From Deacon George …

SOULS => => => POLLS

My colleague and fellow-member of the ECMN Commission for the Diaconate, Rev. Janet McNally, recently challenged all ECMN deacons to do something we are fundamentally formed and ordained to do, and that is to energize our congregations to embrace social justice in our communities and our world. In this case, that engagement is around our constitutional right to participate in our government by voting.  

Janet tells us that participation by voting in elections is a high priority for our Presiding Bishop, Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, who has said that “it is a Christian obligation to vote, and more than that, it is the church’s responsibility to help get souls to the polls.”

In this November’s election, in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic, many will face the added possibility – and risk – of waiting in long and perhaps not socially distanced lines. Every member of our faith community, our entire community really, needs to know know that if you are an eligible voter in Minnesota you can request an absentee ballot online from the Secretary of State’s office. Here is the link!

It’s easy, it’s fast and you can vote early. But remember – mail-in ballots must be postmarked on or before Nov 3, so if you chose to exercise this option, it is wise to request your ballot now, complete it, and return it well in advance of election day. 

Presiding Bishop Curry reminds us, “Vote your conscience, vote your perspective, but vote!” 

Worshiping Outdoors

You will find detailed information in today’s e-news regarding our first in-person worship gathering in a long time, this Sunday, August 30, at 10am in our church ‘back yard’. While every concern has been addressed to ensure everyone’s safety, attendance during this time of caution and care is strictly up to you (isn’t it always?). Having stopped last night at the church and seen how the worship site has been manicured for Sunday, I wanted you to see it too.

Be Safe and Have a Blessed Week!

Deacon George

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