Dear Mount Olive,
Greetings in the name of our Risen Savior, Jesus Christ!
The Psalmist, in Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still and know that I am God" Be still and know that Christ is the calm in the midst of the storm.
Myself and our leaders have been working very hard to think through how best we should respond in this crisis. While we do not want to make fear-based decisions we do not want to avoid the other extreme, that is, complacency.
Earlier in the week Jason Kobrin, our president sent out an email detailing how we should interact during worship tomorrow. Since that time and because this black swan event is so fluid the council has decided to err on the side of caution and cancel all services and activities until further notice. The council is meeting again on Tuesday to reevaluate our next steps.
We are planning to live stream or record our service tomorrow morning at 8:30 am through Facebook.
I will be sending another email out to you after Tuesday's council meeting.
Lastly, this terrible virus is also an opportunity for us all to answer this question together, " How can we be church if we cannot meet for a time?"
I think we can be the church where we are present, with those closest to us, especially our neighbors. What is the second great commandment? "Love your neighbor as yourself." Also, St. Paul tells us in Galatians, " Bear one another burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."
In Christ's love and service,
Pastor James Zang