Dear Church family and friends:
I hope you are well! On Sunday, I promised you a big announcement and I am overjoyed to share that announcement with you! Both the Leadership Council and I are proud to announce that, in honor of World Communion Sunday, we will have an outdoor Sunday worship gathering! As many of you know, World Communion Sunday is celebrated the first Sunday of October. In keeping with this tradition, and the importance of the sacrament to our Disciples heritage, we will celebrate World Communion Sunday together as a church family. We will have a safe, distanced, condensed worship experience, one that will surely bless and encourage us during these distant times. I hope that you are as excited about this as I am! I cannot wait to see us all together again (although, I will only see half of you because masks will be required! ), worshipping our God together! Please make plans to join us at church Sunday, October 4th for this wonderful one-time event! More details will follow.
It has been a long time since I have written to you all, updating everyone regarding the leadership’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of now, there are still no immediate plans to return to in-person worship. I know this is not what some of you wish to hear. I am truly sorry for the toll this virus has taken on us all. However, the leadership of this church remains committed to the health and spiritual growth of every member and friend of LFCC. We cannot, in good conscience, expose anyone to potential harm. This is a violation of everything God has charged us to be as leaders. We continue to monitor the impact of the virus on a monthly basis. As soon as we are ready to re-open fully, we will certainly let you know.
Though we still cannot meet consistently as a large group on Sundays, us leaders have diligently worked to keep us united. We still offer avenues for virtual connection three times a week (Sunday worship, Wednesday Bible Study, Friday Vespers). In addition, our three summer mini-concerts allowed us to safely fellowship while continuing our work to be a blessing to our community. It is our prayer that our World Communion Sunday Service will be as blessing to the body as well.
Please continue to be in prayer for our entire church family. Those we see and especially those we do not see on Sundays. We need prayer now as much as ever. I love each and every one of you. If you need me, I can always be reached. Take good care.
Love, Pastor Richard