Dear Friends in Christ Jesus,
I’m sorry to say that we’re going to drastically change our plans for tomorrow, Sunday, 11/15. My hope has been that we’d get through our planned events of this weekend and then begin to scale back activities due to the dramatic increase in COVID spread in the community. We almost made it!
To be clear – as of now we have no confirmed COVID-positive cases within the congregation. But there are enough recent confirmed exposures, close contacts, and other potential exposures – both within our small circle as well as in the greater community – to convince me that now, immediately, it’s time to scale back.
Tomorrow, Sunday, 11/15, we will have only the Divine Service at 10:30 A.M. The choir will not be singing at the Divine Service. This is personally disappointing, because the piece to be sung is glorious!
Both Bible Study and the Thanksgiving Feast are also canceled. I’m especially sorry that many of you have taken the time to prepare delicious things to share. Would you please make use of them in your home, or with coworkers or others who would benefit?
As for the Christmas card picture, we will still plan to take it. However, we are going to move the photo session to Sunday, December 6th. We will share more information on that down the road.
My plan is to share more details about our life together in the upcoming weeks in a separate email coming sometime in the next couple of days. In the meantime, I hope to see you in Divine Service tomorrow.
Keep in mind our Lord’s wonderful invitation, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Christ keep you,