Vital Signs 💗

Wherever you are, and however you’re doing, you are not alone. We are all in this together.  

After a couple of weeks of increasing intensity, things got even more real yesterday with Larimer County’s (and then soonafter the Governor’s) instruction to shelter in place. How are you holding up?

For a lot of us, the order just makes official what we were already doing. But for others, this will be another layer of change, and grief, and potential isolation. It’s why I’m so grateful that our Community Circles are launching this week!

Over 50 of you who are Community Circle Leads are right now reaching out to over 1200 others of you (!) all across Northern Colorado. Checking in, and offering a sense of connection and community – in addition to the practical support that many may need. If you haven’t heard from a Lead by Sunday, let us know, we’ll make sure they have your accurate contact info.

Because again, this is the good news – we are in this together. We are all trying to figure out what life means now, how we can connect in meaningful ways – what courageous love looks like now.

In this spirit, we’ve decided to reframe what this weekly email will cover. Since Mondays will bring you a weekly re-cap of Sunday’s service (with youtube links and written text whenever it’s available), this email can instead be a chance to offer a “pulse check” on all that’s going on. And I’m thinking we call this weekly email, the Foothills Pulse.  (I mean, we were looking for a good new name!) A place to check in on the vital signs of our community – the ways we are living out our mission and our covenant with each other, and for our wider world.

We are all in a learning mode right now – so much is totally new. Learning means a lot of opportunity to really live into our values in a fuller, deeper way than ever before.  I’ve been returning to our Foothills values a lot this week:

Joyful Resilience. Deepening Belonging. Collective Courage. Transcendent Wonder. 

They can be grounding guides for us as we learn and discover who we are now, who we are becoming.

Learning also means there will be a lot of stumbling, and struggling, and imperfections. I hope you’re making a lot of space for grace and compassion – for yourself, and for all of us. That you know and really feel that everything you are doing is enough, that you are enough, and that there is enough love to hold you, and all of us. This is our theme for worship this Sunday. What it means to be enough, and to have enough. Please join us (and invite any friends from near or far who are seeking community and connection in this time) – 9:00 on Zoom, 11:00 on the regular livestream channels. See you there.

With love,
Rev. Gretchen