Dear Fellow Workers in the Gospel,
Over the past week or so, I have been more and more concerned about the spread of COVID-19 within our community. Watching the county color map of Indiana, it is clear that the virus is spreading significantly not only locally but within the entire state.
It is never an easy decision to make about whether or not to continue in-person worship. It was strange last spring to not meet together in person for worship for an extended period of time. While we have been very fortunate that we have not had a major outbreak of cases stemming from worship, I also think that we need to be cautious and try to make wise decisions to not compound the spread in our local community.
In discerning about what we should do as a congregation about in-person worship, I consulted a number of nurses within the congregation. The consensus from the medical professionals is that moving to virtual only worship for a couple weeks would be a responsible approach right now.
After consulting with some medical personnel, the council was contacted about what we should do. The overwhelming consensus from the council is that to move back to virtual worship rather than in-person worship is what we should do right now. Thus, beginning immediately, we will suspend in-person worship through Dec. 6th. The council will revisit this decision and will reevaluate whether to restart in-person worship or if the suspension should be longer.
The suspension is also extended to Sunday School and Breakfast Club as well.
Worship opportunities and reflections upon the Scripture readings will be posted on-line by Sunday morning.
Any questions or comments about the decision, please feel free to contact me.
As always, I am available to communicate with by phone (812) 498-7827. Feel free to contact me if needed for conversation and/or prayer.
Please join me in praying this prayer from A Prayer Book for the Armed Services:
Eternal God, amid all the turmoil and changes of the world your love is steadfast and your strength never fails. In this time of fear, danger, and trouble, be to us a sure guardian and rock of defense. Guide the leaders of our nation and nations around the world with your wisdom, comfort those in distress, and grant us courage and hope to face the future; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
In God’s Radical Grace,
Stephen M. Wood