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Date: March 20, 2020
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
I hope this message finds you all safe and well.
We are definitely finding a “new normal” in our stay-at-home lives while the virus completes its cycle, soon hopefully! In the meantime, while we’re somewhat isolated, we are reaching out to you in your homes with various email messages in an effort to keep the body unified.
This includes these 5 items:
Beginning this Sunday, March 22, 2020, we will have our first home-delivered Worship Service in the 128 -year history of the church! The E-Service will arrive in your inbox each Saturday. (A hard copy will be mailed to those without email access). This will contain a complete 30-minute worship service agenda. It is designed as an abbreviated regular Sunday morning worship service format. Our collective opening service will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday morning.
A Wednesday newsletter will be sent, sharing items for “In the Life of the Church.” We will share joys and concerns. You are invited to send us all items to be shared with the congregation (contact information listed at the top of this memo). This will include announcements by the Board and individuals, regarding events or activities that might arise of importance, such as funerals, weddings, group meetings or anything else we may be allowed to attend as time goes on. Pastor Larry will be in the Pastor’s office at church from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon every Wednesday morning. If you would like to stop by to visit or pray, you will certainly be welcome. He will also be making phone calls to various ones in the congregations without email, to stay in touch.
Our goal is for this message to start with our regular family of believers and to spread to other born again Christians who share the same precious Holy Spirit in their hearts and who, like us, are unable to access a church home during this unfortunate time of severe crisis in our country, and the entire world. Feel free to invite friends and family to join us. We ask that you pass their email address as well as any other personal data they want to share to Pastor Larry and Carmen at firstname.lastname@example.org so they may be included in the group.
Should you be one of those who have been invited to become a part of our Sunday morning group, please know that you are welcome! Our love and friendship go out to you and at such a time as we are back in our lovely facility, we will consider it a privilege for all to meet and welcome you as a blessed part of our body.
Let’s all remember, in the meantime, that we, as individuals, are “the church.” We all share the same Holy Spirit and maybe we are being challenged to remember that we are the temple of God. Even though St. Peters is closed temporarily, while we are at home, we need to remember that we each have a voice to pray, to worship Him and sing songs of praise. We have the technology to send and receive online and text messages to one another from God’s Holy Word, to stay in touch and encourage, lift up and refresh one another and others in the community. We each have Bibles and we can use this opportunity to dig into His word and soak and study. We are perhaps being compelled to take advantage of this time to personally draw closer to our Lord. He says “if you will draw close to Me, I will draw close to you.”
This extra time might also be used to provide family downtime together to enjoy and fortify your family bond. On the other side of this challenge, we can emerge refreshed and renewed by spending time with Jesus, leaning on His everlasting arm and trusting Him for help and provision.
May God keep you safe and richly bless each of you. Hopefully, they will come up with a medication within the next few weeks to help control this virus, and we will see you all then. It is, of course, our profound heartfelt prayer and desire that this time of seclusion will be but a brief episode in our life’s walk with the Lord.