Dear People of God,
As you are already aware, the information on Covid 19 changes daily, and things have changed since we met this past Sunday. It has been decided after much thought, prayer and conversation, to suspend worship and all activities through the end of March. What does April look like? I will be honest, at this time it is too soon to tell, but we as a council will continually be re-evaluating the situation.
We will have a link up on our Facebook page (St. John's Lutheran Church, Hebron) I believe by Saturday evening. The link will direct you either to stay on Facebook, or you will be able to click on the link that will take you to our St. John's page on Youtube. We can also send out via email the link to our YouTube page. It is a work in progress, and it may not be perfect, especially the first Sunday so please be patient. But I also know that this group knows how to adapt easily, and well, and for that, I give you my thanks! Our many thanks to Alan Gates for putting all of this together and for the many, MANY hours he puts into this. Alan, Thank you!
Through the CDC and the health department, we are being told of the importance of creating space between one another, otherwise known as "social distancing" a new word for our vocabulary in 2020. The better we can do social distancing with one another, the quicker this virus will be nothing but a memory. So, quoting Nike "Let's do it"!
On Monday, I posted a message on our facebook page, and I wanted to share it with you today.
As the church, there is so much that we can do to make a difference in the lives of others. Let us remember to pray. Pray for this world, our community, our one another. Let us also continue to pray for all who have been affected by this virus, both physically, and financially.
Be the church, check in with your friends and neighbors. Regardless if we meet or not, we all have some extra time on our hands, so don't forget to nourish your soul. Read your daily devotion. Do you have a favorite bible verse? If so, remember that verse and why it brings you so much comfort. Share your verse with others, and look through the bible again, and you just might discover another verse that becomes your new favorite. God is always speaking to us through his Word! God is good, all the time. And all the time, God is good!
Follow any and all recommendations from the CDC and don't forget to wash your hands. These are trying times, something that we've never experienced before, so it is important to stay informed. Things are changing, sometimes numerous times throughout the day.
We will be limiting times in the church building, but that does not mean we are not available. Give us a call, send an email, and we will be in touch.
Throughout it all, we trust that God continues to hold us and that no matter what, we know deeply in our own hearts that God is Good!
During this time, I must also add that it is important to continue the practice of stewardship for the church. If you are able to, set up in your online banking your giving, or you can mail a check to the church. Either way, we greatly appreciate your gifts to the church, and they are just as important today, as they were yesterday.
John's Gospel is one of my favorites, so let me share a short verse with you:
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." óJohn 14:27
I don't know about you, but I cannot wait until we meet again, face to face. Let us imagine together our first sharing of the peace, all the hugs, smiles and handshakes. It will be amazing!
God is Good!
God's peace and blessings,
Pastor Debbie Kelly
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11