TLC Services Canceled for March 15

Dear TLC Family,

In view of the rapidness with which things have developed, and the need for us to do our part to contain the spread of the coronavirus, we are cancelling our Sunday services tomorrow. This means that all regular activities at our church for tomorrow, March 15, will not hold. I reached this decision in direct consultation with our Bishop, in seeking his advice.

In his opening lines, Paul wrote in the first epistle to the Corinthians, “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1Cor. 1:9) We are called into fellowship, and our fellowship with each other is rooted in our fellowship with Christ.

While this will be hard in some ways, I have been reminded in meditation that years of ’churching’, communing and discipling prepare us for moments like this. I do hope we have been prepared by the Lord over time, as a church, for moments like this.

The Vestry will have an emergency meeting in the next day or two and decisions will be reached regarding the weeks to follow. Very likely, we will have a few more cancellations. I will follow up with further plans and details for our community on how we can worship as households during this season. I encourage households to spend time in worship in your homes. Households that live close to each other in small numbers (especially for those living alone as individuals), and who feel that it is safe to do so, can come together (with appropriate social distancing) in worship. This is a good time to like our facebook page if you have not already done so. It will serve as a helpful platform to stay connected, among other ways.

These steps are not out of fear, but prudence. Pastorally, it is important that we serve our community well. Please feel very free to contact me or other clergy/staff with any questions, thoughts, needs.

Finally, I have tried to get in touch with the school district to know ways that a church can help in the face of the challenges/needs facing some schools (meal & deliveries, etc). Times like this, as sad as they get, can present some real opportunities to serve our community. If anyone has good contacts or ideas, please send them our way as soon as possible.

I will follow up with next steps. I hope it won’t feel like over-communicating. We’d rather over-communicate than under-communicate during this time. Please stay safe, keep good hygiene practices, hold each other and our world in prayers, let your love for the Lord keep burning… all will be well in due time.

May the peace of Christ run deep in your hearts and souls. With much love and prayers for each of you!