September 9, 2020 (Week 26)
Sisters and Brothers, Peace be with you!
As you might expect, we are all anxious to come back to a semblance of normalcy at the church, and so we’ve been fielding questions about when we’re going to re-open the campus, and most especially, our sanctuary. It is a more complicated question than you might imagine. Statistics that are kept in this regard, reflect the number of cases per 100,000 population. We need to stay below 7.1 cases per 100,000 population. As of last month, we’d improved to 5.8, so that just prior to Labor Day, the governor announced the partial re-opening of a number of businesses, etc. However, the latest statistics suggest that we’re back up at 6.9, and if we (because of the Labor Day weekend) find our selves rising above that 7.1/100K limit, everything will be shut down again. So we are being cautious in our planning for the immediate and long-term future, hopeful for decreasing statistical instances of the virus, allowing us the luxury of re-opening. We have a very well qualified church council, and I want to assure you that they are monitoring the situation on a daily basis.
I want to remind you once again about our search for a kidney donor that I shared with you in my newsletter some four weeks ago. (You can find it on our website). Please keep this possibility in your prayers, and if you feel moved by the Spirit to check out how to participate, please do! The need is serious! You can start by checking out the process here: https://www.scripps.org/services/transplant-services/kidney-transplant .
If you haven’t already done so, please download our church’s app for your smartphones from the Apple App Store for iPhones and iPads, and from the Google Play Store for Android devices. Our app connects you directly with our website and puts at your disposal everything we’re providing at the touch of a link. If you don’t have a smartphone but can access a computer, you can find everything at www.godamong.us .
Take care of yourselves, my friends. We are anxious to restart; we are anxious to “get going” again; we are pretty tired of the restrictions and the waiting; the interminable waiting. All of that is true, but as in all things, God empowers us to wait and to work, as the world unfolds as it will. God has never abandoned us! God is with you! And if you do need something, please call. We’re here for you.
- After worship, around 11 am, Darrell and Nancy Datte host our after worship coffee/donut fellowship time (BYOC/D) on Zoom, and look forward to welcoming everyone in our community. Please think about joining in and saying hi to your brothers and sisters. That gathering can be found here: