Patience, endurance and intentionality.....
We’ve had to summon a great deal of all three this year as COVID-19 has changed the ways in which we stay connected in community and invest in relationships. Zoom has provided a wonderful way for us to be connected while sheltering at home. We will continue to have virtual NCS meetings for the remainder of the year along with Transition Tuesday meetings at the Lodge – providing a “hybrid” meeting for folks on Zoom and in-person for those willing to remain socially distant and wear masks.
As we move into the start of our 16th season this fall, we will continue with patience, endurance and intentionality. Yet I believe the focus will shift to the distinction between staying connected (Zoom, email, phone calls, etc.) and fellowship (showing up in person and loving each other).
Technology will provide a means for us to connect. However, the all-important “fellowship” part of the equation will require renewed attention.
I find it interesting that the COVID-19 disruption has taken place as we begin our 16th year. In researching the Biblical significance of the number 16, I discovered commentary about how “16” relates to love. Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, lists 16 attributes about love - both physical and spiritual. Sixteen, the product of two times eight, is believed by some to represent a doubling of new beginnings, which is represented by eight in scripture. Perhaps we need to reflect on this question:
Are we showing enough love to our fellow NCS brothers, our neighbors or even our family?
In this “season of love”, we will provide an opportunity for small, in-person gatherings at River Birch Lodge each Tuesday in addition to connecting via Zoom. Our Friday Zoom calls will now be broadcast from River Birch as we “reclaim” our Friday presence at the Lodge, a staple since 2005. In addition, we will continue to encourage those online with us to participate in the small group breakouts via Zoom to keep building relationships among our NCS brothers.
Our Thursday NCS meetings will remain virtual and joint events between NCS East and Davie County. Guy Morgan a