Thank You, Worship Numbers, Moving Ahead and more in the E-Newsletter for Sunday, April 19, 2020 – Available in full online here.Haga clic aquí para ver el mensaje de esta semana en español de nuestro misionero latino, Luis Valencia.
From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP
Thank you to Cindi Sanders, Nick Palmer, Reyna Masko, and Luis Valencia for the tremendous work they put into our Holy Week and Easter experiences. Each of them has gone above and beyond during this pandemic to ensure you are connected to God, your church family, and one another. We have an amazing staff of committed Christians and it is a delight to work with each of them.
Thank you as well to the many members of St. John's who helped make our Holy Week and Easter worship happen. Whether it was recording videos of hymns or anthems or readings, or driving packets of bulletins to those who were unable to get out of the house or print them on their own, SJE showed up and gave us all a Holy Week and Easter we will never forget.
And members of St. John's were not the only ones touched by this year's observance of this sacred time. Let me share some analytics with you from the services we offered last week…
From Palm Sunday through Easter, our YouTube videos and live streams were watched nearly 3,000 times. Palm Sunday's liturgy had 88 concurrent viewers and, when you include those who tuned in after the liturgy, has been seen 225 times. Easter Sunday had 103 concurrent views and, when you include those who tuned in after the liturgy, has been seen 237 times.
And, of course, those "views" only record when a screen is showing the video. When you remember that the average US household has roughly 2.5 people, that means that likely between 176-220 people were participating live with our Palm Sunday worship and 206-258 people were participating with Easter worship.
Even in the midst of so much carefully executed worship, our staff and members have also worked hard to ensure our church continues to be an outward facing church, providing a curbside honor system Food Pantry Monday-Thursday from 4pm-6pm and feeding an increasing number of hungry people at Loving Spoonfuls on Sundays and Wednesdays.
We have seen a surge in donations to my discretionary account as the financial impact of this quarantine becomes more acute felt. I posted in the Facebook Members Group (and in the parallel Miembros group in Spanish) that if any of you need help with utilities or even a month's rent payment, to reach out to me or Cindi directly (with whomever you feel more comfortable) so we can assist. You have done just that, bravely contacting us and asking for help because things are tough right now for so many. And the generosity of donations to that account means we have not yet had to turn a single need away.
And thank you for the gift of space this week, as our parish staff take a deep breath and a much-needed Easter break. We look forward to gearing back up starting this Sunday and continuing to find ways to pursue our motto as a community, even under social distancing restrictions. We will continue to follow Jesus, be inspired through worship, and boldly love ALL. Because that is what St. John's does.
At every Newcomers & Visitors Brunch, we often hear that the number one thing that keeps people at St. John's—no matter what brought them here for a visit—is their experience of the members of this church. And I know, it is the work of each and every one of you that makes me excited to serve you as your priest every single day.
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