The expression "l’shana tova!" (for the good year) was perhaps never more needed in our lifetime.
On sunset, Friday, September 18, the Jewish feast of Rosh Hashannah, the start of a new year in the Jewish calendar arrives. The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah ( יוֹם תְּרוּעָה), literally "day of shouting or blasting". It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days ( יָמִים נוֹרָאִים Yamim Nora'im. Rosh Hashanah is traditionally viewed as the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, and a day of judgment and coronation of God as king. It ushers in the "ten days of awe" culminating in Yom Kippur, the "Day of Atonement" observed September 27 (sundown) - 28, in 2020. That is followed by the great feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), celebrated this year from October 2 - 9.
We pray that our supporters are bearing up in this time of great trial and we trust that God will indeed do a great work in this new season. We know that many of you are suffering with financial struggles in addition to the heatlh impacts of Covid-19. Some have not been able to keep up with giving, but the Lord continues to sustain us. While our ministry has been unable to hold our Friday night outreach services and ESL Classes since March, due to various government restrictions, we are keeping in contact with our regular attendees, many of whom express how much they miss us. We are also now able to hold services with a limited capacity of attendees.
Rosh Hashanah Service
We will be holding a small Rosh Hashannah service on Friday, September 18. Please pray for us as a significant portion of our attendees are in the high risk category for Covid-19 and some have lost family members to Covid.
Meals for Shut-Ins
We will also be purchasing and distributing meals on Saturday, September 19, to shut-ins. Providing meals is a simple expression of our love for them, and fills a practical need. Most of them are on fixed incomes and have very little and these holiday meals are deeply meaningful for them. It has also provided opportunities to share and made a strong impression on the staff at Ben & Irvs deli where we purcahse these meals. Please pray that these physical expresssions of our love will yield spiritual fruit.
Rosh Hashanah: Friday, September 18, 2020
Yom Kippur: Monday September 28, 2020
Sukkot: Friday, October 2, 2020
Please continue to pray that God will open doors of ministry even in this difficult time and for the health and safety of our staff.