How is Gethsemane responding in the face of the global pandemic, COVID-19?
UPDATE: January 12, 2021
Worship continues online only. The re-opening team is meeting on January 24th to
determine when and what steps need to be taken in order to meet again.
UPDATE: November 18 - Letter from the Office
In counsel with our Bishop, Re. Susan Candea, all in person worship is cancelled until after the New Year. Whatever we are doing as a nation to fight the Coronavirus is not working, numbers of cases and deaths are rising dramatically, hospitals are filling up, and we do not wish to make it worse. This Sunday (November 22) we will still have the Drive Thru Food Drop and Drive Thru Pledge Sunday from 10:30-11:30am as these are outside and can be done in a contactless way.
The ELCA is a church that follows science. We have nothing to prove by holding in-person worship. All live streaming and recorded services will continue for the future.
We did not arrive at this decision easily. No one should risk the lives of their family by going to church in the face of rising caseloads, full hospitals, and increasing numbers of which people suffering the unknown long-term effects of the virus.
We need to guard one another's lives.
This has made every part of life more difficult. It has made the calling of a permanent Pastor more difficult. We are working on more possible contact with the candidate selected by the call committee and council, and there will still be a Zoom only meeting on Sunday Nov 29th at 10:45am.
Feel free to call the office with any questions that you have.
The peace of Christ be with All God's saints,
Pastors Liz and John, the Re-opening team, and Church Council
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change...
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge."
~Psalm 46:1-2, 7
More information from the ELCA.org website:
Due to the nature of the virus, information is being updated on a daily basis. We encourage you to contact and listen to your local health experts and authorities concerning best practices and the status of the outbreaks in your local context. The following links may also serve as helpful resources.