comments during worship! We know some of us are not on Facebook. We share the link from worship via email later in the day.
We will continue to send updates of the ways we are discovering to be church for and with one another. As needs arise in your family, please contact the church directly or Pastor Jenn.

February is Black History Month

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“The Birth of Eve,” 2018, from ‘New World Consciousness’ Courtesy of Harmonia Rosales

We plan to use the newsletter each week to call attention to some resources, podcast, articles, to learn more about black history as well as current ways we engage with race. Enfleshed is a site that we draw a lot of liturgy from, and they shared and article this week about the consequences of perceiving God as a white man. “‘Even early in life, the belief that God is white shapes how children evaluate actual human beings.’ [Steven O.] Roberts said.” Roberts is a psychologist and the lead researcher from Stanford which published their data last month. Indicating lifelong attitudes towards equity can be shaped in our churches by how we communicate about God to our children, and what images they are exposed to. Surveying U.S. Christians (adults), they found that “when people conceptualize God as a white man, they are more likely to perceive white male job candidates as more fit for leadership than black and female applicants.” Here are some traditional images we have associated with the divine reimagined as a black woman.

Storytelling Workshop – February 18th!

goddessTuesday, February 18th, 6-8 pm, in the Gallery. 
You’re invited to an interactive workshop that focuses on the importance and relevance of telling your stories. Learn how our stories are deeply entwined with God, our community and ourselves. Our stories and experiences are powerful, they have the ability to change lives, bring healing, hope and more. This interactive workshop is lead by Stephanie Scott-Huffman, Storytelling photographer, who will help us to dive deeper into our own stories, thoughts and feelings, equip us to tell our stories on a deeper level, through conversation, connecting and challenging each other in new ways. A light dinner will be served, and please call the office by Monday, February 17th if you need childcare.