(taken from an email sent out from Susan D’Amato to participants in our Centering Prayer group last March, just a few days after our first worship service was canceled due to COVID, and well before we realized how often our conversations would soon rely on a little known software called Zoom!)

Centering Prayer friends,

By now I trust you have gotten the news that First Baptist Greenville is canceling services and meetings until at least Palm Sunday [of 2020]. Accordingly, we will not meet in person on Tuesdays until at least Holy Week.

After talking to several of you this weekend, I have a suggestion for what we might try during this unusual time. At Furman I am learning to use “Zoom” video conferencing so I can meet my students online, and I thought we could try this in our group. It would give us 20 minutes or so of time each week to check in with each other, see how everyone is doing, and share what we wish.

If you want to try this, simply use the info and link below, which I will resend each week. You will click the link. The first time you do this you will have to follow a prompt to download the app. After that you will just have to wait to log on until I have opened the meeting session.

Be well and safe,

Susan D’Amato is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting…

Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. (John 12:24-26)

In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.—Howard Thurman

Susan D’Amato leads the Centering Prayer Group that meets (in normal times) here at First Baptist Greenville, and she currently serves as the chair of the Spiritual Formation Committee.

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