Rector’s Notes & Office News

Rector’s Notes & Office News

Notes from the back of the house

One of the truly wonderful things about working with technology is that it is possible to count on things going wrong at any point. Recently this happened in several ways.

Two weeks ago, we installed a new computer in the booth specifically designed to handle the streaming. In testing it was fine but at both the early service and the Misa, it crashed. When that happens, the link being used to stream to Vimeo (and from there to Facebook and YouTube) goes down and we can’t relink to it because it is a scheduled stream. We were able to get it back up and streaming to all points in less than 10 minutes, but by then many did not know where to go or when it would be back up.

Back in the times when we were just a few, we could stop the service, restart and send out a new link. In the current situation, we simply don’t want to stop the service when there are so many in attendance. What we have done now to be proactive in that event is create an unscheduled link to the live stream that we will switch to in the event of local crash. That link will be on the website and in the event of an interruption, will be sent out on Facebook (here is the link for the early service: https://vimeo.com/event/1650434). There will be a similar link for the Misa service (Here is that link: https://vimeo.com/event/1650797).

This will only cover local (problems with the in-house equipment, etc,) events. We have had problems with Facebook crashing, with the Comcast router crashing and even Comcast crashing. We can reboot the router, but it takes time and during those lost moments we are unable to communicate via the internet. Just be aware that we are at the mercy of the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” from time to time.

Sunday morning our website went down because the server storage was full. We had no indication that this was imminent, and we were not aware it was happening. As it turns out, a program that we use on the site to keep it trimmed up had started caching multiple copies of the files it was supposed to delete and it wasn’t long before the server was full. The reasons behind this are not fully understood at this time so the program has been disabled until we can depend on it to do the job it was designed to do.

Other than that, the Young People’s Lessons & Carols, Sunday’s early service and the Misa streamed without a hitch from where we stood. Unfortunately, many were left looking for the event and not finding it on YouTube though it was on Facebook. Vimeo was streaming it as well but unless you logged onto Vimeo and searched you would not have found it. Again, the alternative links will be helpful.

That’s the view from the back.

J T Quanbeck

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A trauma-informed care lens

“Pantropical spotted dolphins are synchronized swimmers and community builders. They travel in pods of hundreds, but within the pods they organize into groups of twenty or less and time their diving and beautiful acrobatics to be exactly in sync. Out in the ocean, they participate in mobile interspecies collectives consisting of other dolphins, yellowfin tuna, and seabirds. Scientists have different theories about why they do this, most of which can be summarized in these words: knowing who they’re with helps them know where they’re at and where they want to be.”

From Undrowned by Alexis Pauline Gumbs:

We recognize that there may be some ambiguity in this vision that we are holding out to the community as we regather. That is because we can’t say that we know what the vision is – yet. This description of what collaboration looks like from the pantropical spotted dolphins helps us see that our hope is that we are learning (again) who we are and how we are doing and where we want to be next. Together.

Through a trauma-informed care lens, we need time to be seen and heard, share our griefs, express the places where we have felt abandoned or even betrayed by this pandemic, and listen for the possibilities of post-trauma growth. The complicated piece in all of this is that your clergy have gone through this, too, and are going through this now. We are drawing on the deep, interconnected relationships that were made possible by this pandemic and also holding those who experienced significant isolation. Our hope is that we can weave together these experiences into the building up of something profound and healing for us all.

This is why we’ve been emphasizing a time of rest and healing as we re-form as a whole community. Think about what we know about Resurrection. Did Jesus raise Lazarus to be exactly as he was before? In Jesus’ Resurrection, he is unrecognizable at first; his closest friends must retrain their senses to be able to see him as he has become and as they themselves are becoming as well.

As your clergy, we are most excited for what this means for who we are called to be in the world as it is becoming something new with God. To follow that path, our number-one priority right now is how we gather, how we become better at talking to each other and holding space for one another. Think of this time post-quarantine as an extended retreat. Church is here for you to simply come and be, to be present, to be held by community and God, to re-learn how to listen to one another and ourselves. As we make honing these skills for listening and healing our top priority, imagine the places we’ll go together.

Faithfully,
Chris & James

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The time has come!

We are beginning with two in-person services beginning on the Feast of Pentecost, May 23. The 9:00 am service will be inside the church, socially distanced and with masks. At just 25% capacity, there are  35 spaces available per Sunday in addition to the clergy, musicians, lectors and ushers. We are using a signup program to keep track of our numbers; if you don’t receive the eblast/Weekly Messenger, please reach out to the office to be signed up for a particular Sunday.

There will also be a service outside in our courtyard at 11:00 am that will not require a reservation. This will be reminiscent of our parish picnic-style worship, and you are encouraged to bring a camp chair! We will have chairs on hand as well.

Hope, excitement, grief, joy, anxiety, distress, love – these are all feelings I expect to have as we regather. I ask for your continued prayers and your patience.

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As we adjust to this new normal, please know that we’re doing everything we can to stay connected with all of you.

  • The church office is closed at least through April. With very few exceptions, only staff is allowed to enter the building.
  • We will monitor the office voice mails as much as possible, so please leave us a message if that’s the best way for you to communicate: 503/284-7141. You may continue to email Gloria with general information or to ask a question.
  • The clergy are available through texts or calls on their personal cell phones. If it’s not an urgent matter, please email them: ChrisJames and Matthew DavidBeto is temporarily out of the country for an urgent family situation but will return as soon as possible.
  • If you wish to mail in a donation or communicate with a staff member by note or letter, we are picking up the mail on a regular basis. Our bookkeeper continues to count all donations and make deposits weekly. 
  • The home page of the website (which is where you probably found this page) is the best place to see the calendar of what’s happening now, to watch live-streams and to check the video archive.

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