Letter to the Congregation, April 14, 2020

Greetings to all!

We trust you are keeping safe and observing the necessary medical guidelines to protect yourself and those around you. Strange times indeed! Hopefully our medical community will come up with a solution soon.

In the meantime, in spite of our imposed isolation, we are thankful that Trisha and her worship team(s) are out and doing a wonderful job in providing uplifting video services together with Pastor Ben. This new approach to services is not without its difficulties. It requires new skills, and a lot of extra work and we are grateful to all of them. We are thankful as well for the video and sound members of the team that have provided us with some professional looking presentations. Thanks to you all! Times aren’t normalizing any time soon so we encourage you to persevere in this important work.

We want to thank Erna and Pastor Ben for handling the difficulties of a “work from home” office arrangement. They are very capably staying on top of things. Should you have an inquiry simply phone the office as you normally would, leave a message and they will get back to you. Our treasurer, Kevin, is sifting through all the government programs to see which of any, we qualify for. Early indications are we will get some small wage subsidy. Every bit helps. In the meantime, if you can find a way to bank transfer, mail, or deliver your regular contribution you’ll help us all navigate the uncertain month ahead.

If you require assistance, economic or otherwise, call your deacon or elder, or leave a message at the church office for the pastor. Thank you to those of you delivering meals, getting groceries, or simply calling or sending a card to those confined to their homes. Visiting in person would be really nice but not advisable under the quarantine circumstances.

Council has not been able to meet (we’re over the minimum 10) but we have kept informed by email. The executive is meeting (at an appropriate distance) and dealing with matters as they arise. Council did vet the nomination list for elders and deacons and letters should be going out, if not already out, to the nominees. It is at times such as these that the blessing of congregational life becomes even more evident than it normally is. As we all strive to be the “hands and feet” of our Father in Heaven we proceed in these uncertain times with this certainty. “That I am not my own, but belong body and soul to my faithful savior Jesus Christ”.

Blessings

For the Executive; Casey Siepman, Chair.