Hope in the face of fear
Spry Church Family,
With the developing news of the health crisis related to the coronavirus, this has been quite a week. I encourage you to stay informed, be wise, and be prepared, while also not giving in to panic or fear. People are looking for hope, and that is the message we have to offer -- hope in the face of fear. Because Jesus is with us no matter what, we are people of hope!
Here are two very important ways we can all be in ministry in this unique time. First, we can offer a non-anxious presence to our anxious world; may we be walking witnesses of the peace of Christ that reigns in our hearts. Second, we can diligently care for one another as Jesus cares for us. We can look out for each other and those around us, find creative ways to connect with each other, and pray for each other. Please be particularly mindful of those who live alone, who live in assisted-living facilities, who do not have easy access to health care, or who are especially susceptible to this virus.
It's our priority to make Spry Church a safe, secure place for you and your family to worship. We want to do all we can to create an environment where people continue coming to know the good news of Jesus every weekend.
Preventing the spread of illnesses like the flu and the coronavirus is something we take seriously. In addition to the safety measures we normally follow, we're taking extra precautions during this time to help keep you and your family safe and healthy:
• We're wiping down high-traffic areas like door handles and seating areas after each service.
• We're providing additional bottles of hand sanitizer throughout the building.
• We're temporarily stopping our coffee hour until further notice.
• Our team is closely following news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about best practices to contain the spread of the coronavirus. We'll continue to update our policies and procedures with the latest information and communicate it to you as necessary.
Of course, we need your help, too! Here's what you can do to keep yourself and others safe and healthy:
• Avoid skin contact. While we love giving hugs, handshakes, and high-fives, try giving an elbow-bump, a big smile, or a friendly wave instead.
• If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with your sleeve or a tissue. Be sure to wash your hands immediately after.
• Wash your hands often, and encourage your kids to do the same.
• Be sure to use the hand sanitizer stations or bottles around the building.
Together, we can do our best to make Spry Church a fun, safe place for everyone. We are still having worship this Sunday. If you are sick, please stay home. If you are uncomfortable coming to church, please use this alternative: in another email, we'll be providing a link to a livestream of our worship -- it will also be accessible through our website. This will be our first time broadcasting a service in this way, so please be patient if there are any technical difficulties. The test on Thursday went well! The link will go live at 9am and the service can be viewed live or at a later time.
We also have our Prayer Walk this Saturday at Pine Grove (2523 Pine Grove Road, York) from 9:00 to 10:30. All are welcome as we gather together to pray. Prayer is vital, especially for such a time as this.
Finally, attached you will find the statement I mentioned during my weekly email last week, a vision for a renewed global Methodist movement, as well as the summary of our March 8 Strategy Team meeting.
Remember that this is a time for us to claim the promise God gives us: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9).
In Christ's love,