Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. Following advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concerning the Covid 19 virus, we have decided to refrain from public worship. In Matthew 22:36, Jesus is asked which commandment is the greatest. He responds by saying that the greatest and first command is to love the Lord your God will all of your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, and the second is that we shall love our neighbors as ourselves. We have made this decision out of a commitment to this second command to love our neighbors. We take seriously our social responsibility to prevent the transmission of Covid 19 to our neighbors, especially the most vulnerable among us.
But we do not forget the greatest and first command, and so while we will not gather for public worship, we will continue to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind. We will continue to be the church together. Sunday worship will be Video Premiered on facebook and YouTube, and videos will be posted on our website for all. Gather with us on Sunday mornings for blended worship at 9:30 am. It will be similar to our combined services because, at a time like this, we need to be together more than ever.
And remember, even thought we will not gather in person, shaking hands and sharing hugs, we continue to reach out! Please remain committed to our church and our mission:
- Pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.
- Follow our facebook page, check your email, and visit our website for ways that we can use social media to strengthen our community.
- If you or someone you know is unable to leave home for necessities, we are here to help! We have a list of people ready to run errands for others.
- Please continue your offerings to support our shared mission. Actually, we are likely to need some of us to step up our giving as others of us lose income due to the effects of this pandemic on us and our community. You can mail your checks or give online with a credit or debit card on our website.
Finally, when we gathered for worship on March 15, we read in Exodus 17:7 that while wandering in the desert the Israelites cried out, “Is the Lord among us or not?” This may be your cry as well, but together we proclaim a resounding “YES! THE LORD IS AMONG US!” We are not alone! We continue to put our trust and faith in God’s saving hand! Together, let us let God’s living water flow as we continue to love the Lord our God with heart, soul, and mind, and love our neighbors as ourselves.