Coronavirus Update: Online Sunday Worship, March 13th
I pray that this greeting finds you healthy and well. Hours after I last wrote to you, Governor Wolf announced sweeping closures in Montgomery County in order to limit the spread of the Coronavirus.
In response to his announcement, our nursery school has closed until March 30, pending further guidance from the state and county.
At this point, all church activities, including Worship Services and Sunday School are canceled or postponed through March 24th. It is likely that we will extend cancelations beyond that date. We will closely monitor developments, respond as needed, and communicate with you in a timely manner.
All our part-time church staff will be working remotely from home during this time. Our full-time employees (Theresa, Mo, and I) will work on-site as needed and remotely as able. The staff remains in close touch using phone, text, email, and our online collaboration tools. We have also established a daily staff conference call, so we can coordinate our efforts and communications. While the church office may be physically closed during this time, our church staff is available to you and ready to support you in any way we can. Please do not hesitate to reach out.
We look forward to finding creative ways to help you journey through Lent, tend your spiritual life, find God’s gracious presence in the face of fear, anxiety, and illness, and support families who suddenly find themselves in very close quarters.
As the Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, Elizabeth Eaton, recently observed, although we are physically distant from one another, we remain deeply connected socially and spiritually as the Body of Christ. Please reach out to one another even more in this time, so that we might strengthen the bonds of our comradery and friendship, and thereby gain courage for the days ahead. In the words of Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky:
"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."
Online Worship, Sunday at 10:00 am
Our first experiment in keeping connected is coming up this Sunday with an Online Worship Service at 10:00 am. Our Seminarian, Lindsay Bates, and I will be leading the service. We’ve already been practicing with the digital tools and figuring out what makes for good online worship. I am really excited about what we will experience together on Sunday.
How to Participate
- Go to Our Website, UDLC.org
Go to udlc.org, scroll down a little, and you’ll see the video there. (It’s actually already there now counting down for Sunday, if you want to see where it will be.) Once we are live, you will be able to click the square in the bottom right corner of the video to make it bigger. You can click the title on the top of the video to go to the video’s YouTube page. Feel free to leave comments, prayer requests, or sharing in the comments there under the video.
- Zoom Webinar
We are using a video webinar platform called Zoom to make this online worship happen. If you wish, you can join us on the Zoom webinar by registering using this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CgoQ7XtIR1Krtn6S3C-ryA. Sign up and you will receive information and reminders about the webinar via email.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
You Remain in my Prayers,