We are all acutely aware of how great the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has now affected our lives and also how uncertain it will be when our daily lives might return to normal. At this time the Council and I agree that in the interest of doing our part to flatten the curve of infection and impact on our health care system it is best we extend our suspension of all use of our building until May 9, with our first worship back in the building on Mother’s Day. Be aware this is a tentative date as the status of the pandemic changes daily and the impact to our regular daily living is still increasing at this time. There is always the possibility we may need to extend it beyond May 9, pending our nation and state’s ability to curb the rise in cases, and control or contain the virus thereby lessening the risk to our senior population in particular. We hope and pray we can actually return sooner.
In the meantime I invite and encourage the congregation to take advantage of and participate in the following opportunities to live out your faith and be the body of Christ in community yet at a distance.
WORSHIP: Participate in our Facebook Livestream worship that we will provide each week at 10:30AM on Sundays on our church Facebook page. Not sure how to get there? Go to our website, www.oursaviorhaddonfield.org, and we will be sure to have a link that will take you directly there. For those without internet access I encourage you to stop by the church to pick up a Christ In Our Home devotion book for April-June for both daily and Sunday worship as well as contact the church office to let us know if you would like a DVD of Sunday’s worship sent to your home for viewing. We invite you to have some bread and juice (or wine) available to share and eat if you want to feel connected to the body of Christ during the Lord’s Supper.
OFFERINGS: We realize this pandemic is having a significant impact on many with some of our members already having filed for unemployment. Paul reminded the church in Corinth that “one cannot give from what one does not have,” so for those who are now financially struggling to get by please let us know if there is any way we can assist you. For those who are able to continue giving toward God’s work we invite and encourage you to provide your of- ferings either by mail, by online bill pay through your bank, or by Simply Giving (click the GIVE link on the website homepage and then Simply Giving further down the Give screen).
MINISTRYGROUPS/CLASSES/MEETINGS: We have signed up for Zoom Meetings and will begin holding all necessary meetings, Bible discussion groups, and confirmation classes by Zoom. You will receive an email invitation from the group leader/facilitator to join in the meeting or class at the specified time and you can participate using your computer or smartphone by clicking on the link to join the Zoom meeting.
This has not been an easy decision for me or the leadership to make. We realize how in a time when one’s faith may be tested and stretched not having access and availability to the community and place of worship can only add to that stress. Please know we are doing what we can to be available to you as well as the community at large in proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ and serving the needs of all people during a time when we can only gather virtually by the internet. Know that with God all things are possible and by the power of the Holy Spirit our faith in our risen Christ is renewed and refreshed. May you all experience a blessed Easter life. He is risen indeed. Alleluia.