Thursday, March 19, 2020

Service update

Services for  Sunday 3.22 and 3.29.2020 to be held virtually.

The Elders of our parish along with our chairman and in consultation with the chairman of the Church council have decided to conduct the worship service virtually for the next two weeks. Mid-week service scheduled for March 25 and April 1 have been canceled. Our Pack Away Hunger event; scheduled for April 3-4 have been postponed until a later time.      

Our objective is always to serve our neighbors as our community attempts to prevent the unnecessary spread of COVID-19. They have determined that this is the best way to move forward.

The Center for Disease Control CDC along with our president has urged that for the next two weeks all US events of 10+ persons should be cancelled or held virtually. The service will continue to be held and broadcast live. We urge you to stay home and listen to the service on radio station WZBD 92.7 FM We hope that services scheduled for holy week will resume. Parish leadership will continue to monitor this pandemic and make decisions that affect our congregation in a timely fashion.

We have an obligation under the Fourth Commandment to obey those in authority and cooperate with the directives of local, state, and national governments.

We have an obligation under the Fifth Commandment to serve our neighbor in love.  Life and physical health are precious gifts entrusted to us by God. We must take reasonable care of them, taking into account the needs of others and the common good.

Although it seems counterintuitive the general public has been instructed to come together by staying apart. You can still do your part. Keep in touch with family members and neighbors especially the elderly and those with weakened health conditions. These are the most vulnerable among us.

We have an obligation under the Eighth commandment to speak well of our neighbor, to defend him, speak well of him, and explain everything in the kindest way.   

These decisions were not made in haste or recklessly. Our parish leadership acted in a most judicious manner possible. We are obligated to protect our neighbor’s reputation. Be mindful that each congregation must make their own decisions considering the needs of all. Do not condemn or criticize the decisions of others.      

Be assured pastor is available for all matters of pastoral care. Please do not hesitate to contact him. If you desire the Sacrament contact him in a timely manner.

Our parish and school are open. Wyneken School currently has suspended all in-person instruction until April 13 Students will continue their education through home based instruction. Parish responsibilities and accountability are important. Remember our financial obligations. You may drop off your contributions at church, the parish hall office or send them through the mail. Remember your sisters and brothers who are affected financially either by layoff or a reduction in hours.  

These are unprecedented circumstances. We are not given to panic but to commend ourselves to the love and care of Christ. To that end, care for each other. Pray. Serve your neighbor. Gossip the gospel. Be a sermon in shoes.  

Pr. Dahling     

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