Dear Church,
 
In recent weeks, the news has been dominated by stories of COVID-19, commonly known as the Coronavirus. I’m sure you all have heard many ways to take care of yourselves and your loved ones during this time. Updates and suggestions for care during this time can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health website here.
 
As your pastor, I encourage you to follow the information shared by the MDH and authorities who are following the spread and control of this virus. I am working with local clergy and our fabulous staff and leadership to make sure we are creating the safest possible environment for our beloved community to do what the Church does best. However, suggestions from the Center for Disease Control are to avoid large gatherings and close personal contact, which is part of how the Church operates! We are working hard to help people feel connected in this season where “social distancing” is the newly coined phrase and standard of operation for the time being. 
 
You who are particularly vulnerable or feeling under-the-weather, show caution, stay home, and know you are continually loved and prayed for during this season. Deacons will be calling people to check in, and I am available by phone. I am also working with Bailey and the Communications Team to have sermons live-streamed on our Facebook page, and then also posted on our website. SO, you can be a part of worship no matter where you are!  
 
We also have an emergency text/call list and mass email that can be utilized in the event that services and events at church need to be cancelled. 
 
I was reminded yesterday of a quote from one of my favorite theologians – Julian of Norwich. She says, “All shall be well and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.” If we do our part as a community, I trust her words. So as we enter these next days and weeks, be in prayer for one another and those most deeply impacted, and stay connected through the gifts of technology that we have. 
 
Stay tuned for updates from the church, and take good care as you go about your days. 
 
Peace be yours, 
Pastor Lindsay