We learned again what we have always known, the Church is not a building.
As your bishop, I am grateful for you – the Church deployed. You have lived into the Church as a people, through supporting and starting feeding ministries for those who are hungry, dropping off supplies on the porch for those unable to go out, using whatever technology you had available for reaching people and staying connected.
Our congregations are staying open even as our doors are closed because we are Church together. We are Church for the sake of the world.
Ministry is continuing despite the challenges posed by this global pandemic. Your church and synod leaders are acting in faithful, innovative ways every day as they discern how best to support the needs of the community and the wider world. I have seen rostered ministers, pastors and deacons, congregations, and social ministry agencies stepping up to care for our neighbors in need. We honor the government orders that keep us safe and protect our public health. We also honor our Lord’s call to love our neighbors as ourselves.