by: Dawn Wilder
Update on Activities at Westminster
In light of recent events, we are modifying our church activity schedule. These changes will be in effect until there seems to be a reasonable assurance that the public health situation has changed. We are doing this out of concern for the well-being of those in our congregation and our community.
First, we are canceling all church functions outside of corporate worship. We want to minimize the opportunities for viral transmission.
Second, we are suspending nursery services during the worship service. Children are more likely to be asymptomatic while carrying COVID-19, so we want to mitigate the risk of contagion from potential hosts who still appear healthy.
Third, we are asking those at highest risk to consider remaining at home. Statistically, this includes -those over 60 and those with preexisting conditions. The session will call those who stay at home to encourage and pray with them. Those who would like an in-home visit may call Dawn to request one from the pastor. We want to take the utmost precaution with those among us who are most vulnerable.
Fourth, we are requesting that those who come to corporate worship kindly refrain from shaking hands and hugging. We want to be careful to protect one another.
Fifth, we are seeking to guard against unnecessary physical contact during the worship service itself. Therefore, we will not be using the offering plate, and are asking instead that offerings be placed in the collection box on the book table. Bulletins will be available at the back of the sanctuary in an effort to reduce possible touch contamination.
Finally, let us remember our confession of faith from this past Sunday, taken from Psalm 46:
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.
Our God is all-powerful, all-knowing, perfectly wise, and entirely good. His love is endless, His intentions faultless, His protection flawless. Our trust is not in sanitized hands and stockpiled food. Our trust is in the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. He will accomplish what concerns us, and those who trust in Him will not be disappointed.