There is an interesting enough article in the Atlantic by Tom Mctague entitled: Yes, Make Coronavirus Jokes Humor help us take back control and connect—two things we have lost in our fight against the pandemic. The link to the article is: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/04/humor-laughter-coronavirus-covid19/609184/

Mctague writes: “We laugh, then, to take back control and to connect—two things we have lost in our fight against the coronavirus. Not only are we unable to stop the tidal wave of infection washing over us, but we are being forced to endure this reality alone in our own home. Powerless and isolated, we’re finding that the joke is now our most reliable shield—and our warmest comfort blanket.”

British comedian and writer David Baddiel is quoted in the article says: “People want jokes, partly because jokes are a relief, and they take the edge off danger; partly because they are a way of processing the experience; and yes, partly because … this is a massive shared experience. People are looking for the release of comedy—and the knowledge that they are not alone. If we’re all finding this experience of being forced to stay at home funny, it’s reassuring, a form of collective therapy. We can’t really do much about these things, but we can laugh in the face of them.”

So here you go –

Knock, knock. Who’s there?
Doesn’t matter ‘cause I’m not letting you in.

Why didn’t the sick guy get the joke?
It flu over his head.

I’ll tell you a coronavirus joke now,
but you’ll have to wait two weeks to see if you got it.

What’s the best way to avoid touching your face?
A glass of wine in each hand.

Last one… Promise

What types of jokes are allowed during quarantine? Inside jokes!

Enjoy your evening (or day) and remember the reading: “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven… A time to weep and a time to laugh.” Ecclesiastes 3:4a

Reflection Questions:
What is helping you to stay connected?
Who is the funniest person you know?
Do you have a joke to share?

Prayer:  Holy God, remind me that today is the day that you have made and let me rejoice in it. Let me experience your goodness and help me to share it with others.  In your presence there is joy.  Amen.
 

Announcements

Please be aware that a scam is occurring using revbrucewismer@gmail.com asking for ebay cards for sick women in the hospital.  Do not respond. Delete. Please be extra cautious during these times.  Scams are going on.

Sunday we will start livingstreaming 15 minutes before the service which begins at 9:45 a.m.  Music will fill this time in preparation for Worship.

We would love for you to send us pictures to share with our Pine Shores family on Sunday. You can email us at info@pineshorespres.org.

Zoom Bible Study Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 10:00 a.m., through May 14th.  We are looking at the post resurrection appearances of Jesus. If you would like to be a part of this study pleaseemail bruce@pineshorespres.org or karen@pineshorespres.org. to receive login information.

Wednesday Evening Prayer Service via livestream begins at 6:45 p.m. and lasts between 15 and 20 minutes.

Send prayer requests and joys for the Saturday egram to karen@pineshorespres.org

 

JOY Company Invitation and News
Weekly Zoom meeting every Wednesday at 4:30pm
A time of connecting and having meaningful play:
music, story and games.  All children welcome

For more information contact Allison Vance
allison.vance@comcast.net

JOY Company, Rock Decoration Visual Art Show and Contest

Send a photograph of yourself with your decorative rock to allison.vance@comcast.net

A gift card will be given to the winner of each of the following categories:

4 years to Pre K,

1 st Grade to 3 rd Grade,

4 th Grade to 5 th Grade.

All entries must be submitted by May 7th 2020

All children welcome to participate!

To view previous readings click HERE