In Response to Covid19

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

The leadership of our parish has been in close conversation with the diocese and local health officials over the past few days as the developments of the Covid19 pandemic continue to unfold.

 

As people of faith, our first and primary response is to pray. At the same time, and in part of our care for one another, we are also mindful of the risk that our gatherings pose to the most vulnerable in our midst; the elderly and immunocompromised.

 

In light of the directives from Governor Whitmer, and the joint statement by the Episcopal and ELCA Bishops of Michigan, we have decided to cancel all gatherings at our parishes through May 10, or until the risk of gathering no longer poses an imminent threat. This includes all worship services, small groups, meetings, and guest groups that use our spaces. 

 

The leadership of both parishes are developing a response plan to ensure we are able to stay connected and that our most vulnerable are being looked out for. If you would like to contribute to the project through a financial contribution, you can give a gift to the Rectors’ Discretionary Fund at the parish.

 

As your priests, who love and care deeply for each and every one of you, we want to emphasize that you are at the top of our priority and it causes us deep grief to know that, for the time being, we won’t be able to gather in ways that we are used to.

 

Rest assured, Bishop Whayne will be leading Morning Prayer at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday for all to gather, in a temporarily unique way, through Facebook Live. Be sure to like the page so you get notified when they go live.

 

Likewise, each Wednesday and Friday at 8pm, the office of Compline is offered through the Diocesan facebook page.

 

Stay tuned in the near future for other ways for us to gather virtually with our local parish.

 

And as this pandemic progresses… remember that you are the Church… the body of Christ. Through your baptism, you have been empowered to be the physical manifestation of love to your neighbors and to those in your close circles… Check in on them. Create systems to check on one another… Remember that you are salt and light. 

 

Please don’t hesitate to call us or email us if you have anything that you wish to talk through. 

The letter from the Bishops can be found here.

 

Let us pray.

 

O merciful Father, who has taught us in your holy Word that you do not willingly afflict or grieve the children of God: Look with pity upon the sorrows of your servants for whom our prayers are offered. Remember them, O Lord, in mercy, nourish their soul with patience, comfort them with a sense of your goodness, lift up your countenance upon them, and give them peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


 

In Christ~



 

Fr. Christian and Mthr. Jodi

The Church of the Holy Trinity

410 2nd St.

Manistee, MI 49660

(231) 723-2078

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