The idea behind this project is to reach out to our wider community. It is our hope that this project will transcend denominational and religious affiliation lines. The current pandemic has socially distanced us, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t connect to others and make new friends. As I keep reminding the members of Grace, “We’re in this together- and God’s here too!” “To all God’s beloved” comes from St. Paul’s salutation to the church in Rome (Romans 1:7). With that being said, I cannot stress enough that this project is not restricted to the church. My faith compelled me to start this project and it is the same faith that desires for this to be an interfaith gathering of all God’s beloved.
While this is a pen pal project at heart it’s not restricted to snail mail. You have the option of signing up for email or phone calls from another person. We want this to work for as many people as possible. If you don’t have an email/do not want to fill out the Google Form you can mail your information to Grace Lutheran Church 517 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA 17603 or call 717-397-2748.
The more people that sign up the better! I will do my best to make sure that your pen pal is not a member of your congregation and give you your preferred method of communication. Please note, if you live outside of the United States, I cannot promise that you will receive a phone call, even if that is your preferred method of communication.
If you sign up by Tuesday April 21, 2020, you will have your pen pal by the weekend. Only your pen pal will receive your contact information from our office.
You don’t need fancy stationery to participate in this project. You don’t need to have fancy handwriting for this project. You don’t need the latest and greatest technology to participate in this project. All you need is an open heart. You can contact your pen pal as often as you want. You can write about whatever you want. You can share recipes, family stories, artwork, pictures, whatever you’re comfortable with.
We are encouraging families to participate in this project. There’s a chance that your new friend might be of the finger paint/ can’t write their name generation. If you do not want to take the chance of having a younger pen pal, please let us know. Again, we are going to do our best to make sure that this project works for all of us.
If you are filling out the Google Form, please fill out a form for each member of your household that is participating. If you have any questions please reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org), you can also call the church office (7173972748) and leave your information with our Office Administrator, Vicki.
If you are a religious leader looking to get your congregation involved please email me (email@example.com).
Pax et Bonum,