March 20, 2020
Dear FMC Community,

The FMC Pastoral Care Team is committed to finding ways we can come together virtually over the coming weeks as we are unable to be present with each other physically.

Jessica Ronalds, a volunteer on the Pastoral Care Team, has graciously invited anyone interested to participate in a time of Guided Meditation for Relaxation and Sharing. We will have the opportunity for brief check-ins, share in a guided meditation followed by a time of sharing. We have set up a zoom meeting for this purpose on the following days.

If you would like to participate, just click the zoom link next to each day as you join. You may choose to join with video so that you can see everyone on the call or you may choose to join with audio only. We have scheduled two times next week and will send out subsequent dates as they are scheduled.

Tuesday, March 24th 1:30 – 2:30. https://zoom.us/j/7834751861

Thursday, March 26th 1:30 – 2:30 https://zoom.us/j/7834751861
You may reach the Pastoral Care Team at pastoralcare@fmcquaker.org

March 14, 2020

Dear FMC Community,
I am writing on behalf of the FMC Pastoral Care Team. We are mindful that we are all being barraged with information about the impact of the Covid-19 virus and certainly each being called upon to make changes in our daily routines. Many of the places that we would ordinarily turn to for nurture and support are either not available or not available in the way they used to be. This certainly can create a sense of worry, fear, anxiety or isolation.
We are also mindful that we have much to be thankful for and the gifts of family, friends and our FMC community are each important to appreciate and to celebrate. Challenging times like these can also offer opportunities for new spiritual insights and new ways for us to deepen our connection with Spirit and each other. We invite you to hold in the Light all of the things for which you are grateful, as well as those issues and individuals for whom you hold a concern during the coming weeks.
We want to hold up the ways we can support each other in community, and also specifically encourage you to reach out to the FMC Pastoral Care Team if you, or others you know within the community are in need of assistance or support. You may reach the Pastoral Care Team at pastoralcare@fmcquaker.org

  • We have a number of natural structures within FMC (Committees, Faithfulness Groups, Zip Code Groups, Friendly Eights, Interest Groups, etc.) that are important sources of contact and support. We encourage Committee Clerks, Conveners, and other group leaders to arrange for meetings via zoom and also to reach out periodically in between meetings to check on members of your group via telephone and email. Through these small groups, we all can make opportunities to check on each other and offer support even when the group isn’t able to meet in person at FMC.
  • We are mindful of the fact that many in our community are older, may live alone, or not be as fully integrated into the community and perhaps feel particularly vulnerable. Please be proactive in calling each other to simply check-in, share a laugh, a virtual hug, or just let someone know “I’m thinking of you.”
  • We also want to be attentive to the changes that families may be experiencing as a result of school closures, challenges in child-care, and the inherent stress on parents during a time like this. We encourage everyone in our community to be especially mindful of the need families may be experiencing and reach out to check-in with them.
  • Over the coming weeks, it may be that some in our community will need assistance in picking up medications, getting groceries, having meals prepared, or other concrete forms of support. The Pastoral Care Team is available to provide this assistance as needed.
  • The FMC Pastoral Care Team is also exploring potential opportunities to offer virtual “get togethers” to share conversation, worship sharing, meditation, or prayer with a small group. We will be providing information on those additional opportunities in the very near future.
  • If you or someone you know is feeling especially isolated or vulnerable, or needs concrete assistance, please contact the Pastoral Care Team so that we can reach out to provide a friendly visit, phone call or other assistance that may be needed. No one should feel alone. We want to make sure everyone in our FMC community feels held and cared about over the coming weeks.

In closing, we just want to remind you all to take care of yourselves. Reach out to each other, find ways to nurture your spirit, enjoy things that make you laugh, and remember that you are cared about as an important part of our FMC community.

Jan Nisenbaum
Lili Schwan-Rosenwald
On Behalf of the FMC Pastoral Care Team