I hope this note finds you all well today. I wanted to take this opportunity to connect with you and let you know that I am thinking of you all in the midst of these unprecedented circumstances. The Church has become an empty building as I write this. We made the decision earlier this week along with countless other congregations to cease holding gatherings of any kind, including closing our Thrift Store. There are many questions about what this will mean as time goes on.
Our Region is working on addressing this week's developments and has been a constant source of support to our local Communities of Faith. We can do our part by continuing to financially support Winfield United with our offerings to the best of our abilities.
It may seem inappropriate to discuss money given the current economic landscape but our Church relies on the generosity of all givers to see it through this period of instability. If you are not on Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR), you may wish to consider mailing post-dated cheques or e-transferring to the church's email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much!
I know this feels very different for us not to be gathering in person for things that give our lives meaning. I am continuing to work from the office, Tuesdays - Fridays. I am electing to do telephone visits and email notes during this time of social distancing unless a pastoral emergency presents itself. Sunday morning will be a different experience for us as well. Every Sunday I am going to share a video-recorded message with you to watch at your convenience. My reflection will also be available in a document and will be included with the video link on Sunday. Our building may not be available but our work carries on, outside our walls, and goes into our community. It is wonderful to hear of the phone calls made and people offering up whatever help is needed to those who are homebound. We have much to be grateful for.
In closing, I pray all will be well for you and your families during this time of uncertainty. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you would like a conversation. My contact information is:
Peace be with you all,