Rev. Daniel Eggold
Mar 17, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It’s like a bad dream, isn’t it?
What started as an unfortunate epidemic in faraway places is now on our doorsteps. We are being told that the doorstep is as far as we will soon be allowed to go, as Covid-19 takes hold globally. A strange and troubling time.
The Elders and I have been in constant contact to review the situation and discuss contingency plans regarding the ministries of Grace Lutheran Church, including weekly worship, Bible Classes, ministry groups, fellowship events, and the overall spiritual care of Grace’s members. As updates continue to emerge, Grace Lutheran Church leadership and staff are communicating frequently to discuss local, state, and national health agency reports and guidance regarding COVID-19, as well as the range of possible responses.
While there are currently no reported or suspected cases of the novel coronavirus in Tippecanoe County, out of love for our neighbor and obedience to our governing authorities, we made the difficult decision to suspend all services (Sunday and Wednesday) and all groups (classes, ministry groups, morning prayer, etc.) that meet at the church. This will stay in effect until further notice.
Please note that we will still have the online stream of our service, Sundays at 9:30 am. We'll even have a chat room with others who are watching and staff from Grace. We will also have the online stream of our Wednesday service at 7:00 pm.
Also, please know that there will always be someone to lend a listening ear at the church, and should you require a quiet space for reflection and private prayer, our door is open. If you'd like to talk to someone or schedule a home visitation, contact the Church Office (765.474.1887 | email@example.com) or me (firstname.lastname@example.org | 765.337.1480).
The staff and I are discussing how ministry will look in the coming weeks and months. We hope to offer online classes and resources so that you can continue in your study and devotion of God’s Word.
I know not having church on a weekend is hard. But when I started to think about how we would still have church while our building is closed, I started to think about how we could be the Church in this difficult time. Please consider:
- Serving. We are in conversation with our community partners in order to help with distribution of food, donating resources, or serving in other ways. During this time, local food pantries and relief organizations are being heavily used. If you are interested in serving or donating items to the food pantry, it will go a long way to serve our community. If you are interested in helping, please fill out this form to let us know.
- Praying. We are working to provide you with devotions, prayers and scripture to use at home (see attachments). If you have gotten out of the habit of daily prayer or family devotions, there is no better time to start! I would like to add my encouragement to pray for the health of the whole world, for those who are suffering and dying, for governments and health authorities and medical researchers, doctors and nurses at this time.
- Caring. This is a great time to check in with neighbors to see how you can help each other. Starting today, I am going to call all members of the congregation 65+ to check in with them and see if there is any way that Grace can serve them. If you are interested in helping care for fellow members of Grace, please fill out this form to let us know.
- Giving. Also, I know that many of you may want to continue your giving even if we are not able to meet in-person. Click here to access online giving.
Your health, safety, and spiritual well-being is our highest priority. While the current situation presents challenges, I am confident in the resiliency of Grace Lutheran Church and—more importantly—in our God who is at work in all things for our good. God does not allow evil to have the final word. He daily brings forth new life in the midst of and in spite of all the sin and death in the world!
Finally, I ask you to keep Grace's staff, volunteers, and leadership in your hearts during these difficult times, just as I pray for the health and safety of all of you.