As people of faith we place our trust in God as we follow His Word; "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. (Romans 13:1)
After carefully reviewing the information regarding the way the COVID-19 virus is spreading, and heeding the cautions about "Social Distancing" as well as the advice of our Federal Government that no meeting of more than 10 people should be held we are dedicating ourselves to the protection, health and safety of our congregation and community.
In light of this and discussions between myself, the President of our congregation, and some of the Elders, we have decided to suspend all activities at St. John’s, including worship on Wednesday, March 18, Worship on Sunday, March 22, Bible studies, choir practice, Preschool, Ladies Circle, Boy Scouts and any other scheduled events.
We will be reviewing the situation and advising you of further dates that may be added to this closure.
We will live stream a Prayer/ Devotional time on Sunday, please watch the church Facebook page. www.Facebook.com/Pumpkinhook
Please be assured your pastor is available via phone calls (616) 443-9053, Text messages, emails (revbob) I will be happy to talk with you, pray, share concerns and assist with pastoral care anytime day or night. If you know of anyone in need at this time or in the future, please contact me so we can arrange for aid and support.
We are working to find a way to live stream services in whatever way possible to support and proclaim God’s Word.
Please continue to remember in your prayers all who have been affected by this virus, for medical providers, scientists and our leaders who are working to care for us all. Citing the words of St. Paul to Timothy "I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all Godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth ( 1 Timothy 2:1-4)
My prayer for you and our community is that we continue to place our trust in God, living as His people, supporting and caring for one another in love and living as good stewards of His blessings.
Please remember that even though we are taking this step in caution and care for one another, the needs of God’s church do not subside. Please remember to send your gifts to His work among us via the US Mail, or other electronic means.
May God bless you richly as we trust in His love and care in these days.
Serving Christ with you,
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Rev. Robert C. Weidmayer
St. John’s Lutheran Church