The following information comes from board chairman, Pete Templeton: “On Friday evening, March 13, 2020, a contingency consisting of Rev. Parkinson, the Elders, as well as representatives of the deacons, deaconesses, and the worship committee gathered faced with the task of determining how to move forward in the face of the current Coronavirus health crisis. Following prayer and a paper ballot, it was determined by a 2/3 majority to cancel worship services until such time as the ban on gatherings is declared lifted. Worship services for this Sunday, March 15th and next Sunday, March 22nd, have been cancelled. The Community Kitchen for March 16th has also been cancelled, as has God’s Gang for the 18th and 25th in light of the Governer’s closing of all public schools. Other church activities may be cancelled or held at the discretion of the committee in charge. We trust that these temporary cancellations will be short-lived. The worship committee will be meeting in the coming week to determine options for our congregation to find alternative ways to worship with one another.
“An inspirational quote was shared at the conclusion of tonight’s meeting which we feel is worthy of sharing:
“’Every hand that we don’t shake must become a phone call that we place. Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern. Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other should the need arise.’
“We ask that you regard this decision with the sincerity and earnest in which it was considered. We ask that you be in prayer on Sunday mornings that we may worship with one another in spirit. This was a difficult decision. We thank you for your patience and understanding.”