A Word from the Pastor - situation update
March 26th, 2020
I suspect each and every one of us has had some, if not all, of our normal routines impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we have watched the numbers of persons infected with the virus rise dramatically, we have been encouraged to remain at home in order to try to limit the possibilities for community spread. Health care administrators and providers across our land have tried their best to prepare and are laboring under intense strain. Many among us are concerned about their financial future, possible job loss, and whether the virus will invade their bodies.
As people of faith, we journey through this difficult time with the assurance that God is journeying with us, and with the hope that our response and our actions will be faithful. Jesus tells us to love others, and one of the best ways to love one another is to try to do our part to keep the virus from spreading. Recognizing the command to love, and also taking seriously what public health officials are telling us, as well as the mandates from the State of Delaware, the Session took several actions this week in response to the pandemic.
- There will continue to be no “in person” worship or other church activities or gatherings until further notice. We will continue to offer a livestream service of worship, and all other church sponsored activities are cancelled until further notice unless they can be moved to a virtual or electronic format.
- The physical church office is closed until further notice, and staff are working remotely. If you need to reach a staff person, either email us or call the church and leave a voicemail for us. We are checking email and voicemail regularly.
- The church building is effectively closed to all except our tenant, Lifespan Development, until further notice. If any member has a need to access the building, please check with one of the pastors or with Dave Howarth (Chair, Home Committee) prior to entering.
Part of loving one another is engaging in prayer for others. As we journey through this unusual time, I encourage us all to spend extra time in prayer. Pray for those who are sick. Pray for those who are providing care for the sick and those seeking to develop treatments or vaccines that might effectively address this health crisis. Pray for those who are frightened, or lonely, or isolated. And, pray for your church too as we continue to find ways to be a beacon of God’s love.
Although I can’t connect with you in person these days, know that you are in my prayers.
Hoping that all of you stay well, and encouraging all of us to heed the advice of medical professionals and stay home if we can.