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Pastor's Note
Reverend, Warren R. Carswell

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Every once in a while you get a 'I've never been through this before' moment, and the current coronavirus situation is one of them. This has eclipsed the 2003 SARS outbreak. National boarders are locked down, travel being impacted, March Madness without the fans, cancelled seasons and daily life changing rapidly. How do we as Christ followers respond? In a time of global war, Franklin D Roosevelt said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." In 1961, John F. Kennedy said, "Ask not what you country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Both of these quotes are Biblically based. These are ideas in which Jesus taught (John 14:27, John 10:35-45). This season of Lent, we are exploring what it looks like to "Walk in the Way of Love." Below are a few thoughts: Yes, we are in a situation none of us have been in before and things are changing day by day. I choose not to fear or be anxious about the future.

Some organizations are closing. Others stay open. Both are options and we are discussing these options.

As of this coming weekend, we will stay open. I know we are a friendly church and enjoy the "greeting" time. But instead of handshakes and hugs, we ask that you give a fist pump or elbow bump. We will have hand sanitizer in the narthex as you enter and depart. If you feel sick, please stay home. We are exploring "online worship" ideas if we need to cancel gatherings in the future. We will keep you posted.

Your whole health (mind, body, relations) is important and we are doing everything to keep you healthy and our church family connected.

Let us remember that we are instructed show "kindness" to others. Those are action oriented! Instead of stockpiling for yourself, share with those in need. Mother Teresa's legacy wasn't built on hoarding months of supplies for herself and asking the poor of Calcutta why weren't they as wise and smart as she was. Let us look for ways we can serve our neighbors and others.

As a Christ follower, you are a "hope dealer?" That's right! A world struggling with death needs both the hope of resurrection and the power of God who suffers with them.

Let this be a time in which others "know we are Christians by our love" and not our fears. Let us look for opportunities to "Walk in the Way of Love."

Grace and Peace,
Warren Carswell
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