“The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. The LORD is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed. Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.”
This virus is a fluid moment to moment event it would seem. But our God is constant, consistent and all powerful. For such a time as this He is the one to whom to turn. As He says,“I am the Lord, I change not.” Malachi 3:6
The leadership at King of Glory is working and meeting to do our best to keep you safe as you would gather around Word and Sacrament, keeping these means available to you that you would have the comfort of God.
In an effort to remain faithful and true while yet upholding good practice as the government authorities are asking us to do, we are taking further steps to help stem the tide, or as the phrase is now “slow the spread”. It is the desire that King of Glory remain a safe haven where people feel they can come without fear. We will do our best to accomplish that, for our members and community.
With that in mind, President Trump has recommended that groups no larger than 10 be gathered together. I don’t know that we can accomplish that, the only 10, nor do we maybe want to, but we can limit the number who gather at one time by making more Service times available. We can accomplish the “social distancing” within the church if a larger number than 10 are there, not to worry. Do not let the number frighten you. We will make it work. But, we also want to do the best we can in helping to stop the spread.
Starting Wednesday the 18th we will offer two service times for midweek services 3p.m. and 7p.m. It will be the same Order of service and sermon, just two offerings of it.
On Sundays we will offer three services. The times for these Services will be 9a.m.; 10:30a.m.; 1:00p.m. Please attend the Service that is easiest for you and would seem to grant the “distancing”. Again, we will make it work whatever service you attend.
In this you see also that there is not time for meals and Bible Class. Until the end of the month (or more current info is given) we will not have fellowship time on Sundays or meals on Wednesday.
In all of this, we maintain the understanding that we know and come before the only one who can make a true difference. This one and only is our loving and gracious God. We need to cry out to Him for mercy and peace and the world needs us to offer those very prayers. You believer hold the answer, it’s a wonderful place to be, in the hands of our loving God.
Our restaurant Bible Classes are canceled until the end of the month. It is our prayer to start them again in April. Thank you for understanding.
Also, should you desire to do so, the church will have extended hours of the doors being unlocked that you or others may come in to pray. This is to give you the peace and quiet of the sanctuary to call upon, to cry out to the Lord. Please, do come and take advantage of this as you have opportunity.
Lastly, in regard to the Eric Lee fundraiser. It is still going to happen but in a slightly different fashion. Desserts will be offered for sale. Please drop them off anytime between now and Friday at 3:00. What we are planning is that people will come between 3 and 7p.m. The desserts will be on display and groups of 10 at a time will be permitted in to purchase Desserts. We will have people to usher them in from the parking lot. Any desserts leftover from Friday will then be on Facebook Auction and delivered.
Help for the Dessert Auction will be needed in the area of people to receive funds, people to usher folks in. If you are available for any of that please call the office or simply show up. I apologize these steps are in place but we need to take them for at least a short period of time to be responsible citizens and good neighbors.
Please do not hesitate to call the church office, Pastor, or your Elder with any questions, cares or concerns. We are all here to serve and assist in any way we can.
God bless and keep you in his care during these times and always,
Pastor Mark Maas