Letter to the Congregation - April 2, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

We’ll be online again this Palm Sunday starting at 10:30. The technical difficulties of putting music on are being worked on, but are proving to be a challenge given our current level of knowledge, so it’ll probably be a more reflective service this week.  The link for the service is: https://youtu.be/9oNWzlMXbag  (You may need to type in by hand if it doesn’t work.)
Please get any prayer requests in to me by email at bobbar73@yahoo.com by 9 a.m. Sunday morning.
And, please come to the alleyway between 12 noon and 1:00 for drive-by communion.  You can leave your offering with us there if you’d like.  (I mention the latter because people have asked.)
The church is just holding its own financially, I’m told, thanks in part to some dedicated stewards sending in larger love gifts in support.  We’re working on setting up a mailing that will include forms for you to direct-deposit offerings to the church; expect to see that in the next few weeks.  With our current budget, it takes $5100 – 5200 a week to support the ministry, so please mail in offerings when you can.
The Leadership Team has decided for our safety to keep services online through the end of the month of April.  I’m looking at the possibility of a “worship from your cars” in our parking lot in the next few weeks if the weather is cooperative.
During Holy Week the plan is as follows:

  • Palm Sunday, 10:30 online worship, followed by drive-by communion from 12 to 1.

  • Wednesday April 8 -- Bible study on Zoom videoconferencing (participate by computer or phone) at 5 p.m.  (link Info to come out early next week.)

  • Thursday April 9 – “Coffee with the Pastor” at 11:00 a.m.  Grab a cup of “joe” and join me for a time of brief meditation and spiritual check-in by Zoom (computer or phone)

  • Easter Sunday – 10:30 online worship, followed by drive-by communion from 12 to 1.

The LifeLine Screening scheduled for our Fellowship Hall on April 22 has been cancelled.
Please, my brothers and sisters, exercise common sense. (I know, common sense isn’t common; I’ve seen that enough in my limited forays into the stores the last couple of weeks.)  The next two weeks are supposed to be the critical time for “flattening the curve” to protect people from dying and our medical system from crashing.  We will get through this as a congregation with God still in our midst!
God’s love, peace, and blessings – Pastor boB