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Dear friends in Christ,
After prayerful deliberation, the decision has been made to suspend all Sunday activities, including worship, Adult Forum and Sunday School, effective immediately.
Given that worship and the celebration of the sacraments is the central piece of our life together as God’s people, this has been a difficult decision. Yet, at the recommendations of our Bishop and the Governor of Michigan, and with a desire to keep our members, their families, our friends and our community as safe and healthy as possible in this time of health pandemic, we (President Bill Korte and I), in consultation with the Church Council, believe it is the right and proper decision.
Since it’s the season of Lent, and because we draw strength from our faith in times of crisis, there is a desire for some form of weekly faith expression. Therefore, the church will be open Wednesdays from 11am to 1pm. During this time the sanctuary will be open for prayer, and I will be available for conversation. A short Eucharist will be held at noon, observing all Social Distance protocol and communing by bread only. The sections of the building that will be available will be thoroughly cleaned before and after the Wednesday opening.
Keep in mind that all of this is temporary; when this health crisis has passed, we will be back in full swing again.
Finally, with our awareness of the need to keep a physical distance from one another, it’s easy to fall into isolation. Instead, let’s make this a time to build community with one another and to ‘be the church.’ Take an extra moment to call, text or email someone to say hello and let them know you’re thinking of them.
Both the Church Office and pastoral office hours are uncertain at this time, but please feel free to reach out to Pastor at any time by phone, text, or email (gro.p1585998707gsema1585998707jts@r1585998707otsap1585998707) for prayer, pastoral conversation, or to say hello.
Please keep an eye on your email, the church Facebook page, and our church website (stjamesgp.org) for further information and updates.
Feel free to reach out to either of us if you have any questions.