I wanted to give you an update on what we are doing here at the church, especially now that we will be under a Stay at Home Order starting tomorrow morning (4/3).
Until the order is completed or rescinded, and we are able to safely gather again for worship, we will not be having in person services. We have also made arrangements for our church secretary Beth to work from home and the mail will be checked on a daily basis. We will still continue host the food pantry so that we can continue to help others during this crisis. They have already altered their distribution process to be in compliance with the order.
All phone calls to the church are being forwarded onto myself or Beth. This means that we won't be having others in the church to answer the phone. If you don't get through to someone, please leave a message. We will be checking those messages on a regular basis.
Because of this, some of the plans that we had started for Easter are being put on hold. We won't be having any in person Holy Week Services and our Easter service will be online only. We had thought to try something different, but decided against it in order to maintain the spirit of the order.
That being said, we aren't canceling Easter! We're just changing things around a bit. Next week I will be posting daily devotions to Facebook and YouTube for anyone that would like to be a part of it. When they go up in the mornings I'll be there in the comments to visit if you would like. We'll continue having Bible Study on Zoom, and other things that we can come up with.
My plan is that our first Sunday back together will be Palm Sunday, we'll follow with Holy Week, and then join in what I hope will be an amazing Easter Celebration that second Sunday. It will be good to be back together then.
As we go through this time, please continue to call, text, email, message, videochat, send smoke signals, and so on to each other. We are all in uncharted territory, but we know that we always come through on the other side. It may not always be what we expect, but no one expected the first Easter either. With God's help we will come through this, and we will make the journey together.