Dear Church Family,

 

As we mentioned in an email three weeks ago, one of our guiding principles during the pandemic has been: “In Christian love, we seek to maintain the physical health of our congregation, especially those who are most vulnerable to the virus.” Therefore, since we first re-gathered for in-person worship back in July, our staff and COVID-19 Response Team have been closely monitoring public health data with special attention to the local situation.

 

Unfortunately, over the past few weeks, the number of new cases and the percent of positive tests have continued to escalate in our local community.

 

In light of this development, and in consultation with the COVID-19 Response Team, we have sadly made the difficult decision to suspend in-person worship for the time being starting this Sunday, January 10. While there will be no in-person worship for a time, we hope you will join us for our livestream services at 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Sundays.

 

Once things get safer and the risk level decreases, we will gladly return to offering in-person worship opportunities. In the meanwhile, we will continue to find ways to connect that are both safe and meaningful. We hope you know how much we miss seeing you and how much we miss the rhythms of communal gathering that characterized church life before the pandemic. This is all so very difficult to navigate.

 

We continue to pray for front-line medical professionals, first responders, and all who are struggling with sickness of any kind. Indeed, we continue to pray for our entire congregation to be physically healthy and spiritually faithful during these difficult days.

 

Remember that the Lord is with us, and always working for the good (Romans 8:28). As a community of faith, we will press forward in faith, hope, and love. And we will reach the other side of this pandemic.

 

The Lord bless you and keep you.

 

In Christ,

 

Your Ministerial Staff