It has been over a year since we were together regularly in person. Things have changed. We've changed. How do we strengthen our common bonds? Here are a few suggestions: Choose grace and give space When you see your St. Paul's sibling, and it's been a long while, give them a warm welcome not reproach Perhaps you have been to in-person worship lots of Sundays since we re-opened last October. But many of us haven't been inside our building for over a year. Things have changed and now, live streaming is here to stay. Truth is, each person's method for attending worship is valid and legitimate. Some folks will be a part of St. Paul’s even if they aren’t physically occupying a pew each Sunday. Our role is to support and love each other whenever and wherever we are. Stay flexible & aware - We’re all adjusting to life post-covid. Some of us will be anxious about hugging or even shaking hands. Watch for the social cues of others, and don’t forget to consider your own needs as well. Remember, reach out - While staying in your post-COVID-safety zone, reach out to St. Paul’s friends you haven’t seen in a long while. Welcome those whom you haven't met. Rebuilding our social connections is exactly in line with our gospel values and will strengthen us as we move forward as caring for our world. Remember Outreach - God has called us to be St. Paul's in this time and place because together, we are supporting those in need and helping to transform lives with Christ's love.. That mission is the target that shoots straight from 1868 to the present moment. If you lost track of your role in that mission, now's the time to discern it. Talk with Pastor Rebecca or Deacon Barbi, or any of our vestry members if you want a conversation partner. We'll be glad to listen and reflect with you. Soon, we will be post-pandemic. We’ll be singing, smiling without masks, and sharing pews. For awhile, that may feel strange. Let’s give each other lots of grace and space as we adapt and begin the next phase of our life together. Walking in love, we will navigate this next transition and continue on our journey as St. Paul's.