It is easy to get information overload and become stressed out, so turn to Jesus and ask Him to calm your heart. 1 st Peter 5 says, Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
We are aware of the daily changes and can use the 3rd , 4th , and 5th commandments to guide us to respond appropriately. I know we want to gather for worship to receive God’s Word and Sacraments, but this is also a time to show obedience to the authorities and their
recommendations or executive orders. The steps being proposed will help us not put our
neighbor’s life in danger by our actions.
Therefore, we are cancelling all our worship services and all scheduled events at SPL, not because we do not trust in God, but as a way to help our neighbors and country get through the spread of COVID-19 as quickly as possible and with the least amount of impact. Although we will not meet in person, we WILL continue to livestream the services on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. See our website to see it live or go back and watch a service that has already been streamed.
Out of care and concern for our families and those that we serve, and by way of example, our faculty and staff will work from home as much as possible. Staff may come in as needed, but the building has been sanitized and will be closed until further notice. The electronic keys have been deactivated, except for select individuals. The church office will be accessible but on a limited basis. Please call us to be sure we are available. We invite you to reach out to staff members by phone during business hours or email.
Despite the many changes, we still need your help, so we can continue to provide ministry. We are considering a method to enable offerings to be dropped off at the church, but if you want, you can mail it in. The most efficient method though, is our online giving system.
Visit our website and select “GIVE” from the menu bar. It truly is an easy process to “give” once or repeatedly using a bank account or credit card.
We will continue to evaluate the ever changing situation. In the midst of it all, 1 Thess.
5:16-18 says “Be joyful always; Pray continually; Give thanks in all circumstances for this is
God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Remember – you matter to God and you matter to me. Pastor Bruner