The three emails which are shown here were sent on consecutive weekdays (my computer stays off on weekends) starting March 20, 2020. I have placed them in the order they were sent, so the top one is the oldest, and the bottom one the most recent. Because this is still a current even as I load this onto my website, I am going to leave the links in the emails active. No doubt, over time, they will eventually no longer be viable. If you discover one that is not, please let me know. Thank you. 

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From: William Gibbons Jr
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 6:01 PM
To: william's email list 2018
Subject: Trying to stay positive in a crisis time

Greetings to each of you,

I know I just recently emailed all of you, and it has been my practice to not get too frequent with emails. But, even as a person of faith, the constant barrage of news regarding the coronavirus can be discouraging, and worrisome. I was just speaking with my 88 year old mother, and reminded her that, even if one contracted the virus, the survival rate is somewhere around 98%. That is better than the 94% success rate they told me when I had open heart surgery in 2006. 

Still, it is easy to absorb all of the fear energy in the air these days. So, I thought I would share some things as I felt uplifted by them. One is this quote excerpt from a Billy Graham Evangelistic Association email I just read. 

Maybe your heart has been gripped by fears as millions of others have because of the coronavirus pandemic, but I want you to know that God loves you. He made you. He created you. He knows everything about your life. You don’t need to be afraid. Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Franklin Graham (BGEA)

The other is a three minute mp4 video from an email I received today from the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints missionaries. I have tried to attach the file to this email, but have also included it as a link in case the file attachment is too large for emailing. 

Men's Hearts Shall Fail Them

https://mediasrv.lds.org/media-services/ML/size/1283569852001/480/268/382669

Whether or not you are Christian, God still is the Creator of all. God still loves you. Be well. Hang in there.    

God’s peace,

william
Acts 5:29

(General Notes appear automatically at the end of emails I send as a part of my signature. Here I have deleted them except on the last email)
 

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From: William Gibbons Jr
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2020 1:19 PM
To: william's email list 2018
Subject: FW Sharing

Greetings to each of you,

As the volunteer director of william’s works, I just sent the below T&SC email to those directly affiliated with the organization. Since the Teaching & Sharing Centers organization has not yet recreated its own mailing list, nor has the means to send multiple recipient emails, I am forwarding it to you also, my personal mailing list. Many of you on this list have been a part of my work over the years. 

Although I provided three contact names in that email to those still directly connected with the organization, I would be the main contact for you on my list seeing this for the first time. If you are on one (or more) of the lists who received the original email, this is simply a duplicate, with no additional information. Be well. Hang in there. 

From: Teaching & Sharing Centers
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2020 12:57 PM
To: T&SC Board of Trustees; T&SC Lifetime Members; T&SC Members; T&SC the poet's circle
Subject: Sharing


 

Greetings to each of you,

I wrote the poem at left back in 1986 before there was a T&SC non-profit corporation. In fact, when only “a touch of william” was beginning. But, the same spirit of sharing remains center stage as an organization. 

And, while we are small, and seldom have more money than what is necessary to pay our primary bills, we do have a little of the basic need household items. Things like toilet paper, facial tissue, and paper towels for our bathrooms. 

Stores continue to restock, but for those of you who live locally, should you truly find yourself in a crunch for something we might use as well, call us. We can share what we have. I live next door to the center. If I cannot be reached, Michelle Lawson, a trustee, lives about five minutes away, and Rick McKenzie, one of the co-founders, is about 10-15 minutes from the center. All of our trustees have keys, but most do not live here in the Grand Ledge area. 

william  517 627-7366   
Michelle  (517) 627-5845
Rick  (517) 627-6202

Amazingly enough, one of the things william’s works has in abundance is good old fashioned rags. For years, I have cut my worn out cloths into rags for applying stain to picture frames, and other uses. 

Even though the center building is closed, we are here, and we believe in sharing. No one needs to try to face the challenging days ahead alone. 

May God guide each and every one of us through these unsettling times, and keep us mindful of sharing. 

