How to Make Up for Lost Time When COVID Is Over 

Cally Logan

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The COVID-19 Pandemic has shaken our world in ways we never thought imaginable. 

For over a year, families, friends, and loved ones have been separated from one another. Precautions set to help keep the virus from spreading have had good intentions, but we have unfortunately lasted far longer than anyone ever originally thought. 

Because of this, there is a sense of needing to make up for lost time, so how can we do so after so much time spent apart? Here are 5 ideas to get you started. 

1. Memorable Experiences

Although time cannot be gained back from the last fourteen months, there are still ways to memorably make up for time apart. Fostering memorable experiences are a great opportunity to connect with everyone again.

Perhaps a day trip to the beach, or a movie night on the lawn can bring about unforgettable experiences. Taking the time to break free from the new normal of our living rooms and reconnecting with the outdoors and each other can also place a bright remembrance after such a dark time. 

2. Light-Hearted Activity

The past several months have weighed heavily on many hearts, somany of us have felt distant from the people we once were and from one another.

With that being said, light-hearted activities can prove a remedy for a heavy-laden heart. Dust off some of summer’s fond polaroid memories to try with those you care about. 

Consider a picnic on the lawn, or a backyard cookout. 

Remember that just because time has passed, time going forward can be meaningful and celebrated. COVID has taken a lot from us, but it cannot take the love that has been years in the building. 

3. One-on-One Time

With time apart it can feel awkward at first coming back together. Many of us have almost forgotten what it means to be social or in real life with others,but we are coming into a time where it is safe to be together again.

Many of us have felt exceedingly isolated during this time, but when we can open up to one other and even share in similar feelings it makes the experience feel less cut off. It can also be a time to dream together, to encourage one another in hope, and to walk hand in hand together into the future. 

4. Deep Connection

Authentic and deep connection nearly feels like something foreign, or a thing of the past, but it can still take place even in a Post COVID world.

Sharing together in a group and recognizing the experiences each of us has experienced over the past fourteen months can help us walk forward together. It can also foster bonds together in that we all made it through a frightening time together, or perhaps we can share in our

encounters with loss or illness. 

For those who did have COVID it can be freeing to share what they went through with one another. 

We are stronger together and we carry a valuable and different perspective to bring to the table. Don’t fear the deep-end of connection, cannon ballin!

5. Making Plans

Keep in mind that for many coming back into the world can be daunting or scary, so be patient with those feeling apprehensive still. Make the effort to make plans, and be sure to invite people even if they are feeling timid still.

Knowing that there is a place for them to serve as a reminder that they are not forgotten, and that they are welcome however they feel most comfortable. It also invites opportunity for them to step back into the world again.

Start small with plans, and consider those who have been impacted the most from this long quarantine season. It is amazing howa soul can be blessed by just even a small time of connection.

COVID is not the first Pandemic to sweep the world, but it is the first inmany of our lifetimes, and because of that we each carry a unique

understanding of what it has looked like.

For many of us the idea of making up for lost time can feel like we are trying to beat the clock, but it is imperative to remember that we are right where we need to be, and what really matters is not the length of time lost, but the fact that we are together yet again.

Message From Our Pastor

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

I pray this newsletter finds you and your family being strengthened in prayer and surrounded by the care, compassion, and comfort of God. During a time when many are reflecting on the Independence of a nation, let us take a moment to remember and celebrate the freedom we have been given through Jesus Christ. Prior to placing our faith in God through Jesus Christ, we were bound by the power of sin. According to Colossians 2:13, we were “…dead in your (our) trespasses and the uncircumcision of your (our) flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses…” Thankfully, sin did not have the final say! We have been freed from thinking and feeling inferior, ill equipped, and under qualified. We have been freed from feeling defeated, discouraged, and disillusioned about our potential and possibilities for the future. Godsent us a liberator in Jesus Christ who rescued and set us free. Jesus Christ, our advocate and redeemer boldly declared in Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” We can be confident in that we have been made free in Jesus Christ. Our confidence is rooted in the fact that, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.

In His Service,

Rev. Dr. Alvin T. Armstead, Jr., Pastor

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Save the Dates! (And the Coats)!

The United Fellowship Ushers will sponsor a Coat Drive in August!

New or Clean, gently used coats will be accepted for children, youth, and adults.

These coats will be donated to local charities who will distribute them to families in our community. Drop off dates for the the coats will be Saturday, August 21 and Saturday, August 28 from 10:00am until 2:00pm; members of the United Fellowship Ushers will greet you at the 4th Street entrance to the church to receive your donations.

The Baptism of

Caroline and Calvin Rice, Jr. 

On Sunday, May 23rd, under the strictest COVID-19 protocols, Miss Caroline and Master Calvin Rice, Jr. were baptized in the presence of their immediate family. 

The Rev. Dr. Alvin T. Armstead, Jr. officiated and Deacons Chuck Blackwell, Bobby Henderson, Lawrence Durham along with Deaconess Bonnie Henderson and Evelyn Durham assisted. 

Senior Missionaries June Outreach

Crisis Control Ministry Healthcare Bags

By Melissa Ledbetter

The mission of Crisis Control Ministry is to assist people in crisis meet essential life needs and become self-sufficient. They believe that food, shelter, and medicine are basic human needs and seek to meet the needs of people in Forsyth County who are in crisis and are dealing with unfortunate circumstances. Most people associate Crisis Control Ministry with its food distribution and financial assistance programs. However, in 1987, Crisis Control Ministry also established a pharmacy. Crisis Control Ministry’s Pharmacy was the first licensed free pharmacy in North Carolina. Today, it is the largest free pharmacy in Forsyth County. 

In 2020, Crisis Control Ministry filled 17,907 prescriptions at the Winston-Salem licensed pharmacy, with a value of $1,264,607. The Kernersville licensed pharmacy filled 3,945 prescriptions with a value of $278,596. In honor of Father’s Day, the Senior Missionaries donated cough drops, lip balm, sunscreen, Neosporin, Band-Aids, Ibuprofen, pill boxes, toothbrushes, and toothpaste to the Crisis Control Ministry pharmacy for health care bags. Especially during COVID-19, health care bags are needed for pharmacy clients. The pharmacy distributes 15-20 Health Care Bags per week. Contact Senior Missionary President Kathy Hines for more information about the Senior Missionary Circle and its outreach programs. Remember we are all Missionaries!


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