Sisters and Brothers,
I miss you. I miss seeing you on Sunday. I miss seeing your faces as I preach my sermon. Staring into a camera just isn’t the same.
Still, the plan is to continue not holding in-person worship services for the time being. I know that the city council has eased its restrictions on indoor, public gatherings and that some churches have resumed in-person worship. But the church council feels that it’s still not safe for us to do so.
The facts of the virus haven’t changed. There is still no vaccine and no treatment. It’s most severe among people who are 65+ years old, which a lot of our church members are. And while we’ve been fortunate not to have many cases in Custer, there are now tourists traveling here from all around the country. So, the plan is to continue evaluating the situation every month at our church council meeting and take things one month at a time.
In the meantime, I’m missing you. And I’m sure you’re missing each other.
So, we’re going to do something new. We’ll be hosting a virtual coffee hour at 10:30 am on Sundays via Zoom. The technology isn’t particularly difficult. You’ll need a computer with a microphone, or you can call in. A web cam makes it possible for us to see you, but isn’t necessary. I’ve included all of the Zoom information in the life’s compass, but you can also just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send the link directly to you.
In the meantime, remember that the church is not a building; it is the people of God, and much of what the church is about is supposed to take place outside of our walls.
And remember to wash your hands.
Rev. Dustin Bartlett