“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have,
for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 13:16)
Be in prayer for our nation, community and church. I don’t know if you have the same experience I have, but I hear regular stories about COVID cases around us.
The governor updated his coronavirus mandates this week. While religious services are unchanged, social gatherings are limited to groups of ten. This requirement starts Monday (12/14) and is supposed to last until the end of January.
We plan to continue to hold our socially distanced worship services, but our other events will likely scale down over the next 6 weeks. We believe that we have the responsibility to make worship available to all who want or need it. We also believe that outside of that, we can work with the expectations of the community.
In light of the skyrocketing cases, please be safe. This is a time for vigilance, for ourselves, for the church, and for the community. We will continue to make services available online.
- Please keep social distancing in the services. Remember to keep 3 seats between households.
- Please social distance in outside conversations too. Parents, please reiterate this to your children, especially young adults and teens.
- Please wear a mask. We do not require a mask to enter or to worship. I personally believe they are still an appropriate risk-mitigating measure. (You may have seen the swiss-cheese illustration and the place of masks). Our volunteers will continue to wear masks while serving.
- If you serve at both services and plan to talk to people in the building after the service, I especially ask you to wear a mask.
- Please clear the building quickly after services.
- If you have any apprehension about coming, please watch online. If you are not comfortable with being around unmasked people, you may want to watch online.
- If you have been with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please do not come to a church event until the CDC-mandated quarantine has ended (currently 10 days). Here is the CDC site for quarantining: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
- If you are afraid that exposure will affect family Christmas plans, please watch online. If your family or loved ones are concerned about you going out at this time, you are welcome to watch online.
We will get through this in God’s timing. Until then, we have provisions to care and minister to everyone. I know we will have to make sacrifices personally, as a church, and in our community. I know that many of us have had to make great sacrifices during this time. Sacrifices are hard but they are part of our faith. Our whole faith is built upon sacrifice. We need to remember how the Lord Jesus Christ made sacrifices even to come into this world at Christmas time. Who can forget this verse?
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9)
Let us have that same spirit of Christ as we approach some of the sacrifices we need to make this season. For the good of others, for our church, and community what sacrifice can you make?