A message from our pastor on Covid-19:
We are all living in fear. We are being attacked by an “invisible enemy” that is making us feel vulnerable. Being told to stay at home is bringing the gravity of the danger we are facing to the forefront of our lives. We are reminded that our lives are threatened. No matter how hard we try, we cannot escape talking and hearing about the Coronavirus, or COVID-19.
We are told by the authorities that up to 56% of all Californians could be infected by the time this pandemic is over. We are now in a state of “Safer-at-home” and that means as a church we will have to change how we do things. For as long as we are told that it is safer for everyone if we stay at home, we will worship via alternate methods. This is for everyone’s safety, including ours.
For now we will use Zoom to worship so we can see and hear each other. While it will not feel the same, it will still allow us to hear one another. Tom and I have been talking about how to have music in our service and we think we will have some solutions soon. I am also in conversations with other pastors to see what we can learn from each other. The only ministry that will continue onsite will be the Food Bank.
As long as the pandemic lasts, it is important that we make effort to stay connected. We ask all of you to check on one another and let me know if you know of anyone who has a need. We need to be creative and proactive in reaching out to each other. We need to pray for one another since people are going to lose jobs and some will face financial difficulties.
We are living in an extraordinary time and the world needs extraordinary Christians. We must respond in faith, gentleness, love, generosity that is counter-cultural to this postmodern world that says religion is useless. We have an opportunity to show that church is not something of the past, but it is necessary in our world today. You are the means of God’s grace and you are the living hands and feet of Jesus. So even though we are practicing “social distancing” we can still express the love of God.
Stay safe and we will pray for the day when we can gather together again to celebrate one another. See you on zoom on Sunday morning at 10:30 am.