Pastor’s Note May 19

I am heartened by the news SJ First has received contributions totaling $3,000 for the El Camino Real District COVID-19 Relief Project for our neighbors who are without their visa and who have lost their jobs. As District Superintendent, Rev. Goto, wrote: “The purpose of the fund is to provide the basic support for their groceries, as well as other supply needs and expenses such as their medical fees.” All contributions designated for El Camino Real District COVID-19 Relief Project will count toward the District goal of $50,000. Thank you to all who have contributed. If you have not already done so and would like to support the Relief Project, you may write a check to:

“First United Methodist Church at San Jose” Or “FUMCASJ” Or “FUMCatSJ”
Memo: ECR Relief Fund

We continue to pay careful attention to our State and Local Officials, as well as our Episcopal and Conference leaders, during this time of shelter-in-place as restrictions are being slowly lifted. I know the past couple of months have been very difficult for some of us, and I am grateful for the ways all of us have responded with wisdom and courage while steadfastly being the church. While we don’t know exactly when we will reopen our doors again for what will no doubt be a “new normal” where it concerns day-to-day mission and ministry in downtown San Jose, the Vision Leadership Team will be meeting by ZOOM later this month to begin thinking through together the kinds of considerations, precautions, preparations and planning necessary to provide the safest possible environment for our church and members of the San Jose community for when the time does come to responsibly reopen.

In the meantime, let us continue to pray for one another, encourage one another, and love one another, knowing God is faithful and walks with us, offering comfort, support, guidance, and strength as we follow Jesus.

Grace and Peace,

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