Coronavirus – PCO response

Dear Friends,
After consulting with our Ruling Elders, we have decided to follow the recommendation of The Presbytery of Lake Michigan regarding face-to-face gatherings. Effective immediately, we will live-stream worship services for the next three weeks. We have cancelled all face-to-face meetings, and suspended face-to-face worship services and church activities for the next three weeks. The office will also work remotely and the physical office will be closed.

We will gather for live-stream worship on March 15, 22, and 29 instead of face-to-face worship. All face-to-face church events during this period are also suspended, including choir and bell choir rehearsals, Men’s Group, Bible studies, Lenten dinners, and other church-sponsored face-to-face fellowship events. The church office will be closed, but ministers and staff will continue to work from home.

Despite our physical separation, we will stay connected in fellowship in the following ways:

  • The ministers will be available by phone, text, and e-mail. Please do not hesitate to reach out to them.
  • Each Sunday at 10am, we will be broadcasting a live worship service from the sanctuary. Please check out this post for further details.
  • We are actively looking at tele-conferencing options so that groups and committees can continue to meet remotely. Please allow some time for us to set this up; do not hesitate to contact the event organizer in the meantime. We will disseminate information about options via the Elders and Deacons.
  • The church’s website will remain a source of community and information, where you will be able to read new sermons and prayers and learn about opportunities to remain engaged.

If you know someone at church who does not use technology or have access to a computer or smart phone, please share this information with them.

These will be a difficult and potentially frightening time. This is not, however, a time to panic but is a time to lean on the grace and peace of Christ. The Board of Deacons is already working on ways to communicate with the most vulnerable members of our congregation in order to continue offering care, encouragement and connection. Though we are physically isolated from one another, we remain one in Christ.