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Fear Not: Our Current Response to the Health Climate

Beloveds,

The church exists for moments like this. At a time when some fear the unknown, the church boldly proclaims, “Fear not.” The invitation to trust is not denial that something real is happening. Most things you read in scripture were written for people who were facing trials. Even though today the risk for contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19) is low, I want you to know that we’re putting some practices into place at Grace to guard the health of one another so that we can live in community, hear the gospel, and be good news for one another. Here’s how we are going to be church together during this time:

We’re going to trust God.
We’re going to care for one another.
We’re going to look out for our neighbors.

Every practice we put in place is going to be out of love for our neighbor, especially the most vulnerable among us.

This week, we’re:

  • Regularly disinfecting doorknobs and other frequently-touched surfaces.
  • Making changes to how we practice Holy Communion, share the peace, and give our offering.
  • Meeting with our building partners, the Matrix and the Link, to put healthy practices in place.
  • Making plans, in the case that risk levels increase.

Here’s what you can do

  • If you’re feeling sick, stay home.
  • If you’re feeling anxious, sit quietly and breathe deeply for several minutes.
  • Turn off the TV and read scripture. (Psalm 46Psalm 121Matthew 11:28-29Mark 4:35-41)
  • When you wash your hands, sing Jesus Loves Me, and keep washing until the song is done.
  • Call someone and ask them to remind you of the promises of Christ.

Here’s where you can learn more:

We are learning from and trusting our most local resources for information. We will continue to monitor recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health, and if those change, we will follow them. We will continue to keep you updated through email, our website, and our Facebook page. We’re here if you need us.

The promises of Christ are yours,

Pastor Deb Stehlin

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