**St. John’s Lutheran Church of Adrian cancels in-person Services thru the end of March**
ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH 3448 N. ADRIAN HWY. ADRIAN MI 49221
March 17, 2020
Dear Members and Friends of St. John’s Lutheran Church,
God is indeed our refuge and strength, and we do not fear, but we still need to use sanctified common sense out of love for one another.
After listening to the CDC reports and recommendations from our State and Federal authorities and in light of transmission of the COVID-19 virus, we have made the decision to cancel our in-person worship Services until the end of March. This means we will not have Worship Services on Wednesdays or Sundays, no FaithBuilder classes, Bible classes, or other church-related activities through the end of March. At that time, we will re-evaluate the situation and communicate any changes.
While this is a difficult and unwanted decision for us, let’s all remember:
-Jesus is not limited to space and time, nor to these temporary changes!
-God and His Word are still available to each one of us for our spiritual care and nourishment.
-Be aware of those around us, in your neighborhood, place of employment, even in your home who are scared and anxiety-ridden by all the changes we’re experiencing and be the calming Christ-like influence for them.
-Pastor Joel is available to give you the Lord’s Supper in an individual Service, as we have for those who are homebound. Contact Pastor Joel at the office (263-5012) or home (266-8540), and we’ll make arrangements, or he can meet you in the Sanctuary or chapel for a brief Service of Communion.
-We will be live-streaming our Wednesday and Sunday worship services in an abbreviated format at 6:30pm Wednesdays, and the regular times of 8:30 and 11:00 on Sundays.
- Confirmation class, we are looking at having a ZOOM class together at 9:45…stay tuned!
- High School Youth will be meeting online through ZOOM video conferencing on Sunday mornings at 9:45am.
- The youth group (7-12th grade) will be meeting online through ZOOM video conferencing for Youth Nights on Wednesdays at 1:30pm. Set-up a free ZOOM account and check your email for a link to join these meetings.
- Stan Masters’ Adult Class can work at home. Click here for the readings and notes.
-Stay in prayer! Be in the Word! Be the Christ-like Calm & Peace!
“Gracious Father in heaven, your Son taught us to be anxious about nothing and to let the day’s cares be sufficient for the day. These days have been hard and full of anxiety. Quiet our minds and hearts, we pray. Grant us nights of restful sleep and refreshment. Watch over us, our families, our neighbors, our communities, our nation, and all the nations of the world. Preserve us from discord and strife. Endow our leaders with wisdom and sound judgment. Protect us from every evil of body and soul. And remind us of your ever good and gracious will to save and to bless. As you have reconciled the world and all things to yourself in the death of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, so grant to us all a measure of your peace. For your Name’s sake, we pray. Amen.”
Remember that these changes are temporary and that God will bring His good from these times. He is alone our refuge and strength, a very present help; therefore, we will not fear!
Pointing to Jesus,
Pastor Joel Sarrault and the Elders of St. John’s.