The eruption of the COVID-19 global pandemic has introduced a new reality. Some alumni, particularly in healthcare and other service roles, are working harder than they ever have. Parents are becoming overnight teachers, with new homeschooling-type responsibilities. Those in ministry are learning new ways to lead a body of believers while apart. Other alumni may be struggling with lay-offs or may themselves be affected by the virus. Everyone’s story has changed. But our hope remains the same: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
Though we are spread apart by geographical distance the Gordon community is one that cares for each other. Distance doesn’t have to mean disconnection. Here are some resources to help you stay connected to God, to each other and to Gordon.
The Career and Connection Institute knows this may be a challenging time professionally for our alumni community. Their team is available to review your resume and offer advice. Connect with CCI Director Alexander Lowry on LinkedIn and send him a message.
Maybe you’re in a role that’s suddenly in need of extra hands, given the crisis. Gordon students still need help with internships and jobs opportunities, especially in this challenging environment. If you have any needs or know any leads, please contact [email protected].
Share your story
We know that many of you are out on the frontlines, fighting this virus to help keep your community safe. We also know that so many of you have had your life up-ended and now you’re unexpectedly working from home with kids in tow, trying your hand at homeschooling as you’re able! Whatever you’re doing, we’d love to connect and hear your stories from this historic season of life. Email [email protected] to share your story.
Consider creating a will
Being stuck at home could be a good time to address those things you’ve been putting off for a while—and if you’re like us, creating a will might be one of those things. Having a will not only supports the people and causes you love, it ensures that your wishes are known and can save your loved ones lots of stress, time and money down the road. Everyone needs a legal will but fewer than 30 percent of people have one. That’s why Gordon has partnered with freewill.com to make things simple (and free!) for our alumni to create a will. It can take you 20 minutes or less, can be updated any time, and comes at no cost to you.
Just as it has impacted life on campus, the COVID-19 situation has surely affected members of our Gordon alumni community in some way. Members of the Chapel staff continue gathering to pray virtually each week—and would love to lift alumni up in prayer.
Every Monday, the Chapel Office is publishing a weekly devotional featuring content written by students, faculty and staff members. Catch up on them all here ➔
Lauren Becker, associate dean for spiritual formation, will be reading contemplative Scriptures on Tuesdays and sharing them with our community in podcast form. Listen online or through Apple Podcasts or through Spotify ➔
Interim Chaplain Bob Whittet ’78 and Director of Worship Bil Mooney-McCoy host a virtual Chapel every Wednesday, including a sermon and worship. Tune-in Wednesday at 10:25 a.m. EDT ➔
Wednesday hymn sings
Tune in every Wednesday at 5 p.m. EDT to join Assistant Professor of Music Jamie Hillman in a weekly Hymn Sing on Facebook Live. Like the page to get regular updates and notifications.
Would you also join us in prayer for Gordon College as we navigate this situation?
Make the biggest impact on Gordon students affected by COVID-19 by supporting the Emergency Fund for Students. For many students, the pandemic has brought unexpected expenses and moments of crisis. With the transition to remote learning, many students have lost income from campus employment or the work-study programs that helped pay their tuition bills. Follow the giving link and choose 'Emergency Fund for Students' from the 'Donate To' dropdown menu to ensure the College can continue to provide the most generous financial aid possible.