Word from the Pastor

October 2021

Greetings,

The virus is still making headlines.  I thought we were all told in March of 2020, that if we were to shut down for 2 weeks, that would “flatten the curve”, that would solve it and we could get back to normal.  But it is still the object of much attention.

How does this affect us?  In gathering for worship or Bible Studies, one has to think about the protocols.  Early on, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) “recommended” a 6’ separation between people.  As we do in worship or at the communion rail.  More recently the CDC has changed this to 3’.  We try to abide by that.

Some folks in the different services will wear face masks.  This is an option.  If you do, that is fine.  If not, that is your option.  Some folks don’t stay around after the worship service but quickly depart the premises because of the virus.  Some avoid physical contact, some folks still do fist or elbow “bumps” in lieu of a handshake or hug.  If you don’t feel well or think you have a symptom, use discretion.

All these actions remind us that this does not affect our faith in God.  What is important is what our Lord has told us, “Remain in me and I will remain in you” (John 15:4a, NIV)  This can be done without shaking hands or even by wearing face masks.

In His Service,

Pastor
    

Bible Study

Scripture records, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing he message, and the message is head through the Word of Christ” (Romans 10:17, NIV).  Thus, ongoing Scripture studies are conducted on a regular basis, on a book of the Bible, or on a topic covered in the Scripture.  In addition to Sunday School classes for all ages, a weekly class is conducted Wednesday evenings.  These are from 1700-1755 hrs and run throughout the year.  The class does not meet when worship services are offered on Wednesday evenings (Thanksgiving, Advent, or Lent).  At this time, in compliance with the Reopening of Churches guidance due to the Corona Virus, Bible Study is not meeting.  But will soon when we move to the next phase of the reopening guidelines.