Dear Members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church,
On Sunday morning, after the worship service, we had a discussion among the members of our congregation, who were present, concerning the coronavirus outbreak in our country. We had planned to be able to continue meeting for the time being, for worship service, Bible study, and other congregational activities. Since that discussion and decision took place the concern for the spread of the coronavirus has escalated within our country. Health officials believe the best way to help reduce the spread of this virus is to minimize the contact people have with one another. With that particular information being made available to us, the leadership of Emmanuel Church has decided to cancel all congregational activities till further notice. We believe this is the best way for us, as citizens and Christians, to do our part in assisting those in the medical fields to get this health situation under control. As we care for, and look out for one another, this is a powerful way of giving a positive witness for our Lord.
In place of having our normal worship services, in God’s house, on Wednesday night and Sunday morning during Lent, we will be doing a Live-stream video of our services. The service times will be as usual: Wednesday 7:00 pm and Sunday 10:30 am. You can access these services by going to our church website link on your search engine. The site location is: https://www.emmanuelontheridge.com/live-streaming-video
As we move forward in dealing with this pandemic outbreak, may we be faithful and diligent in going to the Lord in prayer, as we seek his guidance and wisdom, comfort and care. Our great God is the ruler of heaven and earth, and He alone has control over all that exists and all that takes place in our world. Let us, as God’s people, place our full trust and hope in Him, believing with all our hearts He will come to our aid and sustain us during these trying times. Please keep in your prayers those who are, or will be, greatly affected physically, emotionally, and spiritually by this viral attack. Also, keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to share the love of God as you care for those in need. May others see Christ working in us, and through us, as we lovingly reach out in ministry to those around us.
Even though, we are not meeting for worship and Bible study for the time being, I hope you will continue to be in God’s Word and have family devotions on a daily basis. Also, we would ask each of you to please prayerfully consider, how you might take the opportunity to continue supporting the work of the Lord here at Emmanuel, through your tithes and offerings.
As Christian leaders and good stewards, we will do our best to use those gifts which are given, in a wise and God-pleasing manner. Thank you and may the Lord keep you in His tender loving care always.
Ephesians 4:6-7 says, “do not be anxious about anything, but by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
fellow servants of Christ,
Pastor McCarty and Emmanuel’s Leadership
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