| UPDATED APRIL 23rd |

The guidelines given by authorities to restrict gatherings and keep social distance have been continued through Mary 4th. Therefore, we are joining in this public health effort and CANCELING ALL CHURCH ACTIVITIES THROUGH MAY 3rd, and likely beyond. The Church Council will meet on Sunday, May 3rd (virtually) and decide upon a cancellation timeline moving forward into May based on available guidelines and expertise. We will communicate that timeline ASAP through all our media. This will remain the case until directed otherwise.

We will continue live to live-stream worship services during this time through Facebook Live. 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, via email, and on our 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 above-mentioned 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;
-Isaiah 43:1-5-

We gain our hope and strength through trusting that God is with us in Spirit, and with us through the diligent efforts of medical authorities, scientific researchers, and health professionals.

God’s peace be with each of you.
-Pr. Joe

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