Letter to the Congregation

Dear Congregants of Grace Mennonite Church:

I am writing to you at this difficult time during the Covid 19 Pandemic as both your Chair and as a Physician.

 As you are all aware the church building is closed for the foreseeable future. We also cannot gather in large groups so meeting together is not possible. (I do acknowledge that the first Facebook gathering happened on line on Sunday and from what I hear it was a success, though there were a few glitches)

What does not meeting together mean for us?  Are we still a church? Where is God in all of this?

Let me emphatically state that I for one am determined to keep this congregation (Body of Christ) sustained.

Though many of us are isolated and not able to even contact family, we are not alone!  God is with us, within us and we are with each other!  If anyone feels lonely please reach out.  Our Deacons are willing to talk with you via Phone or Skype. 

If any of you know of anyone with need, I know you will help each other and help the other person to fulfill their need. 

Please do not hesitate to do good, even if it may mean some personal risk.  Please continue to exercise personal safety like washing your hands and wiping down surfaces with warm Soapy water or Purell (alcohol 65%) if there is no soap and water.  This is in accordance with the standards outlined by the Medical Health Officer.  

If people are buying groceries for other people please obtain the list of groceries to buy (a note in a mailbox or over the phone) and leave the other person at home.  In this way the risk of spreading the virus is lessened.  This applies to those who buy groceries for our refugee family.

In the absence of meeting together, our congregation still has obligations to pay our pastors, secretary and  our bills.  Please do not neglect to give as you usually do. 

Finally, I plead with all of you all to pray!  Pray for our world, our country, our province, our city and our neighbours.  Most of all pray for the churches in all of these areas and for church workers.  Pray for our church, our pastors Rose and Andrew, the Provincial and National Ministerial teams. Pray for our each other. 

Psalm 91: 5 – 6.  Read all of it.
Romans 12:13 Practice hospitality. (social distancing by waving or saying hello)
 1 Peter 4:9-10 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift
                            he has received to serve others faithfully administering God’s grace in it’s various forms.  
1 John 4: 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…

May God hold each of you in the Palm of God’s Hand through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Dolores Logan on behalf of Church council