As you have likely learned in our nearly seven years together, I don’t like to cancel worship. Rain, sleet, snow, ice, no matter what my motto has always been, “If I can make it to the building, we will have worship.” Of course, that always carries the condition that anyone who can not make it safely should stay home.
Now we are dealing with a very different situation. We aren’t facing a winter storm that will pass quickly. The coronavirus won’t melt away with one sunny, warm day. We must take care of one another and find new ways to be the church in this strange time.
Out of concern for so many of our folks who are vulnerable because of age, illness, or compromised immunity, we are suspending all in-person meetings including worship and regular Sunday activities.
I am looking at ways for us to stay connected.
At this point, we do not have internet access in the sanctuary, so I will be doing a message from my office each week. Something like a sermon, but more conversational. We will post this here on our website, YouTube, and Facebook.
Our office hours will remain the same so that you can connect with us as needed. You can also contact me anytime on my cell phone or email. We will continue to update you through email, phone tree, and Facebook. You can also check our website for any updates.
We want to make sure you have everything you need. If you need groceries or prescriptions picked up and delivered to you, please contact me. I will gladly run any errands you have.
I encourage you to use this time at home to meditate on Scripture, spend more time in prayer, and find ways to encourage one another. We will continue our Lenten bible study, Listen to Him. The daily readings are listed in the weekly email. While we won’t gather in person, we can continue our conversation on Facebook. We are developing a phone tree so we can keep connected with one another. That list will be sent out later this week. I pray this will actually deepen our connections among our congregation.
Please remember to keep tithing. You can mail or bring your offering to the church office. If you need, you can contact the church office and we will have someone come to you. Your faithful generosity is an expression of your love for our church.
I want to leave you with the words of Dr. Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Theological Seminary, “You actually can't cancel Church. You can close a building, but we are the Church. We do not cease to be the Church!” We may have closed the building for now, but we are the church.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16