Grace, peace, and hope to you from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We have entered into an unprecedented time here at First Lutheran. As Thomas Paine once wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” The Council and I have been forced to make some very difficult decisions in light of our new reality of living with the COVID-19 virus. Following the recommendations of the wider church, the CDC, and the White House, we have decided to cancel all services and fellowship gatherings until further notice. Please know that this was not a decision made lightly.
Even though we cannot gather at the church itself, we still have the opportunity to worship together. Every Sunday morning, at our regularly scheduled time, I will be leading a worship service broadcast on WIKB. Additionally, barring any technical delays, you will be able to live stream the service either on our website, YouTube, or Facebook. If you cannot participate in the service while we are live, you will be able to watch the service at your leisure on our website, Facebook, or YouTube. Along with our new digital presence is the opportunity to continue to tithe in the same digital format. We will be able to accept payment via the internet. Please continue to tithe and give. Even though we cannot gather in person, the bills must continue to be paid whether you do so online or mail in your donations.
I realize these are dark days and a virus which we cannot see is a terrifying adversary. However, know that the greatest threat we face is not the virus itself but instead, preventing the growth of the seeds of human compassion. Our actions have a greater impact than we ever realize for good or for ill. Sowing seeds of grace is more important now than ever. Know that we are not without hope. As the psalmist writes, "I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”
May the Lord keep your going out and coming in from this time on and forever more,
Rev. R.A. Carr