A Message from Pastor Nathan

(March 16, 2020) This is a decision not made out of fear, but rather in good faith to safeguard the health of our community. Statistically this illness affects those 60 years of age and older and those with underlying health conditions most drastically. Though many of us may not fall in these demographics, the recommendation made by President Trump today requests that no gatherings of 10 or more persons take place for the next 15 days to prevent unintended transmission of the virus to our most vulnerable citizens. We intend to follow these recommendations at this time.

Needless to say, this is not how I intended to observe Lent with you this year, nor is it your preference. In the mean time I will provide regular updates, messages, and prayers via social media. Please share these upcoming posts with others as you are able. And, please keep the following in mind during this time:

  • Proactivity, not reactivity.

  • Faithful stewardship, not fear.

  • Following governmental recommendations, not overreacting.

We are in this together, and Christ is with us. This too shall pass, and we will be gathering together in person again very soon.

Office hours will be maintained during this time, but hours may vary as additional recommendations are made by government officials. Updates will be posted on social media, and you may also contact the church office with any questions or concerns you may have. I am still making home visits as requested. Visitor restrictions have been enacted at local nursing homes and hospitals, so I may not be able to make routine calls at this time. However, I am always available for phone conversations and prayer day or night. Nothing about this current situation changes my role as your Pastor or the role of our Council as faithful stewards of our congregation. I invite your prayers for our Council, and please know that you are in our prayers as well.

I close with Paul's letter to the Romans 8:38-39:

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

May God bless you, and do not be afraid. Christ is with us.

Pastor Nathan

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