Staying in Contact

When I am afraid I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4)

We see the news coming out of Italy and Spain. Germany and France are right behind. We don’t know how this thing will play out here in our country or community. There is a palpable sense of angst in the air wherever we turn. But as Christians, we know that none of this is outside God’s understanding and control. And, while we may experience a measure of anxiety with the uncertainty, we are not as those without hope.

As you know, “social distancing” is the order of the day, both because it is common sense, but also by order of our Governor, and is also strongly encouraged by the President. Schools have been shut down for the foreseeable future as have many businesses. People are staying home. Even churches. We even need to forego our weekly worship services as well as other church activities for the time being. That means we are in danger of losing contact with one another. Thus part of the reason for my sending this email to each of you. (And those without email, snail mail)

Many look at this as an unanticipated vacation. I hope to be at least somewhat productive. (we don’t have too much traffic through our church doors) We have email and the conveniences of our modern age, and we can work at staying touch as a church family as much as possible this way. So you can expect periodic communiques from this quarter with the hopes that these won’t carry any computer viruses.

Charleen and I will be asking you to keep us appraised of anything we should know, as well as specific prayer concerns; and especially if any of you should happen to test positive for covid-19.

In the meantime, please know that Charleen and I are praying for all of you, and I know the elders are too.


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Grace Church Congregational

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Pittsfield, MA 01201