4/1: COVID-19 Update
DEAR PAOLI CHURCH FAMILY,
Thank you to the many, many, many of you who have been BEING THE CHURCH with and for one another these past few weeks. It is such a joy to hear from you - via email, phone calls and social media posts – about the ways you are ending relational poverty: inviting everyone into transforming relationship with God through Jesus Christ and into authentic relationship with one another. You’re calling each other to check in, you’re worshipping and connecting with Jesus through devotionals, you’re serving and loving your neighbors as yourselves. And it’s a beautiful thing to see.
Following statewide mandates, Presbytery guidance and working from a spirit of love, we continue to remain physically closed. The date for our re-opening will be decided by the Session as we get more information and permissions. But you can be assured that we will continue to communicate every step of the way.
Hopefully all of you will receive a postcard in the mail this week. Please follow its simple instructions to ensure that we are connected to everyone in our congregation.
As we shared last week, we are excited to be able to offer Online Communion during our worship on Sunday, April 5 and Maundy Thursday (April 9). For this to be possible, you will need to gather supplies ahead of time. When Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper with his disciples, he used the ordinary elements of the table that was already set before him. So we can do the same! Gather these elements before worship begins…
Bread – a piece of sandwich bread, hotdog bun, or even a cracker will do
Cup – grape juice, wine, or any other juice or drink… you can even use water (good thing Jesus knows how to turn water into wine)
Though we wish we could be together in person, we look forward to a special time of worship as a community in this creative way!
Starting this Sunday, we enter into the very sacred, special time of Holy Week. You will receive an email from us this Friday with an invitation for all the ways we can experience the holiness of this season online.
Finally, we have a favor to ask of you. During this Sunday’s worship, we would like to pray for our First Responders and Medical Professionals by name. People who are putting their own comfort, convenience and personal health on the line to serve those in need. If you know of someone who works in one these fields that we can pray for, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 3 at Noon with their name and field so he can include them in our prayers on Sunday.
“We thank our God every time we remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of our prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. We are confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.”
Paoli Presbyterian Church Leadership