Church and the Coronavirus

Good morning, Children of God!

I want to let you know how we are handling the concerns about the Coronavirus here at 1st Church.

Let me begin with a story.

Stefanie, a friend, had just been diagnosed with cancer. In the middle of the shock and fear, Mary, her friend and a follower of Jesus, said, “Stefanie, remember, whatever happens, you win!”

While fears and anxieties swirl — stoked by hype and misinformation — Children of God, remember! Whatever happens, you win!

We will gather for worship, and we will honor and proclaim the God who raised Jesus from the dead, and who offers each and every person new life!

At the same time, we will also be smart about HOW we gather.

If you are sick, please stay home. We love you. We will miss you. But, be kind to yourself and one another by taking care of yourself and not sharing germs with others. Facebook Live will be available at 9:15. Join us for worship there. We will also have a video of worship on our website by the early part of the week.

Wash your hands. 20 seconds. Pray the Lord’s Prayer while you are washing them. This is the best protection against this and any other virus. It will also improve your prayer life.

Refrain from hugging and shaking hands. I know this is hard for many of us. Again, some things we just don’t want to share. So, elbow bumps or fist bumps, or just a friendly wave….

Wash. Your. Hands.

Our staff are being extra-conscientious and sanitizing surfaces with which you and others come in contact.

Did I mention that you should probably wash your hands?

Finally, we are working on improving our procedures for communion, especially in light of the health concerns of many. We will let you know soon what that will look like.

Our world has changed. We will all navigate it as best we can. We will do it together, the Lord being our helper.

May God help us as we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Yours in the Cause of Christ,

Mike Loomis