Below you will find information related to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as resources to help you stay healthy during this difficult time.
EXCERPTS FROM MAY 5, 2020 LETTER TO THE CONGREGATION
Dear St. John's Family,
Greetings from your Pastor and Consistory!
We hope you are all doing well as we continue to be apart during this COVID-19 pandemic. Consistory met last week via Zoom and would like to share some encouraging insights from that meeting. As it has been several weeks since we have been together as a congregation, we are sending you this update to let you know how the church is doing and some thoughts about the future.
Our Sunday worship continues to be posted on the website and on Facebook. If you do not have Internet access and would like a written copy of the service, please call the church office and you will be placed on the mailing list.
Thanks to the faithfulness of all who are sending in your offerings, our finances are stable and we are keeping pace with our bills. Thank you so much!
The Confirmation Class is finishing up their studies at home and are on track for Confirmation when the time comes. I have assured them that we will celebrate the Rite of Confirmation as usual - we just don't know when it will be!
Even though we are not together, we want to continue our mission and outreach. We ask that you consider sending a monetary gift in support of the Local Food Pantry to help serve our community. Thank you for your help!
As we look to the future and resuming our worship and activities, we will be guided by the state and county mandates as to the timing. Additionally, we are working to put in place procedures to ensure a safe return, realizing that it will be a gradual return to "normalcy" while maintaining social distancing patterns as needed. Be assured, we will do whatever is necessary to protect the safety of our members and visitors. As we approach the time when we will be reopening the church, you will receive a letter outlining the process.
My friends, this experience is proving that we are indeed a strong church family. Not only are we continuing to take care of our church, but we are continuing to take care of each other. God has called us here in this time and place to share his love and witness to the good news of Christ's resurrection. May we always remember that he is with us whether we are gathered or scattered. Let us continue to encourage one anther and build each other up as indeed we are doing through prayer and reaching out to one another. Thanks be to God.
I look forward to seeing you again and joining together in worship and sacrament. Until then, stay safe and may God bless you and yours,
Rev. Janet E. Lewis