“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing. Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his, we are the people, and sheep of his pasture,” Psalm 100:1-3
March 16, 2020
Dear Saints and Friends of Cross Lutheran,
Given the escalating nature of the pandemic and advice from the Center for Disease Control; we feel that a faithful response for the good of the community and all is to move to an online worship format for the rest of March. Many congregations began doing this yesterday. We refrained due to the smaller size of our community, but in good conscience, can no longer place the decision of attending upon your shoulders. The correct, faithful and moral thing to do is to limit the chance for the virus to spread.
Beginning this Wednesday at 6:30 and this coming Sunday at 9:00 a.m., we will live stream an abbreviated worship from the office. The building will be open until 11:00 a.m. on Sundays so as people can come in for Holy Communion and prayer as desired. This is important to note as ministries will happen during the crisis. Please continue to donate to the generosity campaign and be on the lookout for ministry opportunities. We will hold normal office hours and different ministries and meetings will continue to happen though attendance will be at the discretion of members. The big difference for March will be online worship and no Sunday school.
Unfortunately, we must also implore that giving to the ministry of Cross remains a priority. Our staff will not make any unnecessary purchases. Missed worship opportunities, unfortunately, have huge impacts upon the offering. We are also very aware that we are not the only ones hurting as the economy struggles right now. However, please if you can afford to do so, continue to give to the ministry of Cross. Non online offering can be mailed into the office, brought here during office hours or on Sunday morning. Online giving or phone giving instructions are in the Peek of the Week. This method can either be a one time offering or it can be reoccurring according to your choice.
Our hope is that in April; we will be able to be together again. Currently, we are looking at options that will allow for in person worship that allows for social distancing to happen. We certainly do have a lot of space between the sanctuary and fellowship hall to utilize. However, until we have a better handle of what is happening the faithful and loving decision is to worship in a new way. Again, Holy Communion and prayer opportunity will be in the building for individuals and families between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. for the remaining Sundays in March.
God is with us and this must be remembered above all else.
The Cross Lutheran Church Council and Pastor John