Does it seem like it's been a year already? Hardly. But it has been, and we're not about to let a pandemic dampen our spirits. Soon we will celebrate and thank Taran for his year with the congregation. We are planning for the worst (no in-person gathering) and hoping for the best in terms of making it a real celebration.
Here's the plan. As part of the live stream of worship on Taran's final Sunday service on August 16, we will include a farewell recognition and liturgy. FYI, Taran will preach his swan song sermon that day. You don't want to miss it. The farewell portion of the service will include a message from his internship committee, reflections from Pr. Peter, some words from Taran, and a sending prayer and benediction.
And there's more. There are two opportunities for your involvement as well. First, we invite you to submit a 1-minute or less video sharing one of your favorite memories of Taran, which we will add to the farewell recognition during the live stream. If you'd like to submit a video, please see the instructions below.
Second, after the live stream is over there will be a first-ever drive-through farewell celebration at the Hazel Dell campus parking lot from 11:30a-1:00p. Participants will enter by way of the NW 9TH street parking lot entrance and exit by the driveway nearest the front door breezeway on NW 94th Street. Stop by any time during this "open house" drive through. Taran and Curyn will be outside to greet you from a farewell station in the west lot. There will also be a receptacle for cards at his farewell station stop. It will be your moment to see him face-to-face and express your gratitude for his time here.
Thank you for making this day extra special for Taran and Curyn.
Instructions for submitting a video of your favorite memory of Taran
1. Use the camera on the back of your phone, and make every effort to reduce background noise during your recording.
2. Record from a distance of 3-5 feet away.
3. As part of your recording, provide your name(s) and share one or more of your favorite remembrances of Taran.
4. Keep your length to 1-minute or less, and use the graphical instructions below.
Deadline to email your video submission is August 9.