Dear Beautiful Savior Family,
Based on the most recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, your Board of Directors and Board of Elders met together on March 17 to determine the best way to care for our church family – to keep folks safe, and yet provide spiritual nourishment as we journey through this difficult time together. After some well-considered discussion and prayer, we share with you the following.
We will NOT be gathering as the people of God for our remaining Wednesday night services or for upcoming Sunday services. We will, however, provide the services on the BSLC YouTube Channel. They include the sermon and prayers each time, and a song or two. Having never done this before, we appreciate your grace and patience as we get this all figured out.
There will be NO Sunday School or Adult Bible Classes until further notice.
Based on Governor Little’s 21-Day Stay At Home Executive Order, we will NOT be able to gather in our sanctuary as the people of God for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, or Easter Sunday services. However, we do intend to have an on-line presence in some form for those days and services.
I will NOT be offering Holy Communion Sunday afternoon, March 29, as previously announced, nor will we in the near future (except for emergencies or unusual circumstances), until we gather again as a church family in the sanctuary.
Even though we will not be gathering together as the people of God midweek or on Sundays, the work of the church goes on in other ways. Therefore, consider alternative ways to give your offering, your gift back to God. You could put it in the mail, drop it off at the church office, or call the church office and we can give you information on how to set up a direct deposit from your bank to Beautiful Savior. We now have an option on the home page of our website for you to give your offerings online, your gift back to God, via PayPal.
In the meantime, as I said on Sunday, I would encourage you to continue to be in prayer
Pray for the virus to slow down, pray for you and your loved ones to be safe, pray for those who are currently infected and struggling, pray for the caregivers, pray for the doctors and others who are working to defeat this. And pray for peace – for yourself and those around you.
I encourage you to keep in touch with one another – fellow church members and your neighbors, especially the most vulnerable or those who live alone. I believe the term “social distance” should be changed to “physical distance,” because, while it is indeed important to do what we can to be safe and to keep others safe, we should not be distancing ourselves from one another socially. Indeed, the opposite is true – we should be connecting more, just in different ways, to help one another get through this. Consider phone calls or even cards and notes of encouragement.
For now, I leave you with this thought: One of my favorite biblical phrases is found most frequently in the King James Version of the Bible – “And it came to pass…” Think about it – it didn’t come to STAY. The coronavirus pandemic isn’t going away anytime soon. But there will come a day…the pandemic will pass. Our God is still on the throne, and He will be forever. May He bless you with patience and peace in the days and weeks ahead.
Please check this post regularly, as it will be updated with the most current information.
Serving our Lord together,