First Congregational Church of Reno
United Church of Christ

627 Sunnyside Drive, Reno, NV  89503-3515
"Whoever you are, and wherever you are on life's journey,
you are welcome here."

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Pastor Kate Lambertson

Welcome to summer! Last year at this time we were hunkered down in our homes afraid of a virus that didn’t just go away in a few weeks! We were secluded and lonely, waking up daily to another day of bad news. But now things are different – or at least a little so. We still need to be vigilant in maintaining safe practices. Wear a mask when you’re not sure if you’re in a vaccinated crowd, social distance with those who haven’t gotten the shot, and continue to wash/sanitize hands obsessively. Yes, there is light at the end of the tunnel, but we’re not out of the tunnel yet! So please, as we move forward into less restrictions, be safe!

That said, welcome summer and welcome back to in-person worship! The electricity, or dare I say the Holy Spirit’s presence, has definitely been felt in the sanctuary over the past month as we have prayed together, sung together, sat together and basically been the body once again gathered. I am fully aware that God doesn’t live in church – any church – but it sure has felt glorious to be together as we worship God.

For 15 long months we worshipped together virtually and thank God for technology – 20 years ago that wouldn’t have been possible. That virtual church was only possible through the on-going dedicated service of a small, but mighty, group of die-hard individuals: singers/worship leaders – Katherine McCall and Steven Meyer; pianist – Ted Owens; sound and video techs – Marc Ullom, Judith Ullom, and Harold Lambertson; and all the special music folk that gifted us with their talents those many long months! This group of people gave of their time and talents every Thursday evening for more than a year and our hats go off to them for their dedication and commitment to our church.

Yes, we’re back! But let us never forget where we’ve been for it is only in the remembering that we can move into a new future that is more wondrous than pre-pandemic. It may feel like we can all utter a sigh of relief that things are getting back to semi-normal – and in many ways we can, but let’s not rest to long in that relief because there is still much work for the glory of God that needs to be done!

Pastor Kate

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