Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
This afternoon Governor Jon Bel Edwards issued an Executive Order halting any gatherings of 250 people or more until Monday, April 13. This is an important and necessary step to halt the spread of COVID-19.
I realize this may seem like a drastic step. The fact is our own history proves that taking quick and decisive action at the beginning of a pandemic saves lives.
As the flu of 1918 began to sweep the United States the city of St. Louis took dramatic steps to limit public gathering. The city of Philadelphia did not. The result? Philadelphia had an infection/death rate over 5x higher than St. Louis. We want to be like St. Louis, not Philadelphia.
Therefore, our church will closely monitor and follow the science-based guidelines issued by Governor Edwards. We will offer weekly worship via
beginning this Sunday, March 15 at 10:00 a.m. I hope you will join us then.
The single best way we can fulfill Jesus' Greatest Commandment is by doing everything we can do as individuals and as a community to "flatten the curve" through good personal hygiene and social distancing.
I will be in regular communication with you in the coming weeks to help you stay informed and let you know when we will be able to resume regular activities.
You will continue to updated via emails like this one and can always refer to our
I also invite you to join with me in prayer. I found this prayer from the
1929 Book of Common Praye
r that is appropriate for the coming days.
In Time of Great Sickness and Mortality
O Most mighty and merciful God, in this time of grievous sickness, we flee to thee for succor. Deliver us, we beseech thee, from our peril; give strength and skill to those who minister to the sick; prosper the means made use for their cure; and grant that, perceiving how frail and uncertain our life is we may apply our hearts unto that heavenly wisdom which leadeth to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Grace & Peace,
Rev. Donnie Wilkinson