God’s peace,

william
Acts 5:29

www.tscenters.org

william’s works is a branch of the Teaching & Sharing Centers 501c3 IRS approved non-profit organization. william is the volunteer director of the branch, which highlights his work. 


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From: William Gibbons Jr
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:33 AM
To: william's email list 2018
Subject: The Coronavirus Explained

Greetings to each of you,

It is not my intention to make this a daily exercise, but I received just now an email from Philip Yancey, one of my favorite authors, titled Living In Plague Times. I am on his group list, just as you are on mine. In fact, it was his style of starting a blog as a short email, then providing a link for the rest of it, if interested, that started me doing the same with my longer newsletters. He offered some links in his online blog. The first, an animated You Tube, was quite impressive in its simplicity of presentation. In his words . . . .

“This link provides a nuts-and-bolts overview of the science behind the virus in an entertaining animated format.”

The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtN-goy9VOY&feature=youtu.be

The other links in his blog were also good, but I will let you decide which you might wish to access by using his blog link . . . .  

https://philipyancey.com/living-in-plague-times

One of his other links is to another of my favorite writers, Richard Rohr. There is also a link about how Martin Luther responded to the plagues of Europe in his time. But, even if you do not read any of those, I thought the final quote he highlighted from Luther was worth sharing . . . .

“Luther lived before people understood how disease germs are spread.  Yet on balance the great Reformer offers wise advice:

I shall ask God mercifully to protect us.  Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it.  I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence.  If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others.  If my neighbour needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely, as stated above.  See, this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God."

One reply, to a previous email I sent, took me to task for using general survival rates as provided by Consumers Reports, and the official State of Michigan Covid19 website, pointing out that the survival rate for those at high risk like my mother, or even me, is much lower. I sincerely hope each of you understands this, and make good choices accordingly. 

Be well. The Creator of all that is seen, and unseen, is still sovereign.  

God’s peace,

william
Acts 5:29

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General Notes: My computer is turned off at sundown on Friday (beginning of the original Sabbath) through sundown on Saturday, and depending how tired I am of working in front of a computer screen, often until very late on Sunday (end of the Lord's Day). Therefore, I typically do not see, nor have the opportunity to act on, reply to, or send, emails except on weekdays.  Plus, I normally only check emails once each weekday (after I exercise). Depending on when that happens, emails might not be seen until the next day (or Monday if sent on a Friday).  Please keep this in mind when deciding whether to email or phone. 

I am not on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site. My online presence is the wsharing.com website. I encourage you to visit it. I added a “what is new” page, linked at the top of the home page, when I stopped sending notifications by email in 2017. As all of my work became part of the Teaching & Sharing Centers non-profit (william’s works branch), I resumed some “originating” emailing in 2018, but to a newly built list, so I know those on it still wish to be there. If you would like to be on the new email list, simply reply to my email address to request addition to (or removal from if you should change your mind later) william’s list 2018

Helping to identify or stop spam, and the misuse of your email address:

All emails from me clearly state the topic in the subject line, and will have this signature in the body of the letter. If there are any links, the complete URL is shown, and the reason for the link described in the text. If I am including any attachments, they will be mentioned and identified in the body of the letter as well. When mailing to my list, I always use the blind carbon copy (Bcc) line so your email address does not appear in the email. My address books are kept only in my computer and not online anywhere. I do not forward petitions, lists, or similar items that show addresses, as these can be bogus attempts by spammers, or hackers, to collect them. If you receive anything which states it is from me, but does not meet the above criteria, delete the email without clicking on any links or attachments. You might first forward it to me with “suspicious email” as the subject.  

If you add me to a list of yours, or whenever you are sending me an email going to multiple recipients, I would appreciate it if you would please use my wsharing.com@gmail.com email address. It is my most public address.    

“Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.” - Peace Pilgrim

“You can show your love to others by not wishing that they should be better Christians.” - Francis of Assisi

“We must bear patiently not being good . . . and not being thought good.” - Francis of Assisi

www.wsharing.com

 

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