- Wednesday, May 27, 5:30–7:30 pm
- Thursday, May 28, 9 am–12 pm
Click here to donate to Food for Lane County’s work feeding people in need during this time of crisis. Trillium has offered to double the first $5,000 given!
In this difficult time, many of us are wanting to reach out to help our community. The Kindness Campaign has created a list of local organizations and how we can help them during this time:
Zoom Tip Sheet
First things first —
Never used Zoom before? Try these out for help.
- Basic Video Tutorials: How to Join a Zoom Meeting
- See the many helpful videos that Zoom provides here.
Ok, with that in mind, here are some other basics. Also, it is highly recommended that you test yourself on Zoom first. Or try chatting with a friend! If you create an account, you can easily set up with someone else.
- Your name — use your real name (not a username).
- Your profile pic— use a real picture (not your dog or cat).
- Use a pair of headphones you can plug in to the computer or device if you have some. This will help avoid noise feedback and improve the audio experience for all involved.
- If you have a pair of headphones with a microphone built in, this is even better. There are lots of options, many that are relatively inexpensive, on Amazon, among many other places.
- Make sure the lighting of the room is not washing you out or casting shadows across your face. This helps others to see your facial expressions clearly.
- Nostril shot vs. eye-level camera — Do you really want us to see up your nose? Strive to have your camera at eye-level for the benefit of all participating. (Hint: If we can see your ceiling, the camera is angled too high OR it is too far away from you)
- Try and set up your Zoom station so that a neutral background is behind you. Most importantly, try to avoid the visual of an entire cavernous room behind you. Have your back to a wall if possible.
Make sure you are not muted and that your video is on (this in the bottom left-hand corner of the window). Note that you can change these settings throughout a meeting.
Remember that you can’t break Zoom! Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t work the first time. Take a breath and keep trying! You can always reach out to Andrew for help.
Hello, Emmaus Community!
This new day promises to bring the following: more unsettling news, more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US and abroad, and more unease. How are we to cope? We all have our own ways of dealing with stress, but one way to calm the heart and mind is by engaging reasonable advice. Somehow, even though it won’t change external realities, sound advice serves as a ballast, a counter-weight to the topsy turvy of our daily news and the emotions it brings.
Martin Luther on the Plague
In the quote below, Martin Luther gives some advice to his friend and fellow pastor and reformer, John Hess, on how to face the plague. Of course, COVID-19 and the plague are different, and how we understand this pandemic and medicine in general are different. But Martin Luther’s advice on social distancing is pertinent for those of us who are having to practice social distancing for the good of all and ourselves.
“Use medicine, take potions which can help you; fumigate house, yard, and street; shun persons and places wherever your neighbor does not need your presence or has recovered, and act like someone who wants to help put out the burning city. For what else is the epidemic but a fire which instead of consuming wood and straw devours life and body? You ought to think this way: ‘Very well, by God’s decree the enemy has sent us poison and deadly offal. Therefore, I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.'”
If you’d like to read the article that this snippet came from, you can find it here.
If you’d like to read Martin Luther’s whole letter, you can find it here.
Be of good courage in this trying time.