Updated Statement for Church Cancellation
Due to COVID-19
March 30, 2020
of all, thank you so much for the way that you have been caring and
communicating with each other over the last few weeks. It has been wonderful to
see the Body of Christ at work. It has been a difficult time for us, as elders,
to balance a sense of trust in the Lord and our community responsibility. We
are reminded of Romans 13 – that the government is a divinely appointed entity
whose purpose is to protect society. And while we trust the Lord with our
health and well-being, we must also practice being submissive to the governing
authorities that God has placed over us.
that being said, upon the recommendation of our Governor and the CDC, the
elders are closing the church through April 30. This also includes the offices.
Employees will still be working but physical access to them at the church will
be “emergency only.” We want to make sure that those who serve us are protected
as well. So, if you have business to tend to with the church, please hold off
or communicate through phone or email. Please do not just drop in for a chat.
Dan will still be presenting a sermon each Sunday that will be posted on the
church website found under the SERMONS tab and will be restarting his blog
writing, “Black, White, and Shades of Grey” https: //pdanlute.blogspot.com/ in
order to encourage and help others stay connected. You can find this link also
on the website under the RESOURCES tab.
note that all community Lenten services are canceled. We are still planning on
having a videoed Good Friday chalk talk service with Pastor James Snyder. Pastor Dan will also be doing a videoed Resurrection Service.
continue the good work of the Body of Christ. Call or email a few people each
day to check in with them. Make sure that our elderly have enough food,
medicine, or other needs. If you know of anyone in need, please call the
office. We have individuals who are willing to run and do essential errands. Pray
and read the Scriptures as much as you spend watching the news. Stay
encouraged. Stay connected.
We leave you with Psalm 9:9-10 “ 9 The LORD is a
refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 10 Those
who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who
seek you.” (Ps. 9:9-10 NIV)
be in good health,
The Elders of
St. Thomas Church