We may be closed due to COVID-19 but We are still a Church together.
We invite you to join with us in prayer from your home each Sunday at 2 p.m. lifting up our voices in praise and gratitude to God and asking for His love and guidance as we battle against the spread of the coronavirus. Let us be loving and caring for each other as God commands.
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A Message from Pastor Paul
Holy Week, 2020
Let me begin with a note of gratitude. It has been a blessing to see church members reach out to one another by phone or social media to give comfort, encouragement, and care. It has also been gratifying to see our church council continue to collaborate on ways we can continue to be church, manage our church business matters, and move forward with the steps we need to take in order to call a pastor.
We are all called to ministry. Though I must confess that in these past few weeks, the call of God seems overwhelming. How can we ever find the strength to care for congregational members and serve those who are in great need? These are unsettling and uncertain days.
Nevertheless, you are responding, and often in very creative ways.
Although we may not be able to meet for in-person worship, Sunday school, confirmation class, or Bible study, we know that church isn’t cancelled. We don’t cancel church, because we are the church! And now we have this new opportunity to be the church in a whole new way. This is one of those times when we are called to dream new dreams and seek God’s vision. We have gone off the map. We have ventured into a time and place where even angels fear to tread, but tread we will. And serve we will. And rise we will. God has gathered us to be the church and God has gifted us with everything we need. We are in this together.
I have appreciated the prayers you posted on the church door for Palm Sunday. Here is my prayer:
May we who are merely inconvenienced, remember those whose lives are in peril.
May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home, remember those who must choose between preserving their health, or paying their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close, remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips, remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we who are spending down our bank account and seeing our investment portfolio dwindle, remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home, remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country, let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God with our words and actions at a distance.
Pastor Paul Heine
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