Letter to Congregation – 7/13/2020

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So, my dear friends we find ourselves 4 months into the closure of the church building. Therefore, it has been almost the same amount of time that we have been living with this pandemic. There are moments that it feels like a lifetime, and then there are moments when I look back that it feels like time has moved very quickly.
We know so much more about COVID-19 than we did 4 months ago, and then again there is so much more that we need to learn. One thing that I do know is that the emotions around this pandemic are strong, some feel it is all a hoax, some feel that this will be the end of the world, many of us are somewhere in between.
One thing I do know is that we can continue to be dependent on a loving God who will walk us through this pandemic. And that we have each other to walk together (even though we are walking with Zoom, the phone, masks, and social distancing. I continue to be grateful for the new friends I am forming in these new ways, it is different, but still you are very valuable to me. I attribute that to a God who can connect us despite the pandemic
I also know that the pandemic will not be over tomorrow, and so we are going to have to continue to find ways to connect with each other in ways that are different than we are used to. But again, I trust that God will continue to be with us as long as this pandemic lasts and thereafter.
St. Andrew’s leadership continues to carefully look at ways that we can enhance worship and discuss the possibility of opening the church building. In addition, the Property Committee is looking at a leaky roof, and finally address that issue so that we do not have water come down on the church organ.
To that end please continue to keep the Congregation Council in your prayers as the struggle with this issues and try propose solutions that are safe for the congregation as well a compromise for the many differing views that make up St. Andrew’s.
What follows in “FROM THE COUNCIL” is a summary of the 7/13/2020 Council meeting. Keep in mind the decisions did consider the survey that you filled out and be reminded that a full summary of that survey will be published in an upcoming mailing.
Have Hope, God walks with us!
Pastor Neel

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