Dear members and friends of our
beloved church community,
As members of the living body of
Christ, we are here to care for each other and to extend love, compassion and
generosity toward our community and wider world during this pandemic. The
Coronavirus outbreak has shown us how much we are interconnected and need to
work together to stem the spread of this highly contagious virus. In the
absence of adequate testing, treatment options and equipment, your pastor and elected
church leaders believe that we need to set a proactive example in doing all we
can to help "flatten the curve” of the spread now. This will help contain the outbreak and
assure that our medical system can fully tend to those most at risk. This is
one way in which we show our love and support for each other. As Paul writes in
1 Corinthians 12: 26-27: "If one member
suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice
together with it. Now you are the body of Christ and
individually members of it.
”We want to make sure that all of us
take the necessary precautions to be safe. We also want to stay connected to
each other and make sure that no one is left isolated and without care. We will
continue to be a community of love, hope, compassion and generosity! We trust
that our living God will guide us in how we can adjust for a time in how we live
this hope and love together.
After much prayer and a careful consideration
of scientific data, church and governmental advisory sources, including our
Maine UCC Conference,we have decided to suspend all public
worship services in our building for at least the month of March. We are
working on providing worship experiences on-line, including for this coming
Sunday. Please look for a separate email with this information. We will also
develop additional on-line possibilities for fellowship, learning and
Our committees and teams will develop
a plan to connect members to each other so that we can make sure people who
need help will receive it. We will equip all committees with on-line
conferencing options so that the work of the church can continue.
We will essentially be shutting the church building down for
public use for the rest of March.We are in the process of contacting the various groups that use our space. The
Midcoast Community Chorus has already suspended its entire semester of
Please note that, as much as we regret it,
soup lunch has been cancelled for the rest of the soup lunch season. The Lenten
Series on climate change is suspended. We will find new dates in the future to
explore the remaining themes. The "Touch the Earth” retreat scheduled for March
14th has been postponed with a new date to be determined.
We are still discerning how all this
will affect the operations of Heavenly Threads and the SOS Room.
While the church is effectively
closed, staff will continue to work and you
will continue to meet a human being at the end of the phone line during
normal office hours. Some work will be done remotely. We will adapt our work to
meet congregational needs at this time as well as tend to projects. Please also
check our website and the weekly electronic newsletters for up-dates and
listings of interactive opportunities. We will let you know how and when you
can help. We are aware that many people’s lives and livelihood will be
challenged beyond health concerns. We are called upon to remain present,
flexible, attentive, generous and prayerful.
Please do call us if you are not feeling well
or know of a member or friend who is ill.We are in touch with Town Hall and the Camden and Rockport Police Departments
as well. We are challenged and invited to come together as a community and will
make it through this challenging time with God’s help.
"And now faith, hope, and love abide,
these three; and the greatest of these is love.”
May God’s love strengthen and embolden
us to rise to this challenge!
Yours in faith, hope and love,
Your Pastor and members of the Cabinet