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Martin Luther’s response to an outbreak of the plague in Wittenberg:
“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence … If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person, I shall go freely …” (Luther’s Works; Vol. 43, pg. 132)
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In light of Governor Kim Reynolds declaration of a Public Health Disaster Emergency your congregation leaders have taken the following actions:
--- Canceled Wednesday evening Soup Suppers, worship, choir practice and confirmation classes for the duration of the emergency. We will provide Lenten reflections and prayers through social media, and other electronic means.
--- Canceled all regular Sunday morning worship services for the duration of the emergency. We will provide a short electronically delivered worship experience on Sunday morning.
--- Agreed to serve as a Family Promise static site so that Sylvain, Gyna and their four children can shelter-in-place from March 22 - April 13. They will be staying in the rooms set up for Family Promise on the lower level, supervised by Family Promise Director Gordon Rey.
During this time when we must practice physical and social distancing for the sake of our neighbor, it is incredibly important that people are not socially disconnected and isolated. By the end of the week, we hope to have in place:
- Opportunities to pray and study together using Google Hangouts and/or Zoom.
- A telephone communication team intentionally reaching out to our most vulnerable members.
- An invitation to volunteer to shop and deliver food and medicine to our shut-ins as needed.
- The Place for Everyone — All Are Welcome capital appeal will continue using electronic means of communication and gathering.
Watch for announcements about these and other opportunities to know, live and share Christ.
Please remember to send in your pledges by mail, through our online giving option, or by setting up an electronic funds transfer (EFT). St. Stephen’s seven employees’ livelihoods and wellbeing are dependent on your generous support of our mission. The temporary closure of many small businesses will inevitably cause hardship — gifts to the LOAF Ministry Fund are one way we can care for our neighbors in need.