March 23, 2020 Update from Pastor Huff
Dear Faith Family…
On Monday, March 23, the Governor of Michigan issued an updated Executive Order directing all Michigan residents not to leave home for the next three weeks except in cases of necessity and / or emergency. The order goes into effect at midnight on Tuesday, March 24 and will remain in place until midnight on Wednesday, April 14. The purpose of the order is to help suppress the spread of COVID-19 (aka coronavirus) and also to prevent our state's health care system from being overwhelmed.
With the implementation of this Executive Order, Faith Lutheran Church is taking the following additional steps to comply:
1. All public services of the church are suspended until Sunday, April 19.
2. Prayer services will be live-streamed on the remaining Wednesdays of Lent (3/25 and 4/1), Maundy Thursday (4/9), and Good Friday (4/10). All streams will begin at noon. The noon stream will be saved on our YouTube page for later viewing.
3. Sunday prayer services on 3/29, 4/5 (Palm Sunday), and 4/12 (Easter) will be streamed at 10am. These services will also be saved on our YouTube page for later viewing. To access all streamed services (live or archived), copy and paste the following link in your web browser (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0MZAUVeLZ3HSw8RgBrJFvA).
4. The church office will be closed starting at 5pm, Monday, March 23 and will not officially re-open until 8:30am on Wednesday, April 15.
5. Should you need emergency access to the building during this time, please contact me directly at 513-284-2696.
6. In the event of a pastoral emergency, please contact me directly at the same number listed above.
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The institution of these restrictions sadly means that we'll be celebrating our Lord's Resurrection this year at home rather than at church with each other as we are accustomed to doing. However, we should not let that put a damper on our celebration. We will still sing our Alleluias on Easter and give praise to the One who has defeated sickness, sin, and death. Based on what's going on right now, those alleluias will be all the more poignant and meaningful when we sing them then...and when we are finally able to gather together again in the Lord's house. My personal prayer is that God work through all of this to strengthen our faith in Him and to fan into flame our desire for His gifts of Word and Sacrament.
As always, please continue to pray, especially that this new order from our Governor will do all that it's intended to do.
God’s blessings and peace continue to be yours!