WOW! The Coronavirus has certainly changed life for all of us.
I don’t know about you, but I never saw this coming, even after it first started appearing on the daily news. It has changed our day to day lives and it has changed our church lives for sure. Our preparation for online worship has certainly changed our weekly work flow. We are recording the service on Wednesdays so that we have time to format it for the Sunday posting. That means we need to be ready on Wednesday instead of Sunday and while it can be done, we all notice the change. So many things at church have changed such as Sunday school, choirs, Wednesday night suppers, confirmation; pretty much our daily, weekly and monthly schedule of activities has been completely revamped. But some things have not changed at all.
None of us knows how this whole pandemic will work itself out nor how long it will take, but we as your staff and congregational leadership are looking forward. We are talking about how we could worship if we are allowed to gather with 50 people, 100 people, and when we can get back to normal. If this goes on indefinitely, we are thinking through how we could do drive-in worship on a weekly basis for those who want that and at the same time still provide online worship.
Another thing that has not changed is our concern for how you are doing. Our Congregational Care Team, staff and Council members are making phone calls to check in with you and the entire congregation. We want to know how you are doing and how we can help you. Please contact us if there is a way we could assist you through this challenging time. And please call us if you do not receive a phone call from us.
Another thing that has not changed is that we as a congregation are looking out for those around us. Whether it be family or physical neighbors, friends or someone alone down the block, Zion members are looking out for those around us. We have heard some of the stories and it makes us all proud to be a part of this church. So keep it up – looking out for those around you and you will be Christ’s hands and feet, voice and love to them.
I and all the rest of the staff look forward to being able to see you face to face, and that day will come. Stay healthy and may the Lord bless you in these challenging times.