The Bible says that there is “a time to refrain from embracing” (Ecclesiastes 3:5)

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Dear followers of Jesus,

We have heard from our leaders of both church and state with regard to Coronavirus precautions – from Governor Whitmer and from President Trump, and from Michigan District President Maier (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewBojRuvA48) and LCMS President Harrison (https://blogs.lcms.org/2020/resource-helps-congregations-plan-for-widespread-illnesses/).
I’ve also polled the opinion of our Board of Lay Ministry. Here’s the outcome of all that. . .

1)      Our St. Michael Lutheran School and Childcare Center are closed until further notice. Students are using online learning to complete their studies.

2)      Our Sunday School and Youth Ministry gatherings will be suspended until further notice.

3)      Sunday morning Adult Bible study will be suspended until further notice.

4)      Red Letter Challenge (and any other small groups): Please continue your daily devotional reading. Now more than ever we all need the comfort and counsel that comes from God’s Word!

5)      The Church Office will NOT be open for business everyday as usual. If you need something please, email tsonger@mightymessengers.org. You can also reach our Pastors and Miss Andi by phone.

6)      All three of our weekend worship services will happen as scheduled, but only for the purpose of broadcasting them on Facebook Live. We will have musicians in the sanctuary (so I will be literally preaching to the choir!), but we are inviting the congregation to stay at home and watch the service(s) on your computer (smart TV, tablet, cell phone, etc.).

7)      Ministry will continue in whatever ways we can, as will ministry expenses, so please continue to contribute to the Lord’s work by giving contributions through the mail or through electronic giving.

Jesus reminds us that God’s desire is that we both love Him with all our heart, and also love our neighbor as ourselves. This current crisis challenges us in our ability to do both. By taking the time to worship at home, we can still worship God by hearing His Word and coming to Him in prayer. But we can also love our neighbor by doing what we can to help prevent the spread of the disease and “flatten the curve” such that our hospitals will not be overwhelmed.  As followers of Jesus, this current crisis gives us a unique opportunity to speak His Word of comfort and peace into the lives of fearful people, and to express love and care for others in practical ways.

Please pay more attention than ever to your email from us and to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/StMichaelLutheranChurchPortageMI/) for updates and encouragement.

The Lord be with you, and grant you His peace,

Rev. Dr. Paul Naumann