Dear King of Glory friends and family,
It is with a saddened heart that I share this latest update with you. Due to the White House’s guidelines on no gatherings of 10 or more people (announced yesterday afternoon) and our two regional Bishops of the Pacifica Synod and Southwestern California Synod also releasing a joint statement yesterday strongly urging all churches to cancel worship services, your Council leaders have voted over the course of yesterday and today, in a near consensus, to cancel both worship services, beginning with THIS SUNDAY, until it is deemed safe to resume gathering in larger groups. Please know that they did not come by this decision lightly, but instead reluctantly did so out of a sense of responsibility to the wider community as well as those who are most vulnerable around us. As Martin Luther said regarding the plague of his time (and as I mentioned in my prior congregational email),
“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.”
As members of the Body of Christ and part of the world community, it is our responsibility to care for all, and abiding by current regulations in order to not cause suffering for others out of our own potential negligence appears the most faithful action at this time.
Council will be meeting remotely on Thursday, March 26, to assess our current approach and any changes that are needed at that time. We continue to make plans to livestream a service this Sunday, with only a few essential participants present, so that we can still gather as a community together, albeit virtually, to worship and praise God. In addition, our staff is working to find creative ways to keep us connected to Christ and one another and to make sure that those brothers and sisters in our community who are in need of assistance, will still receive help.
This is a rapidly changing situation, far beyond what any of us expected to face, so we appreciate your patience, faithfulness and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters together. We will continue to send you updates as they are available and relevant. We ask you to keep one another, the preschool staff, and the church staff and leadership in your prayers. May we all continue to place our trust in a God who walks with us through our deepest valleys and a Savior who is the light that overcomes any darkness. God is present with all of us and perhaps God is even doing a new thing amidst this present challenge. Hold onto hope, stay focused on our mission, and have faith that out of chaos and death, our God brings goodness and life.
With you in Christ,