Dear Friends in Christ,
Deuteronomy 2:7 says this: “Surely the Lord your God has blessed you in all your undertakings; he knows you’re going through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing.” So, it might not be 40 years for us wandering in the wilderness like the people of Israel, but we have been wandering in the wilderness of COVID-19 (or the novel coronavirus) for about 40 days. Some might think that’s long enough, but the last half of that verse is important: God has been with you; you have lacked nothing. We continue to be blessed by a God who shows up time and time again, even in the midst of global crises and pandemics. You all continue to be people who make God known and we are all in this together. Together, we have lacked nothing.
The Council has been meeting via phone and video conference solutions to conduct the business of the Church. We continue to monitor recommendations from our governor, the CDC, our Presiding Bishop and Synod Bishop as to how to move forward together. We have made the decision, based on their recommendations and Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order, to continue the closure of the building and suspension of all in person activities and worship services through May 3, 2020. In the meantime:
- Pastor Wilson is working from home and welcomes your calls [(269) 686-6302] or e-mails [firstname.lastname@example.org].
- Bible Study (Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m.), Thursday Night Reflections (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday (9:00 a.m.) Services are live streamed on our web site and Facebook page.
- On Sunday Evenings at 6:00 p.m. we’ll offer a “Virtual” Fellowship Time for folks to get together for conversation. You may access that by clicking on this link: https://peaceinsouthhaven.globalmeet.com/TravisWilson If prompted for a password, please enter 815708. If you would like to join via the phone, please call (646) 307-1479 and enter code 815708.
While the Church building is physically closed, Peace Lutheran is still active through our virtual services, phone calls and prayer network. However, though the doors are closed, the business of honoring our financial commitments (i.e., utilities, mortgage, service contracts) have not vanished. We continue to be grateful and overwhelmed by your generosity during this time and thank you for sending in your offerings in the mail by check or through our electronic giving provider Vanco Payment Services (http://bit.ly/pelcgiving).
It is a hard time for all, and we know that, so we want to continue to say thank you for all of your continued support for mission and ministry. God continues to be with us, to strengthen us, and to remind us of the hope of the empty tomb – that Christ is risen, that hope abounds, and that death and suffering will not get the last word. Continue to stay well, check on one another, be in contact as you need, talk to Pastor Travis who will set you up with a Conference Call number if you want to have a larger group virtual or phone gathering.
Together, and with God’s guidance, we can conquer COVID-19 and we will be stronger on the other side of this tumultuous journey.
The Rev. Travis Wilson, Pastor
Dr. Debra Berkey, Council President
A Video Message from Pastor Travis Wilson
Being physically apart is hard, but again remember to check in with folks. Call one another, if you want to do a group call, let Pastor Travis know and he’ll set up a conference call for you. Be sure to wash your hands, stay well, and safe.
Here are some resources until we meet again: