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March 18, 2020

Dear Saints, 

On Monday, the President issued new guidelines to help stop the spread of the coronavirus in our nation asking that people avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people for the next 15 days. On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) issued its guidelines that for the next eight weeks all gatherings of 50 people or more should be canceled or postponed. 

Our Bishop, Sally Dyck, has issued guidance that "we suspend in-person worship services in our churches until further notice. But that doesn't mean we stop being in ministry. In fact, we need to put our ministry in high gear! As people experience fear, uncertainty, and isolation, we need to find new ways of reaching out and sharing spiritual strength as well as emotional support and ways to serve those in need. I would also highly discourage in-person meetings and Bible studies at least for the next couple of weeks.”

Accordingly, we will suspend in-person worship and all other group activities at the church for at least the next 15 days. Although our worship service trends between 40-60, and our small groups are often fewer than 10, our community includes so many who, due to age or existing health struggles, are at heightened risk for severe reaction to this infection; I think that it would be reckless at this point to do otherwise, given the current lack of widespread testing and the recent diagnoses in nearby rural counties. Things are changing quickly, even since last Sunday.

While this is going on, we will continue to live-stream worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am, although the format and look will be different. For this Sunday, you can join the livestream at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ReynoldsUMCAshton/videos/?ref=page_internal

Facebook will ask you to login or create an account, but I believe that you will be able to watch even if you don’t have an account or wish to create one.

If you have an account, login in order to be able to comment and check in!

We’re exploring the possibility of moving our livestream to a different platform, which would continue to link to our Facebook page, but allow more interaction for folks who would prefer not to join social media. Additionally, we’re working to discern the best option for holding virtual meetings, so that we’ll be able to continue the work of ministry, the formation of disciples, and just stay connected. As those options get set up, we’ll be in communication with you by all the means we can.

Connection is at the heart of what it means to be Church, and certainly what it means to be Reynolds. As an exercise in connection, I encourage you, by this coming Sunday, to open your copy of the church directory, found near the back of our annual yearbook, and reach out by phone or mail to the three listings that come before yours and the three that follow (If you’re at the beginning of the alphabet, or the end, wrap it around). Check in with each other. Pray together. Commit to praying for each other. For those that aren’t on this email, make sure they know what’s going on and invite them to participate. If they need a current directory, email the church office (reply to this message) and we’ll get one sent out ASAP. If you become aware of needs that you can meet, meet them. If you become aware of needs that are beyond you, get permission and relay those needs to the office so that we can coordinate ways to insure they get met. If you’re led to connect to others, do so. This is a starting point, not a limit.

This is the time, if there ever was a time, for the Church to be the Church. Although we’re not meeting in person, we share one Spirit, one Baptism, one Lord. 

We don’t know what the days to come will bring or how long this will last. What we do know is that God is already there, that our salvation is already accomplished, and that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ.

Stay the course of faith.

Stay calm.

Stay connected.

Grace and Peace, 

Pastor Seamus

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and to the Verle Burhenn and Jeff Weishaar Memorials.