Weekly Update for June 6, 2020
June 06, 2020

Church Family,

We have much to be thankful for.  We would like to thank a very generous private donor as well as St. Ambrose Lutheran church for their donations to our food pantry this week.  Many of you have given sacrificially to support this ministry, and we are thankful for your generosity.

We also have heavy hearts.  As we continue to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, the length of our struggles is beginning to wear on us.  We understand the need for precautions.  We also wait anxiously for a chance to worship all together under the same roof once again.  Please continue to pray for those affected by this virus, the families of those who have been lost, and for all those who have lost their livelihoods due to the nation wide shutdowns.

As a church, we would like to share where we stand.  Our board, along with pastors, met once again this past Thursday evening.  We continue to evaluate the situation and have developed a plan to re-open.  Our plan has been submitted to our district leadership for review, and we feel that we have done our best to mitigate the risks that may come when we meet again.  At this time, we do not have a date set to re-open.  In his addresses to the state this past week, Governor Murphy announced that there will be new guidelines given for houses of worship by June 12.  We are hopeful that this address will give us the information we need to set a date for our return to in-person worship in our church.

With that being said, we also understand that this virus is not gone.  There are many people in our community and in our church family who are at high risk.  When we begin to meet again in person, we will continue to offer our worship, Bible study, and prayer services online.  We would also like you to know that we do not feel it is prudent to open up to 100% at this point.  When we start meeting again, we will start with morning worship and work our way up from there as we feel the conditions improve.  When we begin to worship, we will NOT be providing nursery or children’s ministries in our church building.  We hope to introduce those ministries again as soon as possible, and we will keep you informed during this process.

While we are praying for physical healing from the effects of Covid-19, we also must join in prayer for our nation.  As the protests this past week have shown, there are deep wounds in our nation that must be addressed.  As Christians, we are called to be a people of love, and our current situation makes our call to be salt and light an urgent priority. As such, there are two significant opportunities we would like to share.

First, our Board of General Superintendents has invited us to join others in our denomination in an international day of prayer on Sunday June 7th.  Please see the following link for details:  

Also, our district leaders have asked us to join them in a day of fasting and prayer on Tuesday June 9th from 7am to 7pm.  We invite you to join us wherever you are and at whatever time you can in 12 sacred hours of fervent prayer. During this time we are called to put into practice 2 Chron. 7:14.  Or prayer is for God to “Heal Our Land!” 

Your Brother in Christ,

Pastor Paul

Mobile: 856-332-6030