| UPDATED MARCH 25th |
Given the restrictions announced by the Center for Disease Control to limit gatherings to 10 people as a necessary measure to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, and given the measures taken by area schools, churches, and counties, we are joining in this public health effort and CANCELLING ALL CHURCH ACTIVITIES THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 29th (no Wednesday meals or worship, no Sunday worship, no Sunday School, etc.).
That said, we will attempt a live-stream service on Wednesday, March 25th @ 6:30 p.m. through Facebook Live. We will also provide a live-streamed service on Sunday, March 29th at 9:30 a.m. Links to recorded versions of the service will be provided to those on our community email list, and will also be available in the “BLOG” section of this website.
Things are constantly changing so continue to tune in for announcements here on the website and Facebook page.
Our primary call as people of faith is to love and protect our neighbor. In this time of uncertainty we must do our best to take cautious measures that ensure the safety of the most vulnerable. The Jesuit priest, James Martin, poignantly puts it this way: “Many things have been cancelled because of the coronavirus. Love is not one of them…Take the necessary precautions; don’t be reckless and don’t risk spreading the disease, but also don’t forget the fundamental Christian duty to help others.” The central way we help others in this moment is through the abovementioned social-distancing measures.
All the while, dear friends, remember the God who holds each of you and offers these words:
1Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
3 For I am the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…
4 Because you are precious in my sight,
and honored, and I love you…
5 Do not fear, for I am with you;
We gain our hope and strength through trusting that God is with us in Spirit, and with us through the diligent efforts of medical, scientific, and health professionals.
God’s peace be with each of you.