March 13, 2020

Dear Reformation,

In baptism, we are claimed as God’s own children and sent out into the world to serve others. In these uncertain times, both of these parts of our identity as God’s beloved are important. First, we are reminded that we belong fully and totally to God. Amidst our fears and uncertainties, we have the promises of God to rely on through the days ahead. More so, in following our call to serve God, we know that keeping our neighbor safe and healthy is part of our call as Christians in this world. As such, in response to this developing situation in our local area and in care and concern for others, we will be suspending programming at Reformation.

All church ministries and programs, including worship, are suspended and all building use by outside groups is suspended through March 31.

The office will also be closed, but staff can be reached by email or on the church phone, 610-891-0600, (we will check voicemail remotely). If you have an urgent pastoral care need, you can reach us at 610-314-7747. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance of food or other essentials, please contact us and we will do our best to provide support. Please also share this information with anyone who does not have access to email or social media.

On Sundays, you will be able to participate in a virtual worship service through Zoom at 10:00 am. A link will be emailed out via Constant Contact and through our church email and posted on Facebook at 9:00 am on Sunday for you to join.

On Wednesdays, we will be offering evening prayer through the same format at 7:30 pm. Again, an email with the link and posts to Facebook will be put out at 6:30 pm.

If you have never used Zoom before, you might want to log on a few minutes early as you will have to download software to use it. The program is very user friendly and you will be able to see and hear the worship.

Please remember that in this time the expenses of Reformation continue and there is always the option to make your financial gift through our website: relcmedia.org/giving/give-now. We thank you for your generosity all year and through this uncertain time.

Through these uncertain days we continue to pray for the hope and healing that comes through God’s love and grace present with us in this world, to calm our fears, and give us the hope for God’s future.

In Christ,

Pastor Wayne Matthias-Long, Pastor Alina Gayeuski, Deacon Beth Barkhau