Aloha from Hilo, Hawaii,
How awesome it was that you were able to join one of the two groups that gathered recently on ZOOM. Here is some feedback from the sessions that we wanted to pass on to you.
During the icebreaker with small groups, participants were asked “what skill, asset, passion, etc. have you learned since the pandemic began that has made a positive impact on your life or others?” Responses included organizing quilting materials and making 100 quilts, puzzling, finding encouraging websites as Lutheran Public Radio, Zoom Bible studies and prayer groups, gift baskets for Pastor’s wife to provide encouragement for them, and a new perspective on how short life is and to keep it precious.
Congregations were asked to share ideas as to how they accomplished service projects during the pandemic. Phone calling and zoom learning highlighted some of their responses, as well as, having secret pals, leaving bags at the door for members not able to attend, Bible studies, email prayer chains, celebrating birthdays by sending cards, pajama party retreat, meeting with masks, sanitizing, and social distancing, and working with the homeless.
When asked how to get more women to become involved in our church, the personal touch was mentioned: asking face to face, making phone calls, and giving a personal invitation.
The ladies in Hawaii were pleased to welcome all of you from CA, NV and Hong Kong.