Update on Response to Coronavirus

For the first time in the history of our church, we have no events to list at the time of our summer  newsletter publication.

Our Board of Directors wisely decided to cancel all our church services after March 15, due to the coronavirus epidemic. We surely looked forward to April to celebrate Palm Sunday and Easter, but restrictions still prohibited our gatherings. We were sure we’d be back together in May to celebrate Mother’s Day, but that didn’t happen either. The other groups that meet in our church decided to follow our lead and canceled their meetings as well. Some began conducting their meetings online, using Zoom.

As of the middle of May, all other activities are canceled except for the weekly group meetings for A Course in Miracles. They resumed their meetings at the church on May 8. As theirs is a smaller group, they are able to use safe distancing and other measures, such as wearing face masks and using hand sanitizers.

As soon as government restrictions are lessened and we can figure out a safe way to come together again for church services, we’ll let you know right away with phone calls, emails, Facebook posts and an announcement here, on our website. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions, concerns, or ideas.

Beginning on Easter, we made videos of Sunday lessons to post on our church Facebook page and on our website each week. We sincerely appreciate Stuart Walker for volunteering to do this work, which takes a lot of his time, often figuring out the process along the way.

Our Prayer Chaplains have been contacting our members by phone each month to see how they are doing and offering prayer support. If you don’t have a prayer chaplain assigned to you, and you would like to have one, please let me know.

Marge Klingman, our Treasurer, has been working many extra hours managing our money, paying our bills, and taking deposits to the bank every week. Our Board President, Theresa McComber, made us a beautiful new runner for the sanctuary back table. JM Gibbons is researching how our board (church) can use Zoom for future meetings, if necessary. All of our Directors have done all they can to keep things running as smoothly as possible.

During the time our church has been closed, we’ve had all the carpets cleaned and sanitized. We appreciate Diane Starr being there while the work was done and keeping our facility clean. Dan Stemmler has kept our lawn and front garden trimmed nicely.

We’ve reduced or eliminated our church expenses as much as possible during this uncertain time. We most sincerely appreciate the love offerings and tithes that many of you have continued to give our church. Because of you, we’ve been able to pay all our bills on time, every time. We recommend sending checks by mail. It’s very safe and our mailbox is locked and checked several times a week. We are having some difficulty with the PayPal account at this time, most likely because they are short-staffed, like everyone is.

All who attend our church community, all who serve in many and varied capacities, are our most valuable assets. You are deeply loved and appreciated. Thank you.

Elsie Huebner, Spiritual Leader

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