Pandemic Church Webinar

The Pandemic Church: Power, Impact, and Simply Being the Body of Christ

Click here to see the recording from the webinar.

Without denying the impact of the pandemic, we will look at ways to be church without being defined by it. Bruce will share best practices and invite conversations about the challenge of pastoral leadership, opportunities for strengthening congregational life, and practical ways to create worship space for in person and online participation.

Bruce is an author, speaker, parent, consultant, coach, podcaster, and pastor. He speaks and writes on issues of faith, technology, race, parenting, and church culture. He is currently the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, Senior Consultant with The Convergence Network, and a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. During this time of pandemic, Bruce has provided leadership and support to pastors, congregations, and organizations that has focused on organizational leadership, online worship, and Zoom practices.

He has an active online presence and can be found on most social networks via @breyeschow.

Building Stamina for Anti Racism Work

On November 7 and 14, from 10 am to 12 pm, join the Rev. Denise Anderson for two concurrent workshops on "Building Stamina for Anti Racism Work." More information and the link to register will be available soon!

Advent and Christmas Resources

Join Cindy on Wednesday, October 28 at 1 pm for a time to brainstorm and share ideas and resources for Advent and Christmas 2020.

Click here for the Zoom link!

On Thursday, October 29 at 7 pm, Jennifer Bastien, music director for the Clinton Presbyterian Church, will lead a tutorial on how to create a virtual choir. Here's how she describes the evening:

 Making communal music during times of social distancing is a difficult task. As we head into the Advent and Christmas season singing Christmas Carols in the traditional way will not be possible. Until we can all sing together in person again safely, there are ways to create a sense of community using technology. I will show you a way that I have discovered that will allow members of the congregation to sing a hymn together giving back a snippet of that feeling. I will be using the programs Musescore and Soundtrap (both have free versions). Come listen to my ideas, share your own ideas, and get inspired. 

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Resilience and Renewal Retreat

We have set a date for a team from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to run a virtual Resilience and Renewal Retreat on Wednesday, November 18, from 1:30-4:30 pm. This is how the retreat is described:

Resilience & Renewal: A Three-Hour Virtual Retreat


This three-hour virtual retreat is designed to give faith leaders a chance to take a breath and a break in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will experience essential healing and resilience-building tools, including storytelling, strengthening positive connections with others and spiritual practices. This retreat, grounded in relaxation and self-care techniques, will provide an opportunity to experience respite and offers opportunities for small group sharing in breakout rooms in addition to plenary sessions. Each retreat will be limited to 20 participants and will be led by PDA staff and National Response Team volunteers. The content of this retreat differs from the virtual programs we have offered in recent months (Building Resilience Webinar and Faith Leader Support Meetings), which remain available to all who are interested: pda.pcusa.org/page/esc-webinar/.

Registration will open soon!