Dear People of Grace,
-friends, members, acquaintances, gracious people everywhere!
We are coming into “Week 3” of this time of suspended gatherings and social distancing.
Seems like life is on ‘hold’. Perhaps – but not ‘cancelled’! We are just learning to live life differently!
As with much of learning, there is a curve. Some take to it quickly. Some need more time.
Peace and strength to you, wherever you are on the curve.
A few things to share:
- Video conference – Tuesday, March 24.
I met via “Zoom” with the Bishop’s Assistant, Conference Dean, and Pastors.
We were given these updates/recommendations:
Through May 12 (following CDC recommendations) refrain from:
+public worship+ public gatherings+confirmations,+ 1st communions,
+funerals+weddings+baptisms+Holy Week & Easter services.
The Bishop’s staff will be meeting again on April 1, to assess most recent updates
from the CDC, and to provide further guidelines for Easter and beyond.
- Sunday morning – no ‘public worship services’ will be held
For those who wish to come for individual personal prayer, reflection or quiet time
the Sanctuary doors will be open 9 – 10:00AM
Practicing “social distancing” (6’ minimum separation) of course is essential.
- “On-line” services are being recorded. Sunday services and Lenten mid-weeks.
Check in regularly at our webpage: gracetampa.org
and FB page: www.facebook.com/GraceLutheranTampa
We are communicating through all the means currently available to us.
Please log in, and worship on-line with us. All services since March 15
are posted on our website. Share this information with 3 other people.
I encourage you to ‘invite’ 3 friends on Facebook. Share the link. Post it on their time-line.
A Pastor friend of mine in MN challenged his congregation (a smaller congregation than Grace)
and in 2 weeks, they had over 1000 hits on their web-page. Out reach! Share the news!
- We are developing a phone-tree so that “members and friend can be in touch with members and friends”. I encourage you to participate. Further phone-tree or no phone-tree, reach out
and stay in touch with others! It is good for both “body and soul”!!
Words of Martin Luther from 1527 – during the plague in Germany
“I shall ask God Mercifully to protect us.
Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it.
I shall avoid persons and places 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.