Eitz Chaim Newsletter – May 23, 2020

Eitz-Chaim is a congregation committed to prayer, discipleship, and service. If you have a need or a prayer request, let us hear from you.

(see contact info at end of newsletter)


This Week on Shabbat

Shabbat Services will resume this Saturday at the Central Church building!

Live streaming will still be available. Please use the following URL (internet address) to access the live stream for the Eitz Chaim services. Click Here

We are attempting to follow the Governor’s directives for worship services.

1. Social distancing will be emphasized. That being said – families will sit together, leaving at least 1 empty seats before arriving at the next person in the row. Any single persons, please sit with at least 1 empty chairs on each side of you. We will be removing every other row in the auditorium – again – for social distancing.

2. All children will be with their parents at all times. Infants, toddlers, young people – stay with the parents. There is no nursery, no child care, no Tot Shabbat, Jr. Shabbat, or Bar Bat Mitzvah classes.

3. Oneg does not lend itself to social distancing, so we will have NO ONEG.

4. No Motzi Kiddish as we are not preparing to have a meal together.

5. During the Torah walk, no one is to touch the Torah – please raise your Bible to the Torah if you like.

6. ANYONE with a compromised immune system is encouraged to stay at home and watch the Torah Service through the live streaming.

7. We all know the drill by now. Facemasks are encouraged, no hand shaking, maintain your distance when talking with others.

This week’s Drash by

Rabbi David Schiller

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.”

The final installment of the series on Elijah and Elisha. We will be looking at Yeshua’s own commentary on the miracles of Elijah and Elisha in Luke chapter 4.

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Live streaming will still be available. Please use the following URL (internet address) to access the live stream for the Eitz Chaim services. Each week the URL will change but you can always access the live service by going to the main Eitz Chaim YouTube page by clicking on the link below. The live service will be at the top of the page with the date of that particular week. See graphic below.

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Help Needed!
Dan and Terri Randolph are moving!We will need help moving and volunteers would be great. We’re looking at the closing being Friday, June 5, Shabbat on the June 5-6, and moving Sunday, Monday and Tues. June 7, 8, and 9. We’ll move furniture/appliances first and really need help for this on Sunday, June 7.
(303) 799-3747 Terri


Saturday, June 6, 2020

On this date, we will resume all of the normal childcare and children’s classes during the morning service.
There will be an RSVP to pre-register your children so we have an idea of how many to expect.
For a healthier environment, we will be adding an air purification set up in each classroom. We are redoubling our efforts with extra cleaning measures for health precautions.
We have secured a new curriculum from Tree of Life Version of the Bible that follows each week’s Torah portion with curriculum mail outs to you, the parents to teach your children, on those weeks you cannot physically be in attendance.
We will also resume the oneg lunch after the service, except that the lunch will no longer be a potluck buffet, but will now, for the time being, instead be a brown bag picnic lunch, with each person and/or each family bringing their own lunch.  We will also be making the upstairs rooms available for seating so we can more easily practice social distancing during oneg

Dear brothers and sisters in The Messiah Yeshua, our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Due to the current events around the world, we would like to come together in prayer on a High Holiday that unites us all, Shavuot/Pentecost. The bible indicates that during this time The Heavens are open and the Lord’s desire is to show His greatness among those who pray, worship, and seek His Presence in their midst.
Therefore we are inviting you to a live 24 hour Zoom Praise and Prayer event as we ask The Lord for healing, both physical and spiritual, for our nation and for our world. We hope and pray that fellow Believers in Israel will participate in this event, as Israel will be a focus of our prayers. Much like the early church was told to come together on Pentecost (Shavuot) and wait on the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2), we are coming together on the same day and asking The Lord to fill us anew with His Spirit and give us wisdom, discernment, and guidance in our response to the current events plaguing our world. We believe that if we humble ourselves and pray, turn from our wicked ways, and seek His face, He will hear our prayers, and He will heal our land (2 Chron. 7:14).
Please join us as we seek the Lord from Sundown Friday, May 29th to sundown Saturday, May 30th. We are looking for 24 dedicated prayer warriors and leaders for this event. We would like to have continual prayer, praise, and bible reading for 24 hours. Each leader would take a 1 hour time slot to lead. Others on the call will be invited to share what the Lord is putting on their heart as well. We are not looking for teachings or prophetic words. This event is only for seeking God’s face through prayer, praise, and the reading of His Holy Word. This event will happen starting at 8pm central standard time on Friday night and end at 8pm central standard time on Saturday. As mentioned, we would really like those of you in the Land of Israel to join us. Israel is 8 hours ahead of us here in Texas, so the start time would be 4am there.
Please respond by immediately if you are interested in leading a 1 hour time slot. More specifics about the call including event ID and passcode will go out soon. Thank you for your interest in seeking the Lord. We look forward to seeking The Face of the King of Kings together, Jew and Gentile, the one new man, one in Messiah! Sincerely,
Shaul Katzav and Matt Kiger   Questions/ volunteers?
Shaul Katzav <shaul429@gmail.com>

Giving with a cheerful, grateful, blessing heart is essential to our own personal well being.

Why? Because as any of us look around – we see folks in grave need. At our shul, your leadership is preparing to help – discussing who we can help – what parameters, guidelines we should use so Eitz Chaim can be as fair and as generous as possible with each of you – when your need arises.

The building is closed. The Ministry is NOT. The Congregation – Eitz Chaim lives in each of you.

We are a generous, loving, and giving family – a diverse mishpocha – the bride of Messiah.

Please remember your tithes and offerings can be given online during this difficult time.

To use PayPal or a Credit Card go to www.ecdallas.org/donate

Or if you prefer to Give by Mail
Eitz Chaim Congregation
PO Box 832568
Richardson TX 75083


We’ve got some graduating high school seniors, and some others graduating college, who won’t be able to walk the stage just yet, due to COVID-19. As a community, we’d like to send them graduation cards congratulating them.

We’re asking for the names, schools, and mailing addresses of graduating high school seniors, as well as graduating college students (any degree).

Please contact Beth Smith with information.


Need Job Help?

The State of Texas has resources
https://www.twc.texas.gov/


Torah Portion of the Week

Bmidbar – In the Wilderness
Numbers 1:1-4:20
1 Samuel 20:18-42
Romans 9:22-33

Eitz-Chaim Congregation

MEETING ADDRESS: 1651 E. Campbell Road Richardson, TX 75082
MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 832568 Richardson TX 75083
Services: 10:30 AM, Saturday
Phone: 972-231-3884

May 16, 2020 – “LORD, Open my eyes – The Blind See.” – David Schiller

“Rabbi Schiller looks at 2 Kings 6 today and the famous story of the Chariots of Fire, focusing on the themes of Spiritual Blindness; the Gift of Spiritual Sight; and how we can he healed of our blindness.”

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