In one week, our communication about health concerns has moved from handwashing and handshaking advice to much more serious considerations. Schedules and practices are being altered. The Session has been called to a special meeting on Sunday to consider the faithful and responsible steps we need to take for congregational life in these next weeks. More immediately, here are the plans in place for Sunday morning, March 15:
Worship at 10:00. But not as usual! Use your good judgement on attending church services at this time. Our Sanctuary affords space for the "social distance" being recommended; however,
if you have a cough or fever or other symptoms,
if you have pre-existing health conditions,
if you are in a high-risk age group (60+),
if you are choosing to self-isolate
we ask that you join us in spirit at 10:00.
We are posting the order of service
so that those who stay at home may follow the prayers and readings.
Jesus said to his disciples, "Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them."
We hope to have audio live-streaming up and running by next Sunday, March 22. At this time, an audio recording may be accessed through our web site:
The building is cleaned on Thursdays, this week with extra attention to sanitizing.
As we did last Sunday, smiles, nods, and elbow bumps should replace hugs and handshakes. There will not be a coffee hour.
We are conscientiously monitoring this changing situation, guided by information from credible resources: The Milwaukee Health Department, Milwaukee Public Schools, the CDC, the Wisconsin Council of Churches and its UW resources, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and the PCUSA. We are also grateful for the in-house expertise and wise counsel of school administrators and physicians. Decisions made by the Session about cancellations and modifications to programs and practices will be communicated to the congregation on a week-to-week basis for the foreseeable future.
Worship and pastoral care are essential functions and will be continued, modified as necessary in ways that are faithful, caring, wise.
This is a time to be guided by the "love your neighbor as yourself" ethic. We will strive to make decisions that promote the well-being of our congregation and community.
I hope we will offer contagious wisdom, calm, and comfort to one another -- friend and neighbor alike.
Our deacons are on notice to pay special attention to their senior partners and we are in touch with our college students who are having to modify their spring semester studies. Our 7-12th grade class is providing food for the Divine Intervention Ministry at Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church on Sunday evening. We will make every effort to continue ministries to those in need.
Please contact the ministers with your concerns and suggestions.
Grace and peace to you,