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April, 1, 2020      

Greetings Covenant Family,

While our God does not change, I think you will agree with me that our situation in this world is rapidly evolving. President Trump has extended the “social distancing” until April 30th. As a result, we will follow those guidelines. We will not have any activities whether at church or other locations until that time or as the President directs. However, Pastor Tom will continue preaching a sermon each Sunday. In addition, Tom plans to have additional audio recordings for Maundy Thursday (April 9th) and on the book of Hebrews each week thereafter. We’ll send you an email each time these are available with a link so that you can listen to them.

We understand that some of you are having difficulty downloading these audio files on to your computer or phone. This is one reason we are opting for audio files and not video files. Video would also present other difficulties, as well as additional costs. Now, some of you don’t even have internet access, and so we are sending this letter to you via the mail. We also want you to listen to Tom’s sermons; so please call the church office to let us know you want a CD. We will either send you one or let you know how you can pick one up; but we need to know by Thursday on any given week.

 

Our conviction is that God is in control of all things. As a result, we should not panic or fear. Yes, this can be a frustrating experience, but God has a reason for this. In the same way we are to diligently wash our hands and take necessary steps not to get this virus nor spread it to others, we should be even more diligent to study God’s Word each day and keep ourselves pure and holy for Christ’s glory. We also need to be diligent to love one another. All through the book of Hebrews it tells us this. For instance, In Hebrews 3:13 it says, But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 10:23-25 says, Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

The way we obey that at this time is to call and email each other to comfort and encourage one another. Please think of those you know and even those you don’t know that well. Give them a call. They need you, and you need them! 

The Officers of Covenant Presbyterian Church and Pastor Tom